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Safety Annoucements
Timely Notifications and Crime Alerts

In compliance with the "Timely Notice" provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 the James Madison University Police are required to give a timely notice for Clery Act crime (criminal homicide, sex offenses, robbery involving force or violence, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and major cases of arson) that occurs on Clery geography which includes the JMU campus, non-campus property (property owned or controlled by the Univeristy or a recognized student organization not on the main campus), and public property (property within or immediately adjacent to campus) that is reported to a campus security authority or a local law enforcement agency and is considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. Incidents will be evaluated by the Chief of Police or his designee, on a case-by-case basis to determine if a serious or ongoing threat to the community exists. Timely notices may also be posted for other crime classifications, as deemed necessary for crimes occurring in Clery geography. Until the investigation of the specific act has been concluded, it can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community.

JMU is not required by law to issue a timely warning for off-campus crimes; however, incidents occuring off campus will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is a crime that poses an ongoing or serious threat to the communiity. A community crime alert may be issued if the distribution of a crime alert is warranted so that students, faculty and staff can be made aware crimes that occur in the  areas surrounding campus. Until the investigation of the specific act has been concluded, it can be assumed that conditions continue to exist that may pose a threat to members and guests of the community.

*The JMU Police Department may not issue Timely Notice/Community Alert if the police have apprehended the subject(s) and the threat of imminent danger for members of the JMU community has been mitigated by apprehension.

Below is a list of the Timely Notifications, Community Crime Alerts and Public Safety Announcements that the Office of Public Safety of James Madison University have issued.


2/8/2016

Community Alert
Possible Threat to the JMU Community
 February 8, 2016
Case Number HPD 2016-010935

The Harrisonburg Police Department is investigating an incident in which a female non-student had gone to a party in the 1400 Block of S. Main Street the night of February 6, 2016. At the party, she met a male and was given a drink and later left the party with the male. The victim woke up the next morning at an unknown residence unable to recall the events of the proceeding evening. The Harrisonburg Police Department is actively investigating the incident.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu. The JMU Title IX Coordinator can be contacted at 540-568-6991. 

James Madison University shares this information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes.

Don’t accept a mixed drink or an opened container from anyone. If someone offers you a drink, watch it being made. If you are unsure about any of the ingredients, don't drink it. 

Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between rape and drug/alcohol usage.

Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law. Someone who is passed out, unconscious, or incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Persons who witness others trying to take advantage of incapacitated victims should call police or try to safely intervene to stop a potential crime from happening if they can safely do so. 

Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in concerning activity, speak up and get involved, or contact someone who may assist. 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 

 


2/3/2016  Update: 12:28 p.m.

Flooding possible in certain areas on campus

Duke Dog Alley is now closed due to flooding. Please avoid the area and do not attempt to walk through flood waters. 


 


2/3/2016

Flooding possible in certain areas on campus

The National Weather Service is predicting moderate to heavy rainfall throughout the afternoon.  This combination of heavy rain and the melting snow may cause flooding in certain areas of campus including the areas near Godwin Transit Center, Mr. Chips, Hillside Field, Duke Dog Alley and the Arboretum.  

Should flooding occur, please avoid the area and follow instructions from public safety personnel.  Do not attempt to walk or drive through flood waters due to potential electric shock, unseen debris, environmental hazards and possible swift currents.

 



2/1/2016

Community Alert
James Madison University
2/1/2016

On January 31, 2016, the Harrisonburg Police Department notified the James Madison University Police of a reported sexual assault that occurred Saturday, January 30th between 2 AM – 10 AM

Offense – Sexual Assault, HPD Case # 16-008879 Time Occurred – Between 3 AM and 10 AM Saturday, January 30th, 2016. 

Location – Unknown block of Devon Ln. 

Suspect – Unavailable

The victim reported attending a party at an unknown location on Devon Ln.  The victim lost consciousness early Saturday morning and awoke at approximately 10 AM Saturday, January 30th, undressed.  The victim believes she was sexually assaulted while unconscious.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES)

The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu. Should you have any safety concerns, you may also contact a Title IX Coordinator at 540-568-6991.

Being intoxicated does not mean a person is asking to be raped. Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law. Someone who is passed out, unconscious, or incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Persons who witness others trying to take advantage of incapacitated victims should call police or try to safely intervene to stop a potential crime from happening if they can safely do so.

Rape is never the victim’s fault.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


1/31/2016

Community Alert
James Madison University
1/31/2016

On January 31, 2016, the Harrisonburg Police Department notified the James Madison University Police of two reported sexual assaults that occurred between Saturday and Sunday, January 30th -31st 2016.  The Harrisonburg Police Department believes these assaults to be unrelated. 

Incident 1 

Offense – Sexual Assault, HPD Case # 16-008770 Time Occurred – Between 10PM Saturday, January 30th, 2016 and 1 AM Sunday, January 31st, 2016 Location – 400 Blk. S. Mason St. 

Suspect – Unknown 

The victim reported passing out while attending a party in the 400 block of South Mason Street.  When she awoke she felt that she may have been sexually assaulted.  

Incident 2 

Offense – Sexual Assault, HPD Case #16-008839 Time Occurred - Between 1130 PM Saturday, January 30th, 2016 and 3 AM Sunday, January 31st, 2016 Location – 1400 Blk. Hillside Ave. 

Suspect – White Male, 6’ 1”, approximately 200 lbs. with brown hair. 

The victim reported she may have been sexually assaulted while attending a party in the 1400 block of Hillside Ave.  The victim was dancing and believes she was forcibly fondled while dancing on the dance floor. The suspect was described as a white male, 6 feet 1 inches tall approximately 200 pounds with brown hair.  

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu.  

Should you have any safety concerns, please contact Campus Police at 540-568-6913 or contact your Title IX Coordinator 540-568-6991 

Being intoxicated does not mean a person is asking to be raped. Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law. Someone who is passed out, unconscious, or incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Persons who witness others trying to take advantage of incapacitated victims should call police or try to safely intervene to stop a potential crime from happening if they can safely do so.  

Rape is never the victim’s fault. 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.  

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


 

1/25/2016

University to open Tuesday at 10 a.m., classes to start at 11 a.m.

Due to the inclement weather, James Madison University will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. All classes scheduled to start before 11 a.m. are cancelled. All classes scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and after will meet as regularly scheduled.

Students are strongly encouraged to use public transit while facilities management continues to work to clear snow from parking lots and decks. Students can find information and updates to bus service by visiting www.hdpt.com.

 


 

1/24/2016

University to open Tuesday at 10 a.m., classes to start at 11 a.m.

Due to the inclement weather, James Madison University will open at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 26, 2016. All classes scheduled to start before 11 a.m. are cancelled. All classes scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and after will meet as regularly scheduled.

Students are strongly encouraged to use public transit while facilities management continues to work to clear snow from parking lots and decks. Students can find information and updates to bus service by visiting www.hdpt.com.


 

1/24/2016

Due to the inclement weather, James Madison University will be closed on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016.

The university has designated Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, as the official makeup day for classes canceled on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016. Faculty members have several options for making up missed instructional time. They can:

•Hold class on the official university makeup day.
•Hold class at another time acceptable to class members. The faculty member’s department will arrange the time and location.
•Hold class electronically using a web-based source.
•Accommodate for missed instructional time within remaining class meeting times.
•Students should check with their professors to determine how missed classes will be accommodated.

University Recreation (UREC) will open Monday, Jan. 25, 2016 at 9 a.m. Continue to check www.jmu.edu for further updates on weather-related changes to university operations.


 


 

1/21/2016

Due to the impending winter storm, James Madison University will be closed, Friday January 22nd. Please check the JMU website at www.jmu.edu for information on class rescheduling.

 


 

1/21/2016

Dear Students:

Mother Nature appears to be bearing down on Harrisonburg and the mid-Atlantic region. Weather forecasts are calling for a significant winter storm this weekend. Current forecasts call for heavy snows beginning Friday afternoon and continuing through Saturday. The university continues to monitor the forecast and make appropriate preparations.

During this time it may become necessary for the university to communicate with you regarding JMU’s operating status and about situations that may affect your safety. The university will communicate in the following manners:

• www.jmu.edu. Our university website will always contain the most accurate and comprehensive information about the university’s operating status, makeup days, and safety information.
• Madison Alert Emergency Notification System. JMU’s Madison Alert System employs a number of different methods of communications including text messaging, emails, phone calls, and on-campus loudspeakers and sirens. The system is designed for immediate communication and will often provide you with timely instructions to stay safe in a particular situation. Please ensure that your contact information is up-to-date by visiting MyMadison.
• LiveSafe mobile app. Download the LiveSafe mobile app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store. The app provides instant access to police dispatchers via phone or text and also provides help tips for many emergency situations.
• To use public transportation, be sure to check the city’s website: http://www.harrisonburgva.gov/bus-service

While it remains to be seen whether the forecast will actually pan out this weekend, students are encouraged to prepare for a significant disruption to their daily routine. Here are some practical tips for staying safe during winter weather:

• Stay informed. Throughout the weather event, monitor weather forecasts and university communication.
• Layer up. Dress appropriately for the weather when going outside. Temperatures are expected to be in the 20s over the weekend. Wind will also be a factor. Hypothermia and frostbite are serious conditions and can occur quickly.
• Don’t drive. Roads can become hazardous quickly. Few vehicles have the capability of traversing through snow and ice. Attempting to drive puts you and others at risk of serious injury.
• For those who live off-campus: Be prepared. Have at least a three-day supply of food and water. Keep extra clothing and blankets on hand in case your heat malfunctions. Check the batteries in your flashlights in case the power goes out.
• For those who live on-campus: Keep your RA or HD informed of any difficulties in your residence hall.
• Charge your computer, laptop, and cell phone in case there is a loss of power.
• Make good decisions. Winter weather can be a fun time. However, participating in risky behaviors can bring that fun to a screeching halt in an instant. Take the appropriate precautions when participating in outdoor activities such as sledding, snowball fights and other outdoor games. Remember, alcohol impairs your judgment and makes you susceptible to the physical effects of winter weather more quickly.
• Mind the lake. While Newman Lake may appear to be frozen, chances are it’s not. Please stay off of Newman Lake and other bodies of water. Any ice that has formed on the lake will not support your weight and puts you at risk of hypothermia or worse.

