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Safety First News Updates

12/10/14
Off Campus – Burglary

On Tuesday, December 9, 2014, the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) notified the Department of Public Safety of a burglary that occurred in the 3300 block of 7th Street, N.E., which involved a CUA student.

On Saturday, December 6th, between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m., unknown suspect(s) entered an apartment that was occupied by a CUA student. The suspect(s) broke the lock off the rear door and stole the following items: IPhone; laptop computer; watch; wallet containing U.S. currency, and clothes. The victim was not physically injured. The investigation is being handled by MPD.

Description of Suspect:
No information provided.

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.

Safety Tips:

  • Sliding glass doors offer easy access if they are not properly secured.
  • Lock all exterior doors and windows.
  • Limit the amount of traffic in and out of your homes. Suspects look for active locations that could be easily identified as a student-occupied residence.

General Tips:

  • Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 8:40 a.m.
 

12/07/2014
Sexual Assault – Off Campus

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) notified the Department of Public Safety (DPS) of a sexual assault that occurred in the area of 7th & Irving Street, N.E., involving a CUA student (complainant). At approximately 12:10 am, the complainant hailed a taxi cab to return to campus. While inside the cab, the driver (suspect) groped the complainant. The complaint jumped out of the cab and ran. The complainant was not physically injured. MPD responded and canvassed the area, with negative results.

Description of Suspect:

The suspect was described as a black male; medium complexion; medium length dreadlocks. No information about the taxi cab was provided. 

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.

Safety Tips:
• If you are a victim of an attempted sexual assault, the goal is survival. Stall for time. Figure out your options. Each situation is different.
• If you are the victim of a sexual assault, call 9-1-1 immediately. The responding officers will assist you in seeking medical treatment and advice, which are critical in the aftermath of an attack.
• Seek help if you need it. While different victims react differently, the weeks and months following a sexual assault can be extremely difficult. CUA offers support and other resources for the victims.

General Tips:

  •  Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
  •  Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 5 p.m.

10/14/2014
UPDATE 1:47 p.m.

The suspect has been apprehended and the drill has concluded.


10/14/2014
ATTENTION: Shelter in place drill is underway. 1:43 p.m.

MPD is doing a floor-by-floor search for the shooter.

Report of an active shooter. Description: Asian male wearing black pants. Olive green shirt. Sounds of gunshots coming from McMahon Hall. MPD is on the scene and has entered McMahon from the west side. DPS has established a command post on the northwest side of Caldwell Hall.

This is a DRILL OF CUA’s emergency notification system. Details to follow.


10/14/2014
ATTENTION: Shelter in place drill is underway. 1:40 p.m.

Report of an active shooter. Description: Asian male wearing black pants. Green olive shirt. Sounds of gunshots coming from McMahon Hall. MPD is on the scene and has entered McMahon from the west side. DPS has established a command post on the northwest side of Caldwell Hall.

This is a DRILL OF CUA’s emergency notification system. Details to follow.


10/14/2014
Emergency Notification Drill

Today, Tuesday, Oct. 14, between 12:30 and 2:30 p.m., The Catholic University of America will conduct a drill of its Emergency Notification System. At that time, all students, faculty, and staff on campus will be instructed to either evacuate or shelter in place. This drill will be conducted jointly by our Department of Public Safety (DPS) and the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD). During the drill, DPS and MPD officers may be deployed and highly visible on campus. Bystanders may see flashing lights and hear sirens during the drill. In addition, in order to accurately simulate an emergency, vehicular entrance to campus during the drill may be restricted.

Members of the CUA community will not know the instructions ahead of time, so it is critical that you familiarize yourselves with the procedures of evacuating or sheltering in place. The Department of Public Safety urges you to read the instructions for both situations at http://publicsafety.cua.edu/emergency/index.cfm.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 10:43 a.m.

10/10/2014
Message from the Director of Public Safety

On October 9, 2014, the Metropolitan Police Department notified the Department of Public Safety (DPS) of an armed robbery that occurred on the campus of The Catholic University of America. While colleges and universities are among the safest communities in any given urban area, no campus is immune to crime.

The Department of Public Safety is responsible for providing protection and service to the entire campus community. DPS works in collaboration with the local police, the Metropolitan Police Department, by patrolling the campus grounds and its adjacent areas. Patrols are provided on foot, bicycle and vehicles. We have a state-of-the-art video camera system that is deployed around campus, enabling the public safety office to monitor outdoor activity on closed-circuit television 24 hours a day. Unfortunately, with a campus of our size — the largest in Washington, D.C. — it is not possible for us to have cameras positioned everywhere, particularly in wooded areas that are not official pathways.

Campus police will increase their presence in and around the area of the most recent robbery in an effort to restore calm and minimize the opportunity for reoccurrence.

Most campus crimes occur when criminals are given the opportunity to commit them. By taking away the opportunity, you can help prevent some crimes.

Refrain from using shortcuts through dark, secluded areas. Stay where other people are around.

If you are confronted, COOPERATE! Give the criminal what he/she asks for — wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards and electronics. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions. Don’t make sudden moves or try to apprehend the criminal yourself. Concentrate on remembering a description and call police.

Know the locations of the blue light emergency telephones throughout campus.

