South campus traffic being rerouted

West crossover in p 24 is closed. West exit open in p 38.In order to alleviate considerable traffic congestion resulting from campus construction road closures, the Oakland University Police Department and Facilities Management are rerouting traffic patterns to improve traffic flow on the south side of campus.

Effective Thursday, January 6, the temporary crossover road between parking lots P-36 and P-24 will be closed. The temporary crossover road between lots P-24 and P-26 will remain open, however.

As a result of this change, the only access to and from the P-24 and P-26 parking lots will be from the Pioneer Drive entrance to P-26.

In order to relieve traffic congestion on Library Drive, a temporary exit-only lane will be opened on the west side of P-38. Drivers using this exit will be permitted to turn right only onto Meadow Brook Road toward the main entrance traffic circle.

Drivers traveling north on Meadow Brook Road from Pioneer Drive will not be permitted to turn right onto the temporary traffic lane to get access to P-38. That lot’s only entrance will remain off of Library Drive.

University leadership appreciates the patience and cooperation of the campus community as efforts are made to most efficiently manage traffic flow during this construction period.

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OU declares snow emergency for Sunday, Dec. 11

Snow Emergency MapOakland University has declared a Snow Emergency and is requiring all vehicles to be moved out of designated snow emergency lots. Designated lots include all Main Campus parking lots except the Ann V. Nicholson and Matthews Court student apartment parking lots and the covered levels of the P-29 and P-32 parking structures.

The snow emergency will take effect at 10 p.m. on Sunday and continue through 6 a.m. Monday. To comply with University Policy 482 , campus community members with vehicles on Main Campus are advised to move them to the student apartment and parking structure lots listed above. Vehicles in overnight parking spots – except those in non-designated lots – are subject to Policy 482 and also must be moved.

Vehicles left in snow emergency lots after 10 p.m. will be impounded at owners’ expense. Retrieval of vehicles will require payment of an impound fee as well as possible storage fees.

The snow emergency declaration has been made independent of any decision to cancel classes or close the campus. Members of the campus community should visit oakland.edu  or consult other school closing information sources periodically to learn whether additional weather-related announcements have been made.

For more information on snow emergencies, visit oupolice.com/emergencies/snow-emergencies/.

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OUPD collecting toys for Snowpile at Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Snowpile

As the holiday season quickly approaches, many parents are immersed with finding the perfect toys for the children on their shopping lists.  Now, imagine your child is hospitalized and you have been at their bedside day and night.  How will you ever find the time to locate that perfect gift?

The Snowpile program at the Children’s Hospital of Michigan allows parents of patients in the hospital to rest a little easier this time of year.  Unlike most toy drives, Snowpile focuses on the entire family, providing gifts for hospitalized children and their siblings.

Oakland University Police is accepting donations for Snowpile at the Police and Support Services Building through December 12, 2016.  Simply place the new, unwrapped items inside the Snowpile collection box in the lobby.

Please consider the following wish lists as you select your donation items:

< 2 years

  • Light up toys
  • Rattles, teethers, musical stackers and toy sorters
  • Leap Frog / Vtech toys

3 to 5 years

  • Play-Doh and accessories
  • Lights and Sounds toys
  • Little People and play sets
  • Leap Frog / Vtech toys

6 to 10 years

  • LEGO or K’nex sets
  • Action figures/sets
  • Barbie Dolls
  • Matchbox/Hot Wheels play sets
  • My Little Pony play sets

11 to 18 years

  • Craft & science kits
  • Sketch pads, art supplies, art pencils & pastels
  • Nail & hair care items
  • Sports themed items (MSU, UM, Pistons, Tigers, Red Wings, Lions, etc.)
  • Backpacks & duffle bags

All Ages

  • Journals and gel pens
  • Puzzles
  • Headphones and earbuds
  • DVD’s (rated G, PG, or PG-13)
  • Video Games (No mature please)
  • Brand new stuffed animals
  • Board and card games


Reminders

  • NO USED ITEMS.  They only accept NEW toys, games, books, and stuffed animals.
  • Beause some of the children have acute illnesses, donors are not allowed to personally distribute gifts directly to patients.
  • Violent games and books, toy guns, swords and projectile toys are not accepted.
  • Please refrain from donating candy, food, or religious material, chalk and glow items of any sort for for safety reasons.
  • Please DO NOT wrap gifts.
  • Crayons MUST BE Crayola or Rose Art brand because of safety standards.  Please be aware of prepackaged kits that contain crayons as well.
  • Some children are sensitive to natural rubber latex, so please DO NOT donate items known to contain natural rubber latex including, but not limited to, rubber balloons, Koosh balls, rubber stamps, rubber balls, rubber erasers, paddles with rubber balls attached, basketballs or footballs made of rubber (not latex), etc.

