Safety and Security at DU Campuses
Staff, Faculty and Students,
As you learned through our emergency notification system and follow-up communications, an altercation at South Hall early Sunday morning resulted in a gunshot wound to the hand of a student who was not involved. With the cooperation of Davenport staff, the Kent County Sheriff's Department continues to investigate and search for the non-student visitors who were involved and fled the scene. We have identified the majority of those involved. The injured student received medical attention at a local hospital and was released shortly after.
I personally came out to the campus at 4:30 a.m. yesterday to assess the situation with Walter O'Neill, Executive Vice President for Enrollment and Student Services. I was proud of how our teams handled the situation, including the public safety team under the direction of Matt Miller, Executive Director for Risk Management and Public Safety, and our residence life team under the direction of Joe Bishop, Executive Director of Campus Life. They worked quickly to secure the campus and to ensure students were taken care of, cooperating fully with law enforcement.
Please be assured that the safety and security of our students and staff is a high priority for us. Our goal is to not only make you feel safe and secure, but ensure that you are safe and secure at all times on a Davenport campus, and we will work tirelessly to make sure that happens. We are proud of our strong safety record for more than a decade at this campus, resulting in national recognition. All residential areas are accessible only via key cards and PIN numbers, with security cameras recording the coming and going of all visitors. In light of this event, however, we will be reviewing all our security measures and policies to better ensure safety for our students, staff and faculty.
While classes will proceed as scheduled this week, there will be extra officers on duty for the next several days. Also, DU's Public Safety continues to work closely with the Kent County Sheriff's Department to resolve the situation. We will post updates as appropriate. If you have questions or concerns, please direct them to myself or to Matt Miller.
Richard Pappas, Ed.D.
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