If you are the victim of a crime, call the police immediately. If you are on the University campus, call 202-319-5111. If off campus, call 911.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 2:28 p.m.

 

10/10/2014
Correction to Crime Alert
on Armed Robery on Oct. 9

Yesterday's crime alert indicated that ten CUA students were robbed in the wooded area adjacent to the 600 Block of Taylor St. N.E. In fact, eight undergraduate students – 2 females, 6 males – were robbed.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 8:25 a.m.

 

10/09/2014
Armed Robbery

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) notified the Department of Public Safety at 5:50 PM of an armed robbery that occurred in the wooded area adjacent to the 600 Block of Taylor St. N.E., which involved ten CUA students. The students reported that they were approached by two subjects, one armed with a handgun, who demanded their iPhones, backpacks, credit cards and other personal property. After obtaining the property, the suspects were last seen running out of the woods towards the 600 Block of Taylor St. N.E. None of the CUA students was physically injured.

Description of Suspects:

Suspect number one; Black male, middle age, six foot, 250 lbs, dark complex, blue bandana covering his face, wearing a black hoodie; armed with a handgun
Suspect number two: Black Male, six foot, 250 lbs, wearing a black hoodie

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.

Safety Tips:
• Wherever you are, stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
• If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist.
• Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
• Refrain from walking in wooded and isolated areas.

General Tips:
• Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
• Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 7:50 p.m.

10/02/2014
Update on Ebola

The Incident Management Team (IMT) met on Oct. 2, 2014, in response to the recent Ebola case in Texas. The IMT again reviewed the CUA Emergency Management Plan, Annex #5, Communicable Disease Plan. In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations, the University’s status remains unchanged. The IMT will continue to meet, and monitor and assess the situation as necessary. For additional information, visit the Student Health Services website at http://health.cua.edu.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 4:50 p.m.

09/10/2014
University's Response to Ebola Virus

The Incident Management Team (ITM) met on Friday, Sept. 5, 2014, to review the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations as they relate to the outbreak of the Ebola virus. The University’s response to the outbreak — posting information on the Student Health Services website — is consistent with the actions of neighboring institutions. Environmental Health and Safety is in contact with the Center for Global Education, which has confirmed that none of the CUA study abroad programs are located in the areas affected by the Ebola virus.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 4:45 p.m.

09/06/2014
Off Campus Armed Robbery


The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) notified the Department of Public Safety (DPS) of an armed robbery that occurred at the Domino’s Pizza Restaurant, located at 333 Hawaii Avenue, N.E.

At approximately 12:10 am on Saturday, Sept. 6, two suspects entered Domino’s armed with handguns. It was not reported to DPS what was taken in the robbery. There were no members affiliated with CUA in the establishment at the time of the robbery. No additional information was provided.

Description of Suspect:

Two black males armed with handguns. No further description provided.

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.

Safety Tips:
• Wherever you are — on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway — stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
• If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist.
• Send the message that you're calm, confident, and know where you're going.
• Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.

General Tips:

Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.

Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 4:40 p.m.


09/02/2014
Off Campus Burglary

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) notified the Department of Public Safety of a burglary which involved CUA students. The burglary occurred at the Cloisters Apartments in the 100 block of Michigan Avenue, N.E.

 

On Monday morning between 12:45 am – 5:00 am, unknown suspect(s) entered an apartment that was occupied by CUA students. The suspect(s) entered through a rear window and stole the following items: (2) laptops; an iPhone charger; wallet containing U.S. currency; and keys. They also stole a 2014 silver Honda Civic, bearing Connecticut tags.

None of the victims were physically injured. The investigation is being handled by MPD.

Description of Suspect:
No information provided.

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.

Safety Tips:
• Wherever you are—on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway—stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.
• If someone tries to rob you, don’t resist.
• Send the message that you're calm, confident, and know where you're going.
• Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.

General Tips:
Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.

Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 4:35 p.m.

08/08/2014
Robbery Force and Violence


The Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified by the Metropolitan Police Department of a robbery that occurred in the 400 block of Taylor Street, N.E. at 6:20 p.m. on Thursday, August 7th, 2014. The victim was assaulted by a group of six males and a cellphone was taken.

Description of Suspects: (1) B/M, 13-16 years old, 6’, 140 lbs., dark complexion; last seen wearing an orange shirt and blue jeans. (2) B/M, 13-16 years old, 5’4”, light complexion, last seen wearing blue shirt. (3) B/M 13-16 years old, 5’5”, dark complexion; last seen wearing blue shirt. (4) H/M, 13-16 years old, 5’5”, 130 lbs., light complexion; last seen wearing a black and red shirt.

No information provided for suspects (5) and (6).

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.


Safety Tips:

  • If you are a victim of a robbery, don’t resist. Give up your property.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
  • Walk in groups whenever possible.
  • If you are approached, take note of the person’s appearance, clothing and anything unusual that will help you identify the suspect.


General Tips:
Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 4:32 p.m.

 

08/13/2014
Robbery of an Establishment (Gun)

The Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified by the Metropolitan Police Department of an armed robbery which occurred at the 7-11 store located at 333 Hawaii Avenue, N.E., at 4:23 a.m. on Wednesday, August 13, 2014. The victim reports that two suspects entered the establishment and brandished handguns. One suspect went behind the counter and demanded money from the registers. Taken was an unknown amount of U.S. currency. Both suspects were last seen leaving the area in a gray Dodge Caravan.

