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Campus Crime Alerts, Notifications, and Advisories

TO: The Campus Community -- Thu 4/25/2013 10:37 PM

FROM: Department of Public Safety Director Emil Fioravanti

RE: Campus safety update WITH CLARIFICATION

It has come to my attention that campus community members continue to have questions concerning the response and aftermath of last Friday’s evacuation and campus closure.

I want to re-assure everybody that the campus was safe and secure on Friday following the evacuation and an initial search that determined that there were no devices or individuals on campus posing a threat.

CLARIFICATION: By Friday night, federal authorities indicated that it would be safe to re-open the campus, but wanted to keep the Pine Dale Residence Hall closed to allow further gathering of evidence. In addition, this gave our University staff the time to prepare the campus for the return of 4,300 students on Sunday.

On Saturday, in consultation with federal law enforcement, we made the decision to open the campus on Sunday at 9 a.m. with residence halls opening at noon. By approximately mid-morning, federal law enforcement completed their work in all residence halls, including Pine Dale.

There has been some concern raised about the “large pyrotechnic” found in the suspect’s room. This item -- a common firework that can be purchased over the counter in New Hampshire and many other states – was removed with other evidence before anybody was allowed back in the building.

Meanwhile, the FBI agent and spokesman in Boston asked me to pass along this message to the Dartmouth community:

“We want to assure the students, faculty and staff at UMass Dartmouth, and others that in the event our investigation reveals any threat which would put the public in imminent danger, we would promptly and immediately alert the public about that threat. Protecting the public from harm is our first obligation. Additionally, the FBI greatly appreciates the actions taken by your administration and campus police department to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, staff and the neighboring community.”

Please continue to send us any questions or concerns you may have.

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TO: The Campus Community- Thu 4/25/2013 9:35 PM

FROM: Department of Public Safety Director Emil Fioravanti
 
RE: Campus safety update

It has come to my attention that campus community members continue to have questions concerning the response and aftermath of last Friday’s evacuation and campus closure.

I want to re-assure everybody that the campus was safe and secure on Friday following the evacuation and an initial search that determined that there no devices or individuals on campus posing a threat.
 
By Friday night, federal authorities indicated that it would be safe to re-open the campus with the exception of the Pine Dale Residence Hall, but we decided to keep the campus closed through Saturday to provide law enforcement as much time and space to do their evidence gathering and our University staff the time to prepare the campus for the return of 4,300 students on Sunday.
 
On Saturday, in consultation with federal law enforcement, we made the decision to open the campus on Sunday at 9 a.m. with residence halls opening at noon. By approximately mid-morning, federal law enforcement completed their work in all residence halls, including Pine Dale.

There has been some concern raised about the “large pyrotechnic” found in the suspect’s room. This item -- a common firework that can be purchased over the counter in New Hampshire and many other states – was removed with other evidence before anybody was allowed back in the building.
 
Meanwhile, the FBI agent and spokesman in Boston asked me to pass along this message to the Dartmouth community:
 
“We want to assure the students, faculty and staff at UMass Dartmouth, and others that in the event our investigation reveals any threat which would put the public in imminent danger, we would promptly and immediately alert the public about that threat. Protecting the public from harm is our first obligation. Additionally, the FBI greatly appreciates the actions taken by your administration and campus police department to ensure the safety of the students, faculty, staff and the neighboring community.”

Please continue to send us any questions or concerns you may have.

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TO: Campus Community--Tue 4/23/2013 12:56 PM

FROM: Director of Public Safety Emil Fioravanti

Out of an abundance of caution, upon learning Friday morning that one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects was a UMass Dartmouth student, I made the decision to evacuate the campus. A thorough investigation by federal authorities ensued and continued through Sunday morning. I was assured late Friday evening by federal and state law enforcement that our campus, at no point, was in danger.

Late Monday afternoon, federal authorities filed a criminal complaint that identified items taken during a search of the suspect’s room.  This was the first disclosure of this information and was very quickly reported in the media. I continue to believe, based on information provided to me by federal authorities, that there was no threat to the campus.

