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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Text message alert test postponed

The Oakland University Police Department had planned to conduct a test of the University’s emergency text message alert system for the fall 2016 semester at about 1 p.m. today, Tuesday, October 4.

Please be advised that the test has been postponed until further notice due to area wide telephone network disruptions that would negatively impact the effectiveness of the test.

Those who anticipated receiving text alert message this afternoon should not be concerned that one has not arrived. The University will communicate revised plans for this semester’s system test as soon as they are revised.

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Advisory regarding campus safety information

At Oakland University we take safety very seriously. Each member of the campus community- students, faculty, and staff- should take an active role in preventing and reporting incidents that jeopardize safety on and around campus.

The Oakland University Police Department (OUPD) has issued its Annual Security and Fire Safety Report which provides students and employees with an overview of the university’s security and safety resources, policies, and procedures.

Also contained in this report are the annual crime statistics and fire statistics for 2015 in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy & Campus Crime Statistics Act and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Clery Act).

Each year on or before October 1, we publish our Annual Security and Fire Safety Report and a hard copy of the safety and security report can be obtained at the campus locations listed below or online at oupolice.com/clery/statement.

Oakland University Police Department
PSS Building – Communications Center
201 Meadow Brook Road
(248) 370-3331 or
Email OU Police

Office of the Dean of Students
Oakland Center Suite 144
312 Meadow Brook Road
(248) 370-4200

CONTACT US:

The OUPD wants to make sure you can stay in touch with us. We are using social media outlets along with our website to reach out. Please be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and register for emergency alerts at /em/alerts. Text “OUPD + your message” to 67283 or email us.

Please note that our social media and email is not monitored 24/7 and should not be used to report emergencies or other matters If you require immediate assistance. Please call 911 for emergencies or (248) 370-3331 for non-emergencies.

To learn more about campus safety and emergency preparedness, visit oupolice.com/em.

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Emergency text alert system test set for Oct. 4

Emergency Text AlertAn important part of Oakland University’s commitment to maintaining a safe campus environment is ensuring that all campus community members are well informed of emergency situations.

The Oakland University Police Department uses text message alerts to quickly notify students, faculty and staff of circumstances in which health, safety or welfare may be in jeopardy. The only other situations in which text alerts are issued include the following:

  • University closures
  • Campus-wide cancellation of classes
  • Campus snow emergencies
  • System tests in fall and winter semesters

Students, faculty and staff who haven’t already registered for this free text message alert service are strongly encouraged to do so. Online registration is available at oupolice.com/em/alerts, and an OU email address and Grizzly ID number is required to complete the process.

The fall 2016 test of the alert system is scheduled to take place at roughly 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 4. New system users should sign up at least 24 hours prior to the test to receive a test message.

System users who have not had an active OU e-mail account for more than 12 months and any user who has obtained a new cell phone number since registering will need to update their account using the registration link provided above.

Registered users who do not receive the Oct. 4 test alert should use the registration link above to ensure that their registered contact information is correct. Those who did not receive a test alert should notify the Oakland University Police Department at servicedesk@oupolice.com .

Complete information on OU’s emergency preparedness and communication plans – which cover university closings, tornado warnings, psychological emergencies, lock downs, evacuations, bomb threats, hazardous material incidents and more – are available online at the OUPD’s Emergency Management website.

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Safety advisory regarding “peeping Tom”

The Auburn Hills Police Department is investigating two reported incidents involving a “peeping Tom” at the Beacon Hill Apartments in close proximity to Oakland University. The incidents have been occurring between 10 p.m. and 12:30 a.m. over the last few weeks.

The suspect is described as a white male with blonde hair, about 6-feet, 1-inch tall with an athletic build. He was wearing black shorts and a hoodie and was seen driving a dark crossover type vehicle.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Auburn Hills Police Department at (248) 370-9460.

The Oakland University Police Department acknowledges that many OU students reside in and visit the complex and is issuing this safety advisory in light of this fact.

Resident students and all campus community members are encouraged to consider the following:

  • Lock all doors and windows especially if your apartment is located on a ground level floor.
  • Keep all blinds closed, especially during night time hours.
  • Never undress in front of the window, no matter what floor you live on.
  • Report all suspicious activity.
  • Be alert to your surroundings.
  • Let people you trust know where you are at and when you will be returning home.
  • RAD self-defense classes start Monday, Sept. 26, on campus.
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Campus road closures set to support 9th Annual Brooksie Way

Map of road closuresRunners, walkers and supporters participating in this year’s Brooksie Way Festival of Races will join thousands of faculty, staff, students, alumni and others on campus this weekend as the University celebrates Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Oakland University will host the half marathon, 10K and 5K events on Sunday, Sept. 25.

This conglomeration of activities will welcome large volumes of vehicle and pedestrian traffic on campus throughout the weekend, thus University community members who plan to be on campus are advised to exercise caution and use advance planning.

