VCU Alert

On-campus emergency: 828-1234
Off-campus emergency: 911
Text a tip to 274637
Keyword: VCUtip

Current advisory

Off campus crime alert

8/17/2014

Notice of Sexual Assault:

In compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1988 Virginia Commonwealth University is giving notice of a Sexual Assault.

On August 17, 2014 Richmond Police were notified of a reported Sexual Assault. The assault occurred at a private residence off campus in the 1200 block of W. Marshall Street. The suspect was an acquaintance to the survivor. Richmond Police are investigating the incident.

VCU Police remind members of the community of the following:

Sexual assault is non-consensual activity, ranging from unwanted touching to forced intercourse.

Never isolate yourself and let a friend know where you are and who you are with.

Attend events with friends as a group; don’t ever leave your friends behind alone.

If you are ever in a situation where you are unsure or scared call VCU Police immediately.

Be alert and aware at all times when you are with acquaintances.

Be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts.

Report all suspicious people and circumstances to the VCU Police Department. 

Be on the lookout for suspicious people who may attempt to isolate someone that is intoxicated or has been drinking. Get involved, don’t allow that to happen.

If you are the victim of a sexual assault you have options that are available to you: 

VCU Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Services
804-828-9355
http://www.thewell.vcu.edu/

YWCA of Richmond
804-643-0888
www.ywcarichmond.org/

University Safety Case Manager
804-837-8753
http://www.threat.vcu.edu/

Title IX Coordinator for students, Dr. Reuben Rodriguez
804-828-8940
http://www.students.vcu.edu/docs/sexual_misconduct.pdf

VCU Police
http://www.vcu.edu/police/

Emergency # 828-1234

Non-Emergency # 828-1196

VCU Police Victim-Witness Specialist 828-6356

Officer Tricia Mozingo - tlmozingo@vcu.edu

VCU Student Groups

- Sexual Assault & Violence Education-Students (SAVES) 804-828-9355

- Men Against Violence (MAV) 804-828-9355

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this information with other members of the community, and are asked to be aware of their surroundings, report suspicious activity to police and use the campus RamSafe transportation service by calling 804-828-SAFE (7233). 

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 anonymously. 

Virginia Commonwealth University is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting. This notification is part of our efforts to prevent and solve crimes. To report a crime in progress or an emergency on campus, call 804 828-1234. For off campus emergencies, dial 911. VCU's annual safety report is available at: http://www.vcu.edu/police/2011_safetyreport.pdf. Maps of the core campus and VCU Police jurisdiction for each campus are available for review. View the Monroe Park Campus at: http://www.police.vcu.edu/docs/MonroeParkMap.pdf and the MCV campus at: http://www.police.vcu.edu/docs/MCVCampusMap.pdf.

Crime alert core campus

8/17/2014

Notice of a Burglary core campus:

In compliance with the provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1988 Virginia Commonwealth University is giving notice of a burglary.

Reported Offense:  On August 17, 2014, at 2:47 AM a burglary was reported to the Richmond Police Department as having occurred in the 1000 block of W. Marshall St.  Richmond Police are investigating this incident. 

Suspect:  Black male, tall, wearing a red plaid shirt, red hat and cutoff jean shorts. 

Brief description of how the crime took place:  The victim heard noises in his unsecured apartment and thought it may have been his roommate.  He observed the suspect in the living room going through his belongings.  The victim confronted the suspect who then fled the apartment. 

It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community.

Police have increased patrols in this area.

The VCU Police would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of living in an urban environment crimes may occur in our community. The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. A few key reminders:

·     Always lock all windows and doors even when home.

·     When not home, leave front and back lights on as well as an interior light.

·     If you are going out of town, make arrangements to have mail picked up daily.

·     When going out of town, and if you live in the City of Richmond off campus, notify the city to be placed on the vacation watch list at: http://www.richmondgov.com/police/vacationwatch.aspx

·     Keep shades or curtains drawn after dark.

·     "Case" your residence the way an intruder would and look for ways to enter your residence.

·     Install deadbolt locks on exterior doors.

·     Trim trees and shrubs near windows and doors so intruders can't hide in the shadows.

·     Look out for your neighbors. Report suspicious people and activity immediately.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this information with other members of the community, and are asked to be aware of their surroundings, report suspicious activity to police and use the campus RamSafe transportation service by calling 804-828-SAFE (7233).

Anyone with information pertaining to this crime can contact the VCU Police Department at (804) 828-1234 or text VCUTIP to 274637 anonymously. 

Preparedness

It is essential to be prepared for emergency situations and to be cognizant of ways to prevent crime and avoid dangerous situations.

The Virginia Commonwealth University Police Department would like to remind students, in particular, to keep personal safety in mind. There are certain things you need to be aware of as residents of an urban environment, as crimes may occur in our community.

The best defense is to be prepared and to take responsibility for your own safety and for that of your friends and fellow students. Be aware of your surroundings at all times, walk with a friend and make use of RamSafe, VCU’s security escort service. For additional safety tips from the VCU Police, please see www.police.vcu.edu and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to read VCU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report Get Adobe Reader and to share this information with other members of the community.

VCU is dedicated to promoting a safe and secure environment for learning, living, working or visiting.