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Monday, October 17th, approximately 2pm, a student was forcibly fondled on S Street. The student reported that the suspect, described as a black male in his 40′s, approached her from behind and forcibly fondled her. The suspect then fled toward 36th Street. The student reported no physical injuries.
The Department of Public Safety requests that anyone with information on this crime call (202) 687-4343.
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Wednesday, October 12, Georgetown’s Chief Operating Officer, Christopher Augostini held the first “Hoya Roundtable” to ask students how Georgetown could best serve them.
New to the job, Augostini started the meeting by saying, ”The best way for me to orient my self to the issues to the student body was simply to ask you.”
There were only about ten or so student in attendance who were not affiliated with the Roundtables innitiative, and they were vastly outnumbered by administrators and staff who packed the room. Luckily, the Google Moderator questions ensured that the most pressing issues were addressed–well, they were at least mentioned.
Let’s go over the highlights:
Kevin Murphy, interim Chief Information Officer, presented on behalf of UIS.
- They have ordered the antennae to give wireless for Copley lawn, and they should arrive in about 45 days. Similar wireless for Healy lawn are due to be installed next spring.
- Faculty and staff and being moved to Google mail, so they will have full access to apps like Google Calendar, Docs, etc.
- They are looking into programs like lecture capture and additional printing locations
- They are planning on changing printing to five cents per page. Murphy admitted that the cost was arbitrary and mainly intended to discourage students from printing “hundreds of thousands” of pages.
- Work orders: annually, facilities gets 40,000-50,000 work orders, and they received around 2-3,000 work orders per week during the first month of school. They are looking into buying a new computer system to manage the number of orders.
- Facilities also addressed the state of some of the rest rooms on campus. They were in stark disagreement with one student in the audience about the state of women’s restrooms in the ICC.
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Apparently, the criminal that hides in the Southwest Quad, waits for students to leave their doors unlocked, and robs them of their valuables has struck again. According to a Public Safety Announcement sent to the University community today, September 26, a student living in McCarthy Hall reported that sometime between 11:30 p.m. on the evening of Saturday, September 24, and 1:00 p.m. the following afternoon, someone entered his unlocked room and stole his wallet and laptop from off his desk. The student reportedly left his door unlocked while sleeping, and was not awoken by any intruder.
This is the fourth incident of laptop theft in the month of September, with the other three occurring in previous weeks in Harbin and LXR.
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Another year, another laptop theft.
According to an email sent to the University community early this morning by the Department of Public Safety, an unidentified suspect stole a laptop from an “uninhabited” room in Harbin Hall. According to the email, a suspicious person was seen in the building, but canvassing of the area by both DPS and Metro Police failed apprehend or identify him. The suspect is described as a black male between the ages of 19 and 21, of thin build, and about 5’8″ to 5’10″. He was seen wearing “a navy blue ball cap with a red bill, a black hooded jacket, blue jeans rolled at the cuffs, and black boots.”
The report does not specify whether the door to the room was locked, but it does include that “there were no signs of forced entry.” Anyone with information regarding this incident is should call DPS at (202) 687-4343.
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Disclaimer: The information provided in this post is not intended to be legal advice, but merely conveys general information related to legal issues commonly encountered by students at Georgetown.
Recent high-profile drug busts at the University have brought the issue of police searches to the forefront.
These people may really have committed crimes, but false arrests do happen. Remember, the Department of Public Safety is generally looking out for public welfare, not individual rights.
We the people…
Under the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, the government may not search a person or seize their effects in a place where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, such as a dorm room or a telephone booth, unless a judicial authority grants police or other agents of the state a specific authorization based on reasonable suspicion of criminal activity.
Under the Exclusionary Rule, law enforcement may not use evidence against a person if it was obtained during the course of an illegal search.
These include a “stop and frisk” based on reasonable suspicion, seizure of contraband in plain view, search of a place in order prevent an emergency or secure volatile evidence, and searches conducted with the consent of the occupant.
Also, excessive noise, the smell of smoke, or any other indication of a potential safety risk will also allow any agent of the state to enter your room.
Students’ rights in dorms
Students have a reasonable expectation of privacy in their dorms, and the state may not violate it without warrant, period. There is no unified case law, but state and federal courts have held that the Fourth Amendment also applies when university officials are sworn officers of the state , they conduct searches accompanied by law enforcement , or when their primary purpose in conducting a search is to enforce of local law .
