Unauthorized man in residential halls Sunday night arrested


Hilltopper Hall, located in The Valley, started construction on Feb. 1, 2017. The construction manager on site estimates that they will start moving furniture into the new dorm around June 1, 2018, and are aiming for occupancy by August.

Makaio Smith, News reporter

Darryl Bright was caught and arrested on Monday Oct. 4 with a third degree trespassing charge after illegally entering two dorms on WKU’s campus.

Bright had entered two residential halls, HIlltopper and Rodes Harlin on Oct. 3. He was removed but returned the following night, attempting to enter Pearce Ford Tower.

Bright has been banned from campus and has since been released from the Warren County Regional Jail. 

Housing and Residence Life asks students to remain vigilant and aware of their surroundings. They plan to host town hall meetings in Hilltopper and Rodes Harlin to address any concerns and answer any questions students may have about the situation. 

The campus is retraining all of their staff members in security protocol. HRL has reviewed the security footage but they have not shared it with the students. 

HRL sent out an email to students about the situation and how it was handled on Monday afternoon. HRL will continue to do nightly rounds of the campus buildings and campus police will conduct additional patrols of the residence halls. 

They also ask students to report any suspicious behavior or activity to HRL staff and WKU police. Additional safety tips they want students to know is to put WKU University Police Department’s number in their cell phones, lock your doors even when inside the room, and don’t hold the door open for individuals or let individuals ‘tailgate’ in behind you.

News reporter Makaio Smith can be reached [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @MakaioSmith