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LOPD’s “Shop With A Hero” program set for Wednesday, December 14, 2016

2015 Shop With A HeroThe mission is simple – to give every Lake Orion area child a memory filled Christmas.  Local first responders, including officers from both Lake Orion Police and Oakland University Police, will build bridges of trust and communication with children as they share an evening of holiday shopping.

“Everyone can be a hero, even if they don’t wear a uniform,” explained LOPD Chief Jerry Narsh.  “Even the smallest donations help us reach our goal.  Each child who participates will receive $150 to spend.”

A “Giving Table” will also be available for participants to select gifts to give to their siblings, so they don’t feel left out.

This year the program will be held on Wednesday, December 14, 2016, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Auburn Hills Target located at 650 Brown Road, Auburn Hills, MI 48326.

How You Can Help

If you would like to help, please consider making a donation payable to:

Lake Orion Police Association (LOPA)
21 E. Church St.
Lake Orion, Michigan  48362

Donations may be mailed or dropped off in person at the Lake Orion Police Department.  Donations may also be dropped off at the communications window inside the Oakland University Police Department.

If you know of a family with an elementary school aged child who could benefit from this program, please let us know.  You may call (248) 693-8323, or email police@lakeorionpolice.org .  The child must reside in Lake Orion or attend Lake Orion Schools.

Media inquiries or questions about the program can be sent via email to police@lakeorionpolice.org .

Agencies participating this year include:

  • Lake Orion Police Department
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation
  • Oakland University Police Department
  • United States Army 1775th and 1776th Military Police Units
  • United States Marine Corps
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Officer Beldo promoted to sergeant

Sergeant Brad BeldoThe Oakland University Police Department announced today that police officer Brad Beldo has been promoted to the rank of sergeant within the operations division.  Beldo will be responsible for supervising personnel assigned to his shift.

Beldo has been employed with the department since 2008. He serves as a field training officer, bike patrol officer, defensive tactics instructor, RAD instructor, and, most recently was assigned as a community liaison officer for OU Housing.  Beldo has also served as the president of the Oakland University chapter of the Police Officers Association of Michigan.

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Oakland University ranked 7th safest among large colleges and universities

safest-large-universities-in-the-usaIn a new ranking by the college resource website College Choice , Oakland University earned a place among the safest large colleges and universities (15,000 or more students) in the country.

College Choice’s ranking system placed OU at No. 7 on the 50 Safest Large Colleges and Universities in America  list, just behind Brigham Young University and just ahead of Sam Houston State University.

The group used data from the U.S. Department of Education, as well as public data from the university and colleges’ websites, U.S. News & World Report, and The National Center for Education Statistics to develop their rankings.

“Being part of a large campus community, we all have to stay diligent to stay safe,” said Oakland University Police Chief Mark Gordon. “This data analysis lends support to our feeling that Oakland University continues to be one of the safest college and university environments in the state.”

College Choice writes this in its summary of Oakland University:

“At Oakland, safety does not just imply a lack of crime, it includes a holistic approach to health and happiness. The Office of Environmental Health and Safety is made up of a professional team who oversees the many aspects of a vibrant and secure campus: occupational health, construction safety, fire safety, and environmental protection. Clearly the team continues to be successful as Oakland’s criminal offenses are mostly limited to petty thefts.”

“We were flattered they called out our department as a strength contributing to Oakland’s safety ranking,” said Cora Hanson, Manager, Environmental Health and Life Safety . “We also know it is the teamwork approach by our entire community – from the OUPD to faculty to staff to students that really makes our campus as safe as possible.”

College choice assessed these grades to Oakland in their report:

General safety grade: 82%
This score takes into account three years of theft, assault, arson and other crimes.

Anti-discrimination grade: 99.3%
This score reflects the number of hate crimes reported by a school over the past three years.

Women’s safety grade: 95.6%
This score reflects the overall Violence Against Women Act offenses in the past three years, including domestic violence, dating violence, stalking and sexual assault.

Party culture grade: 99.3%
This score takes into account the number of drug and alcohol incidents a campus reported over the past five years.

Fire safety grade: 100%
This score reflects the number of reported fires over the past three years.

Read the full report on their website .