However, a housing contract can waive certain Fourth Amendment rights and allow University officials to enforce student conduct policy .
Several courts have also held that a university can legally turn over to police any evidence it obtains in the course of a search pursuant to its conduct policy .
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Georgetown campus and neighborhood are relatively safe, but crime isn’t unknown: 820 property crimes and 83 violent incidents occurred last year, according to the Metropolitan Police Department.
The island of misfit laptops
The most common type of crime on most college campuses is property theft. Based on our analysis of the weekly campus crime report, thefts of laptops from Lauinger Library and bikes from on-campus racks are the main targets of would-be Hilltop larcenists.
The biggest part of preventing petty theft: don’t leave your valuables unattended. Laptop theft dropped a little after the Department of Public Safety apprehended three persons suspected stealing laptops in Lau, but sporadic incidents continued into May.
As for bikes, remember: U-locks with steel cuffs are the best, and always lock the front wheel. Otherwise, thieves will strip your bicycle and leave its denuded corpse on the rack (like this, or this).
We also recommend students register their bikes. (Bicycle registration, which was required in D.C. until 2008, is potentially the only way to recover a stolen bicycle.)
Another common property crime against students is GOCard fraud. Merchants rarely check the picture I.D., so it’s easy to steal debit dollars. If your GOCard ever goes missing, deactivate it on the website.
Afte the jump, Vox tackles burglaries, street crime, and sexual assault.
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Earlier this evening, the Department of Public Safety reported that bias related graffiti had been found in a men’s bathroom stall in the New Research Building. According to the report, the defacement contained “racial, anti-Semitic, and anti-religious remarks,” and was reported by a member of the medical center staff. The Metro Police Department’s Hate Crimes Task Force has been informed of the crime, and will work with DPS in its investigation.
Although it has been almost a year since one was last reported, this is not the first case of bias related vandalism that Georgetown has seen. Most recently, racist graffiti was found in September in the tunnels below campus, along with a “possible noose” (which turned out not to be a noose after all). Such problems have also been reported in campus residences.
As of now, DPS has not announced any suspects, and encourages anyone with information on this crime to inform them via Georgetown’s Bias Reporting System, or to call DPS at (202) 687-4343.
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Update: This afternoon’s MPD Watch Commander’s Crime Update provided the following description of the three suspects.
#1-Black/Male, 18-22 years of age, 5’10”-6’0”, 160-170 lbs. with a dark complexion and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and pants.
#2-Black/Male, 18-22 years of age, 6’4”, 150-160 lbs. with short black hair, a light complexion and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black shirt, grey pants and jacket.
#3-Black/Male, 18-24 years of age, 6’0”-6’1”, 160-170 lbs. with a medium complexion and a medium build. He was last seen wearing a black jacket and pants.
Around 1:35 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, an S Street residence housing both Georgetown students and non-students was broken into and robbed, according to a Public Safety Alert sent out by the University on Saturday afternoon.
The alert reported that three suspects entered the house, at least one of whom was armed with a handgun, which he used to threaten the students. The group was apparently looking for a non-student who was not at home, and before leaving robbed the house of three laptops and various other electronic devices.
The case is being investigated by the Metro Police Department, but no suspects have been identified. Anyone with any information regarding this incident should contact the Department of Public Safety at (202) 687-4343.
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On Wednesday afternoon at around 2:30pm, an unknown suspect robbed a person walking on the 3500 block of Volta Place NW.
According to a public safety alert, the suspect robbed the victim and then fled on foot in an unknown direction. MPD responded to the scene. MPD police and detectives are investigating the incident. It is not known if the victim is a member of Georgetown University.
If you have any tips, contact DPS at (202) 687-4343.
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Early Sunday morning, two suspects robbed a woman at knife point on the 1500 block of 35th Street.
According to a public safety alert, two suspects approached the woman, restrained her, and displayed a knife. They forced her to hand over her backpack, which contained her cell phone. The suspects then fled southbound on 35th Street in a gray, four-door car.
The woman reported the case to MPD at 8:35am. The alert added that, “the complainant is not believed to be a member of the Georgetown University community.” If you have any tips, contact DPS at (202) 687-4343.
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