I want to provide an update about the incident last week in Gallucci Hall and what we are doing in response.
I am pleased to report that three men are in jail today and each has been charged in connection with the incident. The charges include possession of marijuana, aggravated robbery and burglary.
At the same time, we were disappointed to learn that the three are UA students. I understand that this may raise other concerns and questions, so let me address them right here.
We have a strict no-tolerance policy for firearms and drugs on campus. In our residence halls, those charged with violating this policy are immediately banned from the residence halls, and they are referred to police and to our Student Judicial Affairs office. In addition to University discipline, a student would be subject to criminal charges. All of this is made clear in students' housing contracts and during informational sessions shortly after move-in.
Our residence halls have been and continue to be safe because of many precautions we have in place:
- We assign a number of our police officers specifically to the residence halls to provide security services.
- Second, the external doors to our residence halls are locked at all times. To enter a hall, you must either swipe an ID or pass through a security checkpoint. In many of our halls, you must do both.
- Third, our residence hall staff members are extensively trained in security and safety procedures.
I also want to point out that our investigation benefitted significantly from anonymous tips, security cameras, and evidence we gathered through the security precautions described earlier.
Our highest priority is to provide a safe living and learning environment for students. The university administration supports our department and our numerous safety and security initiatives on campus. For instance, since 2007, we have increased to 40 the number of full-time officers in our state-certified police department.
You can learn more about the safety programs we have in place at www.uakron.edu/safety.
If my officers can ever be of assistance to you at any hour, call 330-972-2911, or in an emergency, call 9-1-1.
Thank you for attending The University of Akron.
Assistant Vice President of Campus Safety
Police Chief, UA Police Department