U of I issues Campus Safety Notice Wednesday
The University of Illinois Police Department issued a campus safety alert Wednesday.
According to the police report, a U of I student was walking near the Japan House Tuesday evening when she noticed a man following her.
The student told officers the man was making suggestive comments about her appearance, and slapped her on the behind before walking away.
University of Illinois Police Communications Director Patrick Wade said the student did the right thing by calling police.
"There are more incidents like this that are happening that are not being reported to us because I think there are some people out there that just brush it off as no big deal,” Wade said. “But we really do want people reporting it to us.”
Wade said this incident wasn’t necessarily “abnormal, but certainly concerning.”
Champaign County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chief Allen Jones said this safety lesson can apply anywhere and to anyone.
Deputy Chief Jones said anyone can call police to report behavior that makes them feels threatened, or even just uncomfortable.
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The University of Illinois has issued a Campus Safety Notice following a recent incident that occurred Tuesday night.
The notice was issued Wednesday and reads as follows:
We would like to inform you of a crime that has recently occurred in the campus area so you have the information you need to take the appropriate precautions. This Campus Safety Notice is issued in accordance with a federal law requiring universities to disclose information about crime to aid in the prevention of similar crimes and to assist in the identification of offenders.
This message alone is not necessarily an indication that crime rates on campus have increased or that a pattern of crime has emerged. For a more comprehensive look at crime in your area, please visit CrimeReports.com or visit the University of Illinois Police Department to view the daily crime log.
The following incident took place at 7:05 p.m. Tuesday in the 2000 block of South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana (map):
It was reported that a U. of I. student was walking near Japan House when a man appeared and began to follow. The man made several suggestive comments about the student’s appearance, slapped the student on the buttocks and then walked away.
The offender was described as a short, heavyset white man with blonde hair in a ponytail. He was wearing a black shirt and red shorts at the time of the incident.
Information about the race or ethnicity of alleged offenders is provided only to aid detailed descriptions that include physical stature, clothing or unusual characteristics. Racial descriptions do not, by themselves, offer a meaningful picture of an individual’s appearance.
The University of Illinois Police Department has a full complement of officers patrolling the campus area, and we are fortunate to have our force supplemented by the Urbana and Champaign police departments. Between these agencies, the Urbana campus is one of the most highly-patrolled areas in the region. More than 1,700 security cameras are posted around campus to deter crime and identify offenders.
Anyone with information about this incident is encouraged to contact the University of Illinois Police Department at 217-333-1216. Witnesses may remain anonymous by calling Champaign County Crime Stoppers at 217-373-8477 (373-TIPS), by visiting www.373tips.com or by providing information through the P3 Tips mobile app available on iOS and Android. All messages to Crime Stoppers are electronically stripped of identifying information and forwarded to police by an independent third party.
This is our community. Let's stay together.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus is a very safe one, but a community of our size will never be crime-free. U. of I. Police and its partner law enforcement agencies work hard to prevent crime and to quickly identify and arrest offenders when crime occurs, but you play the most important role in keeping our campus community safe.
· Stay together. Do not walk alone at night. Travel in groups and in well-lit areas. Call 217-333-1216 for a SafeWalks escort if you need one.
· Be alert, and trust your instincts. If it doesn't feel right, it probably isn't. Call police if something looks odd — we're happy to assist, and even the smallest bit of information could prevent another crime.
· Watch out for each other. Call 911 immediately if you or someone else is in danger. The University encourages students to take appropriate action to protect others’ safety by reducing students’ fear of legal or disciplinary consequences to the victim or themselves. For more information, please review the Medical Amnesty and Good Samaritan procedures.
· If you choose to consume alcohol, please be responsible. Remember your ability to respond is diminished by overconsumption of alcohol.
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