Liquor Law Violations

On Oct. 20, the University Police Department responded to a medical call from Marsh Hall about an intoxicated student who suffered a minor injury. The police assessed and treated the injury on the scene and the student did not need hospitalization, Assistant Chief of Police Beth Simonds said. URPD referred the intoxicated student to the Westhampton College dean’s office for committing a conduct violation. 

On Oct. 27, police responded to a medical call from Dennis Hall about an intoxicated student who had become ill. The student did not need to be hospitalized but had become overly intoxicated, Simonds said. URPD referred the student to the Richmond College dean’s office.

On Nov. 2, police on patrol found an underage student intoxicated at the 153 block of the Gateway Village Apartments. URPD referred the student to the Richmond College dean's office for committing a conduct violation. 

Drugs

On Oct. 30, URPD officers on foot patrol in Lora Robins Court discovered a student with marijuana and smoking paraphernalia. URPD confiscated the items and referred the student to the Richmond College dean's office for committing a conduct violation, Simonds said. 

Theft 

On Oct. 23, URPD officers responded to a call from campus faculty that the keys to one of the University of Richmond’s E-Z-GO carts had been taken while the cart was parked outside Tyler Haynes Commons. The larceny case was investigated and later closed, Simonds said. 

On Oct. 23, URPD officers also responded to a report of a stolen bicycle. The bicycle was stolen while unlocked outside of the owner’s apartment. The case was closed after initial leads went cold, Simonds said. Simonds said that there had been no or few cases of stolen bicycles in which locks had been cut on campus in recent years. 

On Oct. 26, a backpack containing a MacBook laptop was reported stolen from a parked motor vehicle. Police were unsure whether the backpack was in the motor vehicle when it went missing and whether the vehicle was unlocked at the time of the believed theft, Simonds said. The case is open and currently being investigated. 

Hit and Run

On Nov. 3, a member of the campus community had parked a car in the Heilman Dining Center lot and returned to find more than $700 worth of damage to the front passenger-side quarter panel. Police are currently investigating the case, including by checking nearby camera footage, Simonds said. 

Title IX

On Oct. 19, a simple assault was reported to the Title IX deputy coordinator, Tracy Cassalia. A simple assault is an assault in which the victim does not suffer injury but is physically harmed, such as by slapping or pushing someone, Simonds said. 

A simple assault is not necessarily of a sexual nature, but in similar cases, victims who believe there is a sexual component to the assault may be inclined to pursue their case in civil proceedings instead of criminal, Simonds said. The Title IX office is investigating the claim. 

On Oct. 21, a claim of intimidation was reported to the Title IX office. The police were informed of this report to include it their crime log but were not given any details, as it is a Title IX investigation, Simonds said. 

Details of all Title IX cases are completely confidential and are not subject to police or news reports. These cases are two of the five Title IX cases reported to URPD this semester, according to the crime log. Six charges of a sexual nature have been reported to URPD for criminal investigation this semester.

University Chief of Police David McCoy wrote in an email that the incidents described in the crime log, which involved three separate dates and different people, were reported to URPD. One of these incidents was the subject of a Timely Warning issued by URPD on Oct. 5. In each incident, the involved parties were known to each other.

When URPD receives a report of sexual misconduct, it notifies the Title IX Coordinator and both URPD and the Title IX office offer support and resources, and advise the involved people of their rights to pursue both a criminal and a Title IX investigation, McCoy wrote.

Not all police reports are published, and available information can be found at URPD’s crime log. All information used in this report came from either the URPD police log or Assistant Chief of Police Beth Simonds.

Contact news writer Eli Kline at eli.kline@richmond.edu.