*UVM Police

After a thorough and timely investigation, UVM Police has identified the 
persons believed to be responsible for the door fires at Harris Hall 
that occurred at 1:37 this morning. UVM was assisted in the 
investigation by members of the UVM community. Five persons were 
identified and have been cited into court for Second Degree Arson with a 
court date of February 11, 2020.

This incident was serious and concerning due to the potential danger 
that starting several fires on residence hall doors poses to the safety 
and well-being of residents. We depend on our community to assist with 
information when these situations impact us, and thank the individuals 
who assisted with this case. We also want to thank our first responders 
from the Burlington Fire Department and UVM Police. When officers 
arrived, they found that paper decorations that adorned several doors on 
the first and second floor had been lit on fire. The fire was out when 
emergency responders arrived and property damage was minimal.

This incident remains under investigation. Anyone with additional 
information is asked to contact UVM Police Services.

Always call 911 for any crime in progress. Report suspicious 
behavior/activity to UVM Police by calling 802-656-3473, or information 
ca*n be sent confidentially by visiting the UVM Police Services website* 
at or*by **text **to**847411 (tip411) and include the 
keyword UVM *in your message.

Bystander intervention is when an uninvolved person witnesses someone 
else at risk of or experiencing harm and takes safe, positive steps to 
prevent it. When members of a community know how to recognize potential 
harm and intervene, bystander intervention can promote a safer and 
healthier campus community. For more information and training about 
bystander intervention contact Living Well at UVM