University of Wisconsin–Madison

2/4/19 Safety Update: Assaults Near Campus

Good evening, parents and families –

We are writing to share a message that went to your students today. In addition to this message, your students also received this crime warning yesterday.

We know these situations may cause you to be concerned about your student. We want to assure you that police patrols have been increased in the Langdon area and that the open investigation is the top priority of the Madison Police Department.

Nothing is more important than the safety of our students. While Madison is generally a safe place, it is troubling when crime occurs. We appreciate you talking with your students and sharing the support resources and suggestions listed below.

Thank you for your partnership and please reach out with any questions.

Kind regards,
Stephanie, Monica and the Parent and Family Program team

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As your chief of police and vice chancellor for student affairs, we are committed to ensuring a safe campus environment and keeping you informed. We’re reaching out because we understand that you may have questions and concerns about safety in the wake of two unrelated incidents of assault early Sunday near campus in the Langdon Street area.

An arrest has been made in one case but the other remains under investigation. UWPD is working closely with Madison police. MPD has indicated that this investigation is a top priority. They have also increased patrols in the Langdon Street area. Anyone with information is urged to contact Madison Area Crime Stoppers at (608) 266-6014.

We encourage you to take advantage of university resources, including:

Crime victims are never responsible for the behavior of perpetrators. Nothing is failsafe, but here are some crime prevention suggestions everyone should consider:

  • Be active in supporting a safe and respectful community. If you see others engaging in illegal, disrespectful or inappropriate actions, speak up and get involved, or contact someone else to assist.
  • If you’re a bystander and see someone behaving in a way that seems dangerous, step in and do something about it. If you don’t feel comfortable or safe confronting them, call 911.

Dr. Lori Reesor
Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs

Chief Kristen Roman
University of Wisconsin Police Department