About College Choice:

Choosing a college is one of those monumental life decisions. College Choice offers numerous free online resources to help in a college search, including their unique student-centered college rankings, admissions advice, scholarship and financial aid information, and much more. At College Choice students and their families will find the information needed to choose, get into, pay for, and thrive at the best college for them.

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UPDATE: Assault suspect arrested

The suspect responsible for an assault that occurred on October 3, 2016 has been arrested and banned from Oakland University. Members of the OU community who read the safety advisory on the OUPD social media pages helped police identify the suspect.

The suspect has ten days to set up a court date at the 52-3 District Court in Rochester where he will be arraigned on the charges.

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Police to initiate Project SAFE Streets patrols

Project SAFE Streets enforcement zonesIn conjunction with ProjectSAFE (Stop Accidents From Escalating) Streets, the Oakland University and Auburn Hills police departments will conduct joint traffic enforcement operations on and around campus this month.

Enforcement details are set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Tuesday, October 11, and again on Tuesday, October 18. In addition to campus streets, officers will be patrolling University Drive between Squirrel and Pontiac Roads, and Squirrel Road between Cross Creek Parkway and Walton Boulevard.

Advisory signs indicating “Traffic Enforcement Zone” will be displayed on the boundaries of the enforcement area. Special attention will be given to speeding, following too close, distracted driving, texting while driving, and failing to yield the right of way.

Since 2005, the goal of Project SAFE Streets has been to reduce traffic collisions by implementing efficient traffic engineering, driver education, and research-based traffic enforcement.

Despite these efforts, crashes in the focus area increased 27 percent last year. A majority of these incidents occurred during daylight hours and while roadways were dry. Rear-end collisions were most common, and drug and alcohol use was not a significant factor in the increased number of crashes.

At all times behind the wheel, campus community members are advised to keep in mind the following safe driving reminders:

  • Always wear a seat belt.
  • Refrain from eating, drinking, texting or otherwise using a cell phone while driving.
  • Regardless of posted speed limits, reduce speed as necessary for safe driving in less-than-optimal or hazardous driving conditions.
  • On surface streets, use a three-second following distance behind other vehicles.
  • Use a five-second following distance on highways.
  • Avoid erratic or abrupt lane changes and signal before changing lanes.
  • Check blind spots before changing lanes or backing up.
  • Do not assume that a lane visually obstructed by standing traffic is clear, even if another driver indicates it is.
  • Where possible, visually scan intersections before entering them.
  • Allow extra time to commute to destinations.
  • Do not engage in traffic altercations.
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Assault reported on campus

The Oakland University Police Department is investigating a report of an assault that occurred on Monday, October 3, 2016, at approximately 6 p.m. in the P26 parking lot.

Several minutes prior to the assault, the suspect asked if he could buy the complainant coffee, and then asked if he could walk her to her vehicle. Once at the complainant’s vehicle, he attempted to kiss her and put his hands around her waist and under her clothing. She advised the suspect to stop and was loud enough to draw the attention of a person nearby. The suspect noticed the bystander looking at them, which allowed the complainant to get into her vehicle and leave.

The suspect is described as an African American male in his 20s with short dark hair, a receding hair line and thin athletic build. He stands approximately 5 feet, 10 inches to 6 feet tall and was wearing a grey shirt, jeans and boots. The suspect advised the complainant that he was from Africa, and spoke with a strong accent.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to call the Oakland University Police Department at (248) 370-3331.

Campus community members are encouraged to consider the following tips:

  • If possible during uncomfortable or threatening situations, draw attention by saying “no” loudly. Assailants do not want to be seen, heard or discovered.
  • If witnessing a situation involving others that appears threatening or uncomfortable
    • Intervene if it’s safe to do so
    • Elicit help from a friend
    • Go to a safe area and call 911

In any situation in which health and safety may be in jeopardy, call the Oakland University Police Department immediately at (248) 370-3331.

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“CLOWNING AROUND” can be illegal & dangerous

This is a clownWhile it seems like fun and games right around Halloween, the unintentional consequences could ruin your life.

Dressing as a clown is not illegal. However, this action becomes illegal when you are doing the following while dressed as a clown:

  • Disturbing the peace
  • Being disorderly
  • Knocking on windows/peeping in windows
  • Harassing people causing them to fear for their life/safety
  • Or carrying something that can be construed to be a weapon

** this list is not all inclusive**

NOTE: There are multiple accounts in the country of people dressed as clowns being arrested, assaulted and seriously injured. Consider the consequences before deciding to “clown around” and remember whether or not you are in a costume it is always illegal to assault someone.

 

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