In light of last month’s manhunt in Boston, which included a shooting on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus, University emergency management officials have sought to increase awareness within the University community of responses to such “active threat” situations.
Columbae residents hoping to participate in the co-op’s long tradition of handing out snacks in Green Library the night before finals week while naked were prevented from doing so on Sunday evening by University police and librarians.
Despite a gradual decrease in the number of reported thefts, bicycle thefts remain the most common crime on campus, according to the 2012 Stanford University Safety, Security and Fire Report.
A school-wide alert reporting an incident of sexual battery last Wednesday has drawn questions about the timeliness and effectiveness of the Stanford University Department of Public Safety’s (SUDPS) emergency notification policies. Stanford Chief of Police Laura Wilson, however, maintains that the alert system helps to notify community members of potential risks and can lead to the resolution of crimes.
Campus crime figures for the 2011-12 academic year show little overall divergence from previous years, according to data compiled by the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS). Alcohol-related incidents, however, did increase by a significant margin.
Bill Larson, spokesman for the Stanford Department of Public Safety (SUDPS), confirmed that the Stanford police department has recently increased its efforts regarding bicycle safety and education in an effort to reduce the number of collisions on campus.
More than one month after the Occupy protests spread to the West Coast, members of the Stanford community continue to be actively involved with the movement. Students, staff and faculty have maintained the “Occupy Stanford” movement while also developing an “Occupy the Future” initiative in hopes of mobilizing the broader University community.
Though an increase in community alerts from the Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) may have given the impression crimes were on the rise in the 2010-11 academic year, Police Chief Laura Wilson said campus crime trends remain similar to those of past years.