Campus Safety Week in Review: November 6-12, 2017

This week in Campus Safety news: An employee was found drinking on the job, juveniles with marijuana were restricted from campus, and a student employee was caught inside a building late at night. Explore our interactive incident map to learn more.


11/6 Garfield Commons Vehicle Prowl

Date: Monday, November 7, 2017 at 2:24 AM
Location: 320 Garfield St. – U.S. Post Office Parking Lot (Garfield Commons)
Synopsis: At 7:00 AM, Campus Safety officers responded to a vehicle prowl in the U.S. Post Office parking lot at 320 Garfield St. A guest indicated that after parking his vehicle in the lot at night he returned to find the driver’s door window smashed and a toolkit missing. Security camera video review yielded footage of a suspect on a bike accessing his vehicle at 2:24 AM. The victim was advised of the video footage.

11/7 University Center Alcohol Violation

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 11:33 AM
Location: Anderson University Center, Floor 2 Men’s Restroom
Synopsis: Campus Safety received a report from the campus concierge that a can of alcohol was seen inside an occupied stall in the floor 2 men’s restroom at the Anderson University Center. Campus Safety officers responded and conducted an investigation. Officers were able to determine that the alcohol belonged to a PLU employee, who had been consuming it while in the restroom. Officers contacted PLU Human Resources and the employee’s supervisor to report the violation. The employee was sent home for the day pending further administrative review.

11/7 Hovde House Burglary

Date: Tuesday, November 11, 2017 at 10:05 AM
Location: Hovde House (Trinity Lutheran Church property)
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers responded to a burglary report at the Hovde house at Trinity Lutheran Church. A faculty member discovered evidence of the break-in at an external door and reported that a few items were missing. Trinity Lutheran Church staff were notified, filed a report with the Pierce County Sheriff’s Department, and repaired the external door.

11/7 MBR RFC

Date: Tuesday, November 7, 2017 at 2:23 PM
Location: Mary Baker Russell Music Center, Floor 2 Practice Rooms
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers responded to a report of two juveniles who were witnessed by a PLU staff member possessing marijuana in a practice room on the second floor of the Mary Baker Russell Music Center. Officers contacted the two juveniles on the east side of Foss field. The two juveniles were identified by officers despite acting deliberately evasive and deceitful when asked about their actions in MBR. Given the initial report of marijuana use and the uncooperative behavior of the pair, both were issued a Restricted From Campus order.

11/8 Stuen Marijuana Violation

Date: Wednesday, November 8, 2017 at 12:23 PM
Location: Stuen Residence Hall
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers responded to assist PLU Residential Life staff with a marijuana odor investigation. Officers contacted residents of the suspected room and confirmed that the odor was coming from the room. The room smelled strongly of marijuana when the door was opened leading officers to conduct a student-led room search. Several marijuana and alcohol policy violations were present. All paraphernalia were disposed of in accordance with PLU policy. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

11/9 Harstad Wellness Check

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 2:00 AM
Location: Harstad Residence Hall
Synopsis: Campus Safety received a report from a student that they were concerned that another student intended to cause self-harm. Officers notified the on-duty Resident Director who responded along with officers to meet with the student. The on-call PLU counselor was contacted and established a care plan for later in the day. Officers and staff cleared the scene. This incident has been forwarded to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities for review.

11/9 Ramstad Fire Alarm

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 4:19 AM
Location: Ramstad Hall, Floor 2
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers responded to a fire alarm activation in Ramstad Hall. Central Pierce Fire & Rescue also responded. The cause of the alarm was not determined.

11/9 124th St Break-In

Date: Thursday, November 9, 2017 at 8:54 AM
Location: 124th St. S, Gate G36
Synopsis: While on routine patrol, Campus Safety officers discovered the padlock to gated storage area G36 had been cut. The PLU Departments of Athletics and Facilities Management were contacted to take inventory of items stored in the space and both confirmed that nothing had been stolen. The padlock was replaced by Facilities Management.

11/12 Tingelstad Medical Aid & Alcohol Violation

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 1:15 AM
Location: Tingelstad Residence Hall, Floor 2
Synopsis: A non-student consumed alcohol at an off-campus party and was discovered vomiting in a second floor bathroom in Tingelstad Residence Hall. The guest was uncooperative with Campus Safety officers and evasive when questioned, but eventually it was determined that they were the guest of a resident student. Central Pierce Fire & Rescue responded to evaluate the patient and determined that the guest did not need to be transported to the hospital. A student-led search of the resident’s room disclosed a bottle of vodka and several empty alcohol containers. This incident has been referred to PLU Student Rights & Responsibilities.

11/12 Hinderlie Hill Medical Aid

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 4:45 PM
Location: Bottom of Hinderlie Hill
Synopsis: Campus Safety officers responded to assist two non-student juveniles after one had fallen while skateboarding down Hinderlie Hill. Officers provided basic first aid and offered response by Central Pierce Fire & Rescue but it was declined.

11/12 Harstad Self-Harm Wellness Check

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 3:42 AM
Location: Harstad Residence Hall
Synopsis: Campus Safety received a call stating that a resident student may be attempting to commit suicide by consuming pills. Officers responded and entered the student’s room to conduct a wellness check after receiving no answer at the door. Nobody was inside the room. Officers later discovered that the student had transported themselves to the hospital. PLU Residential Life was advised of the incident.

11/12 Phillips Center Access Violation

Date: Sunday, November 12, 2017 at 2:47 AM
Location: Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
Synopsis: Campus Safety was contacted by a custodian in the Karen Hille Phillips Center who reported that a subject had entered the building using a LuteCard at 2:47 AM. Officers were able to determine that the person who accessed the building was a student and had also attempted to access Olson Gymnasium and Ingram Hall. Officers contacted the student by phone and the student stated that they were just trying to find a bathroom. The student’s LuteCard had access to the building because they were a student employee. The student’s LuteCard building access permission has been removed.

Incident data is provided to Mast Media by the PLU Department of Campus Safety. Specific information requests should be directed to campussafety@plu.edu. Campus Safety does not publish reports on false activations of fire, intrusion, or panic alarms. Incident synopses are edited by Mast Media for clarity and privacy purposes.

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