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UWF Notice: Reported Suspicious Activity
Dec. 12, 2013, 1:30 p.m.

At approximately 9 a.m. today, Dec. 12, 2013, a suspicious male approached a female student in his vehicle on the Service Road near the John C. Pace Library. He asked the female student if the campus was receiving plasma donations, and said that someone told him it was by the mall. The female told him they might be referring to the Pensacola State Campus. The suspicious male asked the female if she would get in the car to show him, and said that he would bring her back to campus.The female declined and the suspicious person then seemed agitated and asked for money. The female declined again and the vehicle left the Service Road in an unknown direction of travel.

The subject is described as a black male with scruffy facial hair in his mid-to-late 30s. He was wearing a grey hoodie and light grey pants. He was driving a white, four-door car with missing paint on the passenger side.

Students, faculty and staff are advised to never get into a car with a stranger. If you notice any suspicious activity, immediately contact the UWF Police Department at 850.474.2415. To report a tip anonymously, please visit the UWF Police Department website at uwf.edu/police. Dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

As always, our students, faculty and staff are the University's top priority. This email is being sent to the UWF community as a Timely Warning under the provisions of the Clery Act.

UWF Notice: Reported Suspicious Activity
Nov. 22, 2013

At approximately 12:15 a.m. today, Nov. 22, 2013, a suspicious male was observed standing approximately seven feet from the window of an apartment in Village West Apartments. The subject stood there for about a minute then walked away and proceeded in the direction of University Parkway.

The subject is described as a male, possibly black, approximately 5'10", and weighing between 170-180lbs. The subject was wearing a black jacket with a hood, dark colored pants, and possible black gloves.

Students, faculty and staff are advised to be aware of your surroundings, keep your doors and windows locked at all times and travel in pairs whenever possible.

If you notice any suspicious activity, do not confront them and immediately contact the UWF Police Department at 850.474.2415. To report a tip anonymously, please visit the UWF Police website at uwf.edu/police. Dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

As always, our students, faculty and staff are the University's top priority. This information is being sent to the UWF community as a Timely Warning under the provisions of the Clery Act.

UWF Notice: Report of Shots Fired Off Campus
Oct. 14, 2013, 2:35 p.m.

The Escambia County Sherriff's Office reported that shots were recently fired at the Tom Thumb on 9 Mile Road (1405 East 9 Mile Road; Tom Thumb/Citgo at Jernigan). This is approximately 1.7 miles from the main entrance of the UWF Pensacola campus.

The suspects are driving a black Honda civic with a white male driver and a black male passenger. It was reported that the vehicle fled east. There was no indication that the suspects are coming to the University or that there is any danger to the University community.

As a precautionary measure, UWF students, faculty and staff are asked to be aware of your surroundings when entering and exiting buildings and vehicles. If you see suspicious activity, feel you are in danger or need to report a crime call 9-1-1. If you need a campus safety escort please call 850.474.2415.

As always, our students, faculty and staff are the University's top priority. Additional information will be provided as soon as it becomes available.

This information is being sent to the UWF community as a Timely Warning under the provisions of the Clery Act.

UWF Crime Alert: On October 2, 2013, a UWF student reported that an acquaintance/date rape occurred in a residence hall room on September 27, 2013.

General safety tips to help avoid date and acquaintance rape

  • Know information about your date (name, address, phone number, vehicles, etc.)
  • Check your comfort level when individuals test you by:
    • Overstepping your emotional and verbal boundaries
    • Encroaching on your physical space
    • Isolating you to put you in a situation for assault
  • If meeting for the first time, suggest meeting in a public place (don’t immediately invite the individual to your home or give out your phone number)
  • If situation turns romantic or into sexual contact, let the individual know up front what you are willing to do and not do, and make it very clear (BE BOLD)
  • If you don’t think you are being taken seriously or if this individual is disregarding your NO, try to put an immediate stop to ALL physical contact. Strongly refuse all further advances.

University of West Florida Police Department
(850) 474-2415 or 911 for emergencies

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