Dining Services will be open for all those with dining contracts. Check the website for specific locations and times. Before you venture out into the weather, check the appropriate websites to determine what other services/offices are open and the hours of operation during the storm (UREC, University Health Center, University Union, for example).

JMU’s Facilities Management and Public Safety staff will be working around the clock to keep the campus as safe as possible given the weather conditions. If you encounter a situation that threatens the life or welfare of you or another individual, contact emergency personnel at 568-6911 on campus or 911 off campus.

Be safe and be smart!

The Office of Public Safety


1/15/2016

Timely Notification Bulletin
“Possible Threat to the Community”
1/15/2016

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the James Madison University Police Department is giving notice of an incident occurring on/near the campus of James Madison University.

James Madison University shares information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes.

Two incidents have occurred meeting this criteria.

JMU PD Case # 2016-000602
Sexual Assault
1/15/2016

The James Madison University Police Department is investigating a sexual assault occurring in the late evening hours of 1/14/2016, a female victim stated she was assaulted in a campus residence hall by an acquaintance of a friend of the victim. The victim repeatedly gave verbal and physical objections to the assault and was able to shove the suspect away and later leave the area.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the James Madison University Police Department at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu.

Should you have any safety concerns, please contact Campus Police at 540-568-6913 or contact your Title IX Coordinator 540-568-6991.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

Harrisonburg Police Case # 2016- 004155
Sexual Assault
1/15/2016

The Harrisonburg Police Department is investigating a sexual assault occurring at a party in the 700 Block of S. Main Street in the early morning hours of 1/15/2016. A female victim was assaulted by an acquaintance that she met at the party.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES)

Should you have any safety concerns, please contact Campus Police at 540-568-6913 or contact your Title IX Coordinator 540-568-6991

You have the right to defend your body, your personal integrity, yourself.

Do not second-guess yourself or the intentions of the person harming you. If you have indicated that you do not want to engage in a particular sexual activity and your partner ignores you, take this as a sign that he or she has no intention of taking your feelings into consideration. This will help you decide what to do next.

Being intoxicated does not mean a person is asking to be raped. Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law. Someone who is passed out, unconscious, or incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Persons who witness others trying to take advantage of incapacitated victims should call police or try to safely intervene to stop a potential crime from happening if they can safely do so.

Rape is never the victim’s fault.


11/18/2015

The James Madison University Department of Police & Public Safety, along with the Harrisonburg Police Department, would like to remind you to take just a couple of minutes to properly prepare before leaving Harrisonburg for the upcoming school break.  Many of these tips are intended for students but can just as easily apply to faculty and staff as well and can be adapted by everyone for their day to day safety in any community.   

SECURE YOUR PROPERTY
•    Take anything of value, especially small items, home with you.  (i.e. iPods, laptops, jewelry, etc.)
•    Lock your dorm room, private space, apartment or office when you leave for break.
•    Close and lock all windows and sliding glass doors.  Place wooden dowel in sliding glass door track.  (You can purchase wooden dowels at your local hardware store.)
•    If you leave your vehicle in a campus parking lot or at your apartment complex, place all valuables                     out of site, secure them in the trunk and lock your doors.  Try to leave vehicle parked under a streetlight.
•    If you have a bicycle, check with your hall staff to see if it is okay to leave your bicycle in your room over break.  If you cannot leave it in your room, secure it to a bike rack.
•    If you live off-campus, secure your bicycle in your apartment.
•    Write down all your serial numbers for your valuables, take pictures of them and store in a safe place.  

Off –Campus residents may also want to contact the U.S. Postal Service to suspend residential mail delivery while away.


NOTIFY FAMILY & FRIENDS
•    Your intended travel plans – your time of departure and estimated time of arrival.
•    Give them of the phone number and address of where you’ll be staying (if not going home) and/or who you are traveling with.
•    Fully charge your cell phone for your trip.
•    Notify family or friends if you are delayed because of car trouble or traffic problems along your route.

THE 511 SYSTEM
•    What is the 511 system?
•    The 511 system is a one-stop resource for all the information you need for making your travel plans.  The 511 system has real-time traffic conditions, route planning and information about alternative ways to travel without a car.
•    You can access the 511 system from any phone (dial 511) or computer at http://www.511virginia.org/

You can check for travel conditions outside Virginia at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/trafficinfo/511.htm

•    Before leaving for break, check your travel route at for any delays or major road construction projects.
•    If you are delayed, call 511 or check http://www.511virginia.org/ to get an alternate travel route.



PUT TOGETHER A TRAVEL SAFETY KIT FOR YOUR VEHICLE
   (The kit should include)
•    Cellular phone fully charged.  Cell phone car charger.
•    Flashlight with extra batteries
•    First Aid kit
•    Map of travel routes
•    Basic tool kit
•    Set of jumper cables
•    Blanket & warm clothes

BEFORE STARTING YOUR TRIP
•    Top off vehicle gas tanks
•    Have vehicle serviced on a regular basis
•    Check the air in your tires
•    Get plenty of rest before driving

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY

Look out for your neighbors and call the local police if you observe suspicious activity.  If you’re in Harrisonburg over the holidays, local police can be reached at;

JMU Police 540-568-6913
Harrisonburg Police 540-434-4436
The LiveSafe Smartphone App

Call 911 for emergencies

For additional public safety information visit our website at  www.jmu.edu/pubsafety

Thank you and have a safe break!


 


11/12/2015


Suspicious Activity

JMU PD Case # 2015-017858

11/12/2015

James Madison University shares this information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future incidents.

The JMU Police are investigating  a suspicious  incident occurring between 9:55PM and 10:00PM on 11/10/2015 in a restroom in Miller Hall. The victim stated while using the restroom facilities she observed a white IPhone in a black case below the front door of the stall, possibly taking a picture.  The victim stated she screamed, “Do you mind…”, and heard the suspect run out the exit door.  The victim was unable to provide any suspect information.

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies.

Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in concerning activity, speak up and get involved, or contact someone who may assist. 

Be aware of your surroundings, including where you are and who is around you. 

Distractions such as a cell phone conversation and listening to music with headphones could make you less aware of potential dangers. 

Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance. 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the James Madison University Police Department at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu

Should you have any safety concerns, please contact Campus Police at 540-568-6913 or contact your Title IX Coordinator 540-568-6991.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 

 


11/9/2015

Community Alert 

“Possible Threat to the Community”  

Sexual Assault 

HPD Case Number 2015-091793

The Harrisonburg Police Department is investigating a sexual assault occurring either late Saturday night on November 7th or in the early morning hours of November 8th 2015 at a party in the area of the Lois Lane.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu or the JMU Title IX Coordinator at 540-568-6991. 

Should you have any safety concerns, please contact Campus Police at 540-568-6913 or contact your Title IX Coordinator 540-568-6991.

James Madison University shares this information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes. 

Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between rape and drug/alcohol usage. Be alert to individuals pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs. 

Being intoxicated does not mean a person is asking to be raped.  Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law. Someone who is passed out, unconscious, or incapacitated due to drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Persons who witness others trying to take advantage of incapacitated victims should call police or try to safely intervene to stop a potential crime from happening if they can safely do so. Rape is never the victim’s fault. 

Drugs that could potentially be mixed with drinks may dissolve quickly and may not have any distinct look, taste, or smell; so don't turn your back on your beverage. Never leave your drink (whether alcoholic or not) unattended.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.  

 


11/2/2015

Timely Notification Bulletin

“Possible Threat to the Community”

JMU PD Case # 2015-017363

Robbery; Simple Assault

11/2/2015

 

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the James Madison University Police Department is giving notice of an incident occurring on the campus of James Madison University.

 

A male victim reported that he had been assaulted and robbed by a group of males in the early morning hours of 11/1/2015.

The victim stated he had attended several parties in the Devon Lane area and had become extremely intoxicated. He began socializing with a group of unknown males. They offered him a ride back to campus. They let the victim out of the car. The victim was going to give them $5.00 for the ride. The group indicated that was not enough and purportedly struck the victim in the face and took his wallet and cell phone. The victim was unsure of the location but believes it may have occurred near Port Republic Road and Bluestone Drive.

James Madison University shares this information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes.

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Use the buddy plan when traveling and if you choose to drink; drink responsibly.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the James Madison University Police Department at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 Thank You and Stay Safe!

 

 


10/21/2015

Timely Warning  

Possible Threat to the JMU Community  

"Your Right to Know"  

October 21, 2015 

HPD Case Number 2015-085150 

 

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the James Madison University Police Department is giving notice of an incident considered to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. 

The Harrisonburg Police Department is investigating a reported sexual assault occurring in the early morning hours of October 18, 2015 in the area of the 1400 Block of S. Main Street at a party. 

The incident is being actively investigated by the Harrisonburg Police Department. 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu or the JMU  

Title IX Coordinator at 540-568-6991. 

James Madison University shares this information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes. 

Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between rape and drug/alcohol usage. Be alert to individuals pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs. 

Being intoxicated does not mean a person is asking to be raped.  Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law. Someone who is passed out, unconscious, or incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Persons who witness others trying to take advantage of incapacitated victims should call police or try to safely intervene to stop a potential crime from happening if they can safely do so. Rape is never the victim’s fault. 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.  

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


10/18/2015

Community Alert

“Possible Threat to the Community”

Sexual Assault

HPD Case Number 2015-083510 

 

The James Madison University Police Department has received a third party report of an alleged sexual assault occurring at an unknown location within the City of Harrisonburg during the weekend of 10/09 – 10/11/2015.  The information was originally reported to the Harrisonburg Police Department as a result of a message posted to social media that describes a female being assaulted by a cab driver.  Harrisonburg Police Department has communicated with several community members who have provided information and the investigation into this matter is continuing.  No further information has been received at this time. 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu 

James Madison University shares this information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes.  

While you can never completely protect yourself from assault, there are some safety tips that you can do to reduce your risk. Please read the tips listed below and keep them in mind.

Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between rape and drug/alcohol usage. Be alert to individuals pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs.  

Being intoxicated does not mean a person is asking to be raped.  Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law. Someone who is passed out, unconscious or incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Persons who witness others trying to take advantage of incapacitated victims should call police or try to safely intervene to stop a potential crime from happening if they can safely do so. Rape is never the victim’s fault.

Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, leave the area and call 911. 

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other. Do not hesitate to call 911.

Should you have any safety concerns, please contact Campus Police at 540-568-6913 or contact your Title IX Coordinator 540-568-6991.  

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 

Sent by JMU Madison Alert

 


10/15/2015

 

Community Alert 

Possible Threat to the JMU Community  

"Your Right to Know"  

October 15, 2015 

 

On 10/15/2015 the James Madison University Police Department received a third party report of a sexual assault occurring the weekend of September 25th through September 27th  at an off campus apartment. The victim confided to a friend that  she had gone to a party ”blacked” out  as a result of alcohol consumption and later awoke disrobed and sexually assaulted. 

James Madison University shares this information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes. 

Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between rape and drug/alcohol usage. Be alert to individuals pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs. 

Being intoxicated does not mean a person is asking to be raped.  Forcing sexual contact on another person without consent is against the law. Someone who is passed out, unconscious, or incapacitated because of drugs or alcohol is unable to give consent. Sex without consent is sexual assault. Persons who witness others trying to take advantage of incapacitated victims should call police or try to safely intervene to stop a potential crime from happening if they can safely do so. Rape is never the victim’s fault.

Should you have any safety concerns, please contact Campus Police at 540-568-6913 or contact your Title IX Coordinator 540-568-6991. 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.   

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!



10/10/2015

Timely Notification Bulletin
“Possible Threat to the Community”

Indecent Exposure, 700 University Blvd. JMU Arboretum

Oct 9th, 2015 9:50 AM

JMU Case 2015 - 015818


In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the James Madison University Police Department is giving notice of an incident occurring on the campus of James Madison University.

 

On Friday, Oct 9th, 2015 at approximately 9:50 AM, JMU Police Officers responded to a complaint of indecent exposure at the JMU Arboretum at 700 University Blvd. The victim reported seeing an unknown white male, possibly with brown hair, exposing himself in the JMU Arboretum. Officers checked the area but were unable to locate the alleged offender.   

 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the James Madison University Police Department at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu



JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Use the buddy plan whenever possible when going out. Travel in well-lit areas open to the public and well-traveled by other people. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 

 


10/6/2015

Community Alert

“Possible Threat to the Community”

Indecent Exposure. Paul St., Brook St., S. Mason St.

Oct 1st, 2015 – Oct 6th 2015

HPD Case 2015-081417 & 2015-080431

 

On Oct 6th, 2015, The James Madison University Police Department received a report from the Harrisonburg Police Department, of a series of indecent exposures occurring in the City of Harrisonburg over the past week.  On Oct 5th, 2015 at approximately 9 PM, an unknown white male with dark hair in his early 20’s was exposing himself to victims in the 400 blk. of S. Main St. The alleged offender was wearing a dark colored t-shirt and jeans. (HPD 2015-081417) HPD reports a similar incident occurred on Oct 1st, 2015 at approximately 7:30 PM, on Brook Ave. near Memorial Hall.  The alleged offender in this case was a white male in his early 20’s. (2015-080431) HPD is also investigating third party report on a possible third incident that occurred in late Sept or early Oct. on S. Mason St.  HPD believes these three incidents may be related.

 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu



JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Use the buddy plan whenever possible when going out. Travel in well-lit areas open to the public and well-traveled by other people. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 

 

 


10/1/2015

Gov. McAuliffe has declared a state of emergency as the Commonwealth of Virginia responds to flooding and forecasts of additional heavy rain for Virginia.  The JMU Police Department urges all students to take a few minutes to review safety procedures in the event of high water and flooding on campus.

 

As JMU strives to educate enlightened citizens, we remind all that personal responsibility is the foundation of citizenship. Irresponsible personal choices can put you, bystanders and rescuers into unnecessary danger. Make responsible personal choices to protect yourself and our community.

 

As Tuesday’s events remind us, areas on our campus are prone to flash flooding.

 

Basic Safety Tips

 

•  Obey all barricades, signs, public safety officials and staff directions.

•  Avoid walking or driving through flood waters.

•  Just 6 inches of moving water can knock you down, and 2 feet of water can sweep your vehicle away.

•  If there is a chance of flash flooding, move immediately to higher ground. Flash floods are the #1 cause of weather-related deaths in the US.

•  If floodwaters rise around your car but the water is not moving, abandon the car and move to higher ground. Do not leave the car and enter moving water.

•  Avoid camping or parking along streams, rivers, and creeks during heavy rainfall. These areas can flood quickly and with little warning.

 

These and additional tips can be found at http://www.ready.gov/floods.

 

Additionally, we remind students that standing water can be very deceptive and extremely dangerous. Running water can erode ground making an area previously known a lot deeper than it was as well as hiding fast moving water under the surface. Also flood waters can hide dangerous and sharp debris as well as sewage or other spills.

 

JMU communicates emergency information with the JMU community through the following methods,

 

•  MadisonAlert notifications using texts, emails and phone calls

•  MadiCom Emergency horns and sirens

•  The JMU website at www.jmu.edu

•  AM 1610 Radio

•  RAs and Hall Directors

•  LiveSafe Public Safety App.  This is the newest Public Safety communication tool that not only sends alerts but provides users with the capability to contact the JMU Police Department via text or phone immediately and directly, as well as anonymously if desired. We STRONGLY encourage the JMU community and parents to download this FREE app from the Apple App Store or Google Play.

 

Public Safety will continue to monitor the progress of the storm systems and will update the campus community as necessary.

 


 

 

9/30/2015

Timely Warning  

Possible Threat to the JMU Community  

"Your Right to Know"  

September 30, 2015 

2015-015272 

 

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the James Madison University Police Department is giving notice of an incident considered to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.  

A third party report has been received by the JMU Police Department regarding a purported incident occurring September 19th in a campus residence hall.  A male subject, known to the victim, used alcohol to facilitate a sexual assault on a female.  

James Madison University shares this information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes. 

No action or inaction by a crime victim makes that person responsible for their victimization. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. The following suggestions may help reduce the possibility of experiencing a crime.  

The most common type of sexual assault is not by a stranger but by someone the victim knows.  

Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between rape and drug/alcohol usage. Be alert to individuals pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs. 

Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in concerning activity, speak up and get involved, or contact someone who may assist. 

Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, do what you can to get out of that situation or call for assistance. 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


 

9/30/2015

Timely Warning  

Possible Threat to the JMU Community  

"Your Right to Know"  

September 30, 2015 

2015-015269 

 

In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the James Madison University Police Department is giving notice of an incident considered to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.  

A third party report has been received by the JMU Police Department stating a female student had gone to a fraternity party at an unknown location on September 24th. At the party, the victim drank punch.  The victim woke up the next morning unable to recall the events of the proceeding evening. The victim told a friend about the incident and stated she believed she was possibly drugged by the punch. 

James Madison University shares this information to protect members of the University community by promoting safety and to help reduce the likelihood of future crimes. 

Alcohol and drugs are often used to create vulnerability to sexual assault. Studies of sexual assault incidents show a high correlation between rape and drug/alcohol usage. Be alert to individuals pressuring you or others to use alcohol or other drugs. 

Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in concerning activity, speak up and get involved, or contact someone who may assist. 

Don’t accept a mixed drink or an opened container from anyone. If someone offers you a drink, watch it being made. If you are unsure about any of the ingredients, don't drink it. 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!


 

9/15/2015

Timely Notification Bulletin
“Possible Threat to the Community”

JMUPD CFS# 2015-014321

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the James Madison University Police Department is giving notice of an incident occurring on the campus of James Madison University.

Location:            Godwin Field
Offense:              Assault
Date:                    Tuesday, September 15, 2015 as approx. 01:25 AM

Suspect:               Black male wearing dark clothing with blonde or light colored hair on top of his head resembling a Mohawk.

A victim reports that on the morning of Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at approximately 01:25 AM he was walking from Carrier Dr towards the Bridgeforth Stadium when he passed a group of four black males dressed in dark clothing near the intersection of Bluestone Dr and Carrier Dr.  One of the individuals described as a black male wearing dark clothing with blonde or light colored hair on top of his head resembling a Mohawk turned and began following the victim towards Godwin Field.  At some point the suspect began speaking to the victim, when the victim stopped to see what the individual was saying, the suspect approached him and struck him.  The victim fled towards the football stadium and the suspect turned and ran back towards the other three individuals he had originally been walking with and all four were last seen heading up Carrier Dr towards the East Campus.  The victim did not need medical attention.

