Important Public Safety Announcement:
Dear UTSA Community,
The UTSA Police Department is aware of recent social media posts claiming that there are various crimes occurring in and around the UTSA Main Campus.
These reports are not accurate.
Here is what you need to know:
- On Tuesday, January 31, an armed robbery took place in the University Oaks apartment complex on the Main Campus. Because the victim and the suspect knew each other, UTSA PD believes that this was not a random crime and is not associated with any other incidents.
- Reports suggesting that a suspect in a series of sexual assaults in the Medical Center has been seen on the UTSA campus have not been substantiated by or reported to UTSA PD.
- Claims that four women have been attacked near UTSA and in off-campus apartments on Hausman Rd. have not been reported to the San Antonio Police Department or to UTSA PD.
The safety of all students, faculty, staff and visitors is of paramount importance to UTSA – and to me. As a father, a husband and a police officer, I know how concerning it can be to read things on social media or see a television news story and to not have the facts.
I want to assure you that if we see something that concerns us or jeopardizes the safety of any member of the UTSA community, I will let you know.
Stay tuned to this web page, and to our UTSA Police Department social media channels, for the most up-to-date information about campus safety.
We also encourage you to read the safety recommendations below that will give you a good start to formulating a personal safety plan.
Gerald Lewis Jr.
AVP for Public Safety/Chief of Police
UTSA Sexual Assault Awareness Month — Call to Action Day
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 UC Paseo 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Registration Form — Deadline March 25, 2017
We invite all UTSA Departments and student organizations to join in and engage by hosting an information table to show your support to end sexual violence! We can all use our voices to changes the culture to prevent sexual violence to exist. This April, we're calling on groups whose influence can play a critical role in changing the culture. We're strongest when we raise our voices together, and that's why we're engaging new groups in the movement. These groups can join us in helping the next generation foster attitudes that promote helathy relationships, equality, and respect. These new voices will have a ripple effect on those that they teach, guide, and influence.
Deadline to submit registration form is March 25, 2017. Please contact Cpl. Maranda Tupper at 210-458-6974 or firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or comments.
History of UTSA Call to Action Day:
The UTSA Police Department and UTSA Inter Fraternity Council paired up in 2015 to coordinate efforts between the UTSA Departments and student organizations to provide awareness, support and move towards ending sexual violence. This is the 3rd Annual UTSA Sexual Assault Awareness Month — Call to Action Day.
Seeking Interns with degrees in Marketing, Graphic Design, Criminal Justice, and Public Policy
Clear background check
Be a Junior or Senior UTSA Student
Seeking a degree in Criminal Justice, Public Policy, Marketing, or Graphic Design
Able to complete 150 hours working with the UTSA Police Department, along with meet Course Intern Coordinators requirement
Application deadline is March 29, 2017
If you have any questions please give Cpl. Maranda Tupper a call at 210-458-6974
BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS – Awareness is your best self-defense. Know what is happening around you. Be especially careful and alert if you are alone. Watch where you are going and what is going on around you. Look for potential problems and be prepared to react to them. Avoid going to secluded areas of the campus alone. Find a trusted classmate or colleague to go to these areas with you. You may request a safety escort.
TRUST YOUR INSTINCTS – Don’t accept a false sense of security because you are in a group or in a remote area. If you think something is wrong, remove yourself from the situation. Trust your instincts – if it doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. Don’t be afraid to call for help.
WHEN WALKING, PLAN THE SAFEST AND MOST DIRECT ROUTE – Use well-lit, busy streets, sidewalks and pathways. Walk with friends or a group. When out at night, don’t go alone. Let someone know where you will be going and when you plan to return. Avoid areas you are not familiar with, alleys, deserted streets, secluded and wooded areas.
PROJECT CONFIDENCE – Walk as if you know where you are going. Stand tall. Walk in a confident manner, and hold your head up.
HAVE EVERYTHING YOU NEED READY – Hold your keys when going to and from your car, home and office. This will save you time and give you some security. Be wary of self–defense products. Any device you carry can be used against you. If you do carry a device, know how to use it and be prepared to use it if necessary. Don’t carry more money than what you will need.
IF YOU ARE BEING FOLLOWED ON FOOT OR FEEL THREATENED – Cross the street, change direction and go to a safe, busy area where you can ask for help or call the police. If a car is following you, turn around and walk in the opposite direction if possible. Write down the license plate number and description of the car and occupants.
REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY – Criminals do not want to be seen or heard. They rarely commit crime in front of police officers. We rely on the community to report suspicious activity. We would much rather respond and not be needed than to not be called when a crime could have been prevented or stopped. Trust your instincts; if something does not feel right, it probably isn’t.
PROGRAM THE UTSA POLICE NUMBER INTO YOUR PHONE – Within the campus community our police department can respond to emergencies much faster than local law enforcement – Call (210) 458-4911
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