VCU Alert

On-campus emergency: 828-1234
Off-campus emergency: 911

Current advisory

VCU Winter Weather Update

12/9/2018 2:02 pm

VCU will remain closed on Monday, December 10 and all Monday finals will be rescheduled. Visit https://rar.vcu.edu/exams/ for details.

The VCU Medical Center is open and operational.

The following VCU clinics in South Hill are closed on Monday, Dec. 10:

-VCU Commonwealth Neurology

-VCU South Hill Internal Medicine

-VCU Tanglewood Family PracticeClinic

All other VCU Health System ambulatory clinics will open on Dec. 10 at 10 a.m. and staff should report at 9 a.m. Surgical procedures in the CHOR Pavilion and dialysis schedules are unaffected.

All VCU Dental Clinics will be closed on Dec. 10.

Parking Impacts:

  • A Lot, I Lot, M Lot and R Lot will be closed on Monday, Dec. 10, as there will be no RamRide service to these facilities.
    • A Lot and I Lot subscribers should park in Eighth Street Deck on Monday, Dec. 10. 
    • M Lot, R Lot, Coliseum Deck, W Deck and K Deck subscribers should park in N Deck on Monday, Dec. 10.

Transportation Impacts:

  • RamRide (including the Campus Connector as well as shuttles to the remote lots) will not be in service on Monday, Dec. 10.
  • RamSafe has suspended operations for tonight. RamSafe will resume service on Monday, Dec. 10 at 5 p.m.
  • GRTC has suspended service at 7 p.m. GRTC will operate on a delayed start on Monday, Dec. 10  with limited service resuming after 7 a.m. on snow routes. Passengers should prepare for significant service delays and potential detours in addition to planned snow routes
    • GRTC Pulse stations are being cleared of snow, but significant delays are expected to continue Monday, and some median stations may be served on the curbside. 
    • Monday morning express service will be limited, operating at least one trip on each express route after 7 a.m. 
    • Additional updates and impacts to service can be viewed online at http://ridegrtc.com/news-initiatives/news-updates

Cabell Library and Tompkins-McCaw Library remain closed on Dec. 10, with plans to reopen at 7:30 a.m. on Dec. 11.

VCU Dining Services are closed on Dec. 10. Additional information is available at https://vcu.campusdish.com/.

VCU and VCU Health will continue to monitor the weather and announce any additional changes at alert.vcu.edu.

 

Notice of Crime – Robbery – Core Campus MCV

12/8/2018 12:09 am

In compliance with the “Timely Warning” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, Virginia Commonwealth University is providing notice of a recently reported robbery that may pose a serious or continuing threat to campus safety. This notice is intended to aid in the prevention of similar crimes and to enable members of the university community to protect themselves.

Reported offense: On December 7th, 2018, at 11:06 pm, VCU Police received the report of a robbery that is to have occurred on December 7th, 2018, at 10:30 pm, in the 300 block of North 12th Street.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The suspect approached the victim and asked for a cigarette. The victim declined, and the suspect forcefully grabbed the victim’s arm and demanded the cigarettes. The victim provided the cigarettes to the suspect. The victim did not sustain any injuries.

Suspect/s: Tall, black male with a large build. The suspect was last seen wearing a long black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans, walking towards East Broad Street.

Investigating agency: VCU Police are leading the investigation.

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 when living in an urban environment.  Crimes may occur in our community, and 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:

