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Georgia Southern University police identify suspect, leads to arrest in sexual assault case

The Georgia Southern University Police Department has identified Brandon Harris as the suspect in a sexual assault that was reported to University police on November 17, 2019. Harris turned himself in to police following the issuance of a warrant for his arrest on felony rape charges.

Records show that Harris, 18, is from Evans, Georgia. He is not a Georgia Southern University student.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


Extensive investigation by Georgia Southern University Police leads to arrest for October 2019 incident

The Georgia Southern University Police Department has identified Savannah resident Dominique Tukes as the individual who shot a Georgia Southern student on the Armstrong Campus on October 24, 2019. Following a thorough, months-long investigation by the University’s police department, a warrant was issued for Tukes’ arrest and he was apprehended today in Savannah by the U.S. Marshals Service.

Tukes is charged with aggravated assault. Additional charges are pending.

University Police quickly determined at the time of the incident that there was no imminent threat to the safety of the Armstrong Campus. The investigation shows that the isolated incident took place during an illegal transaction between the shooter and the victim, University police said. 

The Georgia Bureau of Investigation assisted with evidence collection.

Georgia Southern University, a public Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution founded in 1906, offers 141 degree programs serving more than 26,000 students through nine colleges on three campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, Hinesville and online instruction. A leader in higher education in southeast Georgia, the University provides a diverse student population with expert faculty, world-class scholarship and hands-on learning opportunities. Georgia Southern creates lifelong learners who serve as responsible scholars, leaders and stewards in their communities. Visit GeorgiaSouthern.edu.


EAGLE ALERT (Armstrong Campus): University Police investigating possible gunshots near University Crossings

The Georgia Southern Police Department is responding to possible gunshots in the area of University Crossings on the Armstrong Campus. If you have any information please call 912-478-5234.


EAGLE ALERT (Statesboro Campus): Hazardous Materials

This is an emergency alert from the Georgia Southern University Office of Public Safety:

There has been a spill of a hazardous material on the Statesboro Campus at RAC, RAC parking lot as well as MC Anderson Fields and Pavilion.  Please avoid the area while emergency response works to clear the scene.  An all clear alert will be sent when it is safe to return to the area.


EAGLE ALERT (All Campuses): Georgia Southern to resume regular business operations on Friday, Sept. 6

Georgia Southern University will resume regular business operations tomorrow (Friday, Sept. 6) at 8 a.m.; however, classes are still canceled for all campuses. 

Also, please be aware that there are some special considerations for the Armstrong Campus in Savannah.

Armstrong Campus:

  • Although Governor Brian Kemp today lifted the evacuation order for Chatham County, Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong Campus remains closed until 8 a.m. tomorrow.
  • The Galley on the Armstrong Campus will resume operations at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Residence halls on the Armstrong Campus will re-open at noon tomorrow.
  • The Armstrong Campus will resume normal business operations and faculty and staff should report back to work, according to their normal work schedule, on Friday, Sept. 6.
  • Classes are canceled on Friday, Sept. 6.

Statesboro Campus:

  • The Statesboro Campus will resume normal business operations and faculty and staff should report back to work, according to their normal work schedule, on Friday, Sept. 6.
  • Dining Commons on the Statesboro Campus will resume operations at 8:30 a.m. tomorrow.
  • Classes are canceled on Friday, Sept. 6.

Liberty Campus:

  • The Liberty Campus will resume normal business operations and faculty and staff should report back to work, according to their normal work schedule, on Friday, Sept. 6.
  • Classes are canceled on Friday, Sept. 6. 

Students on all campuses should continue to monitor their online Folio accounts to remain up-to-date on their classes.

 If traveling back to work on Friday poses a safety risk, please contact your supervisor directly to discuss your individual circumstances. 

 The football home opener against Maine at Paulson Stadium is still scheduled for Saturday at 6 p.m.