Campus Safety Week in Review: April 3-16, 2017

Important Note: As of March 29, 2017, Campus Safety is no longer providing reports regarding false fire and intrusion alarms. A message from Greg Premo, Director of Campus Safety:

“We are no longer taking reports on false alarms. Dispatch notes are sufficient. If [officers] respond to an alarm and find something then a report may be necessary. Such as, fire alarm is triggered by someone burning candles in a room. This is a policy violation and this would result in a policy violation report. If [officers] respond to an intrusion alarm and find a broken window then we have a burglary report.”

This week in Campus Safety news: A man is arrested after harassing a student, unauthorized inappropriate stories are distributed across campus, and a car gets stuck high-centered on a curb. Explore our interactive incident map to learn more.

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Incidents by date:

4/3 Park Ave Harassment

Date: Monday, April 3, 2017
Time: 1:30 PM
Location: 119th St S & Park Ave S
Description: Student [complainant’s name redacted] walked into the Campus Safety office to report that she had been verbally harassed and threatened several blocks away from campus, near 119th Street South and Park Avenue South, while walking to campus. [Complainant] described the individual and Campus Safety notified a Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy working off-duty for PLU. Sheriff’s Deputies located and detained Jason Zurinskas, who [complainant] positively identified. Zurinskas suffers from mental health issues and lives near PLU. He is known to Campus Safety and has already been trespassed from PLU property for previous incidents. Zurinskas was arrested and transported to the Pierce County Jail.

 

4/7 Stuen+ Distribution Violation

Date: Friday, April 7, 2017
Time: 12:00 AM
Location: Stuen Residence Hall + other residence halls
Description: Campus Safety responded to a call from PLU Residential Life reporting that a resident had discovered copies of a document containing explicit content had been left in the first floor lounge of Stuen Residence Hall. Campus Safety officers recovered the document and the resident explained that she believed a male, later identified as student [respondent 1’s name redacted], was responsible. Campus Safety officers reviewed security camera footage and LuteCard access activity which indicated that [respondent 1] and student [respondent 2’s name redacted] may have been responsible for the documents being placed in Stuen Hall. Campus Safety officers discovered that they had also accessed several other residence halls. In total 74 copies of the document were recovered from residence halls around campus. This issue has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review. (See “4/9 A.U.C. Distribution Policy Violation” report)

 

4/9 A.U.C. Distribution Violation

Date: Sunday, April 9, 2017
Time: 5:45 PM
Location: The Commons at Anderson University Center
Description: Students [respondent 1’s name redacted] and [respondent 2’s name redacted] were observed distributing unauthorized literature in the Anderson University Center. The documents contained explicit material and Campus Safety received complaints that the content (possibly a creative writing project) made some students feel uncomfortable. The pamphlets were recovered by Campus Safety officers. This incident was added to a previously reported incident that was forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities. (See “4/7 Stuen+ Distribution Policy Violation” report)

 

4/10 M.B.R. Building Security Violation

Date: Monday, April 10, 2017
Time: 3:08 AM
Location: Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Room 322
Description: Campus Safety received a report from Facilities Management Cleaning Services staff that a student was discovered showering and sleeping in Mary Baker Russell Music Center after building hours. Campus Safety officers responded and contacted student [respondent’s name redacted]. [Respondent] said he was a commuter student and didn’t want to drive home. He was offered assistance with potential resources for overnight housing, but declined and left the building. This incident has been forwarded to Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

4/11 Library Vandalism

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 10:30 AM
Location: Mortvedt Library, Basement South Women’s Restroom
Description: Cleaning Services reported a vandalism on a bathroom stall in the Library’s basement women’s restroom. Campus Safety officers documented the vandalism. It was then washed off with the exception of one portion that was etched in. No suspect information is available at this time.

 

4/11 Wheeler Lot Vehicle Prowl

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 4:42 PM
Location: Wheeler Parking Lot
Description: Campus Safety received a report from a student that he had witnessed a suspicious individual open the door to a parked vehicle and after the vehicle’s alarm sounded the individual fled the area on foot. Campus Safety officers patrolled the surrounding areas searching for the suspect with negative results. The owner of the vehicle was contacted and inspected her vehicle. She reported no damage or missing property. Campus Safety officers reviewed video surveillance footage and obtained images of the suspect.

 

4/11 Rieke Building Security Violation

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 10:45 PM
Location: Rieke Science Center, Floor 1 Study Lounge
Description: While on routine patrol, Campus Safety officers came across two students inside Rieke Science Center as the building was closing. The students were advised that they needed to leave the building since they did not have additional access permission. They were advised that the library was available as a study location. Approximately one hour later the two were still in the building and had met up with two additional students. All were told they needed to leave the building. At this point the students left. This incident has been forwarded to Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

4/11 A.U.C. Vehicle Collision

Date: Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Time: 10:00 PM
Location: Anderson University Center Driveway at Park Avenue South
Description: Campus Safety officers observed a vehicle get high-centered on the curb while backing out onto Park Avenue South on the east side of the Anderson University Center. Campus Safety officers contacted the driver and passenger. Neither were injured in the accident. The driver arranged for a tow truck on her own and did not request any additional assistance from Campus Safety.

 

4/12 Pflueger Drug Violation

Date: Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Time: 4:22 PM
Location: Pflueger Residence Hall
Description: Campus Safety officers responded to assist a Resident Assistant with an odor of marijuana investigation in Pflueger Residence Hall. The odor appeared to be coming from a residence hall room. Campus Safety officers and the Resident Assistant contacted the resident was cooperative and turned over marijuana and paraphernalia. The student advised he was not aware that the substance was not allowed on campus. He thought it was OK since marijuana was legal according to Washington State Law, he was over 21 years of age, and it was not being consumed on campus. This incident has been forwarded to Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

 

4/14 South Hall Elevator Entrapment

Date: Friday, April 14, 2017
Time: 10:23 PM
Location: South Residence Hall, Elevator
Description: Campus Safety officers responded to an elevator entrapment in South Residence Hall. A resident reported that she was stuck on the ground floor (Basement) in the elevator car. Campus Safety contacted PLU Facilities Management and Central Pierce Fire & Rescue. Firefighters arrived and were able to free the student from the elevator. Campus Safety notified PLU Residential Life of the elevator’s condition as Facilities Management technicians worked with the elevator company technician to service the elevator and return it to full functionality.

Incident data is provided to Mast Media by the PLU Department of Campus Safety. Requests for information about specific incidents should be directed to Campus Safety at csin@plu.edu.

Sensitive identifying information may be redacted by Mast Media in order to protect PLU community members. All redacted information is marked [redacted]. 🅼

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