October 18, 2021 @ 1722hrs
Safety Bulletin: Sexual Assault - Fondling Off Campus
On Monday, October 18, at 2:46 p.m., The Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD) received a report of a sexual assault/fondling off campus.
The victim, a Lehigh student, reported that they were walking home between 9:00 and 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 13, 2021, and took cover under a structure at a construction site located in the area of Brighton Street and Route 378. This location is approximately one-half mile from our campus. A male suspect came up behind the victim and physically restrained them while exposing himself. The suspect forced the victim to touch him and threatened to kill them if they said anything about the incident. The suspect was described as being 5'10 in height with a heavy build and a beard and was wearing a flannel shirt at the time.
Because the location of the incident occurred one-half mile away from campus, the Bethlehem Police Department was summoned to be the primary investigating agency. At this time, LUPD is assisting in investigating the incident and the suspect has not been identified or located. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the LUPD at (610) 758-4200 or the Bethlehem Police at (610) 865-7000.
Resources and reminders-In the case of an emergency or the need for immediate assistance, call LUPD if on campus at 610-758-4200, or 9-1-1 if off campus.
Do not walk alone after dark and walk in well-lit areas. Students can request a walking safety escort as an alternative to walking alone after dark by calling LUPD at 610-758-4200. The service operates between dusk and dawn throughout the school year. It provides either a walking or driving escort, depending on the time of night and the weather. Walking escorts can be requested by contacting the Lehigh University Police at 610-758-4200.
Through the HawkWatch app, students can also use the "virtual walk home" or "friend walk" options. Download the HawkWatch Personal Safety App at: https://www1.lehigh.edu/emergency/prepared/hawkwatchapp
Remain alert and be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Lehigh University encourages individuals to report all cases of Sex-Based Misconduct to the LUPD at 610-758-4200, and to, Karen Salvemini, Lehigh's Equal Opportunity Compliance Coordinator, who also serves as the University's Title IX Coordinator, at 610-758-3535.
Reports can also be made by completing the appropriate online reporting form at: lehigh.edu/go/genderviolencereport. When submitted, it will be received by the University police and the Title IX Coordinator.
Students may also contact a Lehigh University Gender Violence Support Advocate, who will report the incident to the LUPD as well as to the Title IX Coordinator, and are encouraged to seek support through such resources as University Counseling and Psychological Services and the Office of Gender Violence Education and Support. More information is available at eocc.lehigh.edu.
Jason D. SchifferChief of PoliceLehigh University Police Department
October 4, 2021 @ 0020hrs
Tonight at approx. 23:00 Lehigh University Police were notified that Bethlehem Police were investigating an unattended death in the Pantry One parking lot.At this time Bethlehem Police determined that there is no ongoing threat to the community, but their investigation is ongoing.Bethlehem Police are handling the investigation and anyone with information should call 610-865-7000.
Chief Jason Schiffer
September 28, 2021 @ 1334hrs
Emergency Notification: Fire Alarm in Whitaker Laboratory Activated
The fire alarm in Whitaker Laboratory has been cleared. The Fire Department has determined that it is safe to return to Whitaker Laboratory.
September 28, 2021 @ 1332hrs
Emergency Notification: Fire Alarm in Whitaker Laboratory Activated
The fire alarm in Whitaker Laboratory has been activated due to a minor electrical fire on the 5th Floor and the building has been evacuated. Emergency responders are on scene and there is no further danger to the campus community.The Fire Department is assessing the situation and it is anticipated that people can return to the building shortly. Update will follow.
September 24, 2021 @ 0950hrs
Safety Bulletin: Firearm Incident
At 2:30 a.m. this morning, the Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD) responded to the 100 Block of W. 4th Street to assist Bethlehem Police with an incident involving a male that had discharged a firearm.Prior to LUPD's arrival, the suspect had been taken into custody and the firearm was recovered and secured, ending any threat to the Lehigh community.Lehigh University students witnessed the incident and resources for counseling are being offered to them, and any other Lehigh students that may be affected by the incident are encouraged to contact the Counseling Center 610-758-3880 for assistance.The suspect in the case has been charged by Bethlehem Police with multiple offenses after being taken into custody.
