In the early hours of Sept. 3, residents of Jerome Hall were alarmed and disturbed when someone threw a PVC pipe at a second-floor dorm room’s window, breaking the glass.
The room’s residents ran outside to see what was going on but were unable to find any signs of the culprit.
The girls went to get their Resident Assistant (RA), Teresa Roach, who was asleep at the time. They woke her up and brought her down the hall to see the damage.
“There was shattered glass all over the floor,” Roach said in an email. “It was so bad that I couldn’t go into the room far at all, as I was barefoot. The upper right window had a huge, jagged hole.”
Meanwhile, another resident of Jerome had been locked out and had called Campus Safety for assistance. While letting her in, the officer responding to the service call noticed the other girls cleaning up the broken glass. They explained the situation to him, and the officer reported the incident at 3:36 a.m.
Initially, residents assumed that it had been an accident. However, further investigation revealed a small piece of PVC pipe inside the room and a larger piece, about a foot long, outside the building.
The discovery indicated that the destruction had been deliberate.
The girls named several possible suspects, but they were all confirmed to have been elsewhere at the time in question.
The case is still open and has been classified as criminal mischief.
“I don’t know why people do these stupid things,” Director of Campus Safety Charles Steadman said.
Roach commented on the event’s impact on the Jerome Hall community:
“At first it caused some concern as nobody was sure exactly what happened,” Roach said. “In the end, though, I think it united my floor by giving us all a chance to face and overcome a major problem together.”
Hopefully, the ladies of Jerome will be able to enjoy their newfound solidarity without any more early morning excitement.
Steadman pointed out that the University of Dallas’ crime rate remains quite low.
“We have the nicest kids,” Steadman said, adding that the generally well-behaved student body makes his job easy.
Since the beginning of the semester, the only other offenses have been three incidents of minors in possession of alcohol and one case of public intoxication.
According to Steadman, criminal activity at UD is generally a matter of stupidity rather than malice.