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Public Safety to investigate reported violation of privacy in Firestone bathrooms

On Sunday, April 8, there were two reported incidents of an individual using a cell phone to take pictures of male students while they were in bathroom stalls in Firestone Library.

The first reported incident occurred at approximately 7:50 p.m. in the men’s bathroom on the A floor, and the second reported incident occurred at approximately 8:30 p.m. in the men’s bathroom on the first floor, according to the Department of Public Safety’s email alert.

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The Department of Public Safety is considering the situation as on ongoing threat to the health and safety of University student and employees, and sent out a campus-wide email alert on Monday, April 9, at 11:10 a.m.

“Public Safety will do its best to find the perpetrator or perpetrators,” Assistant Vice President for Communications Dan Day told The Daily Princetonian in an interview on Monday.

The incident is being investigated as an invasion of privacy crime.

According to Day, it is not clear whether the reported individual acted alone in taking photographs or whether there were multiple perpetrators.

Though Firestone is closed to the public, it is not clear whether the perpetrators were members of the University community, Day said.

“This could be someone who was just passing through [campus], we just don’t know,” Day said.

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Because students reported the incident promptly, the University will be able to do all it can to find those responsible.

“People should be on the alert for anything suspicious, and that is exactly what happened here,” Day said.

Anyone with additional information about these incidents is asked to call DPS immediately at (609) 258-1000.

Public Safety directed the ‘Prince’ to the Office of Communications for comment.

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