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Scammers target UVM students again

Scammers target UVM students again

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

5 days ago

UVM Police Services struggles to combat increasing phone and email scams that target students, despite admitting they don’t have the answers. The UVM community received an email from UVM Police Nov. 6 warning about ongoing phone and email scams that pretend to be UVM Police or Burlington Police ask...

UVM Police Services loses only female sergeant

UVM Police Services loses only female sergeant

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

October 30, 2019

UVM Police Services is now looking to fill a supervisory position after one of their sergeants left for a position in a federal agency. UVM police posted the position on UVM’s job website Oct. 23 and have had a separate job posting up since 2014 for regular patrol officer positions. Former UVM...

UVM Police Chief remains on leave three months later with no end in sight

UVM Police Chief remains on leave three months later with no end in sight

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

October 22, 2019

The head of UVM Police Services remains on paid leave for the third consecutive month, without any explanation of why from anyone, including the police chief herself.

Student emails hit with scams once again

Student emails hit with scams once again

Ella Ruehsen, Staff Writer

September 20, 2019

UVM students were once again targeted by email scams that aimed to steal their money, according to UVM Police Services. UVM students received an email alert from UVM Police Services Sept. 6, warning them of fake emails that offered them employment assisting a doctor in supporting students with disabilities...

Help wanted: UVM Police remain understaffed despite-five year search

Help wanted: UVM Police remain understaffed despite-five year search

Emma Pinezich, Assistant News Editor

September 16, 2019

With their contract expired, UVM Police Services is using the opportunity to negotiate a new contract with the University to help recruit and retain officers. But, as UVM Police Services remains understaffed, some on campus remain alarmed over the department’s ability to keep UVM safe. UVM Police...

UVM Police Chief remains on paid leave two months later, officials refuse to say why

UVM Police Chief remains on paid leave two months later, officials refuse to say why

Julianne Lesch, Cynic News Reporter

September 10, 2019

The person in charge of UVM’s public safety has been on leave for two months, and those acting in her place refuse to clarify why she’s still being paid or when she’s coming back. Lianne Tuomey, UVM Police Services Chief, went on a leave of absence beginning July 11. She still remains on an ind...

Driver sexually assaults passenger on campus

Driver sexually assaults passenger on campus

Staff Report

September 6, 2019

A passenger of a vehicle was sexually assaulted while parked in a Redstone campus parking lot, late Sept. 5, according to UVM Police Services. The incident is still under investigation by the Chittenden County Unit for Special Investigations. The man was driving a minivan and described as white and...

VT Supreme Court rules against UVM, says police document should be made public

VT Supreme Court rules against UVM, says police document should be made public

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

August 26, 2019

Vermont’s highest court has ruled the UVM Police Services arrest record should be available to the public despite the university refusing to hand it over. The Vermont Supreme Court issued their ruling in favor of appellant Jacob Oblak, a recent graduate of Vermont Law School, Aug. 23 after Oblak ar...

Vermont Supreme Court hears arguments in UVM public records dispute

Vermont Supreme Court hears arguments in UVM public records dispute

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 18, 2019

The Vermont Supreme Court heard arguments Wednesday, May 15, in a case that could push UVM to release a document pertaining to a student’s arrest.   Jacob Oblak, a recent graduate from Vermont Law school, sued UVM last year after filing a public records request for a UVM police services affidavit, a document stating the reasons for arrest. Oblak requested a document from ...

Man takes UVM to VT Supreme Court over public records

Man takes UVM to VT Supreme Court over public records

Sawyer Loftus, News Editor

May 1, 2019

A man is suing UVM in the Vermont Supreme Court to push the University to be more transparent over a student’s arrest. Jacob Oblak, a law student at Vermont Law School, is appealing his public records case against UVM to the Vermont Supreme Court after a lower court threw out his case. His...

Shooting off campus sends two to the hospital

Shooting off campus sends two to the hospital

Staff Report

April 16, 2019

Two people have been shot during what police call a "shootout" on North Willard Street. The University sent out CatAlerts around 3:00 p.m. Tuesday afternoon stating Burlington Police was investigating an "ongoing incident" close to University Place and Colchester Avenue. Burlington Police responded...

Police warn students of successful scams

Police warn students of successful scams

Lindsay Freed, Senior Staff Writer

February 28, 2019

UVM police services  is working with the FBI to investigate a phone scam that has been targeting students. The scam is a call made to look like it’s from UVM police services by spoofing their phone number. The caller says there is a warrant out for their arrest, and they will be arrested if they don't...

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