Safety Awareness Notices

Welcome to the North Dakota State University Police and Safety Office Personal Awareness Notices site. Included here are public safety awareness messages for events happening within proximity of the main NDSU campus as well as within buildings owned and operated by NDSU within the city of Fargo. They are intended to alert our campus community to situations which may require awareness on everyone’s part in order to maintain personal safety. The list includes both notices of Clery crimes occurring within our on campus area as well as relevant public notices issued by the city of Fargo. Data for the current and prior academic year is included in this summary. Crimes that may trigger a message include criminal homicide, sexual assault, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson or any other crime that the University feels may pose an ongoing threat to the university community.

Additional information regarding concerning activity in the vicinity of NDSU as well as for the city of Fargo is available at the City of Fargo’s Crime Mapping and Statistics webpage.

Community members are also encouraged to sign up for the Cass Clay Alerts Emergency Notifications. This can be accomplished by visiting https://www.casscountynd.gov/our-county/emergency-management/emergency-preparedness/cass-clay-alerts

October 13, 2021 Fargo Police Press Release

Fargo Police Respond to Reports of Burglary

This morning, October 13, 2021, at 4:34 a.m., a male entered a home in the area of the 1500 block of 10th Street North. The male was carrying a handgun but did not threaten anyone. It was unclear why the male was there. The male left without further incident and we were called to locate him.

While responding to locate the male, we notified North Dakota State University due to its proximity. The responding officers were able to identify the male and learned he was on probation with a GPS ankle monitor. Officers set up a perimeter and tried to locate him.

At 6:49 a.m., the male entered a home in the area of the 1500 block of 12th Street North. The caller there said the male seemed intoxicated; he did not display a gun at that time. While searching for him, officers located a handgun behind a home in this area.

We continued working with our partners at ND Parole and Probation to determine the male’s location (via GPS monitor) in the backyard of a home in the area of the 1400 block of North University Drive. Officers approached the male and arrested him without further incident. The male was arrested for two counts of Felony Criminal Trespass as well as Felon in possession of a firearm.

The male arrested is Daniel Fike Grinder, 35 years old, with no permanent address.

October 08, 2021 - Sexual Assault

Timely Warning- Sexual Assault

On 10/8/2021 NDSU Police were informed of a sexual assault. It was reported that a sexual assault occurred in a residence hall on the NDSU Campus. At this time, we learned that the incident occurred around 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, October 6th. The report indicated the suspect and the reporting individual are acquaintances.

The reporting individual has been offered resources on and off campus.

Should you have any information that might aid in this investigation or if you observed any criminal or suspicious activity, please contact the NDSU Police Department at 701-231-8998.  You can also provide information anonymously by using the NDSU Police "Text-A-Tip" line at (701) 526-6006.

While circumstances around sexual assaults can vary, it is important to emphasize that such acts of sexual violence are never the victim's fault. The blame lies solely with the perpetrator(s).

The safety and well-being of NDSU are of paramount importance to the University.  If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, please seek help and resources from University PoliceSexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy, Title IXor other on and off campus support agencies.

The NDSU Police would also like to provide some basic guidelines for members of the campus community to keep in mind:

  *   Be aware of your surroundings
  *   Whenever possible, travel with friends and use the Campus Safety Escort Service
  *   Download and familiarize yourself with the Pathlight app
  *   Report suspicious persons, activity, or other safety concerns immediately

August 27, 2021- Sexual Assault

Timely Warning- Sexual Assault

Dear Community Members,

On 8/27/2021, NDSU Police were informed by a Campus Security Authority of a sexual assault. It was reported that an adult female was sexually assaulted in her residence hall on the NDSU Campus. At this time, we learned that the incident occurred in the evening hours of Wednesday, August 25th. The report indicated the suspect and the victim are acquaintances.

The reporting individual has been offered resources and options by staff from the Equal Opportunity and Title IX Compliance Office.

Should you have any information that might aid in this investigation or if you observed any criminal or suspicious activity, please contact the NDSU Police Department at 701-231-8998. You can also provide information anonymously by using the NDSU Police "Text-A-Tip" line at (701) 526-6006.

While circumstances around sexual assaults can vary, it is important to emphasize that such acts of sexual violence are never the victim's fault. The blame lies solely with the perpetrator(s).

The safety and well-being of NDSU are of paramount importance to the University. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, please seek help and resources from University Police,Sexual Assault Prevention and Advocacy,Title IX, or other on and off campus support agencies.

The NDSU Police would also like to provide some basic guidelines for members of the campus community to keep in mind:

  *   Be aware of your surroundings

  *   Whenever possible, travel with friends and use the Campus Safety Escort Service

  *   Download and familiarize yourself with the Pathlight app

  *   Report suspicious persons, activity, or other safety concerns immediately

This message is authorized and transmitted by the University Police Communications Call Center.

August 24, 2021- Burglary

Timely Warning- Burglary

NDSU Police have received a report of additional items that appear to have been taken from the buildings west of 18th street north of 15th avenue earlier this month around the same time as the catalytic converter theft. Anyone with information associated with this is asked to contact University Police at 231-8998. 

Those with items of value stored in these buildings is asked to check and report of any additional items that are missing and to be extra vigilant in securing those facilities when unoccupied.

This message is authorized and transmitted by the University Police Communications Call Center.

August 10, 2021 - Burglary

Timely Warning- Catalytic Converter Burglary

A report was made to the University Police that a catalytic converter had been removed from a vehicle which was parked in one of the sheds west of 18th street north of 15th avenue sometime between August 5 and 9. Anyone with information associated with this burglary is asked to contact the University Police at 231-8998. 

