Community Crime Bulletin - Peeping in Bathroom, Merrill College

May 9, 2015

To: UC Santa Cruz Community 
From: Nader Oweis, UC Santa Cruz Chief of Police 
Re: Community Crime Bulletin – Peeping in Bathroom, Merrill College
The UC Santa Cruz Police Department is seeking the community's assistance in obtaining suspect information about a peeping incident Saturday morning at Merrill College, A Dormitory.

A female resident said that while taking a shower at approximately 7:20 am, an unknown white male used a black iPhone to capture images of her. The resident yelled, causing the suspect to stop, and later flee the restroom. At this time there is no other information about the suspect or his description.

The UC Santa Cruz Police Department takes allegations such as these very serious and has also notified the University Title IX officer. Anyone with information regarding this incidents is encouraged to contact the UC Santa Cruz Police Department immediately at (831) 459-2231 x1. The Title IX officer may also be contacted at (831) 459-2462.

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Timely Warnings provide information about campus safety situations, and allow campus community members to take precautions for personal safety.

All crimes should be reported as soon as possible to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department. Anyone who may be a witness to this incident or has any information regarding this incident is encouraged to call the UC Santa Cruz Police Department at 831-459-2231, ext.1.

Safety Tips 
  • Victims are not responsible for being victimized, regardless of any action or inaction on their part. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. Perpetrators are responsible for crimes and their effects. 
  • If you feel you or others are in danger, immediately call 911. 
  • Victims of crime and witnesses should report all crimes, suspicious people, activity or information to the UC Santa Cruz Police Department, when it is safe to do so by calling 911. 
  • Be alert to your surroundings. Your actions can help prevent others from becoming victims. Attempt to keep a safe distance from strangers. 
  • Whenever possible, please remember to lock you vehicle. Keep valuables secured and out of sight. 
  • Trust your instincts. If something or someone makes you uneasy, tell someone, avoid the person or leave the area. 
  • Encourage friends to travel in pairs or with trusted companions, especially at night or in remote areas. 
  • Use the Night Safety Escort Program, Monday through Thursday evening from 8:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. by calling 831-459-2231 ext. 1. More information can be found online.

Campus Resources 

UC Santa Cruz is a community committed to being inclusive and welcoming of all people. We strive to provide a safe place for everyone to work and learn.

For students, a range of support services is also available through the Cowell Student Health Center, including personal counseling through Counseling and Psychological Services and support through a Confidential Victim Advocate. More information can be found online.

For student and employees, the Office of Harassment and Discrimination, Prevention and Investigation Unit can provide assistance and can be reached at 831-459-2462.

For employees, the Employee Assistance Program can provide personal counseling and support. More information can be found online.

The Office of Student Conduct can be reached at (831) 459-1738 or at http://deanofstudents.ucsc.edu/student-conduct/.

Report all in-progress crimes by calling 911 from any landline or cell phone. Reports may also be made by utilizing one of the several "blue light," emergency or elevator phones located throughout the campus.

This bulletin is in compliance with 20 U.S.C. Section 1092 (f), the "Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act" ("Clery Act"), and the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR).