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UT Arlington statement on false aggravated assault complaint

Friday, February 13, 2015

The UT Arlington student who alleged that she was threatened by a gunman in a campus parking lot on Wednesday morning, Feb. 11, 2015 has informed University police that she was not on campus that day and that the alleged incident did not occur.

UT Arlington police immediately initiated an investigation into the incident after a third party notified police of a social media post in which the student detailed an alleged confrontation.

University police thoroughly investigated the complaint throughout the week in cooperation with the Arlington, Denton and University of North Texas police departments. In follow-up interviews today, the student said the confrontation did not occur.

UT Arlington police will aggressively investigate every allegation of criminal activity within the University community.

Members of the University community are encouraged to be aware of their surroundings at all times and to call UT Arlington police at 817-272-3381 if they encounter anything or anyone suspicious. Campus security escorts are available 24 hours a day by calling 817-272-3381.

President Vistasp M. Karbhari expressed appreciation to UT Arlington police for their thorough investigation while affirming support for students, faculty and staff who may have been alarmed by the allegation this week. 

"We take these issues very seriously. The safety and security of all UT Arlington students, faculty and staff is our utmost concern,” President Karbhari said. "UT Arlington police work to ensure a safe campus, one founded on mutual support and respect. We will take decisive and appropriate action to ensure the well-being of our entire University community."

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