Reporting Crimes / Emergencies
Community members, students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report all crimes, traffic collisions, medical and fire incidents in a timely manner to the University Police. In an emergency, University Police may be contacted on campus at extension 4-7777 or, from outside the University telephone system at (757) 594-7777, or by using any one of the emergency call boxes located on campus. All call box activation automatically rings into the University Police Communication Center.
To report a non-emergency security or public safety related matter, the University Police may be contacted on campus at extension 4-7053 or, from outside the University telephone system at (757) 594-7053. University Police Communication Officers are available at these respective numbers twenty-four hours a day to answer calls for service.
Upon receipt of a call for service in the University Police Communication Center, the Communication Officer will normally dispatch a University Police officer to the caller’s location. All criminal matters and suspicious incidents will result in the filing of an incident report. Incidents involving students will be forwarded to the Office of the Dean of Students for review by the Center for Honor, Enrichment and Community Standards (CHECS) for potential disciplinary action. University Police officers will investigate an incident when defined investigative leads are present.
The immediate reporting of any crime, especially sexual assaults, assists in the preservation of evidence, which may be necessary to convict a person involved in criminal activity. Information on crimes that may impact or relate to the surrounding community is shared with appropriate law enforcement agencies.
If a murder, negligent manslaughter, non-negligent manslaughter, forcible sex offense, non-forcible sex offense, robbery, aggravated assault, motor vehicle theft and arson occurs and there is a potential for continuation of the crime, a notice of "timely warning" will be issued. It is the policy of the University to require that all criminal acts be reported to the University Police. The University Police will investigate every report of suspicious and criminal activity.
Non-emergency reporting of crimes and other incidents may be made by calling the University Police on the non-emergency telephone, (757) 594-7053, by visiting the University Police Headquarters during regular business hours or by activating one of the emergency call boxes on campus.
Crime victims that do not want to pursue action within the University system or the criminal justice system, may still consider making a confidential report. With the victim’s permission, a University Police officer can file a report as to the details of the incident without revealing the victim’s identity. The purpose of the confidential report is to comply with the victim’s wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, employees and visitors to determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method or assailant and alert the campus community to potential dangers. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the University, and when they involve allegations of sexual harassment (including sexual violence) are made available to the University’s Title IX coordinator.
Silent Witness Program
Silent Witness is a web based reporting tool that allows community members to anonymously report crimes to the University Police. Information about a suspicious incident or person or a potential crime or information regarding a crime that has already been committed can be reported to a University Police investigator for action. The Silent Witness reports are monitored by the University Police Chief and the University Police Operations Division Commander. All reports are reviewed and assigned for action by the Operations Division Commander as appropriate. The Silent Witness program should not be used in emergency situations. For an emergency, call extension 4-7777, on campus, and (757) 594-7777 if off-campus.