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UI DPS introduces app to enhance student safety

The University of Iowa Department of Public Safety is giving students, faculty, and staff another layer of protection with the help of a mobile application called Hawk Watch.

Hawk Watch, which is powered by the campus safety app Rave Guardian, allows users to invite friends, family, or UI DPS to act as a virtual safety escort, or “guardian,” when they travel from one location to another.

UI Police make arrest following false report of active shooter

The University of Iowa Police Department has arrested one person following the false report of an active shooter at Burge Residence Hall over the weekend.

Harrison Tsimouris, an 18-year-old UI student and resident of Burge, was arrested at 7:46 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, after admitting the text message he sent was intended to be a prank. He was later charged with filing a false report to a public entity.

UI Statement on Burge Residence Hall

At approximately 5:08 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, the University of Iowa Police Department received a call from a student on campus who reported that he had received a text message from a friend about an emergency at Burge Residence Hall. The text message indicated there was an active shooter in the building, and directed the friend to call police. 

The UI Police Department immediately dispatched officers to Burge, where residents were in the process of evacuating the building upon their arrival at 5:10 p.m.