To accommodate Brooksie Way events, the following road closures will be in effect on Sunday, Sept. 25:

  • 5:30 a.m. to noon – Meadow Brook Road will be closed at the Meadow Brook Amphitheater main gate for the entire pre-race and race event. This is the start and finish point for all races.
  • 8 a.m. to noon – Ravine Drive, Meadow Brook Road, Library Drive and Pioneer Road will be closed.

Residence hall students planning to leave campus between 8 and 10 a.m. on Sunday morning should park their cars in the P1 and P3 lots overnight on Saturday. The Oakland University Police Department will relax enforcement of overnight parking restrictions in P1 and P3 on Saturday night only.

Residence hall students should be aware that there will be no exits available onto Walton Blvd. from West Oakland Drive. Ann V. Nicholson Student Apartments residents will be able to exit the complex parking lot at East Oakland Drive and then turn left toward Walton.

On Sunday, primary access to campus for non-race participants will be from Squirrel Road. Campus community members and visitors should use the P1 lot and walk to various destinations. All commuters are advised that vehicle traffic on and around campus will be heavy during the event, particularly from 7-8 a.m.

All regular traffic patterns will return to normal beginning at noon on Sunday.

To learn more about the 9th Annual Health Plus Brooksie Way, including course maps, schedules and registration, visit thebrooksieway.com.

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Construction Road Closures

unnamedIn conjunction with construction of the new Southern Student Housing complex, Varner Drive, as well as Grizzly Lane north of the P-32 parking structure, will be closed beginning at 11 p.m. on Wednesday, July 13.

Campus commuters interested in using the P-32 parking structure will still be able to access it from both Library Drive and Grizzly Lane, and those interested in using the P-34 and P-36 lots located south of the Engineering Center will be able to access them from Library Drive.

The P-24 lot, located to the southwest of Varner Hall, will remain open during construction. Temporary entrances have been installed on the west side of the lot from P-36 and on the east side from P-26.

The road closures outlined above will remain in effect throughout the 2016-17 and 2017-18 academic years, with reopening anticipated with completion of the new housing facility prior to the fall of 2018.

Faculty, staff and students accustomed to using the affected roadways are encouraged to plan in advance to use alternate routes as needed.

Campus parking information, including notices of closures such as this one, can always be found on the Oakland University Police Department’s Parking Services webpage.

The Oakland University Police Department appreciates the patience and cooperation of the campus community during major University events.

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Oakland Post: OUPD hosts active shooter workshop

Posted: June 16, 2016
By: John Bozick (Oakland Post)

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In the wake of the Orlando nightclub shooting, Oakland University Chief of Police, Mark Gordon, taught faculty and students what to do in case of a shooting on campus on June 15. The program, which was requested by Channel 4 News, saw a little over 40 people attend.

Gordon believes that the more people are made aware of how to handle a shooting, the more likely they will be able to survive an attack by a gunman.

“The number one thing that kills people in a shooting is denial,” he said.

Someone who is in denial will begin to say things like, “I can’t believe this happening.” Instead of protecting themselves, they will begin to panic.

During the program, those in attendance were taught the three methods of survival: get out, hide out and take out.

The main plan should be to get out; students should call 911 and seek the safest way out of the building and off campus. The best thing to do is to keep moving, according to Gordon. This makes you a much harder target for the gunman. However, this is not always an option.

The hide out method should be used when students have no way of escape. They should find a safe and secure place to hide and should remain in the dark and away from windows through which the shooter may see them.

Those in a crisis should never leave, even if they hear a fire alarm, as many times a shooter will pull the fire alarm in an effort to draw those in the buildings out of hiding, Gordon said.

Gordon believes that unless you can clearly tell you are in harm’s way, you should never move from somewhere that is safe unless told to do so by the correct authorities.

The most important thing taught by Gordon was how to fight back against a shooter. This is known as the take out method. Those trapped in a room by a gunman should use anything as a weapon, including chairs, notebooks, or even pens and pencils to distract a shooter. Various items around the room should be thrown at the assailant to distract him long enough so that he can be tackled by a group.

Gordon stated, “Your survival rate increases tremendously if you stand up and fight the shooter.”

Gordon and Channel 4 had those in attendance act out a mock shooting where balloons were used to simulate gunshots, and a man armed with a plastic gun tried to enter the room. Those in the room were given plastic balls to throw at the fake shooter, while one student took it upon himself to tackle the “gunman.”

After the first drill, another one was conducted in which those in the room had to barricade the door in an effort to stop the shooter. In both drills, all those involved were advised to stay away from the door and try to hide until the shooter entered the room.

During any emergency situation, OU students are advised to text the emergency alert system. Students can sign up for it by sending OUPD to MRAVE or 67283. The OUPD’s emergency alert text system is the main way through which they will let students know if they are safe during an active shooting.

These presentations are available upon request to groups all over campus, with many members of the OUPD taking part in them. Hopefully, with enough training, OU students will be more than prepared if a situation like Virginia Tech were to occur on campus.

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