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Timely Warnings

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Chief of the University of Georgia Police Department or his designee, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through a campus wide e-mail to all faculty, staff and students, as well as through local media outlets.

Anyone with information about an emergency situation or other situation warranting a timely warning should contact the University of Georgia Police Department immediately at 706-542-2200.

Timely Warning – Aggravated Assault/Weapon on School Grounds

February 15th, 2015

Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813

Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

On February 15, 2015 at approximately 3:35 a.m. the University of Georgia Police Department received a report of a single gunshot in the area of the Pi Kappa Alpha house on Greek Park Circle on the University of Georgia campus. Preliminary investigation revealed that a verbal altercation between members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity (145 Greek Park Circle) and the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity (160 Greek Park Circle) had occurred approximately thirty to forty-five minutes earlier. According to witness accounts, approximately five to six members of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity were standing between the houses while a similar number of members of the Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity were standing on the second floor landing on the north side of the house. An individual described as a white college aged male wearing a black or dark colored coat stepped out onto the second floor landing from within the Tau Kappa Epsilon house and pointed what appeared to be semi-automatic handgun towards members of Pi Kappa Alpha. The individual raised the gun and fired a single shot in the air and then pointed the gun back at members of Pi Kappa Alpha. At that time members of both fraternities retreated into their respective houses.

No injuries occurred during the incident. Investigators were able to determine the identity of the perpetrator and appropriate actions will be taken.

Based on the information available at this time there is no reason to believe that there should be concern for the safety of those involved in this incident or any continued threat towards the University of Georgia community.

If anyone was present during this incident or has information related to this incident who has not already spoken with the University of Georgia Police Department, please contact a University of Georgia Police Department investigator at 706-542-2200 as soon as possible.

Timely Warning – Theft Advisory

January 21st, 2015

Contact:

Lt. Eric Dellinger (706) 542-5813
Chief Jimmy Williamson (706) 542-5813

Since January 14, 2015, the University of Georgia Police Department has investigated six thefts and/or burglaries of purses and cell phones in several north and south campus buildings. All of the stolen items were left unattended in public areas or in unsecured and unattended offices. An individual believed to be involved in one or more of these incidents is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a slim build, approximately mid 50’s in age, wearing a button down shirt, dress pants and thick rimmed glasses. If you see an individual fitting this description, please call the UGA Police Department immediately.

Many of the thefts reported on campus are preventable. Some steps we encourage members of our community to take include:

  • Don’t leave valuable items (purses, cell phones, laptops, etc.) unattended in public areas for any period of time.
  • Keep offices locked when unoccupied.
  • Do not attempt to confront anyone that you suspect may be involved in criminal activity. Notify the UGA Police Department immediately by calling 911 or 706-542-2200 if you observe any suspicious people, suspicious behavior, or suspicious activity.

Preventing these thefts will only occur through a partnership between the UGA Police Department and the students, staff, faculty, and visitors on campus.