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UWI investigating incident on campus

For Release Upon Receipt - October 17, 2018

St. Augustine

The St. Augustine Campus is working with the relevant authorities to investigate an incident that occurred on the campus yesterday, Tuesday October 16. According to a report from Campus Security, earlier yesterday afternoon there was a robbery involving a student near the Student Activity Centre (SAC). The initial investigation with the student reveals no evidence of attempted or alleged sexual assault, contrary to what has been mentioned on some social media sites.

We have spared no effort in creating a safe environment for all students that attend our campus. This remains a priority. We know that more can always be done and must be done to foster a space where all students feel safe and supported at all times. Indeed, we are in the process of testing a campus-wide student alert system that would facilitate more timely intervention. Further, in the spirit of continuous improvement, as is the practice, Campus Administration conducts full investigations of all incidents and takes action, as warranted.

All students are reminded to take the precautions we have continually promoted. In particular, students must visibly display their Student Identification Card upon entry to the campus and are strongly encouraged to make use of the following:  the Campus Security Escort Service, available on request from 6:00 pm – 6:00 am (Call exts. 82120/83510),  designated secure study areas, the Students Shuttle Service, the designated patrolled walkways, and the Emergency Blue Phone Service. If in need of assistance, or if  suspicious behaviour is observe, students are encouraged proceed to the nearest well-lit area and report the incident to Campus Security.

For security tips, visit the Campus Security website


About The UWI

Since its inception in 1948, The University of the West Indies (UWI) has evolved from a fledgling college in Jamaica with 33 students to a full-fledged, regional University with well over 40,000 students. Today, The UWI is the largest, most longstanding higher education provider in the Commonwealth Caribbean, with four campuses in Barbados, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Open Campus. The UWI has faculty and students from more than 40 countries and collaborative links with 160 universities globally; it offers undergraduate and postgraduate degree options in Food & Agriculture, Engineering, Humanities & Education, Law, Medical Sciences, Science and Technology, Social Sciences and Sport. The UWI’s seven priority focal areas are linked closely to the priorities identified by CARICOM and take into account such over-arching areas of concern to the region as environmental issues, health and wellness, gender equity and the critical importance of innovation. Website:


(Please note that the proper name of the university is The University of the West Indies, inclusive of the “The”, hence The UWI.)