SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — The San Francisco State University Police Department has detained a person of interest and deem it safe to reopen campus after investigating a threat of ‘armed violence.’
Buildings will remain closed on Tuesday, and the campus will reopen for normal operations on Wednesday, September 29.
The university told KRON4 that they became aware of a social media threat of armed violence on campus which has since been deleted.
However, the post was shared among students and staff.
“University administrators, in an abundance of caution, made the decision to move in-person classes and work to remote modalities for the day while UPD investigates the credibility of the threat,” the university said.
The police initially delayed in-person classes and activities until 10 a.m. However, an SFSU alert sent around 8 a.m. said “Due to an ongoing investigation, in-person courses and work are suspended for Tuesday, September 28.”
University buildings, including the library, will stay closed Tuesday.
“The public safety presence on campus has been increased as part of the ongoing investigation,” the university said.
The initial alert arrived in inboxes around 3 a.m., which also told non-essential staff to stay off-campus as well. Students are expected to stay in their dorms.
All remote classes Tuesday continued as planned, the university said.
University President Lynn Mahoney addressed the campus community saying that police will continue to have a heightened presence on campus to ensure the safety of everyone working and living there.
“While a person of interest has been detained and we no longer believe that there is an ongoing threat to campus, I recognize that this has been traumatic, particularly for residential students and staff on campus.”
Mahoney shared resources, saying that students needing assistance are encouraged to contact Counseling and Psychological Services. Employees are also encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program.
Mahoney released a full statement on the school website:
Dear campus community,
As all know, we received word early this morning about a non-specific violent threat that had been posted to social media. I am grateful to the students who quickly alerted University Police and to all who contacted us to alert us to the possible threat. I am deeply grateful to SF State’s Emergency Operations Center for their swift assessment, and to UPD for the quick action to identify the threat and restore campus safety.
While a person of interest has been detained and we no longer believe that there is an ongoing threat to campus, I recognize that this has been traumatic, particularly for residential students and staff on campus. UPD will continue to have a heightened presence on campus to ensure the safety of those residing and working here. Students needing assistance are encouraged to contact Counseling and Psychological Services; similarly, employees are encouraged to contact the Employee Assistance Program.
In the Open Forum with Chancellor Castro this morning, Academic Senate Chair Albiniak, responding to this morning’s event, noted “our ability as a campus to respond swiftly, adapt capably, and honor our deep commitment to our students and each other through unpredictable adversity.” I share his words with you all. Once again, we navigated the unimaginable together.
I close with wishes for a quiet rest of the semester!Lynn Mahoney, Ph.D. – President