Description of Suspects:
Two black males, wearing dark clothing, masks, and armed with handguns.

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.


Safety Tips:

  • If you are a victim of a robbery, don’t resist. Give up your property.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, avoid the person or leave.
  • Walk in groups whenever possible.
  • If you are approached, take note of the person’s appearance, clothing, and anything unusual that will help you identify the suspect.

General Tips:

  • Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 1:50 p.m.
 

06/11/2014
Rescind – Crime Alert
(Attempted Burglary)

An investigation by the Department of Public Safety determined that an attempted burglary did not occur at Curley Court. The investigation revealed that there was no intent to take anything from the trailer or harm the victim.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 4:21 p.m.

06/10/2014
On Campus – Attempted Burglary

On Tuesday, June 10, 2014, the Department of Public Safety was notified of an attempted burglary on campus, at Curley Court.

At approximately 12:04 a.m., the victim reported that an unknown subject knocked on the front door and then went around back and pushed open the back door. The victim screamed and the subject ran away. The victim was not physically injured and nothing was taken.

Description of Suspect:

  • The suspect was described as a male, unknown race, with short hair, wearing baggy shorts. No further information provided.

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.

Safety Tips:

  • Lock all exterior doors and windows.

General Tips:

  • Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted by the Office of Public Affairs at 4:48 p.m.

05/19/2014
Information Alert - Armed Burglary

The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) notified the Department of Public Safety of an armed burglary which involved CUA students. The burglary occurred in the 4200 block of 13th Place, N.E.

On May 18 at approximately 2:30 a.m., four suspects entered a residence that was occupied by CUA and non-CUA students; two of the suspects were armed with handguns. The victims were told to lie down on the floor while the suspects rifled through the home and stole electronic items. Among the items stolen were cell phones and Apple Mac Book Pro laptop computers. None of the victims were physically injured. The investigation is being handled by MPD.


Description of Suspects:
#1 – B/M; 5’11”-6’0”; 185-190 lbs.; thin built; shoulder length dread style hair; black jacket; jeans and ski mask.
#2 – B/M; 6’; 190-195 lbs.; athletic or muscular built; black jacket; black pants and ski mask.
#3 – B/M; 6’; 190 lbs.; thin built; black pants and ski mask.
#4 – B/M 6’1”-6’3”; 195 lbs.; thin built; black jacket; black pants and ski mask.

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.

Safety Tips:
• Lock all exterior doors and windows. Everyone who lives in the residence should have a key to enter the house.
• Limit the amount of traffic in and out of your homes. Suspects look for active locations that could be easily identified as a student-occupied residence.
• Residents should communicate with each other when friends are invited to their homes and properly identify them.

General Tips:
• Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
• Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted by Office of Public Affairs at 4:01 p.m.
 

 

05/05/2014
Message from the President

Dear Students, Faculty and Staff:

As you may have heard through various news reports, last week the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights released a list of 55 schools, including Catholic University, that are currently under investigation for the handling of sexual violence or harassment complaints. In its press release, the department acknowledged that “a college or university's appearance on this list and being the subject of a Title IX investigation in no way indicates at this stage that the college or university is violating or has violated the law."

The University was informed in January 2014 that a Title IX complaint had been filed concerning the investigation and adjudication of a report of sexual assault that occurred in 2012. The University has cooperated fully with the Department of Education to provide all of the information that the department has requested in a timely manner and will continue to do so.

The University’s leaders take seriously our obligations under federal law, and, more important, our profound responsibility to create and sustain an environment that is not only safe for all members of the University community but challenges them and supports their determination to live according to the highest moral and ethical code. As part of this charge, the University has enhanced a variety of prevention programs that emphasize education, personal responsibility, peer intervention, and support for all students, faculty, and staff. Over the past academic year, we have updated our policies and procedures related to sexual violence and misconduct. On an annual basis, we update print and web materials on sexual violence that we provide to incoming students and make available to other University members. In addition, we will continue to build on our educational programs focused on sexual misconduct and relationship violence for students, faculty and staff in fall 2014. I encourage members of our community to visit Title9.cua.edu for additional information and resources.

This is a weighty message to deliver to you as we conclude our academic year. But in light of last week’s news reports, it is a necessary one for you to hear so that, as many of you depart campus for the summer, you will do so with a clear understanding of the University’s policies and with high confidence in our commitment to make our campus community safe for all, while staying grounded in the principles of mutual respect and compassion.

Sincerely,


John Garvey
President

Posted by Office of Public Affairs at 2:10 p.m.

04/07/2014
Off Campus – Burglary

 

On Monday, April 7, 2014, The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) notified the Department of Public Safety of a burglary which involved CUA students. The burglary occurred in the Cloisters Apartment complex, located in the 100 block of Michigan Avenue, N.E.

The victims’ apartment was entered on Sunday morning between 3 a.m. and 8 a.m. through an unlocked patio door while the victims were asleep. Among the items stolen were electronic items, credit cards, and a wallet. None of the victims were physically injured. The investigation is being handled by MPD.


Description of Suspect:

• The victims were unable to provide a description of the suspect(s).

