Campus safety planning advisory and call for volunteers

The Oakland University Police Department and University Video Services will be working next week to create an educational video addressing the topic of an active shooter on campus. Campus community volunteers are invited to support the filming effort.

Faculty, staff, students and others are advised that taping will take place on dates and in the campus locations listed below. Work will take place throughout business hours on each day.

  • Monday, August 21 – Human Health Building
  • Wednesday, August 23 – Engineering Center
  • Thursday, August 24 – Pawley Hall

Video creators will strive to create visual representations of circumstances associated with an active shooter as realistically as possible. Campus community members are advised to remember that no threatening or emergency situation is in progress.

In the event of a real crisis or emergency situation, the OUPD and University Communications and Marketing would utilize a multifaceted system of campus communications to quickly inform and advise the community.

To support filming activities, police training signs will be posted around selected locations and police personnel will work to prevent people from inadvertently or unknowingly finding themselves in staged situations. All campus community members are encouraged to share this information with individuals who plan to be on campus and who may not have received this notification.

In preparation for next week’s activities, the OUPD and University Video Services are seeking volunteers to serve as extras in filming locations as their schedules allow. Those interested in helping support the effectiveness of this educational effort should contact University Video Services Director Heather Haughey at haughey@oakland.edu.

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UPDATE: All clear issued in campus gas leak situation

The Oakland University Police Department has issued an all clear advisory regarding the gas leak situation that occurred shortly after noon on Monday.

Consumer’s Energy has shut off a supply line on the west side of Kresge Library, which was mistakenly ruptured during construction activities. Repairs will take place this evening.

Campus community members are advised that there is no longer a threat of danger in the area.

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OU ALERT: Gas leak reported on campus

The Oakland University Police Department is advising campus community members of an active gas leak on the West Side of Kresge Library. There is a strong smell of natural gas there and to the south due to a north wind.

Construction workers mistakenly struck a 3-inch gas line just after noon while working near the library. Consumer’s Energy has been contacted and is expected to be on the scene at approximately 2 p.m.

Campus community members are encouraged to avoid the area, as OUPD officers have cordoned off the location and are keeping all but emergency responders clear of any danger.

At present, no campus activities have been canceled as a result of this situation.

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OU ADVISORY: Partial campus power outage due to construction mishap

Early Friday afternoon, a power outage affecting East Campus, the Facilities Management Building and the P-32 parking structure was caused by an electrical junction box inadvertently being struck by construction equipment near the Facilities Management parking lot, P-31.

Facilities Management staff were forced to shut off the circuit powering the junction box to assess damage, and subsequently found that immediately needed repairs would take approximately two hours to complete. As such, power is not likely to be restored until the late afternoon.

All University employees affected by the outage are encouraged to work with supervisors to find alternate locations to work. Anyone in affected areas who needs police services is advised to use a cell phone to call the Oakland University Police Department at (248) 370-3331.

Additional repairs being planned for tomorrow, Saturday, July 1, will require another power shutdown. Any sensitive electronic equipment in the affected areas that will be re-powered prior to tomorrow’s service interruption should be shut down this evening as a precautionary measure.

The University appreciates the patience and cooperation of the campus community as it works to manage this unanticipated service interruption.

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South campus road restrictions to support hazardous waste drop-off

Lot Restrictions

The Oakland University Police Department will restrict the use of South Oakland Drive and Library Drive to individuals participating in the Oakland County hazardous waste disposal event between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. All other commuters will be directed to use the University’s main entrance on Squirrel Road or entrances off of Walton Boulevard or Adams Road.

All drivers leaving campus during the road use restriction are advised to travel north on Pioneer Drive or Meadow Brook Road toward campus exits other than those on the southwest side of campus.

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UPDATE: Police see no indication of continuing threat in suicidal subject incident

An active investigation continues into an early Thursday morning report of a possibly suicidal person who may have been armed with a weapon near campus. Police officials, however, have no new information leading them to believe that the subject in question poses an ongoing threat to the University community.

The OUPD would like to remind community members that at all times, it is best to remain vigilant while moving around campus and to report all suspicious activity to University police at (248) 370-3331.

Campus community members are advised to program this number into their cell phones for ease of retrieval during an emergency. For more safety tips, visit oupolice.com.

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UPDATE: Police continue to investigate report of armed, suicidal person near campus

Police continue to investigate an early Thursday morning report of a possibly suicidal person who may have been armed with a weapon near campus.

According to the report, the individual was seen at approximately 2 a.m. in the area of Boulevard Apartments across from the Oakland University campus on Walton Blvd. As of 9:20 a.m. on Thursday, police report that the person has not been seen since.

