Reminder about inclement weather

Light snow and cold temperatures are in the forecast for the week of February 4. A reminder on how the UO makes decisions about operations during inclement weather, and how it notifies students and employees:

https://around.uoregon.edu/content/uo-cuts-its-own-path-through-snow-ice-and-winter-storms

And please note: the UO does not send notifications when the campus is operating normally.

Eugene Police share info on armed robbery near UO

The Eugene Police Department issued a news release on Friday, November 16 about an armed robbery that was reported near the University of Oregon campus on Thursday evening, which was the subject of a UO Alert. The initial report gave the location of the incident as 17th Avenue and Alder Street, which is inside the university’s Clery boundary. Upon investigation, police found the incident occurred at Alder Alley, which is west and outside of the Clery boundary. This means that a Campus Crime Alert will not be issued, and the incident will not be part of the UO’s calendar year 2018 crime statistics. This is a Eugene Police investigation, and the UO will have no further information available for release.

Eugene Police News Release
November 16, 2018
For further information, contact:
Melinda McLaughlin, APR, Public Information Director, at 541.682.5124
John Hankemeier, Public Information Coordinator, 541-682-5197

Street Robbery at 17th Avenue/Alder Aly
Case Number 18-18228

At 9:54 p.m. on November 15, Eugene Police officers were called to E. 17th Avenue and Alder Alley after two people were robbed at gunpoint.

The victims, a woman, age 18, and a man, age 21, reported parking their vehicle on E. 17th and seeing a man across the street talking on a cell phone, who then crossed the street and stood nearby. As the victims finished unloading their car and started to walk away, the suspect called to them. When they turned around, the suspect robbed them of their purse and wallet at gunpoint and then fled on foot from the area. A Lane County Sheriff’s Office K9 responded to help with a search of the area, and officers spent almost an hour canvassing the area but did not locate the suspect.

Neither of the victims were UO students, but UOPD assisted in the response and sent out notifications to their students.

The suspect is described as a black male in his early 20s, 5’9” tall, with a heavy build. He was last seen wearing all-black clothing and a dark-colored bandana over his face.

If anyone has information in this case, they should call 541-682-5111.

UO Alert 2017-12-05

The University of Oregon issued a UO Alert on Tuesday, December 5 at 11:19 a.m., warning people to stay clear of law enforcement activity near 24th Avenue and Amazon Street in southeast Eugene. An “all clear” message stating that the situation had been resolved was sent at 11:30 a.m.

Eugene Police were involved with a situation with a possible weapon at a private residence that was near the UO-operated Spencer View apartment complex.

UPDATE 2017-12-05 12:00 p.m.: Eugene Police issued the following information following the incident:

Police Respond to E. 25th Regarding Information of an Armed Subject

This morning at approximately 10:41 a.m., police responded to the 100 block of E. 25th Avenue regarding an armed subject. Police located the described subject near First Place Family Shelter, and observed him in possession of an axe.

The subject was contacted by police and taken into custody on a non criminal hold and transported to the hospital.

South Eugene High School and Roosevelt Middle School were temporary placed on lockout and traffic was rerouted in the area of 24th and 19th Avenue for a short period of time during the incident.

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2017-10-24: Agate Hall clear, reopened

University of Oregon Police have cleared Agate Hall; it will be open for any classes and normal activities on Wednesday, October 25.

Security will be on-site at Agate Hall, and students and employees who evacuated may return to pick up belongings left behind, until 7:00 p.m. Tuesday. Otherwise, building occupants can reclaim belongings starting Wednesday morning on the building’s normal schedule.

 

 

2017-09-02: Heat, air advisory for Southern Utah at Oregon football

In collaboration with regional environmental experts (Lane Regional Air Protection Agency) and the Pac-12 Conference, the University of Oregon has been constantly evaluating the potential for any air quality issues that may arise during our game Saturday against Southern Utah. Fan and student-athlete safety is our paramount concern, and while all data at this point indicates no health risks or dangers posed by air quality, we will continue to collectively evaluate smoke conditions and would enact any contingencies as circumstances dictate.

With respect to the expected warm temperatures, our event operations team (UOPD, EPD, the Eugene-Springfield Fire Department, the American Red Cross, and CMS) has a plan in place regarding Saturday relative to the expected high temperatures. Per the normal policy at Autzen Stadium, fans are permitted to bring sealed, plastic bottles of water in the stadium, and we will have hydration stations available for fans to refill their plastic water bottles.

Also, additional water misters are being placed on the concourses and along the North rim of the stadium, and there will be an increased number of EMT medical personnel in attendance. Two recovery tents will be in place on the South side of the stadium with coolers of ice towels for any fans requiring assistance.

As public health officials have said, fans should remain hydrated and monitor the weather situation in order to make informed decisions regarding game attendance based on their individual health profiles. According to airnow.gov, sensitive groups in this situation can include people with lung disease, older adults and children are at a greater risk from exposure to ozone, whereas persons with heart and lung disease, older adults and children are at greater risk from the presence of particles in the air.

We hope you enjoy your experience at Autzen Stadium, and we thank you for your support of the Oregon Ducks.

2017-08-28: Local Air Quality Warning

Smoke from regional forest fires have pushed air quality in the Eugene-Springfield area into the “very unhealthy” zone on Aug. 28.

The local Air Quality Index (AQI) has climbed to 223 as of 12:30 p.m.

Many University of Oregon buildings can filter out a portion of the particulates in the air, so remaining indoors is best when possible. Outside doors and windows should stay closed in buildings served by central HVAC systems.

An AQI between 200-300 is considered “very unhealthy.” Eugene is typically around 30-50 and considered “healthy.” Most people may start to notice symptoms including burning eyes, scratchy throat, and other mild respiratory effects. More sensitive populations may experience more serious symptoms such as coughing or difficulty breathing.

Recent weather reports suggest smoke may begin to clear out after Tuesday. Please refer to the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA) for additional information and a current indication of the AQI.

Advice from the Oregon Health Authority on outdoor activities during wildfire events:

UO Alert removes third, text-to-voice only number

The University of Oregon’s emergency notification system, “UO Alert,” has allowed students and employees to enter two additional mobile numbers into their accounts, to receive emergency messages about the UO campus.

The limitations of the mass-messaging system force the third number to be TEXT-TO-VOICE ONLY, which means those numbers have received not a text, but a phone call with an automated recording of the text content in spoken form.

Safety and Risk Services has received feedback that the text-to-voice system is not effective and creates confusion. Therefore, as of August 9, UO Alerts will no longer be sent to the third numbers entered into UO Alert accounts. We apologize for any inconvenience this causes. Another option for people who are not students or employees of the UO is to follow the UO Police Department on Twitter, @UOPolice, to receive simultaneous Tweets of UOAlert messages.

To make changes to the UOAlert account, go to https://duckweb.uoregon.edu, log in with UO ID and personal access code, select “Personal Information” from the main menu, then select “Enter/Update Emergency Alert Phone Number.”