USM Public Safety

Campus Safety Alerts and Timely Notices

University of Southern Maine Public Safety Campus Safety Alerts


DATE: 2/9/2018

USM Public Safety


Crime Alerts are posted in an effort to make the USM Community aware of any situation that poses a potential threat to the safety and wellbeing of those who live, work, study and visit the campus. By keeping you aware of crimes occurring in our community, USM Public Safety hopes to encourage you to become actively involved in crime prevention. Personal safety practices and knowledge are your best defense against crime. This USM Timely Notice/Crime Alert is intended to promote safety on campus


USM Police Dept. is investigating a report of an assault that occurred Thursday evening, February 8, 2018 between 5:30PM and 6PM, wherein an unknown African-american male subject approached a female who was in the hallway on the first floor of the Science Building on the Portland campus and introduced himself as James. After introductions, he gave her an unexpected hug. After she pulled away he asked her for her number and a date and tried to hug her again. She avoided the hug by shaking his hand. Then he forcibly hugged her pressing his pelvic area against her. She was able to push him away. She found a friend who escorted her to the USM Police office. No physical injuries were sustained by the victim.

USM Police checked all buildings and grounds on campus for the suspect.


African-American male, early 20’s, 6’ tall, slender wearing a tan hoodie, “Snap back hat” (baseball hat with a flat visor), dark sweat pants and possible red basketball sneakers. Reportedly spoke with a heavy accent.


Anyone having information is encouraged to call USM Public Safety at 780-5211.


USM Police Dept. offers the following safety tips:


  1. Try always to find a friend to accompany you at night.
  2. If being followed go directly to a populated place
  3. Use USM’s police escort service if you feel unsafe.
  4. Report any suspicious person or vehicles immediately to police.
  5. Never enter a vehicle with someone you do not know.


This notice is provided as part of USM’s safety awareness and education efforts, and complies with federal legislation known as the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act of 1998. Dated February 9, 2018.


Per: Ronald G. Saindon, Interim Chief of Police







 University of Southern Maine Public Safety Timely Notices