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Mountain Lion Sighting 10/28/14

A mountain lion was seen on 10/28/2014 at 8:46pm, in the vicinity of 738 Frenchman's Road, along the edge of the road. Public Safety has searched the area and there are no additional sightings reported.

If you see a mountain lion Call 911,DO NOT APPROACH IT, especially one that is feeding or with kittens. Most mountain lions will try to avoid confrontation.

Here are a few tips:

If you encounter a mountain lion, do not run; instead, face the animal, make noise and try to look bigger by waving your arms; throw rocks or other objects.

For more information about mountain lions go to www.dfg.ca.gov/keepmewild.

Posted 10/28/14

Reported Sexual Assault 10/26/14

From Stanford PD, on 10/26/14 at approximately 5:10am Sunday morning Stanford Police responded to a call at Page Mill and Hansen from a distressed Stanford Student. The student reported that she may have been drugged and sexually assaulted. The location and time of the reported incident are unknown at this time.

Stanford University does not tolerate sexual assault, sexual misconduct or sexual harassment.The university encourages anyone who has been sexually assaulted or subject to other forms of sexual misconduct or harassment to report the incident to university officials.

The information about this incident is being reported to you in accordance with the Clery Act. The remainder of this email provides information about preventing and reporting sexual assault.

  • Ignorance of the law or of university policy concerning sexual assault, sexual misconduct and sexual harassment is not a defense.
  • Receive affirmative consent from your partner before engaging in sexual activity.
  • Perpetrators may attempt to use alcohol to facilitate a sexual assault. Statistically, the majority of reported sexual assaults occur while one or both parties are under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Alcohol or drugs may impair one's ability to judge whether or not consent has been given, but it is never an excuse for choosing to violate another person.
  • There are a number of drugs that may be added to beverages with the intent of altering the consciousness or incapacitating a person without their knowledge. These drugs are particularly dangerous when combined with alcohol and often produce amnesia, leaving a victim unclear about what occurred afterward. These drugs can facilitate criminal activity, most often acts of sexual misconduct or sexual assault.
We encourage individuals to think about the following points to help protect yourself and others from consuming drinks that may have been tampered with harmful substances:
  • Do not accept previously prepared drinks, especially from persons that you do not know or intimately trust.
  • Drink from tamper-proof bottles and cans and insist on opening them.
  • Insist on pouring or watching while any drink is mixed or prepared.
  • Do not drink from group drinks such as punch bowls.
  • Keep an eye on your drink or open soda can. Do not trust someone to watch it for you.
  • If you think you've been drugged, do not be afraid to seek medical attention IMMEDIATELY. There is a short window of time to ensure appropriate response and medical treatment in these cases and they could result in serious health complications and consequences.
  • If someone passes out or is exhibiting signs that they may have been given drugs, call for medical attention IMMEDIATELY and explain your concerns.
  • If you suspect that you or someone you know has been drugged, contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety or your Residence/Graduate Life Dean (or ask that someone do it for you) IMMEDIATELY.
If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, or if you aren't sure whether you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, there are a number of resources available to you at Stanford to inform you of your options and to support you in whatever path you choose to take in addressing the incident. For more information contact:

Sexual Assault and Relationship Abuse (SARA) Office https://studentaffairs.stanford.edu/sara

Sexual Harassment Policy Office

Title IX Office

Wellness Resources at Stanford

or the Stanford Department of Public Safety via this website or by calling (650)723-9633 during regular business hours.

Posted 10/26/14

Attempted Burglary 9/28/14

On Sunday, September 28, 2014, at approx. 2:30am, an attempted burglary occurred at Mirrielees Highrise. The suspect attempted to gain entry by prying open a window screen. The reporting party described the suspect as a possible Asian or Hispanic male in his early 20’s, approx. 5 feet 9 inches tall, wearing a black shirt and tan pants. The suspect was last seen walking away towards Campus Drive.

The Stanford Police encourage individuals to keep their doors and windows locked. Additionally, we ask the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police by calling 911 as soon as possible.

Additional information will be posted on this website if it becomes available.

Posted 09/28/14

Assault With Deadly Weapon--8/29/14

The Stanford Department of Public Safety is seeking witnesses to and information about an assault that took place on campus:

On Friday, August 29, 2014, at approx. 9:11pm, an unidentified male struck a female in the face with an unknown object -- possibly a baton or flashlight. At the time of the attack, the victim was walking westbound on the path adjacent to Campus Drive and was just east of the intersection of Campus Dr and Palm Drive. The suspect approached the victim from behind and struck her face with what she believed to be a stick or baton. The suspect immediately fled westbound on foot on Campus Drive towards the Stanford Shopping Center. He was last seen fleeing into a grove of trees that are west of Palm Drive. The victim sustained serious facial injuries.

The victim described her assailant as a white male adult, brown hair, 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a medium build. He was last seen wearing “athletic” clothing consisting of a white shirt, black shorts, and black shoes.

If anyone has any information concerning this incident, please call the Stanford Department of Public Safety at (650)723-9633.

Posted 09/12/14

Pepper Spray Incident, 9/5/14

At approximately 9:15am, on Friday, September 5, 2014, an individual working in a parking lot near the Clark Center was pepper sprayed by an unknown suspect.

The suspect was wearing a black hoodie with a bandana covering their face; age and ethnicity are unknown. The suspect was last seen traveling on Campus Drive towards Via Ortega coming from the Clark Center area.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety urges community members to be alert and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity to the Stanford Police Department. Additional information will be posted on this website if it becomes available.

Posted 09/05/14

Physical Assault Update 08/29/14

On 08/29/14, at approx. 9:11pm, a female adult reported that she was walking in the area of Palm Dr. and Campus Dr. when she was struck from behind with an unknown object that she believed to be a stick. The subject fled on foot in the direction of the Stanford Shopping Center. The female was injured and is currently being treated at Stanford Hospital

The suspect was described as a white male adult, in his 30’s, approx. 5' 7" and 140 lbs, fit build with short brown hair and wearing black shorts, white t-shirt, and black shoes.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety urges community members to be alert and remain aware of their surroundings at all times. Call 911 immediately to report suspicious activity to the Stanford Police Department. Additional information will be posted at this website if it becomes available.

Posted 08/29/14


The Department of Public Safety is located at 711 Serra St., Stanford, CA 94305. You can find us on the corner of Campus Drive and Serra Street, in the Police and Fire building. We are across the street from the Valero gas station on campus. The main office is open Monday-Friday (excluding holidays) from 8am-5pm; however, officers are on duty 24 hours/day, every day of the year.

Our phone number is (650)723-9633. In an emergency, please dial 911.

The Department of Public Safety exists to provide a safe, secure atmosphere that is conducive to freedom of expression and movement for people and their property at Stanford University within the constraints of federal, state and local laws and ordinances.

The members of the Stanford Department of Public Safety are committed to providing high quality, public safety services with a strong emphasis on customer service. To accomplish this goal, we pledge to honor the spirit and letter of the laws we are charged to uphold; we strive to enhance our professional skills and knowledge; and we dedicate our full attention to our duties in order to earn and maintain the public's trust. The hallmarks of our service will be a dedication to the principles of honesty, integrity, fairness, courage and courtesy. We are committed to upholding these values. Let us know how we can best serve you.

Photo:Chief Laura Wilson with Deputy Adam Cullen and Red.
Chief Laura Wilson with Deputy Adam Cullen and Red.