Anyone with information on this incident or the suspect should contact the James Madison University Police Department at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu

Thank you and stay safe!


 


9/03/2015

Madison Alert

OUR COMMUNITY OUR RESPONSIBILITY

Step Up Dukes and Keep Each Other and Our Community Safe

A Few SIMPLE habits have a HUGE Impact

 

  • Use the buddy plan – Go places with friends whenever possible.  Predators prefer victims who are alone
    • No Buddy right now? Use JMU Public Safety’s Escorts on Campus – 540.568.6913
    • Off Campus? Try SafeRides on Weekend Nights 540.568.7433
    • Still Alone? Use the SafeWalk feature on the JMU LiveSafe Public Safety App

 

  • What’s the LiveSafe Public Safety APP? - It’s a free app for the JMU Community that allows you to call for help, communicate via text with Campus Police, anonymously if you want. You can look out for friends with the SafeWalk feature. Push a button to call SafeRides. Check it out, https://bnc.lt/livesafe-sa-jmubf1, it’s FREE!!!!

 

  • Lock Your Doors – Keep residence hall doors locked for everybody’s safety

 

  • Watch Your Stuff – Don’t leave laptops, phones, purses, or other valuables or personal items unattended.  Yes, people will even walk into an unlocked dorm and steal your stuff.

 

  • Record Serial Numbers – Record and keep a list of serial and model numbers for bikes, electronics and other valuables – Keep a copy at home.

 

  • Pedestrian Safety is Important - Yes, members of our community have been injured in pedestrian vs. vehicle accidents.
    • Use Crosswalks and CHECK BOTH WAYS before entering a roadway – Even when you have the pedestrian light.
    • Don’t wear headphones in traffic
    • No sidewalk? – Walk facing traffic

 

  • Worried about Someone’s mental health?  -  Our community has resources to help those in need.  Call 540.568.6552 for the Counseling Center or 540.568.6913 for Campus Police.

 

  • Hostile Intruder
    • Run – Get away as fast as you can if you can, keep your hands open and empty
    • Hide – If you can’t get away, look for a place to hide
    • Fight – Last resort

 

  • Fire – See a fire or smoke – Activate a Fire Alarm. GET OUT!
    • Hear or see an activated fire alarm GET OUT! NOW! – Alert others as you leave
    • Use the stairs during a fire.  Elevators can lose power and become a trap
    • Out Safe – Call for Help! On Campus - 540.568.6911 – 911 if of Campus. Or use the LiveSAfe APP

 

  • If in need or in doubt call

JMU PUBLIC SAFETY AND POLICE DEPT

Emergency On Campus 540.568.6911          

Non – Emergency 540.568.6912

Safety Escorts 540.568.6913

Pd_dispatch@jmu.edu

 

Emergency Off Campus 911

 

 


8/26/2015

Madison Alert

All Clear.  Virginia State Police advises there is no longer a threat to this community.

 

 


8/26/2015

Madison Alert

The Virginia State Police are investigating a homicide that occurred at Smith Mountain Lake this Morning.  The Last known possible location of the suspect was mile marker 237 on I - 81. More instructions will follow as needed.

 

 


8/18/2015

Community Alert
“Possible Threat to the Community”
HPD Case Number 2015-065421

 

The Harrisonburg Police Department has given notice to the James Madison University Police Department of an incident of Burglary-Breaking and Entering.

The incident occurred on Teaberry Lane in the Copper Beach community. An apartment was entered through a window. No one was at home during the incident. The residence was rummaged through and items were taken which included an Xbox and computers.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu 

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Record serial numbers of your proerty. Close and lock all doors and windows anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend. Report any suspicious activity to the police.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 

 


4/21/2015

Life Skills and Personal Responsibility

JMU strives to create a safety-conscious, fun, and educational environment by cultivating social responsibility. Each student must bear a major portion of the responsibility for their safety and health by thinking about the daily choices they make.

Strategies to promote this should include developing healthy and satisfying lifestyles that enhance the educational development and choosing to avoid activities that are detrimental. Alcohol and drugs often lead to bad choices that can have a lasting impact on your life.  

Being a responsible drinker basically means:
  • make sure you’re safe
  • look out for those around you
  • actively avoid dangerous situations
  • minimize the risks to yourself and others

Don’t experiment with illegal drugs such as synthetic marijuana. They contain powerful chemicals that can cause dangerous health effects. It has come to our attention that there has been an increase in the use of synthetic marijuana that has caused members of the Harrisonburg community to require medical intervention and hospitalization. People need to consider these risks and choose to avoid these substances altogether.

Further information can be found at:  Recent Increase in illnesses.

 

If you or someone you know appears to be in distress or impaired from alcohol or drugs, “do the right thing” and call 911 for help immediately.  It’s not about whether they get in trouble or not, it could be a matter of life and death.  Care for yourself and care for your fellow Dukes!


4/20/2015

Community Alert
“Possible Threat to the Community”
HPD Case Number 2015-0031549

The Harrisonburg Police Department has given notice to the JMU Police Department of a reported incident purportedly occurring in the early morning hours of 4-19-2015 at a party near West Grace Street and Memorial Hall.   

The victim states that she was given a cup of punch and after she drank half a cup of the punch became disoriented and dizzy. She stated she became ill and blacked out. She was taken back to her dorm by friends a short time later with no reported injuries.

Members of the JMU community should be alert to the possibility that drugs may be placed in drinks at social gatherings and should take steps to protect them.

Don’t accept a mixed drink or an opened container from anyone. If someone offers you a drink, watch it being made. If you are unsure about any of  the ingredients, don't drink it.

Avoid sharing or trading drinks with anyone.

Don’t drink from a punch bowl or from a container being passed around.

Be in control of your drink. If there has been any opportunity for someone to spike your drink, dump it. Do not leave your drink sitting out for someone else to find.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu 

 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


4/3/2015

Campus Alert

“Possible Threat to the Community”

Simple Assault HPD 2015-025056

Saturday March 28th, 2015 Approximately 7:30 PM

70 Blk. South Main Street

 

Offense: Simple Assault

Date/Time: Saturday 3/28/2015, 7:30 PM

Location: 70 Blk. South Main Street

Suspects: Multiple Unk College Age Males

 

On 04-02-2015, The Harrisonburg Police Department reported a simple assault that had occurred Saturday, March 28th, 2015 on the 70 block of South Main Street.  Witnesses observed two college age males assaulting a third college age male.  A witness went to the aid of the victim and was in turn assaulted by an unknown number of college age males. 

 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu



JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies.  If you observe a crime in progress call 911 as soon as possible. 

 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!


3/9/2015

Due to the forecasted rain on Tuesday, the milling of Bluestone Drive will now begin on Monday, March 9, 2015 instead of Tuesday.  As such, the Bluestone Drive entrance onto campus from Port Republic Road will be closed to all vehicle traffic from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Monday, March 9 through Thursday, March 12, 2015, for roadway construction. Contractors will be milling the old roadbed and repaving Bluestone Drive from the Port Republic Road entrance into the area of Sonner Hall.  The outbound lane of travel on Bluestone Drive toward Port Republic Road will be reduced to a single lane during this time for traffic exiting campus.   All faculty, staff, students, contractors, vendors and visitors must use an alternate entrance onto campus and are encouraged to use an alternate exit from campus during this period.

 


3/6/2015

The Bluestone Drive Entrance onto the JMU campus from Port Republic Road will be CLOSED to all vehicle traffic from 6 AM – 7 PM  each day Tuesday, March 10th; Wednesday, March 11th; and  Thursday, March 12th for roadway construction.   Contractors will be milling up the old roadbed and repaving Bluestone Drive from the Port Republic Road entrance into the area of Sonner Hall.    The outbound lane of travel on Bluestone Drive towards Port Republic Road will be reduced to a single lane during this time for traffic exiting campus.   All Faculty, Staff, Students, Contractors, Vendors & Visitors must use an alternate entrance onto campus and are encouraged to use an alternate exit from campus during this period.

 


3/6/2015

James Madison University is closed Friday March 6, due to inclement weather. Check www.jmu.edu for more information.

 


3/5/2015

VDOT is requesting the public avoid travel due to inclement weather and unsafe road conditions. Please check www.511virginia.org for information on road conditions before considering travel.

 


3/5/2015

James Madison University will be closed today, Thursday March 5, due to inclement weather. Check www.jmu.edu for more information.

 


3/4/2015

SAFE BREAK SAFETY NOTICE TO THE JMU COMMUNITY 

 

The James Madison University Department of Police & Public Safety, along with the Harrisonburg Police Department, would like to remind you to take just a couple of minutes to properly prepare before leaving Harrisonburg for the upcoming school break.  Many of these tips are intended for students but can just as easily apply to faculty and staff as well and can be adapted by everyone for their day to day safety in any community.    

 

SECURE YOUR PROPERTY 

•    Take anything of value, especially small items, home with you.  (i.e. iPods, laptops, jewelry, etc.) 

•    Lock your dorm room, private space, apartment or office when you leave for break.  

•    Close and lock all windows and sliding glass doors.  Place wooden dowel in sliding glass door track.  (You can purchase wooden dowels at your local hardware store.) 

•    If you leave your vehicle in a campus parking lot or at your apartment complex, place all valuables out of site, secure them in the trunk and lock your doors.  Try to leave vehicle parked under a streetlight. 

