University Police advises nighttime safety for commuting students after South Street harassment incident
A Brandeis student was chased along South Street by an unidentified male on Monday morning, according to an email from Director of Public Safety Ed Callahan.
Shortly after 1 a.m. on Monday morning, the student was walking down South Street by William F. Stanley Elementary School when they were chased by a tall man in dark jeans and a dark hooded sweatshirt, according to Callahan’s email.
The student arrived home safely and had no contact with the individual, and University Police will be working with the Waltham Police Department to investigate the incident, the email said. The Waltham Police blotter shows that officers checked the area around Stanley at approximately 1:15 a.m. on Monday morning.
“In communicating with University Police, the student pointed out that this is a reminder to all members of our community that they should avoid walking alone on or off campus after dark,” Callahan wrote, reminding community members that the BranVan shuttle operates on weekdays and weekends.
He also invited any students with safety concerns to get in touch with University or Waltham Police.
This is not the first time there have been incidents near South Street involving Brandeis students.
In April, two students were stopped and asked to get into strangers’ cars near the Charles River Apartments, Callahan wrote in an April 29 email.
Another student was the victim of indecent exposure on South Street in 2016, the sixth in a string of such incidents between November 2015 and March 2016.