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.

Safety Tips:
• Lock all exterior doors and windows. Everyone who lives in the residence should have a key to enter the house.
• Limit the amount of traffic in and out of your homes. Suspects look for active locations that could be easily identified as a student-occupied residence.
• Residents should communicate with each other when friends are invited to their homes and properly identify them.

General Tips:
Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted 2:48


4/4/14
Crime Alert – Off Campus – Armed Burglary

At approximately 6:00 p.m., the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) reported to the Department of Public Safety that off campus CUA students were the victims of an Armed Burglary. Three (3) suspects armed with handguns ran into a house occupied by CUA students in the 3300 block of 7th Street, N.E. The suspects tied up the victims and took their cell phones, wallets and cash. None of the victims sustained physical injuries. The suspects were last seen running south, away from the campus, on 7th Street, N.E. The investigation is being handled by MPD.

Description of Suspect:
(1) Black male; approximately 6’ in height; wearing a gray or black shirt; armed with a handgun.
(2) Black male; 5’9” – 5’10”; mustache; armed with a handgun.
(3) Black male; 6’ in height; braids hair style; wearing a navy blue or black hoodie; armed with a handgun.

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.

Safety Tips:

  • Lock all exterior doors and windows. Everyone who lives in the residence should have a key to enter the house.
  • Limit the amount of traffic in and out of your homes. Suspects look for active locations that could be easily identified as a student occupied residence.
  • Residents should communicate with each other when friends are invited to their homes and properly identify them.

General Tips:

  • Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Posted 8:55 p.m.
 

2/15/14
Crime Alert - Robbery/Gun - Off Campus


The Metropolitan Police Department reports on Friday, February 14, 2014, at approximately 9:11 p.m., four (4) suspects entered the University Wine and Spirit Liquor Store, located at 333 Hawaii Avenue, N.E. Three (3) suspects were armed with handguns. The suspects displayed handguns and pointed them at persons in the store stating, "You know what it is, everyone get down, give me everything." The victims complied, giving the suspects their wallets, credit cards, money, and cell phones. The suspects fled in two vehicles, a light blue minivan and a green jeep.

The victims did not sustain any physical injuries.

All of the suspects were described as black males; three were armed with handguns; no further description.


Safety Tips:

  • • If someone tries to rob you, don't resist. Give up your property.
  •  
  • • Report the crime to the police. Try to describe the suspect(s) accurately. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims.
  •  
  • • Report suspicious activity or person immediately to the police. Call the Department of Public Safety at 202-319-5111.

Department of Public Safety
Posted 10:50 p.m.

 

2/3/14
Crime Alert - Robbery

Incident: The complainant, a former CUA student, was walking on the wooded path between Taylor Street, N.E., and Opus Hall at 1:20 a.m. While in the wooded area, the complainant was approached by a male subject who struck him, grabbed him around the neck, and demanded money. The complainant surrendered money and the suspect ran from the scene towards Hawaii Avenue., N.E.

The Metropolitan Police Department was notified and responded.

Description of Suspect: Black male; dark complexion; 20’s; approximately 5’10”; 160 lbs.; long dreadlock hairstyle; wearing a tan jacket, black pants, and black tennis shoes.

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, please call the Department of Public Safety on 202-319-5111.


Safety Tips:

  • Avoid isolated and dark areas.
  • Walk in groups whenever possible.
  • If you are approached, take note of the person’s appearance, clothing, and anything unusual that will help you identify the suspect.

General Tips:

  • Report any suspicious individuals to the Department of Public Safety.
  • Program CUA Public Safety into your cell phone for emergencies: 202-319-5111.

Office of Public Safety
Posted 10:45 a.m.
 

1/15/14
Crime Alert - Sexual Assault

On January 15, 2014, at approximately 4:15 a.m., a CUA student reported to DPS that she was sexually assaulted. The complainant reported that, while walking between Centennial Village and Hannan Hall, she was approached from the rear by an unknown male, who forcibly turned her around, grabbed her crotch area, and stated "I will have my way with you like those other guys." The complainant was able to fight the suspect off. The complainant ran to the parking lot and activated the emergency phone. The suspect fled in an unknown direction. DPS canvassed the area for the suspect, with negative results. The Metropolitan Police Department was notified.

The suspect is described as a white male wearing a flannel shirt. No further description is available.


Crime Prevention Tips:

Call for a public safety escort when out during late and unusual hours.
Walk in groups, whenever possible.
Make a plan before you go out.

Office of Public Safety
Posted 8:45 a.m.
 

11/4/13

DPS Intercepts Auto with BB Guns

On November 4, 2013, at 2:10 p.m., an alert CUA student reported to the Department of Public Safety (DPS) that he observed a car in the road that runs between the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the University Mall with what he believed were weapons in the trunk. DPS officers located the vehicle in front of Caldwell Hall and initiated a traffic stop. The driver consented to DPS’s request to search the trunk; the DPS officers found three weapons that the driver claimed were BB guns. The Metropolitan Police Department was notified and MPD officers confirmed that the weapons were indeed BB guns. The driver was advised to remove the weapons from campus immediately. The DPS officers informed him that having weapons of any kind on campus constitutes a Student Code violation. The matter will be referred to the Office of Student Conduct and Ethical Development by the Office of Student Affairs.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted at 7:10 p.m.
 