September 16, 2021 @ 1507hrs
Update: Individual Taken Into Custody
Following up on this morning's update (https://lehigh.apparmor.com/Notifications/CAP/?id=60800), the individual responsible for the threats made to Lehigh University fraternity members has been taken into custody in South Dakota by the Custer County Sheriff's Office and will be extradited to Pennsylvania to face the charge of Terroristic Threats.The New Jersey Bridgewater Township Police Department, Rapid City South Dakota Police Department, and the Custer County Sheriff's Office were instrumental in apprehending the individual.Those students who were directly targeted by these threats are continuing to receive resources and support from the LUPD, the Dean of Students Office, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA). In addition, anyone in the Lehigh community who is impacted or who may be experiencing anxiety or stress regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the university's counseling services. The University Counseling and Psychological Services (UCPS) office, located in Johnson Hall, can be reached at 610-758-3880.Jason D. SchifferChief of PoliceLehigh University Police Department
September 16, 2021 @ 1126hrs
Update: Investigation of Threat
We are writing to share an update regarding yesterday's timely warning about threats directed to members of a Lehigh University fraternity (read more here: https://lehigh.apparmor.com/Notifications/CAP/?id=60788).The Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD) has confirmed that the individual responsible for the threats is currently located in the Western United States. The Northampton County District Attorney's Office has approved charges of Terroristic Threats and there is an active warrant for the individual's arrest.LUPD is working closely with several other law enforcement agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on the ongoing investigation.There is not an immediate threat to the campus community at this time.Jason D. SchifferChief of PoliceLehigh University Police Department
September 15, 2021 @ 2045hrs
Timely Warning: Active Investigation of Threat
At approximately 6:00 p.m. this evening, the Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD) was notified by the New Jersey Bridgewater Township Police Department about a specific threat that was directed to members of a Lehigh University fraternity by a former fraternity brother. The threat was posted to social media earlier this month on September 2 and was uncovered by Bridgewater police today through an unrelated investigation.LUPD has informed the members of the fraternity directly and support is being provided by LUPD, the Dean of Students Office, and the Office of Fraternity and Sorority Affairs (OFSA). An investigation is active and ongoing. Information that we've obtained so far indicates that the individual who made the threats is not currently in the Bethlehem area. We encourage all members of the community to be alert to your surroundings and to report any suspicious activity to the LUPD by calling (610) 758-4200. Updates will be shared with the campus community as more information becomes available.
September 1, 2021 @ 0058hrs
Timely Warning: Incident in area of Morton St.
At approximately 11:26 p.m. on Tuesday, August 31, a Lehigh student reported that while he was walking west on the south sidewalk of Morton St, he was asked for a cigarette by a male he described to be driving a brown SUV, possibly a 2005-2015 Dodge, that stopped in the middle of the road.The SUV was also heading west on Morton St. The driver pulled his vehicle over to the side of the road between the area of Saxbys Coffee and Tulum. The student reported that the driver asked for sexual acts and exposed his genitals to the student before driving off towards Brodhead Ave, turning right.The Lehigh University Police Department is assisting Bethlehem Police with an investigation.Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Lehigh University police at (610) 758-4200 or Bethlehem police at (610) 865-7187.
August 25, 2021 @ 0346hrs
Timely Warning: Incident near E. Morton Street
At 2:55 a.m. on 8/25/21, a Lehigh University student was approached by an individual who they described as being a Black male, approx. 6' tall and wearing a dark hoodie and dark pants, in the 200 block of E. Morton Street. The Lehigh student said the male displayed a knife and demanded property from the victim. The suspect fled east on Morton Street. Exercise caution; LUPD is assisting the Bethlehem Police Department in investigating the incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Lehigh University police at (610) 758-4200 or Bethlehem police at (610) 865-7187.
August 23, 2021 @ 1923hrs
Timely Warning: Incident Involving Ethnic Intimidation and Harassment
This morning shortly after 9:20 a.m., a male approached a student outside of the Clayton University Center and made threatening statements, indicating he wanted to stab the student and Asian students on campus. The male did not appear to be armed and did not display a weapon at any time. Around the same time, the male also approached an Asian Lehigh staff member and yelled that she did not belong here.
Both incidents were reported to the Lehigh University Police Department (LUPD). Officers immediately responded to the area and, once the male was observed leaving campus, began searching for the male with the assistance of Bethlehem Police. The male was apprehended and confirmed to not be affiliated with the university. He was taken into custody without incident or injury. There is no active or ongoing threat to the Lehigh community.
This incident is deeply disturbing for the victims involved, and also particularly for our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander students, faculty and staff who may experience deep anxiety and uncertainty following a targeted incident such as this. On behalf of the LUPD, I want to express my support for those who are impacted and condemn this violence and any incident involving ethnic intimidation and harassment.
Anyone in the Lehigh community who is impacted or who may be experiencing anxiety or stress regarding this incident, recent events in the news or other issues is encouraged to take advantage of the university's counseling services. The University Counseling and Psychological Services (UCPS) office, located in Johnson Hall, can be reached at 610-758-3880. Resources for faculty and staff can be accessed through the Employee Assistance Program.
The Northampton County District Attorney’s office filed charges related to this incident and the male was charged with Ethnic Intimidation, Terroristic Threats, Harassment, and Disorderly Conduct. He was committed to Northampton County Prison under a bail of $50,000. The judge ordered him to complete a mental health evaluation, and he is not permitted to make contact with the victims in this incident. Lehigh University has issued a trespass notice and he is not permitted on campus property.
As a reminder about the university’s emergency notification systems, if there is an imminent, severe threat to campus safety, the LUPD would share information through the university’s emergency notification systems, including HawkWatch push notifications, text messages, and other immediate notification tools to share as much information as quickly as possible. Once a situation is resolved and the threat is removed, our focus shifts to issuing to campus a timely notification with accurate, verified information. The timely reports of today’s incidents helped support an immediate response by our police, limiting any potential threat to others.
Faculty, staff, and students who experience or witness bias, harassment or discrimination are encouraged to promptly report such conduct and access resources and support by reaching out to the Equal Opportunity Compliance Coordinator (EOCC), reporting incidents through Lehigh’s web-based reporting form or by contacting the Lehigh University Police Department at (610) 758-4200 or through the HawkWatch app.
Chief Jason Schiffer
Lehigh University Police Department