Commendations and Complaints

We welcome communications regarding the performance of our personnel, including incidents of bias. Please submit a formal commendation or complaint with WUPD.

Students, faculty, staff and community members who have experienced or witnessed incidents of bias, prejudice or discrimination involving a student can use the Bias Report and Support System form to report their experiences to the university’s BRSS team.

Safety Tips

Laptop Safety

Never leave your laptop computer, textbooks, cellular telephone, book bag, purse or other valuables unattended or out of your line of sight in dining areas, the library, common study areas, or outdoor spaces.

More info is available on the laptop security page.

    • Aug
      12
    • Armed Robbery
    • Green Hall

    Date/Time Occurred:

    8/12/2017 from 08:32 AM-08:35 AM

    Specifics:

    A Washington University graduate student was crossing the intersection of Forest Park Parkway and Skinker Blvd., when he noticed a subject walking behind him. As the student entered campus near Green Hall, he felt a tug on his backpack so he turned around. The subject displayed a handgun and demanded his backpack and wallet. The student gave the subject his backpack and wallet, at which time the subject then removed the student’s watch. The subject then walked away, heading northeast.

    Using closed-circuit camera feeds and other tactics, investigators tracked the subject as he moved away from campus and walked on Skinker north of Forest Park Parkway. The subject was apprehended at approximately 1:30 p.m., and is now in police custody.
    No injuries were reported.
     
     

    Suspect:

    Subject was described as a black male, approximately 20 years of age, 6 feet tall with a thin build. The subject was wearing dark burgundy pants and a white shirt with stripes underneath a white hoodie, and bright white athletic shoes.

    Response:

    The Washington University Police Department continues to investigate the incident.

    Precautions:

    Consider using the Campus2Home Shuttle Service. For more information visit transportation.wustl.edu.
    Avoid walking or jogging alone and never walk or jog alone after dark.
    Always choose a well-lit path and avoid dark or vacant areas.
    Carry a whistle to summon help.
    Be alert to your surroundings. If you suspect you are being followed, run in a different direction; go to the other side of the street and yell or whistle for help; or head quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or business.
    Be extra cautious if someone approaches your vehicle and asks for information or if someone asks to use your cell phone.
    If you are confronted by a thief, give them what they want and don’t chase them as they leave. Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to the Police.
    • Jul
      28
    • Robbery
    • 400 block Melville

    Date/Time Occurred:

    7/27/2017 at about 11:15 PM

    Specifics:

      A person was walking east on Delmar Blvd when he noticed that a subject was following him. The person then headed south in the 400 block of Melville Ave when he was approached by the subject, who asked if he was lost. The person told him no and the subject walked away but then turned around and pointed a revolver at him and demanded money. The person gave the subject his book bag and wallet. The subject then fled and was last seen running north on Melville

    No injuries reported

    Suspect:

    Response:

    The University City Police Department is investigating.

    Precautions:

    Consider using the Campus2Home Shuttle Service.  For more information visit transportation.wustl.edu.
    Avoid walking or jogging alone and never walk or jog alone after dark.
    Always choose a well-lit path and avoid dark or vacant areas.
    Carry a whistle to summon help.
    Be alert to your surroundings.  If you suspect you are being followed, run in a different direction; go to the other side of the street and yell or whistle for help; or head quickly to a lighted area, a group of people, or business.
    Be extra cautious if someone approaches your vehicle and asks for information or if someone asks to use your cell phone.
    If you are confronted by a thief, give them what they want and don’t chase them as they leave.  Report suspicious persons or activity immediately to the Police.
    • Apr
      20
    • Sexual Abuse
    • Skinker-Forest Park Metro Station

    Date/Time Occurred:

    4/18/2017 at about 07:30 PM

    Specifics:

    On April 19th, a person reported that she was boarding a train in the Skinker-Forest Park Metro Train Station and was approached by three subjects that were exiting the train. Subject 1 grabbed the person’s right wrist and at the same time, subject 2 grabbed her left wrist. The person immediately pulled her left wrist free. As she attempted to pull her right wrist free, subject 1 pulled her hand to his groin area. The subject then whispered lewd comments in the person’s ear at which time she pulled her wrist free and entered the Metro Train.

    All three subjects were last seen exiting the Metro Station and walking north along Skinker Blvd.
    No injuries were reported.

    Suspect:

    Response:

    The St Louis City Metropolitan Police Department is investigating.

    Precautions:

    Trust your instincts. If you feel uneasy or sense something is wrong, call for assistance.
    Practice being assertive about your boundaries.
    Carry a cell phone or whistle to summon help.
    Be aware of where the blue lights are on campus.
    If utilizing Metro, ride in a car with other people or sit in the first car near the conductor.
    Report incidents or suspicious behavior to Metro Public Safety using the Passenger Assist Telephones located in the Metro Parking facilities, station platforms and inside the MetroLink trains.
    Consider using the Campus2Home Shuttle Service.
  • There are no fire incidents to report.
    • Aug
      12
    • 08:35 AM
    • Robbery
    • Green Hall

    Report Number:

    170142

    Occurred:

    8/12/2017 from 08:32 AM-08:35 AM

    Synopsis:

    Victim was followed onto campus from the intersection of Skinker and Forest Park Parkway where he was then robbed of his backpack, watch and wallet.  Loss $3083  Suspect was later arrested and property was recovered. 

    Disposition:

    Cleared by arrest
    • Aug
      11
    • 08:35 AM
    • Larceny
    • Danforth University Center

    Report Number:

    170140

    Occurred:

    6/28/2017 at 03:30 PM to 8/9/2017 at 09:00 AM

    Synopsis:

    Complainant reports the theft of tools from construction area.  Loss $1400

    Disposition:

    Pending
    • Jul
      24
    • 05:07 PM
    • Larceny
    • Hillman Hall

    Report Number:

    170131

    Occurred:

    7/24/2017 from 01:15 PM-03:30 PM

    Synopsis:

    Complainant reports the theft of a wallet containing credit cards from an unsecured, unattended, office.  Fraudulent charges were made following the theft at various St. Louis city retail stores.  Loss $148

    Disposition:

    Pending