10/21/13

McMahon Hall Reopens

The Metropolitan Police Department has concluded its investigation of the suspicious package in the McMahon post office and determined that it is harmless. McMahon Hall has reopened for business and the resumption of scheduled activities.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 12:35 p.m.

10/21/13

McMahon Evacuated -- Suspicious Package Discovered

The Department of Public Safety reports that a suspicious package has been discovered in the post office, located in McMahon Hall. DPS is evacuating the building. The Metropolitan Police Department has been notified.

More details will be provided as they become available.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 12:05 p.m.

10/18/13

Catholic University Hosts Meeting on Safety at Brookland-CUA Metro Station

Yesterday afternoon, October 17, Catholic University President John Garvey and Trinity Washington University President Patricia McGuire hosted a meeting on CUA’s campus with eight officials of the Metro Transit Police Department and the Metropolitan Police Department to discuss safety at and near the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station. Also in attendance were David Raley, general manager of Monroe Street Market, and public safety, student affairs, and other representatives from both universities.

The request for the meeting, initiated by Presidents Garvey and McGuire, came in the wake of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority Security Report on October 9, which revealed that in the most recent reporting period (January-August 2013) the Brookland-CUA station recorded the largest number of crimes in the Metrorail system.

Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) officials Jeff Delinski (deputy chief) and Rodney Parks (assistant chief) explained that a spike in crimes had occurred in May, when 12 crimes were committed. In response, MTPD deployed plainclothes and uniformed officers. As a result of these efforts, a series of arrests were made in June and July, and the number of crimes decreased sharply.

The MTPD officials explained that the large majority of crimes reported were either bicycle thefts or “snatch and grab” crimes. Almost all of the snatch and grab crimes at the Brookland-CUA station occurred on the platform or on the train itself.

Both MTPD and Metropolitan Police Department officials present pledged to continue vigilant monitoring of the Brookland-CUA Metro station. They underscored the need for members of the public to be aware of their surroundings when traveling and to avoid displaying electronic devices that can be easily snatched.

A portion of the meeting was devoted to a discussion about enhanced information sharing between MTPD and the public safety offices at Catholic and Trinity universities.

At the conclusion of the meeting, President Garvey noted that MTPD has taken positive steps to improve the situation at the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station. He expressed hope for continued improvements in the areas of information sharing and lighting at the station. He said students would benefit from more communication and more awareness about safety.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 12:55 p.m.

10/10/13

Message on Safety at Brookland-CUA Metro Station

Dear Students, Faculty, and Staff,

Yesterday we learned of a Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) Security Report, which revealed that the number of crimes at Metrorail stations is highest at the Brookland-CUA station. I am writing to provide you with additional information about the report, explain the University’s response, and remind you of common safety precautions that we should all follow.

Following the issuance of yesterday’s report, The Washington Post disclosed further details about reported crimes at the Brookland-CUA station during the January-August 2013 period. The majority of crimes reported at that station have been crimes of property theft, according to statistics provided by WMATA to The Washington Post:

• 40 larcenies (13 bicycles + 23 snatches + 4 others)
• 1 attempted larceny snatch
• 2 armed robberies
• 1 attempted robbery

In response to three recent reports of cell phone theft around the Brookland-CUA station, the Department of Public Safety (DPS) implemented a patrol strategy aimed at preventing additional thefts.

Yesterday President John Garvey was in contact with President Patricia McGuire at Trinity Washington University, who has proposed a meeting of leaders from the Metro Transit Police, Metropolitan Police Department (MPD), Catholic University, Trinity University, and others to discuss crime at and near the Brookland- CUA Metrorail station. Catholic University wholeheartedly supports the idea of such a meeting and is helping to plan the next steps.

As noted within the full report and by The Washington Post, the majority of crimes reported on the Metrorail system, and specifically at the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station, have been crimes of property. In many cases, these crimes are avoidable if pedestrians and bicyclists take precautions.

Below are some common safety precautions:

• If you are a robbery victim, don't resist. Give up your property -- don't risk your life.
• Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk in groups whenever you can -- there is safety in numbers.
• Always be aware of your surroundings. If you are wearing headphones, don't turn up the volume so high that you cannot hear other sounds around you.
• Avoid displaying cell phones or other electronic devices in such a manner that they are easy to “snatch and grab.” It’s best to keep them stowed away when traveling on mass transit.
• Avoid carrying large sums of cash or displaying expensive jewelry.
• 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.
• 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.
• Report suspicious activity or persons to campus police at 202-319-5111.

Please be assured that the safety and security of members of the University community is our most important priority. We are fortunate to have a campus that is safe and secure and will work with MPD and Metro Police to ensure that the areas nearby are safe as well. All of us in our own way can contribute to this important effort. Criminals look for crimes of opportunity. Keeping the number of such opportunities at a minimum is a great crime deterrent.

Sincerely,

Frank G. Persico
Vice President for University Relations and Chief of Staff
 

10/7/13

ATTENTION: Shelter in Place Drill Is Over

ATTENTION: 10/7/13, 10:32 a.m. Shelter in place drill is over.

This is a DRILL of CUA’s emergency notification system.