•    If you have a bicycle, check with your hall staff to see if it is okay to leave your bicycle in your room over break.  If you cannot leave it in your room, secure it to a bike rack. 

•    If you live off-campus, secure your bicycle in your apartment. 

•    Write down all your serial numbers for your valuables, take pictures of them and store in a safe place. 

•    Off –Campus residents may also want to contact the U.S. Postal Service to suspend residential mail delivery while away. 

 

NOTIFY FAMILY & FRIENDS 

•    Your intended travel plans – your time of departure and estimated time of arrival. 

•    Give them of the phone number and address of where you’ll be staying (if not going home) and/or who you are traveling with. 

•    Fully charge your cell phone before your trip. 

•    Notify family or friends if you are delayed because of car trouble or traffic problems along your route. 

 

THE 511 SYSTEM 

•    What is the 511 system? 

•    The 511 system is a one-stop resource for all the information you need for making your travel plans.  The 511 system has real-time traffic conditions, route planning and information about alternative ways to travel without a car.  

•    You can access the 511 system from any phone (dial 511) or computer at  www.511virginia.org 

•    Before leaving for break, check your travel route at www.511virginia.org  for any delays or major road construction projects. 

•    If you are delayed, call 511 to get an alternate travel route. 

•    To see if your home state is part of the 511 System, go to http://deploy511.org

 

PUT TOGETHER A TRAVEL SAFETY KIT FOR YOUR VEHICLE 

   (The kit should include) 

•    Cellular phone fully charged & Cell phone car charger. 

•    Flashlight with extra batteries 

•    First Aid kit 

•    Map of travel routes 

•    Basic tool kit 

•    Set of jumper cables 

•    Blanket & warm clothes 

 

BEFORE STARTING YOUR TRIP 

•    Top off vehicle gas tanks 

•    Have vehicle serviced on a regular basis 

•    Check the air in your tires 

•    Get plenty of rest before driving 

 

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY 

•       Look out for your neighbors and call the local police immediately if you observe suspicious activity.  If you’re in the Harrisonburg area over the break, local police can be reached at; 

•    JMU Police 540-568-6913                                                   

•    Harrisonburg Police 540-434-4436 

•    Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office 540-564-3800 

Call 911 for EMERGENCIES! 

 

For additional public safety information visit our website at  www.jmu.edu/pubsafety 

 

Thank you and have a safe break!

 

Sent by JMU Madison Alert

 


2/26/2015

James Madison University will be opening at 10 AM today, Thursday Feb 26, due to inclement weather.  Check www.jmu.edu for more information.

 


 

2/23/2015

Community Alert 
“Possible Threat to the Campus Community” 
HPD Case Number 2015 - 003068 
Burglary -Breaking and Entering

 

The Harrisonburg Police Department is investigating a reported incident that occurred off campus on 2/21/2015 at approximately 04:40AM at an apartment located in the City of Harrisonburg in the area of Copper Beach. 

The victim reported that she woke up from sleeping to find a black male approximately 6’to 6”2 with a beard wearing a dark colored hoodie and dark colored pants in her apartment. She advised she had left the door unsecured so her roommate could get into the apartment. The suspect left the apartment without further incidence

Anyone with information on these incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu  

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Never leave your doors or windows unlocked. Get to know your neighbors and report suspicious persons or activities to police.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.  

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


2/23/2015

Update to Community Alert

A suspect has been identified and arrested regarding the below Community Alert. The suspect Jacob Rogers was arrested by the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department.


7/10/2014

Community Alert
“Possible Threat to the Community”

Off Campus Assault and Breaking and Entering

Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office

 Case Number 2014-049747

 On 7/9/2014 the Rockingham County Sheriff’s department gave notice to the James Madison University Police Department of an incident occurring on 6/29/2014 in the Aspen Heights neighborhood.

An unknown white male described as having an athletic build and approximately 6 feet tall entered a residence through a living room window. The victim was sleeping and awoke to discover the unknown male in her bedroom fondling her. She awoke and confronted the individual and he left the residence.

 Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Rockingham Sheriff Department at 540-434-4436. The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu
JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml

Thank You and Stay Safe

 


2/17/2015

Weather Closing

James Madison University will be closed Tuesday, Feb 17, due to inclement weather.

 

 


 

2/16/2015

Weather Closing

James Madison University will be closing today at 2:15 PM due to inclement weather.

 


02/02/2015

Community Alert 

“Possible Threat to the Community” 

HPD Case Number 2015 - 008187 

Forcible Fondling 

 

The Harrisonburg Police Department is investigating a reported incident that occurred on late 1/30/2015 or the early morning of 1/31/2015 at an apartment located in the City of Harrisonburg in the area of Copper Beach. 

The victim reported that she attended a party off campus. She left the party with an individual she had met at the party. He purportedly took her to an apartment believed to be in the area of Copper Beach where she was subsequently assaulted. 

Anyone with information on these incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu  

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Use the buddy system when attending parties. Do not accept drinks from unknown persons.  

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.  

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


01/16/2015 
                                                                                                           Community Alert

“Possible Threat to the Community”

Forcible Fondling – Friday, Jan 16th, 300 Blk. Pheasant Run

Harrisonburg Police Department –Case # 2015-003747

 

Offense: Forcible Fondling

Date/Time: Friday, Jan 16th, 12:01 AM

Location: 300 Blk. Pheasant Run

Suspect: Unknown male, approximately 5’7” wearing a thick black jacket

 

On Jan 16th, 2015, the Harrisonburg Police Department received a report of an alleged forcible fondling.  The victim advised that just after midnight, on Friday morning, January 16th, in the 300 block of Pheasant Run, an unknown male came out from behind nearby bushes, grabbed and fondled her.  When the victim screamed the suspect fled.  The suspect was described as being approximately 5’7” and wearing a thick black jacket.

 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu



JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


11/13/2014

Community Alert

"Possible Threat to the Community"

Home Invasion Robbery

 


1300 Block Hunters Ridge, Port Republic Rd.

Thursday, Nov. 13th 2014 at approximately 4 PM

2 Suspects no further description.

On Nov. 13th 2014 at approximately 4 PM Local law enforcement agencies responded for a complaint of a home invasion robbery in the 1300 block of the Hunters Ridge complex on Port Republic Rd. Two suspects are still at large, no descriptions available.  The Harrisonburg Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu 

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 


11/3/2014

Timely Notice 

“Possible Threat to the Community”  

Sexual Assault 

HPD Case Number 2014-086075 

 

The James Madison University Police Department has received a third party report of an alleged sexual assault occurring at a party in the 1400 Block of S. Main Street on 11/1/2014. The Harrisonburg Police Department was notified of the incident and has indicated that the suspect was described as “a light skinned black male taller than 5”10”.  All information was received through a friend of the victim and no further information is known at this time. 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu  

While you can never completely protect yourself from assault, there are some safety tips that you and your friends can do to reduce your risk. Please read the tips listed below and keep them in mind. 

Be aware of your surroundings, including where you are and who is around you. 

Distractions such as a cell phone conversation and listening to music with headphones could make you less aware of potential dangers. 

Avoid isolated areas and do not walk alone at night when possible. 

Trust your instincts. If something does not feel right, leave the area and call 911.  

Please take all necessary steps to protect yourself and each other. Do not hesitate to call 911.  

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 


10/31/2014

Community Alert 

“Possible Threat to the Community” 

HPD Case Number 2014-084401 

 

On 10/31/2014 the Harrisonburg Police Department gave notice to the James Madison University Police Department of several incidents occurring off campus. 

An incident occurred on Grattan Street in the early morning hours of 10/26/2014 in which two female residents of an apartment observed a male described as white, tall and thin with light hair looking through the window. The residents then heard several locked door handles rattle. The residents believe they recognized this individual as having followed them while they were walking down S. Main Street earlier. 

Another incident occurred in the early morning hours 10/25/2014 in which a white male described as having long shoulder length hair wearing a black sweatshirt and dark colored jeans entered a residence purportedly looking for someone. He was asked to leave and left without incident. 

Anyone with information on these incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu  

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend. Report any suspicious activity to the police. 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.  

Thank You and Stay Safe!

Sent by JMU Madison Alert

 


10/27/2014

FREE STUFF FOR BIKE-PED  SAFETY

During the past few weeks we have had several "close calls" involving members of the JMU community and a recent serious accident involving bicycles and pedestrians.

To address these issues and prevent further accidents, the Public Safety Department is starting a campaign that will include Education, Enforcement and Encouragement programs.

The Encouragement program will provide on the spot rewards to those that campus police observe who follow the rules, observe safety guidelines, and conduct themselves properly.

If you wish to receive a reward, please obey the following rules and guidelines:

Bicyclists must accommodate pedestrians everywhere - both on and off campus.

·       Bicyclists must obey the same rules as motorists, including stopping at stop signs and traffic ‎lights. These laws will be enforced.

·       Let pedestrians know that you are approaching – especially from the rear 

·       If you want to use a crosswalk at an intersection, dismount and walk your bike.

·       When riding in a bike lane, ride with traffic, not against it.

·       Limit your speeds in congested areas

·       Helmets are strongly recommended as are nighttime lights and reflective riding gear.

 

Pedestrians also have responsibility.  Pedestrians must accommodate bicyclists and not just assume that "pedestrians always have the right-of-way".

·                           Watch for vehicles - including cars, skate boards, buses and trucks                     

·                            Please do not walk out into traffic without looking.

·                           Stay attentive while using multi-use pathways.

·                           When walking in an area with bicycles, please give bicyclists room to pass.

 

Motorists must obey Virginia laws that pertain to bicyclists and pedestrians.