Please be aware that this is a crime that is occurring in the surrounding community as well and we ask that you keep an eye out for suspicious behaviors in the area parking lots and let us know if you see something out of the ordinary.

This message is authorized and transmitted by the University Police Communications Call Center.

July 24, 2021 Fargo Police Press Release

Fargo Police Respond to Reports of Shots Fired

Tonight, July 24, at 11 p.m., Officers were sent to a report of shots fired at 1201 N University Drive. Upon their arrival, they located an adult male with what appears to be a gunshot wound and the shooter near by. The victim has life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital. The suspect was detained without incident.

The investigation is ongoing.

Jessica Schindeldecker
Public Information Officer

Update: Fargo Police Officers have one adult male detained after a shooting in the 1200 block of N University Drive.
 

July 18, 2021- Burglary

Burglary: University Village Apartment Complex

During the evening of July 18, 2021, a burglary took place at the University Village apartment complex. The suspect entered an apartment unit and had a brief conversation with the resident while displaying a folding hunting knife. The suspect then left the apartment, taking no property, and proceeded to ask questions of two additional residents outside of other units. University Police responded and began interacting with the suspect. During the course of that interaction and after disarming him, the suspect fled south, west then south again off of campus property.

The suspect is described as a white male, approximately 30 years of age, with a shaved head and multiple tattoos last seen wearing a grey shirt and black shorts. If you have any information relevant to this case you are asked to call the University Police at 231-8998.

Please remember to keep your doors and windows locked and alert police if you see anything suspicious

December 1, 2020 - Burglary

Burglary: Niskanen 30 Plex Apartments

During the evening of December 1, 2020, a burglary took place at the Niskanen 30 plex sometime between 6:00 and 9:00 p.m. Suspect(s) made entry into an unoccupied room when the resident return to their room they noticed that their wallet was missing.

Please remember to lock  your doors and windows and alert police if you see anything suspicious.

Please call the NDSU Police at 231-8998 if you have any information regarding this event.

November 16, 2020 Fargo Police Press Release

Created by Jessica Schindeldecker |

Fargo Police Respond to Report of Gun Shots

This morning, at 3:35 a.m., Fargo Police Officers were dispatched to a report of gun shots in the 1000 block of 16 Street North.

One adult male sustained non life-threatening injuries and is being treated at a local hospital.

The investigation is ongoing.

Update:

This morning, at 6:25 a.m., Fargo Police Officers were dispatched to a second report of gun shots in the 1000 block of 16 Street North.

Upon their arrival, they did not locate anyone.

At 6:47 a.m., Sanford Hospital notified dispatch they had an adult male with a non life-threatening gunshot wound.

Officers learned this injury was sustained in the 1000 block of 16 Street North.

The investigation is ongoing.

November 1, 2020 Fargo Police Press Release

Created by Jessica Schindeldecker |

Fargo Police Dispatched to Gunshot Wound Near Campus

On November 1, at 12:43 a.m., officers were dispatched to the 800 block of 12 Street North for an adult male with a gunshot wound to the abdomen. The male was transported to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. All parties involved have been detained on scene by officers. We are not looking for any additional individuals. The investigation is ongoing.

Update 11/2/2020 11:27 a.m.: Through our investigation, this incident appears to have been an accidental discharge. A report has been completed for reckless endangerment and forwarded to the State's Attorney's Office.

September 30, 2020 Sexual Assault

Timely Warning: Sexual Assault that occurred on the NDSU Campus

On 9/30/2020 at approximately 2:05 a.m., NDSU Police were informed of a sexual assault. Officers were contacted by an outside agency with information that an adult female was reporting a sexual assault that occurred on the NDSU Campus. At this time, we learned that the incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 27th. The investigation has revealed that the suspect and the victim met through mutual acquaintances and are both known to law enforcement at this time.

The reporting individual has been offered resources and options in their city of residence. Members of the Dean of Students Office and the Title IX Office was advised of this matter as well. 

Should you have any information that might aid in this investigation or if you observed any criminal or suspicious activity, please contact the NDSU Police Department at 701-231-8998.  You can also provide information anonymously by using the NDSU Police “Text-A-Tip” line at (701) 526-6006
 
While circumstances around sexual assaults can vary, it is important to emphasize that such acts of sexual violence are never the victim’s fault. The blame lies solely with the perpetrator(s).

The safety and well-being of NDSU students are of paramount importance to the University. If you or someone you know has been the victim of a crime, please seek help and resources from University Police, Sexual Assault Prevention and AdvocacyTitle IX or other on- and off-campus support agencies. 

The NDSU Police would also like to provide some basic guidelines for members of the campus community to keep in mind:

  • Be aware of your surroundings
  • Whenever possible, travel with friends and use the Campus Safety Escort Service
  • Download and familiarize yourself with the Pathlight app. 
  • Report suspicious persons, activity, or other safety concerns immediately

August 24, 2020 Aggravated Assault

Timely Warning: Aggravated Assault in Parking Lot near Matthew Living Learning Center East

During the evening of August 24th, 2020, an aggravated assault took place in the parking lot near Matthew Living Learning Center East. At approximately 8:05 PM officers responded to a report of an injured individual at MLLC East. The male victim reported that a male suspect, known to them, but not affiliated with NDSU, punched and then briefly wrestled with the victim before leaving the area.

NDSU PD is currently investigating the incident, and do not believe there is an ongoing threat to the public.

NDSU PD would like to remind the campus community to:

  • Be alert to your surroundings, reporting suspicious persons or circumstances to the NDSU Police immediately at 231-8998 or call 911 for emergencies.
  • Travel with a friend if possible

Please call the NDSU Police at 231-8998 if you have any information regarding this event.

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