Office of Public Affairs

10/7/13 

ATTENTION: Shelter in Place Drill Update

ATTENTION: 10/7/13, 10:29 a.m. Shelter in place drill update. MPD has cleared McMahon Hall.10/7/13

This is a DRILL of CUA’s emergency notification system. Details to follow.

Office of Public Affairs

10/7/13
ATTENTION: Shelter in Place Drill Update

MPD has been notified. DPS is waiting their arrival.

Office of Public Affairs


10/7/13
ATTENTION: Shelter in Place Drill is Underway

This is a DRILL of CUA’s emergency notification system. Details to follow.

Shelter in place.

This is a DRILL of CUA’s emergency notification system. Details to follow.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 10:20 a.m.
 

10/3/13
Shooting Has Ended on Capitol Hill

Law enforcement sources are reporting that a suspect exchanged gunfire with police in the vicinity of Capitol Hill and that the suspect has died. CNN reports that the Capitol Hill lockdown has been lifted. Please follow news media for further updates.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 3:15 p.m.


10/3/13
News Media Reports Shots Fired Outside Capitol

At least three media outlets report that shots have been fired outside the Capitol. The Capitol reportedly is on lockdown. The Department of Public Safety will continue to monitor the situation and update the community as necessary.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 2:50 p.m.

9/23/13
Information Alert -- Robbery Snatch

On 09/22/2013, at approximately 6:51 p.m. a CUA student was standing on the platform at the Brookland Metro station when a suspect approached and snatched her iPhone. The suspect fled the Metro station and was last seen running towards Jackson Street, N.E. The complainant was not injured and no weapon was involved. Metro police and MPD were notified.

The suspect is described as a black male; approximately 5'4"; late teens to early twenties; dreads hairstyle in a ponytail. The suspect was last seen wearing a black shirt and blue jeans.

Safety Tips:

- The Metropolitan Police Department is encouraging victims of smart phone thefts to call their carrier and to "brick it" in an effort to deter smart phone theft.

- Wherever you are -- on the street, in an office building or shopping mall, driving, waiting for a bus or subway -- stay alert and tuned in to your surroundings.

- If possible, do not display your cell phone when traveling on the bus and or Metrorail.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 8:30 a.m.
 

8/28/13
Water Restored to All Affected Buildings; Class Locations Revert to Usual Locations at 5 p.m.

The ruptured water pipe near McMahon Hall has been replaced and water has been restored to the Crough Center, Mullen Library, and Shahan Hall. As of 5 p.m. all classes usually scheduled to take place this afternoon or this evening in Crough and Shahan will meet there, and likewise Mullen Library will reopen.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 2:20 p.m.
 

8/28/13
Enrollment Services Website Lists Class Relocations for Shahan and Crough

Yesterday’s water outage continues to affect the following three buildings on campus:

Edward M. Crough Center for Architectural Studies
John K. Mullen of Denver Memorial Library
Shahan Hall

The Office of the Provost has been working with the Office of Enrollment Services to relocate classes scheduled in Shahan and Crough, beginning with morning classes. Students and instructors are advised to check http://enrollmentservices.cua.edu/ throughout the day for relocated classes. Every effort is being made to relocate classes, though some will need to be cancelled. In addition to the enrollments services website, class relocations will be posted at the entrances to Shahan and Crough halls. Students with classes scheduled in Crough and Shahan are advised to check their email accounts for updates from their instructors and from the Office of Public Affairs throughout the day.

It is anticipated that Crough, Mullen, and Shahan will remain closed throughout the day and evening. If that situation changes, the University community will be notified via email and website.

The water outage was caused by the collapse of a pipe near McMahon Hall that needs to be replaced.


Office of Public Affairs
Posted 8:05 a.m.
 

8/27/13
Update on Water Outage: 3 Campus Buildings Remain Closed Wednesday

Due to a water outage, the following three buildings will remain closed Wednesday:

Crough
Mullen
Shahan

All other campus buildings will be open for classes and other activities.

Efforts are underway to make alternative arrangements for classes and other activities usually held in Shahan, Crough and Mullen. They will be communicated Wednesday via email and the University website as they become available. Members of the University community are advised to check email and the website for updates.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 8:50 p.m.
 

8/27/13
Water Outage Causes Class Cancellations in Some University Buildings

Classes and activities scheduled this evening in the following campus buildings have been cancelled due to a water outage:

McMahon
Caldwell (excluding Seton)
Shahan
McGivney
Crough
Mullen

None of the residence halls has been affected by the water outage and the Pryzbyla Center is functioning normally.

Members of the campus community are urged to check their email and the University website, Facebook, and/or Twitter early tomorrow morning for a status update on classes and activities in the affected buildings.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 6:40 p.m.
 

7/29/13
Crime Alert - Robbery-Gun

The CUA Department of Public Safety was notified by MPD of a Robbery-Gun that occurred on Saturday, July 27, 2013, at approximately 10:58 a.m., inside the 7-11 Store (located in the 300 block of Hawaii Avenue, N.E.) MPD reported that a subject entered the store wearing a black ski mask, armed with a handgun and demanded cigarettes. After receiving cartons of cigarettes, the subject entered a red Dodge Caravan with Maryland tags, with another suspect. The suspects left the area, fleeing eastbound on Taylor Street, N.E. There were no injuries and no member of the CUA community was involved.

