Petition to Improve the UT Safety Alert System

Petition to Improve the UT Safety Alert System

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Started by Jennifer D

In the past 24 hours, there have been two reported shootings on West Campus at the University of Texas at Austin. In this incidence, the UT Safety Alert system took 2 hours to message students about the active shooter situation. In this email, information was not disclosed about the suspects going toward/on campus.  Students and staff were forced to rely on social media and messaging apps for live information about gun violence situations. This is unacceptable. We deserve to know whether it is safe to leave our apartments/dorms from the university, not from a class GroupMe or Twitter.

 

Timeline of Events: 10/31

22:40 - According to UTPD, APD receives call about 'possible shots' heard near 22nd/Pearl St. At this time, callers also stated that there were fireworks on West Campus. The call type was demoted from 'Shots Fired' to 'City Ordinance Violation'.  No police arrived on the scene.

23:21 - According to UTPD, APD receives multiple calls about shots being fired and people fleeing 22nd/Pearl St.

23:21 - According to UTPD, APD officer arrives on the scene.

~00:00 - 03:00 - Students listening to police scanners through "Travis County Law Enforcement Live Audio Feed" hear intermittent reports about suspects on running through Jester breezeway and toward Brazos Parking Garage.

00:05 - Video is posted on "Citizen" app, and three more shots are heard on W 25th.

00:25 - UT Safety Alert sends out the following email to students:

"OFF CAMPUS INCIDENT NOTIFICATION

At 11:45 p.m. on October 31, the Austin Police Department responded to a report of a person shot at 22nd and Pearl Street. The victim was transported to a local hospital. Preliminary reports do not indicate the victim is UT-affiliated.

A suspect vehicle is described as a silver older model SUV, possibly a Lexus occupied by three Hispanic males and one Hispanic female. The vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound from the intersection.

Updates will be posted when available at https://police.utexas.edu/crimefeed/shooting-investigation-campus

The Austin Police Department is actively investigating this incident. Call 911 to report suspicious activity. Call APD at 311 if you have any information about this crime. Alerts issued for incidents beyond UTPD jurisdiction are dependent upon notification from outside agencies. UTPD is not obligated to issue alerts outside Clery geography, but will relay safety messaging from other agencies as a courtesy to our community.

Title IX Office Notice:  No further action is required by UT Austin employees under SB 212. Employees need not report the contents of this email."

01:51 - "Citizen" reports police responding to unconfirmed gunshot by suspect seen with gun on 2505 Longview St.

03:04 - Students listening to police scanner report suspects being spotted around the (FAC) Building and the Main Tower.

08:35 - UT Safety Alert sends out the following email to students:

"OFF CAMPUS INCIDENT NOTIFICATION

UTPD remains in the West Campus area and been throughout the night providing courtesy escorts and visibility in response to the shooting incident at 22nd and Pearl Street.

UTPD became aware that the Austin Police Department was responding to the incident at 11:45 p.m. on Sunday, October 31. One person was shot and received medical attention. We do not believe the victim was UT-affiliated. If the Austin police department issues any updates we will pass those along to you.   

As a reminder, the suspect vehicle is described as a silver older model SUV, possibly a Lexus occupied by three Hispanic males and one Hispanic female. The vehicle was last seen traveling eastbound from the intersection.

We do not believe the vehicle or those involved are still in the area. Remain vigilant and call 911 or utilize the LiveSafe at UT Austin app to report suspicious activity. If you have information about the incident, contact APD at 311.

Please continue to follow verified UT Austin Police social media accounts for updates and accurate information.

For updates to this incident, safety tips and campus resources visit:  https://police.utexas.edu/crimefeed

Title IX Office Notice:  No further action is required by UT Austin employees under SB 212. Employees need not report the contents of this email."

 

Both emails sent by the school failed to mention the suspects being on campus despite these locations being known to be highly populated.


By signing this petition, you are demanding better communication regarding dangerous activity near and on campus with UT students through the UT Safety Alert system.

 

 

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