This is a follow up regard the police activity in Verano Place last night. The following message went out to the UCI Community this afternoon:
This message is being sent as a follow up to the zotALERT incident that occurred yesterday evening in Verano Place Housing.
At approximately 6:00 p.m. on July 29, the UCI Police Department was conducting a welfare check of an individual in the Verano Place housing community. While attempting to contact the individual, officers heard what sounded like a gunshot coming from inside an apartment in the same area. A zotALERT message was then issued to the campus community.
Officers immediately secured the perimeter and requested assistance from the Irvine Police Department. The UCI Police Department and Irvine Police Department then evacuated the area for community safety.
Officers were eventually able to make contact with the individual inside the residence and confirmed the loud noise was not a gunshot.
We appreciate the community’s support and patience during this incident.
Jeffrey D. Hutchison
Interim Chief of Police
UCI Police Department
Several Verano Place Housing residents have asked about signing up for Zot Alert. zotALERTS are issued upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving a potential immediate threat to the health or safety of community members occurring on the campus. Examples of situations in which a zotALERT may be sent include in-progress crimes, earthquakes, bomb threats, an armed intruder, gas leaks, explosions, or severe weather, among other situations. When UCI issues a zotALERT, a mass email is sent to all individuals with a UCI email address and a text message is sent to cell phone devices for those individuals who opt-in. Students, staff and faculty should visit http://www.oit.uci.edu/zotalert/ to register and opt-in for this service or to update zotALERT contact information. Additionally, residents who live full apartments I family housing can sign up their spouses and partners up for zot alerts, visit for more information http://www.resnet.uci.edu/zotalert.html.
When the Verano Housing Office receives a zotAlert, we will forward the information to Verano Housing list serves in an attempt to reach any residents who are not registered with the zotAlert system.
We know last night’s situation was concerning to the community. We attempted to inform you as we received information. If you have concerns or feedback for the Housing Office or would like to talk about the situation please feel free to contact me.
Jennifer Nelson Martinez
Associate Director of Apartment Life
Verano Place Housing
University Of California, Irvine
6529 Adobe Circle Road, South
Irvine, CA 92617
(949) 824-7976 direct