Description of Suspect:
Suspect #1: Black male; black ski mask, purple shirt and black pants; armed with a dark colored handgun.
Suspect #2: Unknown
Suspect Vehicle: Red Dodge Caravan with Maryland tags

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 1:10 p.m.
 

7/25/13
Information Alert – Off-campus Robbery Snatch

On Thursday, July 25, 2013, at approximately 10:45 a.m., DPS was notified of a Robbery-Snatch that occurred on the escalator at the Brookland-CUA Metro Station. The complainant reported that he was on the escalator exiting the Metro station, talking on his IPhone, when the suspect ran up and snatched his IPhone. The complainant ran after the suspect, but was unable to catch him. The suspect was last seen running towards Michigan Avenue, N.E. The complainant is a member of the CUA community and was not injured. No weapon was displayed. Metro Transit Police and MPD were notified.

Description of Suspect:
Black male; 5’9-11’’; 150-160 lbs.; 17-18 years old; short hair; wearing a black or gray T-shirt and shorts.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 1:40 p.m.
 

7/8/2013
Information Alert / Robbery Snatch
 

 

On Monday, July 8, 2013, at approximately 4 p.m., it is reported that a complainant was on the escalators inside the Brookland-CUA Metro station when a suspect snatched her iPhone out of her hand. The suspect ran out of the station, onto John McCormick Road and was last seen running on Michigan Avenue., N.E. The complainant was not injured and is not a member of the CUA community.  Metro Transit police were notified and responded.
 
Description of Suspect: 
Black male: 5’10’’; 15 – 20 years old; wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans.

If you have information relating to this incident, or witness suspicious activity, call the Department of Public Safety at 202-319-5111.
 
Office of Public Affairs
Posted at 5:30 p.m.



6/6/13
Crime Alert / Robbery Snatch

 

 

On June 5, 2013, Metro Transit police notified the Department of Public Safety of a robbery (snatch) that occurred inside the Brookland Metro station. Metro Transit police reported that at approximately 7:45 pm, a group of 4-5 black male juveniles snatched an IPhone from the complainant t as he was waiting for the subway train. The group of juveniles ran out of the subway station, on John McCormick Drive, towards Hawaii Avenue, N.E. The complainant is not a member of the CUA community. According to Metro Transit Police, the complainant was not harmed and nothing else was obtained.

8:40 a.m.
Office of Public Affairs
 

5/7/13
Armed Robbery Reported at Brookland-CUA Metro Station

On May 6, 2013, the Department of Public Safety was notified by Metro Transit police of an armed robbery that occurred at the Brookland-CUA Metro station. At approximately 8:15 p.m., five juveniles approached the victim and one of them displayed a handgun. The victim gave the juveniles her property and ran. The victim was not injured. Three of the juveniles were last seen walking toward Pangborn Road; the other two juveniles were last seen walking toward 7th and Michigan Ave., N.E.

The five juveniles were described as black males, approximately 15-17 years old. If you see any subjects fitting this description, please contact the Department of Public Safety at 202-319-5111.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 8:57 a.m.
 

4/26/13
Suspicious Package Determined to be Harmless

The Department of Public Safety reports that the suspicious package on the sidewalk just outside the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station has been investigated by safety officials and found to be harmless.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 11:25 a.m.
 

4/26/13
Suspicious Package Outside Brookland-CUA Metrorail Station

The Department of Public Safety reports that a suspicious package, which appears to be a large briefcase or suitcase, has been found on the sidewalk just outside the Brookland-CUA Metrorail station (on the CUA side). DPS officers have contained the scene and are awaiting the arrival of Metropolitan Police Department and Metrorail officers.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 10:35 a.m.

4/26/13
Report of Shooting in 400 Block of Michigan Ave. N.E.

At approximately 8:30 p.m., the Metropolitan Police Department received a report of a shooting in the 400 block of Michigan Avenue N.E.  The shooting did not involve any members of the CUA community.

MPD gave the following lookout for the suspect: black male, 5.7-5.8 ft., 140 lbs., dread hairstyle, wearing a white T-shirt and blue jeans. The subject was armed with a handgun.

Members of the CUA community are reminded to be aware of their surroundings. If anyone see a person matching this description, please do not approach the subject. Instead call campus police at 202-319-5111. 

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 8:40 a.m.

4/19/13
Law School Building Reopens

The law school has reopened after the Metropolitan Police Department checked out the report of a suspicious package and found it to be harmless.

Members of the University community are reminded to avoid leaving personal property unattended and to report suspicious packages to the Department of Public Safety promptly (202-319-5111).

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 1:30 p.m.

4/19/13
Law School Building Evacuated

The Department of Public Safety reports that at 1:05 p.m. today the Columbus School of Law building was evacuated following the report of a suspicious package in the law school chapel. Officers from the Metropolitan Police Department and Department of Public Safety are on the scene.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted 1:25 p.m.

2/8/13
Crime Alert
On Campus Burglary

Between January 23 and February 8, 2013, five (5) Apple MacBook Pros computers have been stolen from students residing in Opus Hall. The burglaries have occurred during the day and afternoon hours. In each of these burglaries, the suspect(s) have entered unlocked rooms and taken the computers.

