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Statement from August Washington: Our commitment to your safety

Jun. 5, 2020—Vanderbilt University Public Safety is committed to keeping the VU community safe while never infringing upon the right to freedom of speech and peaceful assembly, writes Senior Associate Vice Chancellor for Public Safety and Special Initiatives August Washington.

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Series of listening sessions on racial injustice scheduled for this week

Jun. 1, 2020—In the wake of George Floyd’s death at the hands of a Minneapolis police officer and subsequent protests for racial justice in a number of cities, the university will host a series of listening sessions for students, staff, faculty and postdoctoral scholars.

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Washington appointed senior associate vice chancellor for public safety and special initiatives

Jan. 27, 2020—August Washington has been appointed senior associate vice chancellor for public safety and special initiatives. He will oversee all aspects of Vanderbilt University Public Safety while working directly with Vice Chancellor Eric Kopstain on Division of Administration initiatives focusing on equity, diversity and inclusion as well as workforce development. Washington also will direct efforts to recruit the university’s next chief of police.

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Utility work planned to begin mid-December for reimagined ‘West End neighborhood’

Sep. 28, 2017—Construction and utilities work is planned to begin in December to bury overhead utilities in preparation for new residential colleges and a beautification effort along the West End corridor of Vanderbilt’s campus.

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Chancellor announces new committee to provide ongoing recommendations regarding university policing

Aug. 15, 2016—Chancellor Nicholas S. Zeppos today announced the creation of the Community Oriented Result and Expectation (CORE) Committee—a group that primarily will comprise Vanderbilt University community members who will meet regularly to make recommendations to the university’s police department regarding safety and security on campus.

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Burr named Vanderbilt University assistant police chief

Jun. 30, 2016—Rick Burr, a major with the Vanderbilt University Police Department, will take on a larger role at VUPD as its new assistant police chief, effective July 1.

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VUPD chief assists local university with campus safety plan

Dec. 2, 2015—With plans to draw on August Washinton’s more than 30 years of experience in college law enforcement, Tennessee State University President Glenda Glover has enlisted Vanderbilt’s associate vice chancellor and police chief to assist TSU in further developing its campus safety enhancement plan.

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Washington named police chief of the year for Middle Tennessee

Aug. 24, 2015—August Washington, associate vice chancellor and chief of the Vanderbilt University Police Department, has been named Middle Tennessee Chief of the Year by the Tennessee Association of Chiefs of Police.

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VUPD chief August Washington promoted

Jan. 24, 2014—Vanderbilt University Police Department chief August Washington has been promoted to associate vice chancellor and chief of police, Vice Chancellor for Administration Jerry Fife has announced.

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Bill targeting Vanderbilt police on hold in legislature

Mar. 27, 2013—State legislators are holding off taking action on a bill that threatens the standing of Vanderbilt University Police Department to protect the Vanderbilt campus.

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State bill threatening VUPD ruled ‘constitutionally suspect’

Mar. 13, 2013—Legislation under consideration by state lawmakers that would strip Vanderbilt University's right to field a commissioned police department as long as it enforces its nondiscrimination policy was called “constitutionally suspect” by the state attorney general.

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Slovis, Washington speak on behalf of VUPD at Legislative Plaza

Mar. 6, 2013—Police Chief August Washington and Corey Slovis, chairman of emergency medicine, headed to Legislative Plaza to voice opposition to a bill in the Tennessee State Legislature that threatens the ability of the Vanderbilt Police Department to protect the campus.

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