UPDATE: Off campus incident

Posted: May 05, 2010

The Oakland County Sheriff’s Department has completed a thorough investigation of a reported abduction and sexual assault alleged to have occurred near Oakland University’s campus on April 24, 2010. The investigation resulted in a finding that the allegation is false and no crime occurred. The person reporting the false allegation has been formally charged with Filing a False Report of a Felony. There are no safety or security concerns for the campus community relative to this false report.

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Off-campus incident

Posted: April 24, 2010, 10:51 a.m.

A female OU student has reported she was abducted from a shopping center parking lot near Walton and Adams between 7:30 and 8 a.m. this morning by two white male subjects driving a green van. She further reports she was then taken a short distance away, sexually assaulted and then released. The Oakland County Sheriff’s office is investigating. All persons should exercise caution and good judgment when walking or driving and report any suspicious activity to local police.

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UPDATE: Attempted robbery

Posted: December 8, 2008 | 1:10 p.m.

A composite sketch of the subject in last night’s attempted purse snatching has been posted in buildings throughout campus.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) at 911 from campus phones, or (248) 370-3333 from off-campus or cell phones.

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OU ALERT: Attempted robbery

Posted: December 7, 2008 | 8:32 p.m.

This evening, a female student was approached by a male subject who attempted to steal her purse. At the time, the victim was outside between 3000 and 4000 University Student Apartments (USA).

The subject is described as a black male, approximately 23 years old, with a dark complexion and a goatee. Subject is approximately 6′ tall and 200 pounds, wearing a blue or black knit hat, a blue raincoat, and blue jeans.

The subject escaped on foot in an unknown direction without the victim’s purse. The victim sustained no injuries.

A composite sketch of the subject is being prepared, and it will be posted by OUPD and University Housing in residence facilities on campus shortly.

Anyone with information is urged to call the Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) at 911 from campus phones, or (248) 370-3331 from off-campus or cell phones.

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UPDATE: Former student arrested in graffiti case

Posted: July 23, 2008

Today, the OUPD announced the arrest of a former student, Tory Dantuma, age 21, for writing a threatening message in a rest room of Van Wagoner House on April 15, 2008. The subject was later arraigned on the felony charge of False Report or Threat of Terrorism before Judge Lisa Asadoorian of the 52-3 District Court. Bond was set at one million dollars.

A second investigation involving threatening messages discovered on April 12, 2008, is continuing. The OUPD is again asking anyone with information regarding that investigation to please contact them at (248) 370-3331.

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UPDATE: A message from the president

Posted: Thursday, April 17, 2008

As you know, Oakland University has been dealing with a difficult situation this week. During the past weekend, the Oakland University Police Department discovered threatening messages in restrooms in three separate campus buildings. I called a meeting of our crisis management team on Sunday morning, and with the information we had at hand, we made the difficult decision to close the campus Sunday and Monday.

That decision was made because our number one priority is to provide a safe campus for our students, faculty and staff. The threats referenced April 14th specifically, so we felt it was in the best interest of the entire campus community to shut down on that day.

Since the weekend, our police department has worked together with officers from the Oakland County Sheriff¹s Department, the Auburn Hills and Rochester Police Departments and federal agencies to process all the information that has been reported to us as a result of the publicity created by this threat.

(Yesterday, there was an additional instance of provocative graffiti found, but our police department has determined that this was a prank and not a viable threat to the campus.) The coordination of efforts between campus police and law enforcement agencies has been tremendous, and will go a long way toward resolving this matter.

I want to thank you students, faculty and staff for your patience, concern and flexibility as we deal with this. We are at a critical time in the semester and we are abundantly aware that closing the campus on the first day of the final week of classes represented a significant inconvenience to our students and faculty.

We live in a world where threats of violence can never be taken lightly. We cherish our mission to provide an outstanding learning environment for all of our students but that mission must always be tempered by the knowledge that idle threats can disrupt everyday life for all of us.

Please be assured that all measures to enhance campus safety have been implemented, and that no effort has been spared in the process of providing the safety that all of us deserve.

Today, I sent a note to Virginia Tech University President Charles Steger, telling him that the entire Oakland University community is thinking about their students, faculty and staff on this, the first anniversary of the terrible event that happened on their campus one year ago today. We pray that the healing process is ongoing, and I told President Steger that the 32 VTU students and faculty who lost their lives on April 16, 2007 will never be forgotten and will always occupy a special place in our hearts and minds.

We are all a part of the same community. We all strive to provide a quality learning experience for our students. Any disruption of that noble endeavor no matter where it happens or what the circumstances are diminishes us all.

Thank you again for your patience and concern. Working together, we can overcome any situation that compromises our overall goal to educate and invigorate the hearts and minds of all our students.

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UPDATE: A message from the OUPD

Posted: April 15, 2008 | 10 p.m.

The Oakland University Police Department sincerely appreciates the vigilance and cooperation of OU’s students, faculty and staff as our campus community reopened Tuesday. It was a peaceful day, one that makes us all appreciate the safety and spirit of Oakland University.

However, as many of us may remember from our high school days, unfortunate events — such as the graffiti discovered this past weekend — sometimes spur immature copycat responses from others. Please stay alert and report anything of a suspicious nature — even if it may be perceived as a joke — to the Oakland University Police Department. We will respond, evaluate the situation and take the appropriate action. Those who mock the hurtful events of the past several days will be dealt with appropriately.

Tuesday evening a prank occurred in one of our residence halls, on a day when many students were feeling uneasy. The Chief of Police and Dean of Students met with residents to reassure them of the nonthreatening nature of the incident, and to request assistance gathering information about the perpetrator of this insensitive joke.

Rest assured that in the event of any actual threat, or an event which may potentially compromise the safety of our campus community, you will be notified through official OU channels, including the media.

To report suspicious activity, call the OUPD at 911 from any campus phone, or (248) 370-3331 from a cell phone.

For full details on Oakland University’s emergency preparedness plans, visit www.oupolice.com/emergencies.

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UPDATE: Hotline available for campus community

Posted: April 14, 2008 | 4:17 p.m.

Oakland University is now running on its normal schedule. The Center for Student Activities is operating a hotline for students, faculty and staff members who have concerns following Monday’s closure due to threatening graffiti found on campus.

The hotline is available at (248) 370-2400 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. now through Thursday, April 17, and 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday, April 18.

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