A Message to the USF Community Regarding Sept. 6 Events

Members of the campus community affected by off-campus incident encouraged to reach out for assistance.


TAMPA, Fla. (Sept. 6, 2013) — On Friday, Sept. 6, Tampa Police and Hillsborough County Sherriff’s Office apprehended a suspect in a series of armed robbery/sexual battery incidents that occurred in off-campus apartment complexes near the University of South Florida’s Tampa campus. The suspect, who was from another Florida county, died following a police chase and shootout. This incident was a matter of great concern for our campus and we commend local law enforcement authorities for their hard work in bringing this tragic incident to an end.

At USF, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is our first priority. Any students who have been affected or directly or indirectly involved in the off-campus incident, are encouraged to reach out to the USF Counseling Center or USF’s Center for Victim’s Advocacy and Violence Prevention.  Counselors are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. in person or by phone; and after hours by phone, including over the weekend.

Any faculty and staff who also have been impacted by this event are encouraged to reach out to the Employee Assistance Program.

Both during and after the incident, USF President Judy Genshaft and campus leadership worked to take the following actions:

·         Increase police and security presence across the campus;

·         Outreach to the affected apartment complexes to offer students a free, temporary room on campus for the weekend;

·         Ongoing contact with local law enforcement and

·         Regular messages to the campus community and parents.

We have asked our campus community to remain aware of surroundings and take safety precautions at all times. We realize that people do not need to have been directly involved in these traumatic events to be affected by them, and we want you to know there are caring professionals ready to help in any way they can.

If you or someone you know needs help please contact:

USF’s Center for Victim’s Advocacy and Violence Prevention at  813-974-5757

USF Police Department at 813-974-2628

USF’s Dean for Students at 813-974-6677

USF Housing and Residential Education at 813-974-0001

USF Employee Assistance Program at 1-800-327-8705 or for TTY Users 1-800-456-4006