Parent Notice: Langdon Street Incident

September 19, 2013

UW-Madison Parents,

You may have heard from your student about an off-campus crime incident that took place on Wednesday evening. We wanted to share with you the most up-to-date information from campus, including a message that was sent to your student from UWPD.

Fortunately, no one was hurt and there is no ongoing danger to the campus community.

As a parent, you can be helpful in a situation like this by talking with your student about a continued focus on personal safety, both on campus and off.

Students are strongly encouraged to enroll in WiscAlerts text messaging at Parent Notices, like this one, will be sent to you in the event of a serious incident.

In general, students are advised to:

— Never walk alone, particularly at night.

— Carry a cell phone and dial 911 for help.

— Lock their doors and windows, even when they are home.

— Not to let strangers into their apartments or residence halls.

— To give up property when confronted by an individual with a weapon.

— To avoid propping open exterior doors, and buzzing people they don’t know into a building.

— To be wary of people who don’t appear to belong in the area.

Below is a detailed update regarding the Langdon Street Situation. If you have safety questions or concerns, please email the UW–Madison Police Department at Additionally, you can contact the Parent Program 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m., Monday-Friday.

The UW–Madison Parent Program


Update on Langdon Street situation

Around 6:27 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 18, UWPD received reports of shots fired in the 100 block of Langdon Street near campus in downtown Madison. UWPD responded along with Madison Police.

UWPD notified the campus community through a series of WiscAlerts text messages, emails, web and social media posts, beginning at 6:32 p.m.

A suspect was initially believed to be headed west down the Lakeshore Path.

A person of interest matching the suspect description was detained at 6:42 p.m. by UWPD.

A thorough search of campus from Lake Street to Lot 34 along the lakefront was conducted.

No one was injured, and as of 8:50 p.m. there is believed to be no ongoing danger to the campus community. A series of all-clear WiscAlerts was sent.

UWPD and Madison Police continue to investigate the situation.