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VU Announcements and Updates
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.
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.