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Gun found in housing sparks questions about campus safety

 

By: ALLISSA CORAK

Staff Writer

Acorak@umail.iu.edu

 

The discovery of a handgun in student housing over Halloween weekend caused quite a stir in conversation surrounding the safety of campus and IU South Bend’s administration’s attention to security.

On Oct. 27, an altercation between a former Titan basketball player and a male victim led to a search of student housing.

That search reportedly uncovered a handgun under a couch and resulted in the arrest of 21-year-old Andrew Jones. Jones is accused of knowingly bringing the handgun on campus which is strictly prohibited.

“It is well-known that guns are not allowed on campus. It is included in the University Code of Conduct which is explained at new student, faculty and staff orientations,” said Ken Baierl Jr., IUSB’s Director of Communications.

Baierl offered some explanation as to why that seemingly dangerous incident was never relayed to the rest of the student body.

As an administrator, his first reaction to learning the gun had been found and confiscated by IUPD was “relieving but concerning.” According to Baierl, because the gun was confiscated, there was no need for a crime alert to be issued.

An ongoing threat would have been much like the armed robbery that occurred near Northside Hall on Nov. 22. Administrators determined this was an ongoing threat to students and staff, prompting a crime alert at 6:48 a.m.

The alert read, “The robbery occurred just outside of Northside Hall. Suspect was described as a black male, who displayed a handgun and stole a cell phone.”

The alert also included safety tips like: “Always let someone know where you are going,” and “Use well-lit, regularly traveled walks and pathways, especially at night.”

The reaction to the most recent incident was much different from the Oct. 27 incident.

Baierl said the crime alerts are to keep students safe, but they are always looking for ways to improve.

“We are always looking for ways to improve safety on campus. This incident serves as a reminder to stay diligent in that effort,” he said.

If you see something, say something. Baierl said the best way to prevent a potentially dangerous situation is to be in communication with law enforcement.

“It should immediately be reported to IU South Bend campus police. No one should take it upon themselves to try to address the situation,” said Baierl.

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