Reporting a Crime
Effective law enforcement involves a cooperative effort on the part of each member of the entire University community. Because of this, all victims of or witnesses to a crime on campus are strongly encouraged to report the crime immediately to the WUPD, by coming in person to the department, by dialing 935-5555, or by using a Blue Light Emergency Telephone. Victims of or witnesses to off-campus crimes are strongly encouraged to call 9-1-1 immediately to report the crime.
When a criminal incident is reported to the WUPD, a formal police report is prepared. The offense is classified according to guidelines set by F.B.I. Uniform Crime Reporting Section, U.S. Department of Justice.
Each day, the WUPD makes available on its Web
site and in the Police Department Lobby, a Media Log that lists
the date, time, location, and description of criminal incidents that
occur on campus. This information is routinely published in the
student campus newspaper, Student Life, and the faculty
and staff newspaper, The Record.
WUPD issues a Crime Alert when a serious crime may pose a threat to members of the University community or when it otherwise appears that such an alert may enhance safety and security for members of the community. Alerts may be posted, mailed, faxed, or e-mailed, depending on the circumstances. In addition, the WUPD uses an e-mail notification system to alert students to serious off-campus crimes occurring in neighborhoods adjacent to the Danforth Campus.
If you are the victim of a crime or a witness to one, you should do the following:
1. Call Police immediately. If on West Campus, North Campus, South Campus, Lewis Center, Music Center or off campus dial 9-1-1 for the municipal police. You also may use Blue Light Emergency Telephones at West Campus, North Campus, in University City, or in the Skinker/DeBaliviere neighborhoods to contact local police through 9-1-1. You may remain anonymous if you wish. If on campus, call University police at 5-5555, or use the blue light emergency telephone system —phones are marked by the bright blue light on top. The University Police will know your exact location and will dispatch help. University Police will respond to any request for assistance.
2. Obtain Description. Attempt to obtain a description of the offender(s), including gender, age, race, hair, clothing, and distinguishable features. Also attempt to obtain a description and license number of any vehicle(s) involved. Note the direction of any offender(s) and report these to police.
3. Preserve the Crime Scene. Do not touch any items involved in the incident. Close off the area of the incident and do not allow anyone in the crime scene until police arrive.
4. Consider counseling. Consider contacting the Student Counseling Service at 935-5980. The counseling service may be able to help ease the trauma you may feel as a victim of a crime.
Confidential and Anonymous Reporting
To submit a confidential report on the Medical Campus for a crime that has already been committed, you may call the “Campus Watch Hotline” at (314) 362-0381
Reporting Suspicious Person(s)
If you see any suspicious activity or person(s) on or near the University campus, immediately call the WUPD at 935-5555 or from any Blue Light Emergency Telephone to report what you have seen.
Do not assume that what you see is innocent activity or that another individual has already reported it to the police. Do not worry about being embarrassed; rather, think about what could happen if you do not act.
When should suspicious behavior be reported to the police?
Call police if you observe someone exhibiting any of the following examples of behaviors:
What are suspicious vehicles?
What are other suspicious situations?
Electronic and telephonic harassment is both a nuisance and a crime and will not be tolerated on the Washington University campuses. Here are some suggestions that can
help prevent harassing, annoying, or obscene telephone calls, emails, text messages, and on-line postings (e.g., social networking sites).
• Hang up if the caller says nothing, utters an obscenity, or fails to identify him- or herself clearly.
• If harassing communications persist or are threatening, call the WUPD at (314) 935-5555 or Protective Services at (314) 362-HELP (4357).
• If the harassment is received off campus, contact your local police department or your phone company. Your phone company has options such as Call Tracing, Caller I.D., and Call Blocker; there is a usage fee for these services.