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Students Voice Concerns After Intruders Enters Dorm, Campus Buildings

Students Voice Concerns After Intruders Enters Dorm, Campus Buildings

Three unauthorized individuals accessed campus buildings between Feb. 3 and Feb. 7, the Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) confirmed.

Two of the three incidents occurred in classroom buildings, one involving an unauthorized individual that GUPD found asleep in a secured classroom in the Reiss Science Building Feb. 3 and the other involving the entrance of an individual unaffiliated with the university in a classroom filled with students in St. Mary’s Hall Feb. 7. One additional instance involved an unauthorized individual entering New South Hall, a residence hall for first-year students, on Feb.7.

Although the New South intruder left the building before GUPD arrived, officers had to remove the St. Mary’s and Reiss intruders from campus. These incidents follow a January case where an intruder reportedly slept in a student’s off-campus house over winter break because the door was open. A student in Harbin Hall, a residence hall, also reported an individual entering their unlocked room while they slept Feb. 15.

Jordan Pai (SOH ’27), a New South resident, said he did not find the incident in his dormitory unexpected because it is often easy to enter campus.

“The doors are always just open for people to walk in,” Pai told The Hoya.

During the incident in New South, the intruder entered the third-floor common room, according to an email to residents from Jonathan Washington, the New South community director. 

Washington said students should take precautionary security measures, including verifying they have securely locked their doors with the SwitchTech key app. 

“We had noticed a significant amount of residential spaces and doors to rooms being cracked open, while students were away, using the bathroom, etc.,” Washington wrote in the email. “To ensure there are no unwanted people in your room and decrease the chance of theft by an intruder or fellow resident, please keep your doors closed.”

William Kertajaya (MSB ’27), who took pictures of the unidentified individual to show authorities, said students had reported the intruder to GUPD multiple times in the past for several other incidents of trespassing on campus buildings. 

“I had the picture so I showed them and GUPD said they had to remove him from a couple of other buildings,” Kertajaya told The Hoya. 

Kertajaya said he was surprised at how far the intruder was able to make it into the building.

“I think it’s crazy how he got up all the way to the third floor,” Kertajaya said. “Did no one realize that he walked into the building? That he took the stairs or the elevator?”

Alexander Brown/The Hoya | Three unauthorized individuals gained access to campus buildings between Feb. 3 and Feb. 7, including New South Hall, Reiss Science Building, and St. Mary’s Hall, the Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) confirmed.

A university spokesperson said GUPD has increased patrol and security measures and coordinated with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) to address the incidents.

When there is an increase in safety incidents anywhere on campus, the Georgetown University Police Department (GUPD) increases patrols out of an abundance of caution and takes appropriate steps to ensure the safety of the community,” the university spokesperson wrote to The Hoya. “These steps can include efforts such as communicating with residents of the impacted buildings with important updates and safety reminders or coordinating with MPD to increase patrols.”

In St. Mary’s, an intruder burst into a pharmaceutical management class at 10:55 a.m. 

The intruder interacted with a student in the class, asking for directions to the dining hall before leaving the building, according to Nikhil Yeddula (CAS ’26), a student in the lecture. Yeddula said the incident startled him, as he had never been present during an attempted intrusion before. 

“Maybe once or twice I’ve maybe seen this happen on campus,” Yeddula told The Hoya. “But in a class? I’ve never seen anything like it.” 

Yeddula said the intruder did not seem to pose an immediate threat.

“He didn’t seem like he had any ill intentions at all, but I can’t say the same about somebody who comes into a dorm in the middle of the night,” Yeddula said. “That’s what my main concern is.” 

Yeddula said he remains concerned regarding the easy access to buildings — particularly Darnall Hall, another first-year residence hall, where he fears the open entrance doors will fail to prevent future incidents.

“There aren’t really huge safety measures there,” Yeddula said. “I know that it is very easy to get inside Darnell. Most of the doors that are supposed to be closed before you even get to the elevator are usually open, which is concerning.”

Correction: This article has been edited to clarify that there was only one intruder who entered New South Hall on Feb. 7. 

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