Trespass site reopens

UNA has reopened its online trespass website and urges students to be vigilant and report anyone on the list to police.

“Chief (Bob) Pastula has posted on his webpage folks who have been criminally trespassed from the campus,” said David Shields, vice president of student affairs. “The reason that we put them up there is that we want people to be aware these are folks that are not supposed to be on campus.”

The Web page had been down due to the changes made on the UNA website.

“When the university made its shift over to our new system that is set up, that page didn’t transfer over well,” Shields said. “That’s why we’ve been sending these things out.”

The site also lists any individuals who have created a major problem at UNA.

“It doesn’t have to be a student — it could be a person who we see on campus causing a nuisance,” Shields said. “That person can be trespassed from the campus and that information would go out to the campus.”

Some students are unaware of the list.

“I didn’t know the list existed,” said Ariel Miller. “I saw the emails, but I didn’t know there was a list.”

UNA student Zach Reynolds said he had also never heard of the list.

“Honestly, I didn’t look at the list, and I check my Portal every day,” said UNA student Stephanie Moore. “But they continually send out the same emails over and over. I didn’t look because I don’t feel like these people are that big of threats; they need to spend more time on those people who are raping and breaking in people’s houses.”

The list has been available in several formats, from emails to Facebook posts.

“We’ve posted all trespass notices to the community directly, and then eventually they’ll all get posted on this Web page,” Shields said.

Pastula sent out two emails about the list, explaining in the first that the trespass list would be back up and running and in the second that it would be delayed slightly due to technical errors.

Most of the list is still down as UNA police adds more information.

Shields urges students to report suspicious activity.

“Call the police,” Shields said. “We can’t be everywhere 24/7. It’s important for all of us to assist law enforcement by helping them do what needs to be done, which is to be vigilant.”