Students reported some unknown people on campus earlier this month.
Daniel Etti-Williams, acting junior, said he found a homeless man outside his window performing a lewd act. Etti-Williams called OCU Police, who informed him that they had seen the man on campus before and were attempting to locate him.
Etti-Williams said, as a Methodist Hall RA, he frequently encounters homeless people on campus. He has dealt with two homeless people in Methodist Hall this semester and one last academic year in Walker Hall.
“He was walking into girls’ dorms, just asking for an iPhone or something,” Etti-Williams said.
Students also have encountered unknown religious groups on campus.
Ben Hild, vocal performance junior, said he encountered a group of people earlier this semester who attempted to tell him about accepting Jesus to appease a jealous God.
“I explained to them that the God that I believe in is pure love, and jealousy simply cannot exist in the same space,” Hild said.
Any religion-related visitors on campus must seek approval through the Office of Religious Life, according to the student handbook. Other entities on campus must go through an approval process and follow a set of rules to be allowed on campus, according to Student Publications archives.
OCUPD has a security system to help keep the campus safe. They have a collection of video cameras, numbering about 150 between the main and law school campuses. There are two high-power cameras on top of Gold Star Memorial Building that can zoom into almost any area on campus.
Nineteen blue emergency phones also are located around both campuses for students to use in cases of immediate emergency.
Bradd Brown, chief of police, encourages students to report anybody they think should not be on campus.
“We only have a limited number of officers, and we can’t see everything,” Brown said.
Campus police is made up of three supervisors, including Brown, five officers, and three members of the telecommunications team, according to okcu.edu.
“We really depend on our community of faculty and staff and students to be our eyes and ears and report to us if they see somebody that doesn’t belong or they don’t think belongs on campus,” Brown said.
The OCUPD emergency number is 405-208-5911 and the non-emergency number is 405-208-5001.