Information from the JMU Police Department

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James Madison University Police Department has received recent reports of suspicious people and incidents on or around campus. 

It was reported that two non-affiliated females wearing long dresses approached students and asked them to join their organization and for personal information. The students were not harmed but felt uncomfortable about being asked for personal information and reacted in the right manner by reporting it to authorities. 

This situation has spread on a variety of social channels with many details of the actual incident changing and not being accurate. While suspicious in nature, there is no indication that these reports are connected to human trafficking. 

Students are reminded of the following safety tips:

  • If you see suspicious activity or behavior, report it to police immediately.  
  • Travel in pairs and not alone, especially at night.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Stay alert.
  • Don’t share personal contact information with people unfamiliar to you. 
  • Leave exterior residence hall doors closed and not propped open.
  • Program contact information for JMU Police into your phone.

In addition, resources are available for transportation such as Safety Escorts or SafeRides.

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Published: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Last Updated: Thursday, January 4, 2024

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