Southern Oregon University Campus Public Safety Office, Ashland Police Department, assisting local law enforcement agencies, fire and other public safety officials will be adding additional resources to work in Ashland this Halloween to help make it a safe and fun time for everyone.Be smart, responsible, and safe when celebrating Halloween this year! Here are a few tips:
• Do not drink alcoholic beverages if you are under 21
• If drinking, don’t leave your drink unattended, and never accept a drink from someone you don’t know. No one wants to babysit an excessive drinker
• Do not drink and drive. Drink responsibly or not at all
• Residence hall students should notify their Residential Advisor before inviting a guest to spend the night
• Don’t walk alone at night; travel in a group at all times and never travel by yourself with someone you do not know
• Be a good shepherd/caretaker. Protect each other by not tolerating anyone trying to take advantage of another person and/or the situation they may be in
• For the safety of yourself and others, don’t wear a costume that includes anything that could be confused with a real weapon. Don’t wear anything that could be taken as impersonating a police officer
• Put an emergency number in your cell phone such as campus security (541-552-6911) or a dependable roommate or friend. If you get lost or separated, you’ll want to know who to call. Carry your cell phone on you at all times
• Follow your instincts and have fun. Take care of your pumpkin; you will need it to be in good condition when Halloween is over
Director of Campus Public Safety
On Wednesday, February 12th at about 8:30 a.m. a male (non-student) was arrested for stalking and harassing a female and her infant child in the Stevenson Union. The male suspect and female victim were strangers.
The safety of our Campus Community is everyone’s business. We want to encourage the reporting of suspicious person or persons on campus. If someone seems suspicious based on conversation, their activity, or if something just tells you that a situation does not seem right then report the person.
What is Suspicious Behavior?
- Entering rooms, offices and labs with no apparent business there
- Tampering with door locks, windows, bicycles and vehicles
- Appearing to be nervous, anxious or scared
- Waiting outside near building entrances during opening or closing hours
- Hanging out in restrooms
- Attempting to socialize inappropriately for the situation
- Asking questions that are inconsistent with the location or situation
Personal Safety Tips
- At night, stay in well-lit areas and use routes more heavily traveled
- Avoid walking alone through isolated areas
- Be aware of what is going on around you. If you suspect you are being followed, indicate your suspicion by looking behind you. Head to a well-lit and/or populated area
- Follow your gut instincts and leave an uncomfortable situation immediately
- Keep your distance and do not engage the person who is acting suspiciously
How To Report A Suspicious Person
- Call 911 if it is an emergency
- Call Security at 541-552-6911 when it may not be an emergency but requires a timely response
- Provide location information and your name
- Briefly describe what the person is doing that makes them seem suspicious
- Describe the physical features of the suspicious person and their clothing
- The more information provided assists the responding officers in locating the suspicious person
Help us prevent crime rather than respond to one after it has happened.
Co-Director of Campus Public Safety
On Saturday 11/19/11 at around 5:30 P.M., a 23 year old male was a victim of a homicide here in Ashland. The crime occurred on the bike path in Hunter Park, which is located between Normal Avenue and Walker Avenue below the tennis courts. The Ashland Police Department along with the Major Assault and Death Investigation Unit is investigating the case. A suspect or suspects in this case has not been identified and we want everyone to be aware that this crime has occurred locally.
Please be aware of your surroundings when you are out and about. We recommend if you use the bike path to travel in pairs or groups. Plan your activities so that other people know where you are supposed to be and when. If out at night, use a flashlight to guide your way and have a whistle and cell phone handy in case of emergency. 911 gets you to the emergency dispatch center so know your location if you need to call.
Campus Public Safety will provide escorts on campus if requested. Call 541-552-6911 for an escort. We want our campus to be safe and until more information is provided as to the progress of the investigation, we want everyone to use due diligence in where and what they are doing to enhance safety.
Co-director of Campus Public Safety