  • If you find yourself in a similar situation do not resist. Cooperate.
  • In the event of an incident such as this, the information you provide police will help them identify the suspect(s). Focus on their physical characteristics, i.e. clothing description, height and weight, and last known direction of travel.
  • Don't make any sudden, unexpected moves.
  • If the suspect claims to have a weapon, never try to force the bluff.
  • When out walking, trust your instincts about a person or situation and always choose safety over courtesy.
  • Never try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Call the police immediately.
  • If you need help, look for an Emergency Reporting Telephone. You automatically will be connected to the VCU Police Department.
  • Be aware of your surroundings, day and night. Do not let a cell phone conversation or listening to music distract you when crossing the street or in another situation that calls for your full attention.
  • Be very cautious if someone tries to stop or distract you; a suspect may ask, “Do you have a cigarette?” or “Can I use your phone?”
  • Pepper spray, a loud whistle or high-decibel personal alarm could serve as a deterrent
  • Use the LiveSafe app and send a photo of the suspect, if you can do so safely
  • Use the nearest Emergency Reporting Telephone.  You will automatically be connected to VCU Police.
  • Between 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. use the RamSafe transportation service to avoid traveling alone. Call 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu
  • Familiarize yourself with RAMSWay paths: https://police.vcu.edu/stay-safe/ramsway/.  Travelers will more than likely encounter a VCU Police officer and/or and Emergency Reporting Telephone along the way.  These paths have security cameras, lighting and safety signage.

VCU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this safety information with other members of the community and are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Use the campus RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. by calling (804) 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu.

Students, faculty, staff and residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police.

Anyone with information pertaining to this, or any crime, can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies, call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips, call (804) 828-1196. Off-campus emergencies in the City of Richmond can be reported by calling, or texting, 911. (Call if you can, text if you can’t.) For more information on this service in Richmond and surrounding communities, visit: http://www.richmondgov.com/EmergencyCommunications/TextTo911.aspx.

Students, faculty, staff and Richmond residents can download the free LiveSafe mobile safety app on a smartphone to submit tips, screenshots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7. Tips can also be submitted to Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or on the P3 Tips mobile app; for more information, visit http://www.crimestoppersrichmondvirginia.com/.

VCU monitoring inclement weather

12/7/2018 5:43 pm

VCU is monitoring the approach of winter weather which could bring snow, sleet or freezing rain to Central and Southside Virginia beginning Sunday afternoon. VCU leaders will assess the impact of the weather and announce any operational changes Sunday evening.  

Notice of Crime – Motor Vehicle Theft – Off Campus MPC

12/6/2018 8:13 pm

Reported offense: On December 6th, 2018, at 6:58 pm, the theft of a motor vehicle from the 700 block of West Marshall Street was reported to the Richmond Police Department.

Brief description of how the crime took place: The owner parked their vehicle in a private parking deck on November 4th, 2018, at 9:00 pm and discovered it missing on November 6th, 2018, at 6:40 pm. The vehicle was believed to be locked, but the owner reported they are also missing a set of car keys.

Suspect/s: No suspect information is currently available.

Investigating agency: Richmond Police are leading the investigation.

 

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 when living in an urban environment.  Crimes may occur in our community, and 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:

  • Lock your car doors and close windows; 80% of stolen cars are unlocked.
  • Never leave valuables in sight.  Secure laptops, cell phones, purses, book bags, and anything else of value in the trunk of your vehicle or take these items with you when you leave your vehicle.
  • Consider an antitheft device.
  • Make sure you keep spare car keys at home and not hidden in your car. They can be found.
  • Park in well-lit, busy areas.
  • Never leave your car unattended and running, especially at a convenience store.

VCU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to share this safety information with other members of the community and are asked to be aware of their surroundings. Use the campus RamSafe transportation service between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m. by calling (804) 828-SAFE (7233) or visit http://www.ramsafe.vcu.edu.

Students, faculty, staff and residents of Richmond are asked to immediately report all suspicious persons or incidents, however minor, to VCU Police.

Anyone with information pertaining to this, or any crime, can contact the VCU Police Department 24/7. For emergencies, call (804) 828-1234. For non-emergency tips, call (804) 828-1196. Off-campus emergencies in the City of Richmond can be reported by calling, or texting, 911. (Call if you can, text if you can’t.) For more information on this service in Richmond and surrounding communities, visit: http://www.richmondgov.com/EmergencyCommunications/TextTo911.aspx.

Students, faculty, staff and Richmond residents can download the free LiveSafe mobile safety app on a smartphone to submit tips, screenshots, photos and videos directly to VCU Police; tips are monitored 24/7. Tips can also be submitted to Metro Richmond Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or on the P3 Tips mobile app; for more information, visit http://www.crimestoppersrichmondvirginia.com/.

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.