Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications

Campus Emergencies, Warnings and Notifications

Husky Safe at BU

Timely Warning: Sept. 16, 2016

A robbery that occurred today (Sept. 16) at 2 a.m. outside Uni-Mart, Lightstreet Road, was reported to Bloomsburg University Police from a campus security authority at 4 p.m. The suspect demanded and received cash from the victim. No weapon was displayed. The suspect, who fled in an unknown direction, is described as a white male with blond hair, of muscular build, wearing a yellow shirt. Anyone with information should contact Bloomsburg Town Police at 570-784-4155.

Students are reminded to walk in groups, especially at night, and stay out of dimly lit areas. A whistle can be useful to draw attention if you find yourself in a dangerous situation.

Timely Warning: Sept. 11, 2016

A reported sexual assault occurred at 8:30 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 11) between Bloomsburg University's Ben Franklin and Hartline. The victim was fondled by a clean-shaven white male who first asked for directions. The suspect is in his late 20s to early 30s, 5-foot-5-inches tall, average build, with short brown spiked hair. He was wearing a striped polo shirt, long pants and black sneakers. He was last seen in a dark blue or black car heading toward Second Street. Anyone with information should contact Bloomsburg University Police, 570-389-2211.

Students are reminded to walk in groups, especially at night, and stay out of dimly lit areas. A whistle can be useful to draw attention if you find yourself in a dangerous situation. This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.

Timely Warning: Sept. 10, 2016

A sexual assault at 8 a.m. today (Sept. 10) in Lycoming Hall was reported to Bloomsburg University Police at 9 p.m. today. No further information is available at this time. Always be vigilant of your surroundings. Do not open your door for strangers, accept drinks from strangers or leave drinks unattended. If you feel threatened or uncomfortable about a situation do not hesitate to notify police.

Update: Sept. 13 — Description of the actor: black male – light skinned, 5’10-6’, mustache, goatee, jeans, T-shirt that read “I think I might be happy." Anyone with information should call BUPD at 570-389-2211.

This campus alert is issued in accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Police and Crime Statistics Act of 1990.

The Red Zone

A 6-week time frame in the beginning of the Fall semester which is marked by an especially high incidence of sexual assaults on college campuses across the country. Alcohol use is higher during this time period which attributes to poor decision making thus more sexual assaults.

Tips for Staying Safe

  • Go with your gut. If you feel unsafe, or even uncomfortable, in any situation, trust your instincts and leave. Don’t worry about what others may think.
  • Make people earn your trust. Just because someone lives on your floor, is in your class, or knows your friends doesn’t mean they’ll look out for your best interests. Get to know people first and then decide trust level.
  • Be true to yourself. If someone is pressuring you, it’s better to make up an excuse to leave than to stay and be uncomfortable, scared or worse. Your safety comes before someone else’s feelings or what they may think of you.
  • Be mysterious online. Posting your whereabouts, even your class schedule, could allow someone to track your every move. If you wouldn’t give that information to a stranger, then don’t put it on Facebook.
  • If you see something say something. If a situation seems questionable, intervene. By taking action you can prevent a crime from being committed. Contact your CA, Bloomsburg University Police 570-389-2211, or call 911.
  • Be a good friend. Watch out for each other and stick together as much as possible. If for whatever reason, you have to separate from your friends, let them know where you are going and who you are with.

Husky Safe

1. Down load “911 Shield” from the App store or Google Play
2. Select Bloomsburg and mark if you are a student, staff or faculty
3. Accept all terms and conditions-for best results allow all functions
4. Fill in all profile information
5. Explore the app and tell your friends Safety is always a number one concern!

Bloomsburg University is adding one more tool to enhance campus safety for students, faculty and staff, an app nicknamed Husky Safe. The Husky Safe app primarily serves as an emergency communication tool between the campus community and Bloomsburg University Police. Features of the app, produced by 911Cellular under the name 911Shield, include:

  • Indoor Positioning System – IPS works off wireless access points on campus to pinpoint the location inside a building where help is needed and notify BUPD. IPS works in conjunction with GPS.
  • Emergency Calling – Users can access emergency services from BUPD at the push of a button on their cell phone.
  • iReports – Users can send text messages along with a photo or video directly to BUPD to alert them of any suspicious activity. The feature may be used anonymously.
  • Friend Watch – This peer-to-peer safety service allows app users to alert anyone in the contacts list when they feel the need for extra safety, such as returning from a class late at night.

Tom Phillips, director of BUPD, said Husky Safe is designed for use on campus only. BUPD will redirect calls received from beyond the campus’ borders to the appropriate 911 center. For emergency assistance in the Town of Bloomsburg or beyond, members of the campus community should call 911. The free app may be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play by searching 911Shield, selecting Bloomsburg and the appropriate group and following the prompts. For information, contact BUPD at 570-389-2211.

University Police

BU's Police Department employs commissioned police officers enforcing Pennsylvania Crime and Vehicle Codes and University Policies. Security officers monitor parking. Police officers are trained in first aid procedures and CPR, including one specifically as a first responder. Contained within the department is a sexual assault specialist. University and Pennsylvania regulations pertaining to alcohol, drugs and fire safety are strictly enforced by officers.

Workplace Safety

BU's Office of Workplace Safety has university-wide responsibility for developing and maintaining health and safety programs, providing an environment that protects and promotes the health and safety of all students, employees and visitors, ensures compliance will all applicable local, state and federal laws and regulations. The department also provides training, consultation services and other various health and safety services.