University police inform students on issues affecting campus – The Nevada Sagebrush (blog)

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Officers talking with students at the Coffee with a Cop event on Wednesday, Oct. 3. The event aimed to increase transperancy between the community and University Police Services.

The University of Nevada, Reno, Police Services partnered with the Associated Students of the University of Nevada to encourage students and community members to engage in conversation on issues that are affecting campus all while drinking coffee and eating doughnuts.  

Coffee With a Cop was held on Wednesday, Oct. 3, in the Mathewson-IGT Knowledge Center as part of a national effort.

The purpose of Coffee With A Cop is to bring community members and police officers together to create open dialogue, build trust and increase transparency.

Questions centered around marijuana activity, cars not yielding for students on Virginia Street and what to do in the event an active shooter is on campus.

The event allowed students to engage with multiple officers, but the majority of questions were primarily answered by Assistant Director Todd Renwick.


Renwick said the number one call made to the residence halls is on the premise of marijuana odor.

“We are a smoke free university,” Renwick said. “[Marijuana] is still illegal if you are under the age of 21, so therefore it falls within the criminal municipal code for being illegal.”

Despise being a legalized state, recreationally and medicinally, the possession and use of marijuana is prohibited at any Nevada System of Higher Education institutes, according to to Board of Regents Handbook Title 4.

Renwick further said it is an issue that needs to be addressed with education and awareness.

At freshman orientation students and parents are informed by university police about the consequences of using marijuana on campus, according to Renwick.

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