Resident students: Lock the door to your room when you are sleeping or leaving, even if it is only for a few minutes. Do not leave your books, bags, laptops, bags or any personal property unattended.

Faculty & Staff: Lock your office when you are gone. Keep valuables such as purses, keys, credit cards, etc., locked in your desk. Do not leave classrooms containing personal property unattended or unlocked during breaks.

Report suspicious activity to the Department of Public Safety.

Call the public safety department on x5111 on any campus phone.

Office of Public Affairs
Posted at 5:13 p.m.


02/08/13
Flu Season 2013 -- Message #5

The Incident Management Team (IMT), led by Dr. Loretta Staudt, medical director, Student Health Services, met on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, to discuss the status of flu reports on campus and in the District of Columbia. IMT reviewed the latest Influenza Surveillance Report from the District of Columbia’s Department of Health, which states there is no increase of cases of influenza in the District. There has been no increase of cases of influenza on campus. At this time, the IMT will only convene if it becomes necessary due to any increase of influenza cases on campus.

The University will continue enhanced touch-point wipe-downs throughout the campus, keeping all hand sanitizers and soap dispensers full, and will continue to post information on proper hand-washing in the restrooms. Stand-alone hand sanitizers will remain in heavily populated areas.

According to the CDC website, people who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (these are more common in children than adults).

The following preventive measures are recommended for avoiding various types of influenza:

  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of any tissue immediately after use.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water and/or use alcohol-based hands cleaners.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick, stay away from class or workplace.
  • Contact Student Health Services or your health-care provider if you have symptoms.

For more information concerning influenza, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov.

Incident Management Team
Posted 12:20 p.m.
 

01/31/13
Flu Season 2013 -- Message #4

The Incident Management Team (IMT), led by Dr. Loretta Staudt, medical director, Student Health Services, met on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, to discuss the status of flu reports on campus and in the District of Columbia. IMT reviewed the latest Influenza Surveillance Report from the District of Columbia’s Department of Health, which states there is no increase of cases of influenza over the past two weeks. The same holds true for cases of influenza activity on campus.

During this time of year there is an expected increase and risk of influenza-like illnesses and viral infections. The University will continue enhanced touch-point wipe-downs throughout the campus, keeping all hand sanitizers and soap dispensers full, and will continue to post information on proper hand-washing in the restrooms. Stand-alone hand sanitizers have been added to heavily populated areas.

According to the CDC website, people who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (these are more common in children than adults).

The following preventive measures are recommended for avoiding various types of influenza:

  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of any tissue immediately after use.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water and/or use alcohol-based hands cleaners.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick, stay away from class or workplace.
  • Contact Student Health Services or your health-care provider if you have symptoms.

The IMT will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust the University’s response as warranted. For more information concerning influenza, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov.

Incident Management Team
Posted 10:30 a.m.
 

01/25/13
Flu Season 2013 -- Message #3

The Incident Management Team (IMT), led by Dr. Loretta Staudt, medical director, Student Health Services, met on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013, to discuss the status of flu reports on campus and in the District of Columbia. IMT reviewed the Influenza Surveillance Report from the District of Columbia’s Department of Health, which states there is an increase of cases of influenza in the District of Columbia. However, there has not been any increase of cases on campus. Student Health Services does not have any flu vaccines to administer and has been advised by its supplier that it will not receive any additional vaccine. Therefore, students who wish to receive a vaccine are highly encouraged to seek alternative sources elsewhere, e.g. pharmacies, doctors’ offices, participating grocery stores, and CVS stores.

The University will continue enhanced touch-point wipe-downs throughout the campus, keeping all hand sanitizers and soap dispensers full, and will continue to post information on proper hand-washing in the restrooms. Stand-alone hand sanitizers have been added to heavily populated areas.

According to the CDC website, people who have the flu often feel some or all of these signs and symptoms:

  • Fever or feeling feverish/chills
  • Cough
  • Sore throat
  • Runny or stuffy nose
  • Muscle or body aches
  • Headaches
  • Fatigue (very tired)
  • Vomiting and diarrhea (these are more common in children than adults).

The following preventive measures are recommended for avoiding various types of influenza:

  • Cover nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing. Dispose of any tissue immediately after use.
  • Wash hands often with soap and water and/or use alcohol-based hands cleaners.
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick, stay away from class or workplace.
  • Contact Student Health Services or your health-care provider if you have symptoms.

The IMT will continue to monitor the situation and will adjust the University’s response as warranted. For more information concerning influenza, visit the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov.


Incident Management Team
Posted 12:20 p.m.
 

01/18/13
Flu Season 2013 -- Message #2

The Incident Management Team (IMT), led by Dr. Loretta Staudt, medical director, Student Health Services, met on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013, to discuss the status of flu reports on campus. Since Student Health Services acquired a limited quantity of the flu vaccine, students are encouraged to seek alternative sources elsewhere, e.g. pharmacies, doctors’ offices, participating grocery stores, and CVS stores.

The University will continue enhanced touch-point wipe-downs throughout the campus, keeping all hand sanitizers and soap dispensers full, and will continue to post information on proper hand-washing in the restrooms. Stand-alone hand sanitizers have been added to heavily populated areas.