University of Iowa

UIPD issues Crime Alert 19-03

In the interest of campus safety, we want everyone to be aware that...

University of Iowa Police received a report that on April 6, 2019, at approximately 1:45 a.m., an unknown subject approached a person in the walkway north of Hillcrest Residence Hall, also known as Skunk Hollow, and demanded the victim's cell phone, which the victim provided. No weapons were displayed. The suspect is described as a male in his mid-twenties wearing blue jeans, a gray hooded sweatshirt, and possibly sunglasses. 

UI Police are currently investigating. If you have any information, please call UI Police at 319-335-5022.

In response to this incident, the University of Iowa Police Department is providing the following information. This information is general and not related to the aforementioned account.

  • Always be aware of your surroundings when walking alone especially late at night and in the early morning hours.
  • If you believe you are being followed, quickly walk/run toward other people or enter an establishment and immediately call the police 911.
  • Never risk injury for material items, give them up immediately if you are threatened with physical harm.
  • You are under no obligation to communicate with strangers; don't be concerned with appearing to be rude if you feel vulnerable.
  • FOR SOMEONE VULNERABLE OR AS A BYSTANDER; If you feel uneasy about a situation, trust your instincts and attempt to interrupt the chain of events. Being an active bystander doesn't require that you put yourself at risk; call the police immediately by dialing 911. If practical, attempt to record pertinent information (i.e., description of the assailant, distinguishing features, location and direction of travel, etc.)

You are receiving this information in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. The Clery Act requires all colleges and universities that participate in federal financial aid programs to keep and disclose information about crime on and near their respective campuses, including timely warnings of crimes that may represent a threat to the safety of students or employees. Read the University of Iowa Department of Public Safety's 2018 Campus Safety and Security Report at: https://police.uiowa.edu/sites/police.uiowa.edu/files/asr-_2018.pdf