We will continue to make as much information as possible available in a timely fashion.

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Public Safety Advisory
Aggravated Assault
March 1, 2013
Report 13-221 OF

In accordance with the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community that three women were assaulted early this morning at Cedar Dell West at about 1:00 am.

Following a verbal confrontation earlier at the Elmwood shuttle stop, three women, two of whom are students, and their guest,  were assaulted outside a Cedar Dell West Apartme t.  Two of the women were knocked to the ground, and one reported being kicked. Medical services were called to the scene, but did not transport any of the women.  No serious injuries were reported.

The suspects, all female, are described by the victims as having identified themselves earlier as living in New Bedford and may not be students. 

Suspect number 1 is described as having dyed red hair and wearing a bright green sweatshirt; suspect number 2 is described as wearing a pink shirt; and suspect 3 is described as having long brown curly hair and wearing khaki pants. DPS is asking for your help in solving this crime.

Community members who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form at http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/silentwitnesstipline/

DPS would like to remind the community to call police immediately should they become victims, especially in crimes of violence, any time you are threatened, feel unsafe or witness a crime.

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Public Safety Advisory
Burglary – Pine Dale Residence Hall
February 1, 2013
Reports 13-72OF and 13-73OF

In accordance with the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of a burglary last evening, January 31, 2013  at about 8:30 pm in several rooms on the 4th floor of Pinedale Hall. No injuries were reported by the victims.                    

The first room was entered by two men while the two women occupants were in the bath area of the suite. Upon returning to their room, the women discovered two men going through their belongings.  The men were confronted. One man fled immediately and the women struggled with the second man in an attempt to retrieve their belongings.  The items were dropped he fled.

About the same time also on the fourth floor of Pine Dale, a third woman reported here room was entered by a man before she could answer a knock at her door.  Before opening the do r, she observed two men in the hallway.  One of them was able to partially enter her room before he was challenged. The men left after asking for someone who did not live in the suite.

The men in both instances are described by the women as follows:

Subject number one is described as an African American dark skinned male, wearing a black baseball hat, and black hoodie.  He was wearing a half inch diamond square ear ring in his left ear and is approximately 5’ 10” tall. 

Subject number two is described as an African American light skinned  male who appeared to be about 5’6” tall wearing a red sweatshirt and carrying a black back pack.

There was no sign of forced entry and no other items were taken. This most recent theft, as in the case of many other thefts in residence halls, can be prevented by locking doors at all times. Students should never leave their rooms or valuables unsecured, even for a moment.

DPS is asking for your help in solving these crimes. Community members who may have informat on concerning these crimes or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form at http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/silentwitnesstipline/.

We recommend that students consider purchasing locating software which may help recover laptop computers when they are taken.

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Public Safety Advisory
Burglary - Oak Glen Residence Hall
October 14, 2012

Reports 12-1140OF

In accordance with the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of a burglary and theft of a laptop computer in Oak Glen Hall early this morning. A male student reported that his unlocked room was entered and a MacBook Pro taken between the hours of 3 a.m. and 4 a.m. today. There was no sign of forced entry and no other items were taken. This most recent theft, as in the case of many other thefts in residence halls, can be prevented by locking doors at all times. Students should never leave their rooms or valuables unsecured, even for a moment.

DPS is asking for your help in solving these crimes. Community members who may have information concerning these crimes or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately at 508-999-9191, use the silent witness line at 508.999.8477, or fill out the confidential form at http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/silentwitnesstipline/.

We recommend that students consider purchasing locating software which may help recover laptop computers when they are taken.

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Public Safety Advisory – Arson Chestnut Hall
October 12, 2012

Report  12-1120

In accordance to the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of an  incident reported to the UMass Dartmouth Police Department.

