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Incident Type: Fondling
Date: March 1, 2017
Location: Melrose Avenue Area
Suspect: Male

Incident Type: Rape
Date: February 25, 2017
Location: Morrill Hall
Suspect: Male

Incident Type: Fondling
Date: January 19, 2017
Location: Outside Fred Brown Hall
Suspect: Male

*Update – This incident has since been unfounded

Incident Type: Rape
Date: Incident 1 – October 29, 2016 – October 30, 2016; Incident 2 – October 30, 2016
Location: Incident 1 – Unknown Campus Location; Incident 2 – Residence Hall, west side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Incident 1 – Suspect description not provided; Incident 2 – Male

Incident Type: Robbery
Date: June 20, 2016
Location: Staff 12 Parking Lot
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Dark skinned black male, mid to late 20`s, 5`8″-5`10″, 150-160 lbs, wearing dark blue or black, baggy basketball shorts, a white t-shirt, a dark colored “flat bill” hat, and a dark colored bandanna tied around his face

Incident Type: Fondling
Date: April 11, 2016
Location: Outside Humes Hall
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Hispanic, medium brown skinned male, early to mid 30’s, 5’8” to 5’10”, dark hair, facial hair, heavy set, approximately 180-200 pounds

Incident Type: Fondling
Date: April 6, 2016
Location: Outside Residence Hall, East side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

Incident Type: Fondling
Date: February 14, 2016
Location: Residence Hall, East side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

Incident Type: Rape
Date: January 5, 2016
Location: Residence Hall, East side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

Incident Type: Rape
Date: November 15, 2015
Location: Fraternity Park
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

Incident Type: Rape
Date: October 10, 2015
Location: Residence Hall, east side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

Incident Type: Rape
Date: September 19, 2015
Location: Residence Hall, west side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

Incident Type: Rape
Date: April 28, 2015
Location: Residence Hall, west side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

Incident Type:  Rape
Date: April 10, 2015
Location: Residence Hall, west side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

Incident Type:  Rape
Date: April 11, 2015
Location: Residence Hall, west side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

Incident Type: False Reporting
Date: February 6, 2015
Location: 1808 Fraternity Park
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: No suspect

Incident Type: Gun Incident
Date: February 5, 2015
Location: Apartment Residence Hall
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: White male, 5’9, blue jeans, white sweatshirt, grey beanie, and unknown tattoo on left arm.

Incident Type: Rape
Date: January 30, 2015
Location: Residence hall east side of campus
Suspect(s) Description:

Suspect: Male

 

 

 

The Clery Act has specific requirements intended to keep the community informed about threats to health and safety in a manner that allows them to make informed decisions about their safety and the safety of others. Two different types of notifications are mandated for this reason:

  1. Immediate notifications, or UT Alerts: Reserved for incidents that are critical in nature and require immediate action. UT Alerts will be sent in situations when there is an immediate threat to the health and safety of students or employees on the UT campus. Examples would be a building fire, a hazardous material spill or leak impacting a large area, a severe weather threat, or an active shooter on campus.
  2. Timely notifications, or Safety Notices: Email messages to notify the campus community in a timely manner of specific crimes that occurred on UT campus. The purpose of a Safety Notice is to offer safety tips and information to aid in the prevention of similar crimes. Examples would be a sexual assault, robbery, or an onset of continuous burglaries. 

Clery crimes occurring on property owned or controlled by the university that pose a serious or continuing threat to the campus community are subject to notification.

In order for an incident to be subject for notification, all three of the following must be met:

  • A (Clery Act) crime is reported to UT Police either directly or indirectly through a report to a CSA or a local law enforcement authority
  • The crime occurred within the University’s Clery geography (property owned or controlled by the University, or public property immediately adjacent to (touching) University owned property)
  • UT Police determines there is a continuing threat to the safety of UT students and employees

However, some notices may not be posted for incidents involving:

  • an arrest of the perpetrator,
  • a significant time delay in reporting, or
  • other circumstance diminishing a serious or continuing threat
  • The incident did not occur on the University’s Clery geography

Notices are issued in a manner that is:

  • Timely
  • Will aid in the prevention of other crimes

Procedure:

The intent of this directive is to establish guidelines for meeting the timely warning (safety notice) requirements of the Clery Act. UTPD is responsible for the investigation and reporting of crimes that occur on campus, but may conduct joint investigations with other law enforcement agencies for certain incidents.

UTPD provides access to a “daily crime log” during normal business hours. This log provides information related to all reported police incidents. There is no fee for access to the crime log. Police reports are also available during normal business hours. The initial police report may be released after the review of the Chief of Police or his/her designee and there may be a fee for the report. When a serious incident occurs that poses a threat to the campus community and a suspect has not been apprehended, UTPD may disseminate a “Safety Notice”. The safety notice may be issued electronically, by flyer, or a combination of the two. The potential for continuing safety concerns will dictate the necessity of issuing the safety notice. Safety notices will generally be issued for serious crimes against persons such as robbery, rape, or aggravated assaults. Nothing in this directive should be considered an absolute for when a safety notice will be issued or not issued. Each incident will be reviewed for the appropriateness of issuing a safety notice by the Chief of Police or his/her designee.

The goal of the safety notices is to provide information to the campus community to aid in developing their risk reduction strategies. The notifications are supplemented by providing information on a regular basis to area media. However, the release of this information to the media does not mean that this information is always provided by these venues. The department will continue to work with various groups in the campus community to disseminate this information in timely manner.

UT Alerts will be issued for serious incidents that may require immediate action for safety. Examples of incidents when a UT Alert may be issued are a person with a gun or a tornado warning impacting the campus community. UT Alerts differ from safety notices.  UT Alerts are reserved for incidents that are critical in nature, may require immediate action for your safety, and are issued immediately after verification of an incident. Safety Notices are general notifications to help you develop risk reduction strategies and are sent in a timely but not necessarily immediate manner.

See here for more information about UT Alerts.

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