The subject is described as a white male in his 20s with shoulder length hair and wearing a blue, long-sleeve, button-down shirt. Anyone who has seen or has information about this individual should dial 911 immediately.

At all times, the OU Police would also like to remind the community to:

  • Report all suspicious activity to the OU Police;
  • Utilize the “Visual Escort” program for walking escorts;
  • Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night;
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Avoid wearing headphones, talking or texting on your cell phone, or anything which can distract you;
  • Travel in well lighted, busy pathways and streets;
  • Carry your cell phone with you and be prepared to call 911 in case of emergency or crime of violence;
  • If you witness a crime of violence, make note of the suspect’s description and direction of travel;
  • Program the number for The OU (248-370-3331) into your cell phone;
  • Know where the blue emergency phones are around campus. A map of campus emergency phones can be found at oupolice.com;
  • Report all suspicious people and circumstances to the Oakland University Police Department at (248) 370-3331;
  • Visit oupolice.com for more safety tips.
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OU ALERT: Possibly armed, suicidal person reported near campus

On Thursday, June 22, at approximately 2 a.m., the Oakland University Police Department received information from the Auburn Hills Police Department regarding a possibly suicidal person who may be armed with a weapon near campus.

According to the report, the individual is described as a white male in his 20s with shoulder length hair and wearing a blue, long-sleeve, button-down shirt. The person was last seen in the area of Boulevard Apartments across from the Oakland University campus on Walton Blvd. He remains at large.

Anyone who sees or has information about this individual should dial 911 immediately.

It can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the campus community. Heightened awareness of surroundings is recommended.

At all times, the OU Police would also like to remind the community to:

  • Report all suspicious activity to the OU Police
  • Utilize the “Visual Escort” program for walking escorts
  • Travel in groups and avoid going out alone at night
  • Stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. Avoid wearing headphones, talking or texting on your cell phone, or anything which can distract you
  • Travel in well lighted, busy pathways and streets
  • Carry your cell phone with you and be prepared to call 911 in case of emergency or crime of violence
  • If you witness a crime of violence, make note of the suspect’s description and direction of travel
  • Program the number for The OUPD (248-370-3331) into your cell phone
  • Know where the blue emergency phones are around campus. A map of campus emergency phones can be found at oupolice.com
  • Report all suspicious people and circumstances to the Oakland University Police Department at (248) 370-3331
  • Visit oupolice.com for more safety tips.
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New report ranks Oakland University third-safest college in nation

top100safecollegesOakland University is ranked among the safest colleges in the nation, according to a new report from a national trade organization dedicated to furthering public knowledge on home safety and security issues.

The National Council for Home Safety and Security ranked Oakland third on its list of the Top 100 Safest Colleges in America. According to the organization’s website, the list was compiled using the most recent data from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting and the National Center for Education Statistics.

OU Police Chief Mark Gordon called the report “a testament to the cooperation and commitment that the Oakland community has toward creating a safe environment.”

The report looked at accredited public, private and not-for-profit institutions that offer four-year degree programs and have student populations above 15,000. More than 2,000 colleges and universities were assessed. The top-ranked colleges had low overall crime rates, both on campus and in the surrounding community. Additional information about the report’s methodology can be found here.

Oakland University was ranked as the safest college in Michigan, ahead of Michigan State University (No. 10) and the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor (No. 29). The University of New Hampshire was ranked No. 1 on the list, followed by Brigham Young University at No. 2.

These rankings come on the heels of a 2016 report from CollegeChoice.net, which ranked Oakland No. 7 on its list of the 50 Safest Large Colleges and Universities in America.

Based in Washington D.C., the National Council for Home Safety and Security is a national trade association comprised of licensed alarm installers, contractors, and other relevant trade groups across the United States.

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South campus road restrictions to support hazardous waste drop-off

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In conjunction with an Oakland County household hazardous waste collection event taking place on campus, the Oakland University Police Department will restrict the use of South Oakland Drive and Library Drive to NoHaz participants between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 24. All other campus community members and visitors will be directed to use the campus’ main entrance or entrances off of Walton Boulevard or Adams Road.

Commuters are reminded that Pioneer Drive and the portion of Meadow Brook Drive south of the Police and Support Services Building are closed in conjunction with a campus parking expansion project. Likewise, the portion of Grizzly Lane north of the P-32 parking structure is closed in conjunction with the south campus housing construction project.

As a result of the June 24 road use restrictions and existing road closures, drivers including those participating in the NoHaz collection event will not be able to exit campus using Pioneer Drive or South Oakland Drive between 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visitors leaving campus are advised to travel north on Pioneer Drive toward exits other than those on the southwest side of campus.

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