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VU Announcements and Updates 

VU E-Alert for Vincennes Campus 4/8/2015: Second set of storms approaching Vincennes area. Thunderstorm Warning in effect. Possible 70mph wind gusts and quarter size hail. 

Tree, roof, vehicle damage, etc. could occur. Also, a Tornado Watch is in effect until 11:00pm.

For your protection during the storm: On campus, locate the Storm Shelters indicated by the red markers in your building. Off Campus: move to an interior room on the lowest floor of a building.

Monday, April 6, 2015
There was an armed robbery Sunday at about 11:30 p.m. at Depot Apartments at the corner of Fourth and Depot streets. Three males were robbed in the parking lot at gunpoint by four to six black males wearing hooded sweatshirts and ski masks. Vincennes City Police, County Sheriff’s Department and VU Police Department responded and processed the scene. The Sheriff Department dog unit was not able to track the suspects who were last seen running North from Depot Apartment’s parking lot. The case is under investigation by the City Police. Students are advised to take precautions, particularly in the evening, and to be aware that VUPD offers an escort service for students.   

VU E-Alert for Thursday, February 19, 2015:
Vincennes campus is canceling all classes that begin before 10am. University offices will open and classes will begin at 10am.
Jasper campus classes will have a delayed start at 10am. For example, if you have a 8:00-11:50am class, report to class at 10am. Offices open at 10am.

Monday, February 16, 2015
VU E-ALERT: T
he Vincennes, Jasper, and Gibson campuses are CLOSED for today. Essential personnel should report as instructed.

Friday, December 5, 2014
VU E-Alert: No further incidents have been reported since the armed robbery at Campus East Apartments at about 8pm. It appears to be an isolated case.
VU E-Alert: There was an armed robbery at Campus East Apartments at about 8 p.m. on Dec. 5. Suspects are 3 black males last seen heading towards 6th Street. University and City Police are investigating. 

Wednesday, November 19, 2014
VU E-Alert: No further incidents have been reported since the reported armed robbery at Depot Apartments before 5 pm. on Nov. 19. It appears to be an isolated case
VU E-Alert: Armed robbery at Depot Apartments near the Vincennes campus just before 5:00pm. Take precautions. The Incident is under investigation by VUPD.

VU Increases Patrols; Seeks Information from Campus Community

November 6, 2014 – Vincennes University Police tripled patrols in response to a series of student altercations on campus Monday night. 

The department is asking the campus community to aide with the continuing investigation. VU Police Chief Jim Jones stated that “some of the instigators have been identified, but this is an ongoing investigation.” As part of the investigation, VUPD officers are reviewing video footage from various areas of campus.  Jones added, “Anytime students believe that they see a suspicious person, that a crime has been committed, or are made aware of a threat, they should notify VUPD immediately. This includes information gained in person or through social media.” 

A statement from Vincennes University Provost, Chuck Johnson, reiterates the University’s commitment to safety and security.  “I want to assure our students, parents, and the entire Vincennes University community that providing a safe environment for student learning and living is always of utmost priority for our institution.  VU is taking steps to hold responsible parties accountable for this latest incident and we will redouble our efforts to avoid situations like this in the future.”

The increased presence was in response to a November 3 altercation that began between two female students and spurred additional altercations near the Vigo and Godare residence halls.  The altercations drew a large group of spectators which was later estimated by city police to be over 100 people. Vincennes University Police requested assistance from local law enforcement agencies to disperse the crowd. Vincennes City and the Knox County Sheriff’s Department responded.  Students were asked to clear the area and return to their residence halls for safety concerns and to allow the officers to address the incidents.  Multiple requests were unanswered which prompted Vincennes City Police to release pepper balls at ground level.  The students then cleared the area.  Two male students were arrested on charges including disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.  One report was called in Tuesday night, but no students were on the scene when police arrived.

Social media postings reported rumors of the students involved in the altercations using weapons and a campus lock down.  Jones clarifies that “The events of November 3 did not involve the use of weapons by students or a campus lock down. If a campus lock down was issued, our E-text and other alert systems would have been activated immediately to provide instructions to students and information to parents.”

In compliance with Federal Regulations and in adherence to the Cleary Act, all police reports can be viewed in the Campus Police office.  In addition, the Vincennes City Police Department can be contacted for the report.

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Mission Statement
The mission of the Vincennes University Department of Police and Safety is to provide a safe and secure campus for all individuals at VU. To achieve this mission, we will respect and safeguard the dignity and rights of all individuals.

We strive to maintain an environment in which the primary education mission of the University can be realized. The men and women of the Department are professionally trained to provide police, security and parking services for the campus community. Our daily objective is to work in a partnership with the community and provide the highest quality of professional police services.

Reporting a Crime
Potential criminal activity and other emergencies on campus can be reported by any student, faculty, or staff member. Contacting Campus Police:

  • From the Vincennes campus: Dial 5555
  • From off-campus: 812-888-5555

University Police Officers are in constant radio contact with Central Dispatch (E-911) and the Vincennes City Police.