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Safety First, Safety Always - 2010 Archives

 

 

11/30/10 Bicycle Thefts on CUA Campus

A number of bicycles have been reported stolen from CUA campus bicycle racks. All victims have reported that their bicycles were secured by either a cable cord or chain locks. It is believed that the cable or chain was removed by using bolt cutters.

A suspect has been described as: a black male, heavy set, 35 to 40 years old, wearing a knit cap, dark clothes, and carrying a back pack.

Safety Precautions:

 

Always lock your bike’s frame and wheels with a high-quality, modern U-lock (with a disc/flat key). U-locks are strong and some come with theft warranties.
Remove all detachable items like lights, bags and quick release parts and take them with you.
Register your bicycle with the National Bicycle Registry (NBR). You can register online at www.nationalbikeregistry.com or by calling 1-800-848-BIKE.
Immediately notify the CUA campus police and MPD if your bike is stolen. Keep your bicycle serial number in a safe place so you can give it to the police.
Check on your bicycle at regular intervals.
Report suspicious activity or persons to the campus police at 202.319.5111.
Department of Public Safety

Posted 10:00 a.m.

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11/22/10 Suspects Apprehended in Brookland Burglary

Early this morning, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) responded to a report of a burglary of a home in Brookland occupied by CUA students. MPD apprehended two suspects.

Department of Public Safety

Posted 4:20 p.m.

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11/19/10 Information Alert: Burglaries of Off-Campus Student Housing in Brookland Area

The Department of Public Safety has learned that three (3) off campus student houses were burglarized this week. The Metropolitan Police Department is investigating burglaries of off campus student housing in Brookland and at other locations.

The university will make the services of the Public Safety locksmith available to students living off campus and in need of securing their premises. Contact the university locksmith at 319-5111 if you need assistance.

MPD offers the below safety precautions.

Safety Precautions:

Limit the amount of traffic in and out of your homes. Suspects look for active locations that would easily be identified as a student occupied house.

Residents should communicate with each other when friends are invited into their homes and properly identify them.

Lock all exterior doors and windows, and keep them locked. Everyone who lives at that residence should have a key to enter.

Department of Public Safety

Posted 2:35 p.m.

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11/05/10 Update on Gunshot Incident

As part of the ongoing investigation of gunshots fired this morning, Friday, Nov. 5, on John McCormack Road, the Department of Public Safety is reviewing recordings from its campus security cameras and will provide any footage to the Metropolitan Police Department that might help with the investigation. CUA has five cameras located along the eastern edge of campus bordering John McCormack. They are among 37 cameras that the university has installed since 2008 as part of a $1 million upgrade to CUA’s campus security system.

Department of Public Safety

Posted 2:50 p.m.

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11/05/10 DPS Investigating Reports of Gunshots

At 8:45 a.m. Friday, Nov. 5, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified of the possible sound of gunshots on John McCormack Road. DPS and the Metropolitan Police Department responded to the area. The investigation determined that shots were fired from the area in front of Millennium North and South on John McCormack. The campus area was searched and no injured persons or suspects were located.

According to DPS, the possible suspect is a thin black male, wearing a white T-shirt with red and black lettering or images, gray sweat pants, and some type of gray hooded head garment.

There is no reason to believe that any members of the CUA community are involved in this alleged incident, DPS states. Also, there is no reason to believe the CUA community is in any danger, according to DPS. Please check Safety First for updated information.

Thomasine N. Johnson

Director of Public Safety and Emergency Management

Posted 11:25 a.m.

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10/28/10 Director of Public Safety Says Rumors of Gang Assault This Weekend at CUA Are False

I am writing to inform the Catholic University community that recent rumors of an alleged attack by MS-13 gang members on Catholic University students this coming weekend are absolutely false. The rumors allege that gang members are planning to assault several CUA female students as an initiation rite.

 

These rumors are urban legends. The Department of Public Safety has been in contact with the Intelligence Unit of the Metropolitan Police Department, which has also confirmed that the rumors are baseless. DPS believes the rumors were sparked by speculation about graffiti on Spellman Hall that reads “2013.” According to the rumors, 2013 is linked to MS-13. In fact, this is not a gang tagging. It is simply graffiti, perhaps left by a member of the Class of 2013.

 

DPS will remain in contact with the Metropolitan Police Department about this matter. As always, DPS will maintain patrols on campus all weekend.

 

Thomasine Johnson, director of public safety

Posted 5:28 p.m.

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10/04/10 Robbery on Pangborn Road

On Sunday, October 3, 2010, approximately 3:20 p.m., a CUA student was robbed while walking westbound on Pangborn Road. The suspect approached the victim from behind, snatched her iPhone and began running towards 7th Street and Michigan Avenue.

The Metropolitan Police Department was notified and responded. The victim stated she was not injured.

Suspect #1: Black male, approximately 5’5”, dark complexion, wearing a gray hooded sweater and blue jeans.

