UD takes proactive approach alerting community of danger

DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) — The University of Dayton is on alert after students reported an armed man breaking into a campus apartment.

As the break-in was happening, the university took a proactive approach to notify the community.

Only 2 NEWS spoke to UD’s police chief about the incident.

“It was a little sketchy at first,” said UD sophomore Lizz Rahill.

“I was really confused at first because I have a friend up there so I texted him to see where he was at,” said junior Samantha Miller.

When police were called to the Irving Commons apartments, the University of Dayton put students on alert.

“At that moment in time the danger was still present, and we wanted people to avoid that area right at that moment,” said UD Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety Rodney Chatman.

Monday night, students reported seeing a man with a gun throw an object through a window and break into an apartment. Police said he stole a game console and left. A call went out, as well as three separate emails — one alerting students of the danger, another telling them it was all clear, and the last one stating what had happened.

“It’s also part of the federal mandates that we have on how we report this information,” said Chatman.

Chatman said his department wanted to keep the community out of harms way as the situation developed. That’s an approach that provides students with comfort.

“It said that the guy had a handgun,” said Miller. “So I think it was very smart they sent out a preliminary email even though it didn’t have a lot of information on it.”

“I’m glad that they let me know it was happening, but I would like to know what was happening if they could tell me,” said Rahill.

Chatman said with this incident, the situation was very fluid, so all they could initially say was that there was police activity in the area. Police didn’t want to say exactly what was happening until they could get a handle on it.

UD Police said they encourage students and staff to update their personal information and choose to opt in for alerts. When something does happen, they will be notified via phone or email of the danger.

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