This morning at 9:24am, DPS was notified of a par ially burned paper located in Chestnut Hall in the common area of House #4, second floor .  There was no significant damage and there were no reported injuries.  Any fire in a residence hall should be considered dangerous and cannot be tolerated.

While the person(s)responsible have not been identified , DPS is presently exploring several leads and is asking for your help in solving these crimes.

Community members who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately  at 508-999-9191,  use the silent witness line at 508-999-8477,  or fill out the confidential form at http://www.umassd.edu/publics fety/silentwitnesstipline/

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Public Safety Advisory – Burglaries-Pine Dale and Chestnut Halls
October 12, 2012

Reports  12-1118, 12-1123, 12-1115,12-1116

In accordance to the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of 4 incidents reported to the UMass Dartmouth Police Department. Last evening and today, residential students reported that four rooms were entered and items taken.  Two of the incidents occurred in Chestnut Hall and two in Pine Dale Hall. Laptop computers and X-Box electronic devices were reported taken. There was no sign of forced entry noted in any of these incidents.

While the intruder(s) have not been identified, DPS is presently exploring several leads and is asking for your help in solving these crimes. Community members who may have information concerning these crimes or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately  at 508-999-9191,  use the silent witness line at 508-999-8477,  or fill out the confidential form at http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/silentwitnesstipline/

Community members are asked to make sure that doors are locked at all times and valuables are secured and out of sight.

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Public Safety Advisory
Arson- Maple Ridge Hall
October 9, 2012

Report  12-1104

In accordance to the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of an  incident reported to the UMass Dartmouth Police Department.

This afternoon,  at about 3:15 pm , DPS was notified of a partially burned paper flyer located in Maple Ridge Hall at the east stairwell on the first floor.  There was no ignificant damage to the door and there were no reported injuries.  Any fire in a residence hall should be considered dangerous and cannot be tolerated.

While the person(s)responsible have not been identified , DPS is presently exploring several leads and is asking for your help in solving these crimes.

Community members who may have information concerning this crime or any suspicious behavior  should contact DPS immediately  at 508-999-9191,  use the silent witness line at 508-999-8477,  or fill out the confidential form at http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/silentwitnesstipline/

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Public Safety Advisory
Burglaries-Pine Dale  and Chestnut Halls
October 5, 2012

Reports  12-1083, 12-1084, 12-1087 

In accordance to the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of 3  incidents reported to the UMass Dartmouth Police Department.

Last evening, residential students  reported that three rooms were entered and items taken.  Two of breaks occurred in Chestnut Hall an remaining one in Pine Dale Hall. Taken in these breaks were laptop computers and X-Box electronic devices. There is no sign of forced entry noted in any of these incidents.

While the intruder(s) have not been identified, DPS is presently exploring several leads and is asking for your help in solving these crimes.

Community members who may have information concerning these crimes or any suspicious behavior should contact DPS immediately  at 508-999-9191,  use the silent witness line at 508-999-8477,  or fill out the confidential form at http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/silentwitnesstipline/

Community members are asked to make sure that doors are locked at all times a d valuables are secured out of sight.

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Public Safety Advisory
September 11, 2012


In accordance to the federal Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act , the Department of Public Safety would like to advise the community of incidents that occurred; one on September 9, 2012 and two on September 10, 2012.
 
These incidents involved the malicious burning of paper materials and a ceiling tile. The first and second incidents occurred in Roberts Hall. The third incident occurred in Chestnut Hall. No one was observed leaving the area and no suspects have been identified as of this time. The building fire alarm/sprinkler system was no activated. The seriousness of these incidents, especially within a residence hall, cannot be understated and they will not be tolerated.

The Department of Public Safety, in conjunction with Dartmouth Fire Department is investigating these incidents and is asking for support from our community. The Department of Public Safety is offering a $5,000 dollar reward for information leading to the arrest of person(s) responsible.

Any person who might have information concerning this incident should contact DPS by telephone at 508-999-9191 or 508.999-8477 or use our Silent Witness site http://www.umassd.edu/publicsafety/tipline.cfm.

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