Crime blotter: Chicago colleges

By Latricia Wilson
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The reports in the blotter include a coverage of incidents having occurred within the perimeters of Chicago’s North and South Loop college campuses. Incidents having occurred on or near University of Chicago Streeterville and DePaul University Lincoln Park may also be included in the Crime Blotter. Periodically, crime-related incidents in areas outside of Chicago and Illinois will also be included.
Northwestern University sexual misconduct complaint sparks student protest
Dozens of Northwestern University students marched across campus to protest how the school has handled complaints of sexual misconduct against faculty, the Chicago Tribune reported.
On March 4, students planned a sit-in and walkout at a class taught by a philosophy professor who was recently sued by a student who accused him of sexually attacking her two years ago.
After the student sit-in and walkout plans were thwarted due to cancellation of that professor’s class, they walked to the office of the dean of the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences.
Some held signs saying, “No more victims,” and “We will not be silenced,” the Chicago Tribune reported.
800 people sign petition asking U of C Police for ‘greater accountability’
On March 7, a petition was delivered to the University of Chicago Police Department requesting that the UCPD “exercise full police powers far beyond university property.”
More than 800 people have signed the “Coalition for Equitable Policing Petition,” DNAInfo Chicago reported.
The petition states, “This has drastic consequences: we know from the experiences of students and other community members that the UCPD engages in racial profiling. The Coalition for Equitable Policing (a campaign of the Southside Solidarity Network) believes that given its public function, the UCPD needs to be at least as accountable as are public police forces.”
In the petition, the Southside Solidarity Network asked the UCPD for the following three changes to be made:
“(1) Establish a process for release of information — including, but not limited to, a process for obtaining records of police complaints and contact cards (records of stops made) — identical to that set out in the Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA);
(2) Release its current policing policies and any subsequent changes to these policies, as they may occur; and
(3) Amend its current complaint process so that it is more accessible to those who wish to file official complaints about police practices, specifically by allowing complainants to file official complaints online, by mail, by phone, or in person without appointment, and by removing the requirement that a sworn affidavit be taken before a complaint be registered.”
“These are all standards to which public police forces must adhere,” the petition stated. “We have already made these demands of the UCPD, and they have said no. We now stand with students, staff, faculty and other community members in declaring that this is unacceptable, and that we will continue to push for these demands until they are met.”
80 students charged after drunken annual ‘Blarney Blowout’ near UMass
Boston WCVB News reported a pre-St.Patrick’s Day celebration near the University of Massachusetts campus, which spiraled out of control where police responded to the annual “Blarney Blowout,” in riot gear.
On March 9, there were 52 arrests, and four officers were injured in clashes that included some students throwing beer bottles, cans and snowballs.
About 90 percent of the 80 students charged are UMass Amherst students, police said.
WCVB news reported that most charges were for disturbing the peace, open container violations, and some were for assault and battery on police and others.
In response to the “Blarney Blowout” student arrest, UMass retained the former Boston Police Commissioner Edward Davis to review the university’s handling of crowd-related disturbances, according to UMass Amherst News & Media Relations.
Numerous possession of cannabis reports filed at DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus
On March 13, 14, 15 and 16, possession of cannabis reports were filed at the DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus. On March 13, a possession of cannabis report was filed regarding a room in University Hall. Chicago Police responded to the scene.
Several contraband items were confiscated, and the offender was taken into custody. On March 14, 15 and 16, possession of cannabis reports were filed in Munroe Hall, Seton Hall and Clifton-Fullerton Hall, respectively.
Offender struck victims near DePaul University Lincoln Park Campus According to the DePaul University Crime Prevention Office, on March 14 a battery report was filed regarding an offender in a building on the 1200 block of west Fullerton. The offender physically struck two victims and fled the scene.

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