UP seeking to improve safety communication

Why a recent incident didn’t require a Timely Warning

By Ashley Klann

University Police dedicates itself to keeping campus safe and maintaining a good level of communication with students about pertinent issues, but Chief Stephen Goulet says that

The recent incident has brought an increased tone of safety and smart decisions to campus. Photo by Ashley Klann.

they are still working to improve this relationship.

Goulet is seeking input from members of Student Council and The Scarlet to better understand how to get information to the student body.

“This could include both pro-active safety info and reactive information as well,” Goulet said. “We have the ClarkYou portal but I would like to expand on that somehow.”

As confirmed by Goulet, on March 23rd, a female student was approached by a male in a vehicle. The male called the student over to his car, and when the female refused, he proceeded to get out of the car and follow her. She ran to the nearest quad and called UP. Worcester Police was also notified, but students were not.

According to Goulet, issuing a Timely Warning concerning this incident was not necessary.

“This did not warrant a Timely Warning,” he said. “If there was an ongoing threat as a result of this we would have issued one.”

While this incident sounds similar to an off-campus assault that occurred on February 23rd in which a female was followed by a vehicle and asked to enter the vehicle, Chief Goulet insisted that the two events were not correlated.

“There were different circumstances present. There were no connections drawn between the two situations,” Goulet said.

Goulet is looking to make improvements in communicating these issues, and wants to expand this process beyond Timely Warnings through the ClarkYou portal.

“I feel that with all of us on board the likelihood of success is greater,” Goulet said, concerning gathering students together to talk about different communication outlets.

Currently, according to Clark’s website, Timely Warnings are issued “to give students, faculty, and staff timely notification of crimes that present an ongoing threat to the community and to heighten safety awareness.”

Senior Associate Director of Media Relations, Jane Salerno, did not respond for comment by time of deadline.