Safety Precautions:

Stay alert at all times. The more aware you are, the less vulnerable you become.
Listen to your surroundings.
Avoid carrying cash and valuables: displaying cash, jewelry, or electronics draws unwanted attention by potential thieves.
Notice persons approaching you or following you.
Notify the campus police of any suspicious persons or activity.
Know the location of the emergency telephones.
Use the shuttle bus and escort services.
Office of Public Affairs

Posted 5:00 p.m.

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09/03/10 Update on H1N1 Influenza Virus

Catholic University’s Incident Management Team (IMT) would like to make the CUA community aware of the post-pandemic phase of the H1N1 influenza virus and how it will impact faculty, staff and students.

For a statement from the World Health Organization (WHO) regarding the status of the virus, please visit http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/statements/2010/h1n1_vpc_20100810/en/.

The post-pandemic phase means that the virus has spread throughout all countries and most individuals have been exposed and will have developed some degree of immunity to the virus. There are no new large outbreaks being reported at this time. But, the virus is still expected to circulate along with other seasonal influenza viruses.

 

To protect against the virus, the following are recommended:

 

 

A seasonal influenza vaccine, which is a combination of three circulating strains of the influenza virus including H1N1. Only one vaccine will be needed this year.
Good respiratory etiquette, which includes covering the mouth when coughing or sneezing.
Frequent and proper hand washing: http://health.cua.edu/res/docs/hand-washing-english.pdf.
Student Health Services (SHS) will be offering the flu vaccine to all CUA students. SHS will provide clinic dates and costs as soon as they are available. A vaccine is the best defense against seasonal and H1N1 flu.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 12:00 p.m.

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08/22/10 Catholic University Student Killed Off Campus

A Catholic University student was killed in the early morning hours today, Sunday, Aug. 22. Neil Godleski, age 31, a senior undergraduate majoring in biology, was killed several miles from campus, near the student's home. According to the Metropolitan Police Department, the shooting occurred shortly after 12:30 a.m. in the Unit block of Sherman Circle, N.W.

 

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:55 p.m.

Updated 7:40 p.m.

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07/8/10 Assault at Brookland-CUA Metrorail Station

On July 6, at 8:30 p.m., a summer intern was struck in the back of the head by one of several males standing around the pathway to the escalator at the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station. The suspects fled the area. The Metropolitan Police Department and Metro Transit Police were notified. The victim was taken to Howard University Hospital and treated for his injuries.

The suspects include five to six young black males. No further descriptions are available.

Safety Precautions:

Stay alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
Notice persons approaching or walking behind you.
Trust your instincts. If a situation does not feel right, take protective action.
Don’t become a target. Walk confidently and at a steady pace, stay with a group, don’t stop to talk to strangers.
Avoid alleys, short cuts and vacant lots. Stick to well-lit, busy streets.
Avoid displaying cash, jewelry or electronics, which draw unwanted attention by potential thieves.
Office of Public Affairs

Posted 3:25 p.m.

07/08/10 CUA Resumes Normal Electrical Operating Conditions

Catholic University has resumed normal electrical operating conditions following the curtailment on July 7 in light of unusually high temperatures.

CUA reduced its electrical consumption by 25 to 28 percent yesterday. The university has raised its air conditioning temperatures to their normal settings.

Thank you for your cooperation and please direct any concerns or questions to the Facilities Service Center at ext. 5121 or e-mail cua-fmo@cua.edu.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 1:10 p.m.

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07/07/10 CUA to Reduce Power Consumption Today

Pepco has issued a mandatory power curtailment for 2:30 p.m. today, Wednesday, July 7. The unusually high temperatures have placed severe stress on all power companies in the Mid-Atlantic region. Catholic University is required to significantly reduce power consumption.

At 2:30 p.m. today, please unplug all unnecessary electrical equipment for the duration of the curtailment. Air conditioning temperatures will be raised during the curtailment and returned to their normal settings after it is over. A curtailment normally lasts three to six hours.

The university community will be notified when to resume normal operating conditions. Thank you for your cooperation and please direct any concerns to the Facilities Service Center at ext. 5121 or e-mail cua-fmo@cua.edu.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 1:30 p.m.

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04/28/10 Simple Assault at Brookland/CUA Metrorail Station

About 11 p.m. on Monday, April 26, a CUA student was approached at Ninth and Monroe streets, N.E., by a group of five male and two female teenagers. One of the female teenagers asked to use the student’s phone, and the student refused. The student was then assaulted.

The Department of Public Safety suggests these safety precautions:

Stay alert at all times.
Notice people approaching you or walking behind you.
Notify the campus police of any suspicious people or activity.
Office of Public Affairs

Posted 9:50 a.m.

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04/14/10 Armed Robbery Between Marist Road and Taylor Street

On Wednesday, April 14, at approximately 1:50 p.m., four or five Archbishop Carroll High School students were confronted by a male suspect who wielded a handgun and demanded the victims’ property. The victims surrendered their property and the suspect fled the scene on foot. The Department of Public Safety (DPS) searched the area for the suspect. There were no injuries reported.