·       The “Three Feet Law” requires motorists give a bicycle a three-foot clearance while passing it.  If you cannot do that you should slow down behind the bicycle until there is a safe passing opportunity.

·       “Share the road”.

·       It is illegal to exceed the speed limit to pass a bicycle.

·       When entering an intersection where there are bicycles, let the bicycles make their maneuvers without interfering.

 

We recently completed our Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (www.jmu.edu/navigatejmu) which includes numerous bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects. The University is currently spending $1.4 million in upgrading bicycle and pedestrian paths on campus.

So please be cognizant, courteous and responsible. BE SAFE !

 


10/17/2014

 

2nd Notice - JMU Testing Notification Systems on October 19th 2014 @ 3 PM

 

Students, Faculty and Staff:  

  

JMU will conduct a test of the comprehensive emergency response communication systems on Sunday, October 19th, 2014 at 3:00pm.  At this time a test text message/voice message will be sent to the cell phones of all individuals who have enrolled for emergency notification through MyMadison.  Also, a blast email message will be sent, and on campus, Madison Alert, the outdoor siren and PA system will be tested with a siren and audible message that will be broadcast across the system.  

  

If you have not already enrolled to receive emergency notifications via your cell phone or if you have changed your cell phone number since you enrolled in emergency notification, please log in to the MyMadison student tab (students) or the employee tab (faculty and staff) by Friday, October 17th, and provide your cell phone information and authorize its use by the University for emergency notification.   Please note that you must explicitly authorize JMU to contact you via your cell phone for emergencies.   Instructions are available via tutorials on the MyMadison student tab and employee tab.  

  

For more information regarding the emergency response communication systems and other safety information at JMU, visit the Public Safety website at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety and click on the Emergency Notification link. 

  

Thanks,  

Lee Shifflett  

Chief of Police  

 

 


9/24/2014


LiveSafe App Update

iOS8 compatibility issues with iPhones are fixed.  iPhone users with the iOS8 operating system can now use the LiveSafe app to:

 ·       Text or call for help in an emergency.  

·        Report suspicious activity anonymously to campus police. 

·        Let your friends know where you are as you walk home, so you never have to walk alone.   

·        View online emergency plans from your smart phone. 

Stay Safe!


9/18/2014


LiveSafe App Update

 

 

iPhone users – The LiveSafe app is not yet compatible with iOS8.  LiveSafe developers are in the process of making the necessary changes to the LiveSafe app now.  This problem only affects iPhone users running the iOS8 operating system.

 

We will let you know when this problem is corrected.

 

Stay Safe!

 


8/21/2014

At 8:40 p.m., JMU Police received conflicting reports of an individual with a gun in Potomac Hall.  Officers immediately responded and after a thorough investigation by campus police, a toy Airsoft gun was recovered.  Subject has been identified as a student and JMU police are in possession of the orange-tipped toy gun.  The matter has been resolved and there is no threat to the campus.

 

 


7/10/2014

Community Alert
“Possible Threat to the Community”

Off Campus Assault and Breaking and Entering

Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office

 Case Number 2014-049747

 On 7/9/2014 the Rockingham County Sheriff’s department gave notice to the James Madison University Police Department of an incident occurring on 6/29/2014 in the Aspen Heights neighborhood.

An unknown white male described as having an athletic build and approximately 6 feet tall entered a residence through a living room window. The victim was sleeping and awoke to discover the unknown male in her bedroom fondling her. She awoke and confronted the individual and he left the residence.

 Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Rockingham Sheriff Department at 540-434-4436. The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu
JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 

 


4/25/2014

Timely Notification Bulletin
“Possible Threat to the Community”


In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the James Madison University Police Department is giving notice of an incident occurring on the campus of James Madison University.

Attention:  Ikenberry Hall
Offense:    Thefts in Ikenberry Hall
Dates:        March 17th – presen
tSuspect:    None

On April 23, 2014 the JMU Police Department received reports from several residents of Ikenberry Hall of thefts from dorm rooms. Property listed as being taken ranged from food and clothing to money. The thefts occurred over a period of time between March 17th to the present.

We encourage residents to lock the doors to their suites and individual rooms whenever they leave whether for 5 minutes or 5 days.  Don’t leave valuables out in the open, especially where they can be seen from outside your living area. Please contact JMU police or residence hall staff if you observe a suspicious person or suspicious activity.

 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the James Madison University Police Department at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu

Thank you and stay safe!


3/17/2014

James Madison University will be closed Monday, March 17th , due to weather. Please check the JMU website at www.jmu.edu for information on class rescheduling.
3/5/2014  and 3/7/2014

   SAFE BREAK SAFETY NOTICE TO THE JMU COMMUNITY   

The James Madison University Department of Police & Public Safety, along with the Harrisonburg Police Department, would like to remind you to take just a couple of minutes to properly prepare before leaving Harrisonburg for the upcoming school break.  Many of these tips are intended for students but can just as easily apply to faculty and staff as well and can be adapted by everyone for their day to day safety in any community. 

  SECURE YOUR PROPERTY 

    Take anything of value, especially small items, home with you. (i.e. iPods, laptops, jewelry, etc.) 

    Lock your dorm room, private space, apartment or office when you leave for break.  

    Close and lock all windows and sliding glass doors.  Place a wooden dowel in the sliding glass door track.  (You can purchase wooden dowels at your local hardware store.) 

    If you leave your vehicle in a campus parking lot or at your apartment complex, place all valuables out of site, secure them in the trunk and lock your doors.  Try to leave vehicle parked under a streetlight. 

    If you have a bicycle, check with your hall staff to see if it is okay to leave your bicycle in your room over break.  If you cannot leave it in your room, secure it to a bike rack. 

    If you live off-campus, secure your bicycle in your apartment. 

    Write down all your serial numbers for your valuables, take pictures of them and store in a safe place. 

    Off –Campus residents may also want to contact the U.S. Postal Service to suspend residential mail delivery while away. 

  NOTIFY FAMILY & FRIENDS 

    Your intended travel plans – your time of departure and estimated time of arrival. 

    Give them the phone number and address of where you’ll be staying (if not going home) and/or who you are traveling with. 

    Fully charge your cell phone for your trip. 

    Notify family or friends if you are delayed because of car trouble or traffic problems along your route.
 

  THE 511 SYSTEM 

    What is the 511 system? 

    The 511 system is a one-stop resource for all the information you need for making your travel plans.  The 511 system has real-time traffic conditions, route planning and information about alternative ways to travel without a car.  

    You can access the 511 system from any phone (dial 511) or computer at  www.511virginia.org 

    Before leaving for break, check your travel route at www.511virginia.org  for any delays or major road construction projects. 

    If you are delayed, call 511 to get an alternate travel route. 

    To see if your home state is part of the 511 System, go to http://deploy511.org. 

  PUT TOGETHER A TRAVEL SAFETY KIT FOR YOUR VEHICLE (The kit should include) 

    Cellular phone fully charged & cell phone car charger. 

    Flashlight with extra batteries 

    First Aid kit 

    Map of travel routes 

    Basic tool kit 

    Set of jumper cables 

    Blanket & warm clothes
 

BEFORE STARTING YOUR TRIP 

    Top off vehicle gas tanks 

    Have vehicle serviced on a regular basis 

    Check the air in your tires 

    Get plenty of rest before driving
 

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY  

    Look out for your neighbors and call the local police immediately if you observe suspicious activity.  If you’re in the Harrisonburg area over the holidays, local police can be reached at;  

    JMU Police 540-568-6913 

    Harrisonburg Police 540-434-4436 

    Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office 540-564-3800 
 

For additional public safety information visit our website at  www.jmu.edu/pubsafety  

Thank you and have a safe break!

 


3/4/2014

UPDATE James Madison University will be closed Tuesday, March 4th, due to weather. Please check the JMU website at www.jmu.edu for information on class rescheduling.


3/4/2014

James Madison University will open at 11 AM, Tuesday March 4th, due to weather. Please check the JMU website at www.jmu.edu for information on class rescheduling.


3/3/2014

James Madison University will be closed Monday, March 3rd, due to weather. Please check the JMU website at www.jmu.edu for information on class rescheduling.


2/13/2014

James Madison University will be closed Friday, February 14th, due to weather. Please check the JMU website at www.jmu.edu for information on class rescheduling.



2/12/2014 

James Madison University will be closed Thursday, February 13th, due to weather. Please check the JMU website at www.jmu.edu for information on class rescheduling.


2/10/2014

Community Alert
“Possible Threat to the Community”

Off Campus Sexual Assault HPD Case: 14-0010613

600 Block of South Mason St.

 

Offense: Sexual Assault

Date: 02-08-2014

Location: 600 Block South Mason Street

Suspects: 2 Unknown Males

 

The Harrisonburg Police Department is investigating a report of an alleged sexual assault that occurred on February 8th 2014, at a party in the 600 block of South Mason Street. The victim advised being assaulted by two male suspects. 

 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu 



JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


1/21/2014  JMU Weather Closing, Tuesday Jan 21st

JMU will be closing at 9:30 AM, Tuesday, January 21st, due to weather. Please check the JMU website at www.jmu.edu for information on class rescheduling.

 


12/10/2013   Update

The University will open at Noon today.  The exam schedule will begin with the 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm exams and continue with the normal exam schedule.  Those exams scheduled for 8:00 am – 10:00 am this morning will be held at 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm Tuesday evening. December 10th.  Those exams scheduled for 10:30 am – 12:30 pm today will be held at 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm on Wednesday, December 11.  If you have any questions about your exam, please contact your professor. Please check the web site for any further delays.


