Did you get your UT Alert text message or e-mail message yesterday? The bank robbery at the University Center and subsequent evacuation prompted distribution of UT Alert messages to all subscribers. UT Alert is the campus notification system that allows the university to notify students, faculty, and staff via text message or e-mail message about an emergency. If you have not signed up, please take a few minutes to register online.
The University Center is now open after authorities evacuated the building following a robbery at the UT Federal Credit Union branch inside the UC. No other changes have been made to campus operations today. At around 11:30 a.m today, a black male wearing white scrubs, a white apron, and a white mask entered the bank branch and demanded money. He left a suspicious package at the scene which prompted the evacuation of the building. There were no injuries. Law enforcement bomb squad members have cleared the package and determined the building can reopen. The bank will remain closed for the rest of today.
A robbery occurred at the Carolyn P. Brown University Center at around 11:30 a.m. today. The University Center has been evacuated. The campus community should avoid the area until further notice. The suspect is a black male, wearing white scrubs, a white apron, and a white mask. An investigation into the situation is ongoing. Anyone with information should call the UT Police Department at 865-974-3114.
Just in time for the new academic year, the UT Police Department has launched new initiatives to enhance safety by keeping the campus and surrounding community more informed. The new efforts include an anonymous tip service and improved efforts to share information about UTPD’s enforcement and prevention activities.
The UT Police Department has its first-ever police dogs—two Belgian Malinois that are trained to detect explosives.
WATE-TVWATE-TV spoke with UTPD about some of the new safety initiatives being rolled out on campus this semester. The campus now has access Tip411, an anonymous tip line where students can text information to police. The department has also ramped up its social media efforts to keep students better informed, tweeting a daily crime log and posting information about case clearance activity on the UTPD Facebook and Twitter accounts.
Neyland Stadium was recognized with the National Sport Safety and Security Facility of Merit Award earlier this month at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security Conference in Orlando. The award recognizes a facility that has demonstrated an innovative approach to enhancing safety and security beyond normal operations, or addressed a significant safety or security concern.
On Monday, May 13, the University of Tennessee Police Department hosted a multiagency active shooter training exercise held at the Stokely Athletic Center on campus. Nearly 100 people from UTPD, the Knoxville Police Department, Knox County Sheriff’s Office, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation participated. UTPD hosts exercises like these to prepare a response to a potentially violent situation on campus.
Tennessee Homeland Security District 2 will present an active shooter seminar for the campus community from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, in the University Center Auditorium. There is no cost for the training and those wishing to attend must register by Thursday, May 2. UT Emergency Management Director Brian Gard said all students, faculty, and staff can benefit from the training, which has been specifically designed for college campuses.
With spring’s warm temperatures, severe weather and even tornadoes are a possibility. Should a tornado warning be issued that includes campus areas, you can protect yourself by following some basic steps. Knowing what to do when you receive an emergency notification is critical to your safety. For more information on staying safe on campus, visit the safety website.