Suspect # 1: Black male, unknown age, thin build, approximately 6 feet tall, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, armed with a dark-colored handgun. The suspect had the lower portion of his face covered with a green bandana.

Safety Precautions:

Stay alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Notice persons approaching you or walking behind you.

If confronted, comply with the robber’s demands. Get a good physical description of the suspects and notify the police as soon as safety allows.

Walk in groups in well-lighted, heavily traveled areas.

Do not use paths that are not routinely patrolled by DPS.

Know the location of the emergency telephones.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 5:29 p.m.

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02/19/10 Update on Front Entrance of Mullen Library

The administrators of Mullen Library announce that the front entrance to the library has reopened for access by staff and patrons.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:50 p.m.

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02/19/2010 Front Entrance of Mullen Library Temporarily Closed

Because of the risk of ice falling from the roof of the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library, the library is closing its front doors. All staff and library patrons will need to use the rear entrance, near the book drop. The rear door will remain unlocked during hours of operation.

The CUA community will be advised when the front doors are reopened.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 2:20 p.m.

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01/29/10 Main Repairs Not Expected to Affect Water in Campus Buildings

Repairs to a water main along Harewood Road are underway. The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations (FMO) expects that the repairs will not affect the water supply in any campus buildings. But members of the CUA community who experience water shortages should report them by calling the FMO at 202-319-5121.

Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations

Posted 4:50 p.m.

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01/29/10 Water Main Repairs to Impact Water Usage in Campus Buildings

DC WASA is planning to repair a broken water main along Harewood Road today. Crews have begun mobilizing equipment to the site and digging could begin at any time. Once digging begins water will be turned off and the supply of water to some campus buildings will be affected. Based on available information, the following buildings may lose water:

 

Hartke Theatre
Ward Hall (Music)
Salve Regina
Curley Hall / Annex
Nugent Hall
Marist Hall /Annex
Leahy Hall
Caldwell Hall
Hannan Hall
O’Boyle Hall
Grounds Shop
The Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations (FMO) will work with DC WASA to try to isolate the shutdown in an effort to minimize the effect it will have on campus routines. FMO anticipates losing water momentarily and having it restored by close of business today. FMO will monitor the repair process and send updates as they become available. Please direct any concerns to the Facilities Service Center at ext. 5121 or e-mail CUA-FMO@cua.edu.

Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations

Posted 10:25 a.m.

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01/22/10 Update on Flu

Two new cases of influenza-like illness have been reported on campus since classes resumed Jan. 11.

While the number of flu-like cases on campus has subsided since this fall, Catholic University’s Incident Management Team suggests that members of the campus community continue to be vigilant about preventing the spread of illness.

For more information about the best ways to prevent the seasonal flu or H1N1 flu, visit http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/qa.htm and http://health.cua.edu/flu.cfm.

In the first semester, CUA’s Student Health Services administered 757 H1N1 vaccines to students, faculty and staff during five clinics. Information about H1N1 flu vaccination can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/h1n1flu/vaccination. Information about seasonal flu vaccine can be found at http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/keyfacts.htm.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 4:20 p.m.

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01/08/10 Emergency Notification Drill Has Concluded

The test of Catholic University’s emergency-notification system has concluded.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 1:32 p.m.

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01/08/10 Test of Emergency Notification

This is a test of Catholic University’s emergency-notification system. No evacuation or other action is required of students, faculty, staff or others on campus during this test. Its only purpose is to check the technologies that would be used to alert the campus of an actual emergency.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted 1:01 p.m.

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01/07/10 CUA to Test Emergency-Notification System Jan. 8

Catholic University’s emergency-notification system will be tested at 1 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 8, by the Department of Public Safety.

A test message will be sent via All-Campus Alert (outdoor audible announcement), Alert DC System (text message), e-mail, voice mail and CUA cable TV channels. Watch captains will be manning their positions in entrances and hallways in campus buildings during the test.

No evacuation or other action will be required of students, faculty, staff or others on campus during this test. Its only purpose is to check the technologies that would be used to alert the campus of an actual emergency.

In the event of an emergency, the Department of Public Safety activates the CUA Emergency Notification Plan, sending out an audible announcement on the All-Campus Alert and a text announcement on the Alert DC System. The Office of Public Affairs sends additional notices to students, faculty and staff via e-mail lists and coordinates messages for voice mail and CUA cable TV channels. Public affairs also posts information about the emergency on the Safety First section of the CUA Web site. Building watch captains, resident assistants and area coordinators also are alerted.

Office of Public Affairs

Posted at 5:12 p.m.

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01/07/10 Water Main Break Prompts Closing of CUA Entrance

 

A water main break between the Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies and the John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library has prompted the closing of the main entrance to campus near Maloney Hall. The entrance has been closed because of icy road conditions. While repairs to the water main are underway, several buildings are without water. They include: the Crough Center, Mullen Library and McMahon and Shahan halls.

Restrooms are available in the Edward J. Pryzbyla University Center. Please direct any concerns to the Facilities Service Center at ext. 5121 or e-mail cua-fmo@cua.edu.

Office of Facilities Maintenance and Operations

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