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    Campus Crime Alert 2016-01-26

    January 26th, 2016
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    What is this notice? Campus Crime Alerts are released by the University of Oregon Police Department when certain crimes are reported on or near campus property, and in compliance with federal law. These timely warnings provide information about campus safety situations, and allow campus community members to take precautions for personal safety. All crimes should be reported as soon as possible to local law enforcement.

    Please note this message may contain information that some may find upsetting.

    A female University of Oregon student reported to UO Police that a man tried to rob her near campus, on Franklin Boulevard near Walnut Street at about 8:00 p.m. on January 26, 2016.

    The woman reported that a man unknown to her approached her from behind, and tried to grab her bag as she was walking west on the north side of Franklin just west of Walnut, near the gas station. The two struggled, and the man fled east without the bag on Franklin on foot. The incident was reported shortly after 9:00 p.m.; police then searched the area but did not locate the suspect.

    The woman described the suspect as a white male, about 6-foot-4, thin-to-medium build, brown hair, in his 20s, no facial hair, wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with a white zipper and white pull strings, jeans, black tennis shoes with white reflective Nike brand emblems at the ankles.

    This incident is unresolved and an investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information about this or similar incidents should call UOPD at 541-346-2919 or EPD at 541-682-5111. Updates regarding this incident, when and if available, will be posted on the UOPD website at police.uoregon.edu.

    SAFETY TIPS FROM UOPD

    No action or inaction by a crime survivor makes that person responsible for his or her victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing such a crime, or may improve opportunities to receive prompt assistance.

    • It is a crime to intentionally touch someone against his or her will, regardless of the situation.
    • Bystanders should try to be aware of their surroundings, and if there are signs of a person in distress, bystanders should make themselves known and offer assistance if it is safe to do so, and/or seek immediate help from police or security personnel.
    • Every person and situation is different; survivors must decide for themselves what actions or responses are safest in any situation. If someone attempts to grab you, you have the right to yell “NO” loudly, or do whatever is necessary to get the person to let go, and flee to a safe place and seek help. When safe, try to remember as much as possible about the person’s appearance and behavior.
    • Assaults by strangers are far less common than assaults by people known to survivors, but such attacks do happen. Self-defense classes can prepare people to deter or escape an assault, and have benefits for improved awareness and confidence. Credit courses are available from the Physical Education department (http://uocatalog.uoregon.edu/pe_rec/#courseinventory) and from UOPD and SAPP (http://police.uoregon.edu/content/self-defense).
    • Students may use UO Safe Ride (541-346-RIDE ext. 2), call a taxicab, or contact UOPD for an on-campus escort (541-346-2919).
    • For emergencies or if you see a crime being committed, call 9-1-1. To report suspicious, illegal or unusual activity on campus, call UOPD at 541-346-2919.

    RESOURCES AVAILABLE FOR SURVIVORS OF CRIME

    • Survivors have a right to report crimes to police and have crimes investigated and/or prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.
    • Call 541-346-SAFE at any time or visit safe.uoregon.edu to learn about options and resources.
    • For students, a range of support services are available through the Office of the Dean of Students, 541-346-3216; uodos@uoregon.edu.
    • For students, personal counseling and other support services are available through the University Counseling and Testing Center, 541-346-3227 (available 24 hours); counseling.uoregon.edu/dnn.
    • For students, medical and sexual assault examination services are available at University Health Center, 541-346-2770; healthcenter.uoregon.edu.
    • For employees, the Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, 541-346-3123, and Office of Human Resources, 541-346-3159, can assist in connecting to resources.
    • Other community resources available are Sexual Assault Support Services (SASS), 541-343-7277 (24 hour crisis line) or 541-484-9791, Womenspace, 541-485-8232 or 541-485-6513 (24 hour crisis line), and White Bird Clinic Counseling, 541-342-8255 541-687-4000 (24 hour crisis line).

    Hoverboards prohibited due to fire concerns

    January 25th, 2016
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    Dear Campus Community,
    Effective immediately, the university is banning all hoverboards and similar types of electronic skateboards from all campus buildings due to the danger of fire and injury from the devices. The ban includes all housing and athletic facilities and all UO buildings in Portland and other areas.

    This action is being taken to protect the campus community while federal officials continue an investigation into the safety of these devices. Fires resulting in injury and extensive property damage have been reported around the country and the world after the devices have overheated during recharging, and the university wants to ensure that the campus community is safe.

    The ban does not affect any mobility or accessibility devices that are not recreational in nature.

    Students living in residence halls who cannot immediately remove their hoverboards from campus will be able to store them until they can be moved. The university will provide a secure storage facility that has fire marshal approval for that use. Students who wish to use the storage area must first drain and remove the battery.

    The federal Consumer Products Safety Commission is currently investigating the safety of hoverboard devices. If future improvements in the product allow them to be used and recharged without danger to individuals or property, the university will reconsider the ban.

    Please direct any questions about the ban to me, the university fire marshal, appropriate department head, supervisor or resident assistant.

    Thank you,

    Krista Dillon, director, Emergency Management and Fire Prevention


    Campus operating on normal schedule Tuesday, January 5th

    January 5th, 2016

    January 5th, 6:30 am

    Both the Eugene and Portland campuses will be operating on their normal schedules.


    UO in Portland Closed – Monday, January 4th, 2016

    January 4th, 2016

    Monday, January 4th, 2016 – 10:40 am

    The University of Oregon in Portland is closed today, Monday, January 4th, 2016. The University of Oregon in Portland follows Portland State University for closure decisions. For information about Portland campus status for Tuesday, January 5th, please check the Portland State homepage: https://www.pdx.edu/


    Campus Regular Operations 1/4/16

    January 4th, 2016

    January 4, 2016 – 5:10 am

    The University of Oregon’s Eugene campus will operate on its normal schedule today – Monday, January 4th, 2016.

    It is understood that not everyone will be able to travel to campus due to the continuing inclement weather. Members of the campus community are expected to use their best judgment in assessing the risk of coming to campus and returning home, based on individual circumstances. Those who believe that the road conditions from their homes are dangerous are urged and even expected to remain home.


    Winter weather has arrived

    January 3rd, 2016

    Some winter weather has arrived; the UO Police Department advises the following safety tips:

    Beware of slippery surfaces. Icy conditions are not always apparent. Taking small steps can help prevent slips and falls.

    Don’t walk in the street. Streets are for vehicles and bikes, and pedestrians in the roadway can become a hazard for drivers or cyclists who are already contending with snow and ice.

    Use crosswalks and be visible and purposeful. Cross streets at intersections, with the proper signals, and go straight across. Don’t go in a diagonal line and spend more time in the street than necessary. With the snow and ice, cars or bicycles will have a very hard time slowing, stopping or avoiding a pedestrian who is in the roadway.

    Wear appropriate clothes. It’s cold. Exposed skin can become frostbitten or lead to other medical problems. Cover up and wear shoes that can take the snow and keep some traction. Even wearing a pair of heavy socks over your shoes can help provide extra traction.


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