To All Troy Campus Faculty, Staff and Students:
This afternoon, a student reported a sexual abuse that occurred on the evening of Thursday, Sept. 24, in the vicinity of Gardner Hall on the Troy campus. This report was made to University Police on the afternoon of Sept. 25.
An active investigation is underway by Troy University Police who are looking for a black male who was dressed in all black with a hoodie on his head. Anyone with information about this incident is urged to call University Police at 334-670-3215. After hours, University Police may be reached through the City of Troy Police Department at 334-566-0500. Call 911 for any emergencies.
This is the third incident that has been reported to University Police in this area of campus, the first two being assault and robbery incidents in the front of Shackelford Hall.
Additions have been made to existing safety procedures and police patrols. Additional lighting has been installed and additional police presence and security patrols for the area have been instituted. On Monday, Sept. 28, University Police and student officials will conduct safety briefings on the campus.
We urge students to remain vigilant in their surroundings, report any suspicious individuals to police or call 911 if they feel threatened in any way. We urge our students, faculty and staff to take these steps to increasing their own level of safety:
- Know your campus. Familiarize yourself with the services offered and where things are located on your campus.
- Don’t talk to strangers. If you are unsure about talking with a person, just walk away.
- Lock your doors. This works whether it’s your car, your dorm room or an off-campus home or apartment. Lock up, and don’t open the door for anyone you do not know.
- Maintain “positive control.” Keep your personal items out of sight, in a secured location or with you at all times. Leaving items unattended invites problems.
- Use the “Buddy System.” Don’t go alone. Go in groups, or pairs when you’re out and about.
- When you are going out for the evening, a weekend or just across town, let someone else know where you are going, with whom and when to expect you back. Let that person know when you change your plans.
- Stay “Eyes On.” Report suspicious persons or situations to police immediately. If you need to, dial 911. Stay alert and aware of your immediate environment. If you feel threatened in any way, call 911.
Last Updated: September 25, 2015