A Message from the University Police Department

November 8, 2022

We have received many calls and messages from our campus community and concerned parents about two sexual assaults that occurred in the neighboring city of Bryan over the weekend. Because the safety of our community is paramount, officers with the Texas A&M Police Department are at heightened alert and we are increasing foot patrols in and around our residential areas.

There has been some misinformation about this weekend's criminal activity near campus circulating on social media. We take seriously the concerns some are feeling about safety on campus. This is why we are immediately increasing our security presence on campus and looking at other steps we can take to keep everyone safe. This includes reminding everyone of the resources available on campus and personal safety tips.

  • Corps Escorts are available by calling the Guard Room at 979-845-6789 when walking alone at night. This phone number is also located on the back of your Student ID.
  • Download the Code Maroon App and utilize the Friend Walk feature if off campus.
  • Blue Light phones are located across campus and can be used to call first responders in an emergency.
  • Remember to always lock your doors and windows.
  • Stay alert and aware of your surroundings.
  • If you see something, say something: Report suspicious activity to law enforcement as soon as possible.

I would also like to take this opportunity to address why a Code Maroon alert was not issued.  The Code Maroon system is utilized for active critical emergencies (i.e. in-progress situations that pose an imminent, life safety threat to the community). This includes situations such as active shooters, bomb threats, tornado warnings, etc. This system is not utilized for crime reporting.

Timely Warning notifications (Crime Alerts) are typically utilized to alert the campus to Clery crimes happening on or immediately adjacent to the campus in compliance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). After consultation with the Bryan Police Department, it was determined that the crimes occurred outside of the notification area. Although a Timely Warning was not required, we utilized official social media channels to amplify the Bryan Police Department's alert and share important personal safety reminders.

We will continue to work regularly with both Bryan and College Station police, as well as the Brazos County Sheriff's Office.

We are asking the campus community to remain vigilant, utilize the safety tips and resources listed above and contact law enforcement immediately to report suspicious activity.

Chief J. Mike JohnsonUniversity Police Department