12/10/2013

The University will open at 10:00 am today.  The exam schedule will begin with the 10:30 am -12:30 pm exams and continue with the normal exam schedule.  Those exams scheduled for 8:00 am – 10:00 am this morning will be held at 8:30 pm – 10:30 pm Tuesday evening, December 10th.  If you have any questions about your exam, please contact your professor. Please check the website for any additional weather delays.


12/10/2013

SAFE BREAK NOTICE TO THE JMU COMMUNITY   

The James Madison University Department of Police & Public Safety, along with the Harrisonburg Police Department, would like to remind you to take just a couple of minutes to properly prepare before leaving Harrisonburg for the upcoming school break.  Many of these tips are intended for students but can just as easily apply to faculty and staff as well and can be adapted by everyone for their day to day safety in any community.  
 

SECURE YOUR PROPERTY 

    Take anything of value, especially small items, home with you.     (i.e. iPods, laptops, jewelry, etc.) 

    Lock your dorm room, private space, apartment or office when you leave for break.  

    Close and lock all windows and sliding glass doors.  Place wooden dowel in sliding glass door track.  (You can purchase wooden dowels at your local hardware store.) 

    If you leave your vehicle in a campus parking lot or at your apartment complex, place all valuables out of site, secure them in the trunk and lock your doors.  Try to leave vehicle parked under a streetlight. 

    If you have a bicycle, check with your hall staff to see if it is okay to leave your bicycle in your room over break.  If you cannot leave it in your room, secure it to a bike rack. 

    If you live off-campus, secure your bicycle in your apartment. 

    Write down all your serial numbers for your valuables, take pictures of them and store in a safe place. 

    Off –Campus residents may also want to contact the U.S. Postal Service to suspend residential mail delivery while away. 

NOTIFY FAMILY & FRIENDS 

    Your intended travel plans – your time of departure and estimated time of arrival. 

    Give them the phone number and address of where you’ll be staying (if not going home) and/or who you are traveling with. 

    Fully charge your cell phone for your trip. 

    Notify family or friends if you are delayed because of car trouble or traffic problems along your route. 

 

THE 511 SYSTEM 

    What is the 511 system? 

    The 511 system is a one-stop resource for all the information you need for making your travel plans.  The 511 system has real-time traffic conditions, route planning and information about alternative ways to travel without a car.  

    You can access the 511 system from any phone (dial 511) or computer at  www.511virginia.org 

    Before leaving for break, check your travel route at  www.511virginia.org  for any delays or major road construction projects. 

    If you are delayed, call 511 to get an alternate travel route. 

    To see if your home state is part of the 511 System, go to http://deploy511.org.  

 

PUT TOGETHER A TRAVEL SAFETY KIT FOR YOUR VEHICLE 

   (The kit should include) 

    Cellular phone fully charged & Cell phone car charger. 

    Flashlight with extra batteries 

    First Aid kit 

    Map of travel routes 

    Basic tool kit 

    Set of jumper cables 

    Blanket & warm clothes 

 

BEFORE STARTING YOUR TRIP 

    Top off vehicle gas tanks 

    Have vehicle serviced on a regular basis 

    Check the air in your tires 

    Get plenty of rest before driving 

 

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY 

       Look out for your neighbors and call the local police immediately if you observe suspicious activity.  If you’re in the Harrisonburg area over the holidays, local police can be reached at; 

       JMU Police                                                       540-568-6913 

       Harrisonburg Police                                           540-434-4436 

       Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office                    540-564-3800 

 

Call 911 for EMERGENCIES!  

For additional public safety information visit our website at  www.jmu.edu/pubsafety  

Thank you and have a safe break!

 


11/27/2013

JMU Community,  

James Madison University will be conducting a brief test of components of the Madison Alert Emergency Notification System on Wednesday, November 27th, 2013 at approximately 1:00 PM.  

This will only be a test of the outdoor horn and speaker systems. Have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving break. 

James Madison University
Department of Police and Public Safety
540-568-6913

 


11/20/2013


SAFE BREAK SAFETY NOTICE TO THE JMU COMMUNITY

The James Madison University Department of Police & Public Safety, along with the Harrisonburg Police Department, would like to remind you to take just a couple of minutes to properly prepare before leaving Harrisonburg for the upcoming school break.  Many of these tips are intended for students but can just as easily apply to faculty and staff as well and can be adapted by everyone for their day to day safety in any community.   

SECURE YOUR PROPERTY
•    Take anything of value, especially small items, home with you.  (i.e. iPods, laptops, jewelry, etc.)
•    Lock your dorm room, private space, apartment or office when you leave for break.
•    Close and lock all windows and sliding glass doors.  Place wooden dowel in sliding glass door track.  (You can purchase wooden dowels at your local hardware store.)
•    If you leave your vehicle in a campus parking lot or at your apartment complex, place all valuables out of site, secure them in the trunk and lock your doors.  Try to leave vehicle parked under a streetlight.
•    If you have a bicycle, check with your hall staff to see if it is okay to leave your bicycle in your room over break.  If you cannot leave it in your room, secure it to a bike rack.
•    If you live off-campus, secure your bicycle in your apartment.

•    Write down all your serial numbers for your valuables, take pictures of them and store in a safe place.•    Off –Campus residents may also want to contact the U.S. Postal Service to suspend residential mail delivery while away.


NOTIFY FAMILY & FRIENDS
•    Your intended travel plans – your time of departure and estimated time of arrival.
•    Give them of the phone number and address of where you’ll be staying (if not going home) and/or who you are traveling with.
•    Fully charge your cell phone for your trip.
•    Notify family or friends if you are delayed because of car trouble or traffic problems along your route.

THE 511 SYSTEM
•    What is the 511 system?
•    The 511 system is a one-stop resource for all the information you need for making your travel plans.  The 511 system has real-time traffic conditions, route planning and information about alternative ways to travel without a car.
•    You can access the 511 system from any phone (dial 511) or computer at 
www.511virginia.org
•    Before leaving for break, check your travel route at 
www.511virginia.org  for any delays or major road construction projects.
•    If you are delayed, call 511 to get an alternate travel route.
•    To see if your home state is part of the 511 System, go to
http://deploy511.org.

PUT TOGETHER A TRAVEL SAFETY KIT FOR YOUR VEHICLE
   (The kit should include)
•    Cellular phone fully charged & Cell phone car charger.
•    Flashlight with extra batteries
•    First Aid kit
•    Map of travel routes
•    Basic tool kit
•    Set of jumper cables
•    Blanket & warm clothes

BEFORE STARTING YOUR TRIP
•    Top off vehicle gas tanks
•    Have vehicle serviced on a regular basis
•    Check the air in your tires
•    Get plenty of rest before driving

REPORT SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY IMMEDIATELY 

·       Look out for your neighbors and call the local police immediately if you observe suspicious activity.  If you’re in the Harrisonburg area over the holidays, local police can be reached at;

·       JMU Police                                                                   540-568-6913

·       Harrisonburg Police                                                  540-434-4436

·       Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office                   540-564-3800

Call 911 for EMERGENCIES!

For additional public safety information visit our website at 
www.jmu.edu/pubsafety

Thank you and have a safe break!


11/20/2013

Timely Notification
“Possible Threat to the Community”
Harrisonburg Police Department Case 2013-084307
 


In compliance with the “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998, the James Madison University Police Department is giving notice of an incident
considered to be a serious or continuing threat to the campus community 

 

 A report of an alleged sexual assault was received third party by the JMU Police Department on November 19th, 2013. The victim consented to speaking with police and stated that she had attended a party on 11/16/2013 in the 600 Block of Walnut Lane. She stated that in the early morning hours of 11/17/2013, she became separated from her friends and was led upstairs by an unidentified male to a bedroom where she was subsequently sexually assaulted.

Further investigation in regard to this incident will be handled by Harrisonburg Police Department (HPD #2013-084307. 

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu 

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies.

·         Be wary of anyone who does not respect your boundaries, including boundaries with alcohol.

·         Be careful when inviting someone into your home, or going to someone else's home.

·         Trust your instincts. If a situation makes you feel uncomfortable or unsafe, do what you need to do to get elsewhere. Don't worry about what others may think or try to be polite so as not to offend others. Your safety is top priority. Be forceful and firm.

·         If things start to get out of hand, be loud in protesting, leave, and go for help. Do not wait for things to get better. If it feels uncomfortable, leave quickly.

·         If you feel you are being pressured, you probably are, and you need to respond. If a situation feels bad, or you start to get nervous about the way your date is acting, confront the person immediately or leave as quickly as possible.

·         Listen carefully to what the other person is saying. Always get permission, regardless of how long you have known or dated someone.

·         Never assume you know what your partner wants. Do not assume you both want the same degree of intimacy.

·         Intoxication is not a legal defense. You are responsible for your actions, whether you are sober or not.

 

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml

Thank You and Stay Safe! 


 

11/11/2013

Campus Alert

“Possible Threat to the Community” Off-Campus
Home Invasion Robbery
Harrisonburg Police Dept. Case 2013-082164

 


 

Offense: Home Invasion Robbery

Date: 11-11-2013 at 6:30 PM

Location 400 Block. Snowberry Lane. (Copper Beach)

   Suspects: (2) Black Males, (1) White Male, all dressed in black with masks & handguns.

On 11-11-2013, the Harrisonburg Police Department notified JMU police of an alleged home invasion robbery that occurred on Monday, November 11, 2013 at approximately 6:30 PM.  The offense occurred in the 400 block of Snowberry Ln. in the Copper Beach housing complex.  There were three suspects described as two black males and one white male.  All three suspects were dressed in black, wearing masks, and displayed handguns. No further description provided.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu 

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.  

 

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


11/4/2013


TRAFFIC ADVISORY – I-81 CLOSED

Interstate 81 is closed in both directions due to a traffic crash near the 243 mile marker and will remain closed for significant amount of time.

I-81 Traffic is being rerouted from North & South bound interstate onto US RT 11 and other roads between Exit 240 (Mt. Crawford) and Exit 245 (Port Road), expect significant delays.

A detour has been established for southbound traffic to direct traffic off of Exit 245 on to Port Republic Road West to US-11 South to VA-257 East and back to I-81 South.

If at all possible avoid travelling on these routes until the incident is cleared up. Additional updates and information will be available through local news media, local radio stations and www.511virginia.org


11/2/2013

Campus Alert
“Possible Threat to the Community”
Off Campus Strong Armed Robbery



Offense: Strong Armed Robbery
Date & Time: 11-02-2013 3:30 PM
Location: Usman Circle.
Suspects: 3 White Males, No further description.

On 11-02-2013, the Harrisonburg police Department reported an alleged strong armed robbery that had occurred on Usman Circle. at approximately 3:30 PM on Saturday, 11-02-13.

2 Victims reported that they exchanged words with four unknown white males on Usman Drive. The four subjects took property from the victims and left the area. One suspect was apprehended a short time later.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the James Madison University Police Department at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu


JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtm


10/31/2013

 

Campus Alert
“Possible Threat to the Community”
Dangerous Wanted Subjects Frequenting Local Off - Campus Parties


The Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department notified the JMU Police Department on Oct 31, 2013 of an alleged Home Invasion Robbery that occurred in Purcellville VA., on Oct 14th, 2013. The alleged offenders are believed to be in the Harrisonburg area and are known to frequent off-campus college parties.


Offense: Home Invasion Robbery
Location: Purcellville, VA.
Date: Oct 14th, 2013


Suspects:

1. Dean Ballard, 20 Year Old White Male, 6’, 165 lbs. Brown Hair & Hazel Eyes. Of Harrisonburg, VA.

2. David Russell Jr. 21 Year Old, White Male, 5’11”, 185 lbs. Brown Hair, Brown Eyes. Of Leesburg, VA.

Both subjects are considered armed and dangerous. Photos of the subjects can be viewed at JMU’s Public Safety website http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml, then click PDF Photographs with the incident listing.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Department at 540-568 3800, Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.

Thank You and Stay Safe!

 


10/16/2013

 

Drop, Cover and Hold On!

On Thursday, October 17, at 10:17 a.m., James Madison University will join individuals and organizations throughout the southeast United States in participating in the Great Southeast shakeout.

The August 2011 magnitude 5.8 earthquake centered in Louisa County, Virginia reminds us that we all need to be prepared for all sorts of natural disasters.
The Great Southeast Shakeout recommends the following procedures during an earthquake:

• DROP to the ground
• Take COVER under a table or desk
• HOLD ON to the table or desk until the tremor has passed.

In lieu of a formal earthquake drill, the university is encouraging building coordinators, hall directors, supervisors, professors and classroom personnel to visit the Great Southeastern Shakeout website and review steps that should be taken to prepare for an earthquake.

In addition to the information on the Great Southeast Shakeout website, the campus community is reminded of the following guidelines during an emergency:

• 911 and the campus equivalent, 568 – 6911, should only be used if you are in imminent danger or witness someone else in imminent danger.
• Fire alarms are to be used only for actual emergencies such as fire or obvious structural damage that poses a threat to individuals.
• James Madison University will communicate with the university community through www.jmu.edu, AM radio station 1610 and/or via text or voicemail messages through the university’s emergency communication system.

For more information about earthquake preparedness, visit http://www.shakeout.org/southeast/

 


11/5/2013

 

Campus Alert
“Possible Threat to the Community”
Off Campus Sexual Assault


HPD Investigates Potential Sexual Assault

On 10-04-2013, the Harrisonburg Police Department gave notice to the JMU Police Department, of an alleged sexual assault in the area of Bradley Drive.

The Harrisonburg Police Department is currently investigating a potential sexual assault that occurred at a residence on Bradley Drive, shortly after midnight on Sunday, September 22nd. The incident appears to have occurred at a party which began Saturday night and went into the early morning hours of Sunday.

In the course of the investigation, the Harrisonburg Police Department obtained a picture of a subject who may have knowledge of this incident. The picture depicts a Caucasian male, in his twenties, roughly 5’10” tall, with gauge style earrings (AKA “plugs”) in his ears.

The Harrisonburg Police Department is asking the public for assistance in this investigation.

If any person has any knowledge of this incident, it is asked that they contact the Harrisonburg Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division at (540) 437-2640.

Anyone with information on this incident should contact the Harrisonburg Police Department at Crime Solvers 540-574-5050 or text “HPD,” plus the tip to 274637 (CRIMES) The James Madison University Police Department can be contacted at 540-568-6911; or in person at the James Madison University Police Department at Anthony Seeger Hall; or by e-mail to publicsafety@jmu.edu

JMU wants to encourage everyone in the JMU Community to exercise good crime prevention strategies. Close and lock all doors and windows at night and anytime the area is left unattended whether it be for 5 minutes or 5 days; to go to class or go to the store or visit a friend.

A poster version of this message suitable for bulletin boards and any follow-up information regarding this incident will be posted at http://www.jmu.edu/pubsafety/IncidentListings.shtml.


Thank You and Stay Safe!

 

 


 

JMU is about to test the comprehensive emergency notification systems including Voice, Text, email and activation of the Campus Horn and P A system. This is only a test. In the event of an emergency this system can be used to relay vital information to the JMU Community. The test will conclude with the all CLEAR signal being given. Again, this is only a test.

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Archived

November 20,2013
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Off Campus Assault

November 11, 2013
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Off Campus Home Invasion Robbery

November 2, 2013
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Off Campus Strong Armed Robbery

October 31, 2013
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PDF Photographs 

Off Campus Dangerous Wanted Subjects Frequenting Local Off Campus Parties

Octobr 5,2013
PDF 

Off Campus Sexual Assault

June 22,2013
PDF 

Off Campus Malicious Wounding

June 15,2013
PDF 

Off Campus Malicious Wounding

May 15, 2013

PDF 

Off Campus Armed Robbery UPDATE

May 14, 2013

PDF 

Off Campus Armed Robbery

April 8, 2013
PDF 

Off Campus Home Invasion Robbery UPDATE

April 5, 2013
PDF 

Off Campus Home Invasion Robbery

April 5, 2013
PDF 

Off Campus Community Alert Bank Robbery

February 5, 2013
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 Update Off Campus Impersonation of Police Officer Arrest

January 12, 2013
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Off Campus Impersonation of Police Officer

January 12, 2013
PDF 

Off Campus Sexual Battery

January 3, 2013
PDF 

 Update Off Campus Shooting

December 23, 2012
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 Off Campus Shooting

November 11, 2012
PDF 

Off Campus Firearms Violaion

November 9, 2012
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Off Campus Reckless Handling of a Firearm

October 23, 2012
PDF 

Off Campus Sexual Assault and Armed Robbery Arrests

October 11, 2012

PDF 

On Campus Criminal Trespass

October 10, 2012
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Off Campus Assault

September 6, 2012
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Off Campus Armed Robbery

September 4, 2012
PDF 

Off Campus Rape

June 4, 2012
PDF 

Followup to Off Campus Robbery

May 31,2012
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   Off Campus Robbery

May 20, 2012
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Off Campus Shot Fired

May 5, 2012

PDF

Off Campus Robbery

February 21, 2012
PDF

Off Campus Aggravated Assault

February 10, 2012
PDF

Off Campus Robbery Update

February 8, 2012
PDF

Off Campus Robbery

January 14, 2012
PDF

Off Campus Malicious Wounding

December 12, 2011
PDF

Off Campus Shooting

November 21, 2011
PDF

Armed Robbery (Off Campus)

November 10, 2011
PDF

Indecent Exposure

October 31, 2011
PDF

Armed Robbery (Off Campus)

September 24, 2011
PDF

Attempted Abduction (Off Campus)

September 21, 2011
PDF

On-campus Attempted Robbery

September 16, 2011
PDF

Armed Robbery Arrests

September 11, 2011
PDF

Armed Robbery (Off Campus)

September 11, 2011
PDF

Armed Robbery (Off Campus)

September 6, 2011
PDF

Indecent Exposure

 

August 20, 2011
PDF

Indecent Exposure

June 2, 2011

PDF

 Assault

June 1, 2011
PDF

Off Campus Altercation

March 29, 2011
PDF

Off Campus Attempted Robbery

March 21, 2011
PDF

Off Campus Robbery

January 24, 2011
PDF

Indecent Exposure

January 18, 2011
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Indecent Exposure

December 13, 2010

PDF

Indecent Exposure

November 29, 2010
PDF

Sexual Assault

November 17, 2010

PDF

Simple Assault
Click Here to view composite (sketch of suspect)
Contact JMU Police at 540 568 6911 or pubsafety@jmu.edu

October 28, 2010

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Off Campus Home Invasion Robbery

October 25, 2010

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Off Campus Assault

October 11, 2010

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Off Campus Attempted Robbery

April 12, 2010

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On Campus Assault

March 4, 2010

PDF - HTML

Off-Campus Robbery

January 14, 2010

PDF - HTML

Off Campus Abduction and Forcible Rape

November 19, 2009

PDF - HTML

Off-Campus Aggravated Assault

November 17, 2009

PDF - HTML

Off-Campus Assault and Battery

October 18, 2009

PDF - HTML

Criminal Trespass Residence Hall