Safety Advisory Update: April 10, 2008, 12:30 p.m. - FAQ on the Status of Campus Safety

What was the threat to the campus?

The message threatened a shooting on campus on April 10, 2008.

Why wasn’t the campus closed?

After consultation, the President made the decision to keep the University open today and functioning as normally as possible for two primary reasons:

• First and foremost, intensive investigation has not found any evidence to support the credibility of this threat.

• Second, it is in the best overall interests of our students and campus community not to give any single immature or disgruntled individual the power to shut down New Jersey’s second largest university at any time with a single communication.

Why were external activities canceled?

There were numerous external events scheduled for the campus today, including many lectures, workshops, athletic events, and conferences and performances involving many hundreds of people. These events were canceled specifically to permit University Police to concentrate on the coordination of a massive precautionary operation, and to minimize the presence on campus of individuals less well known to the campus and less knowledgeable about the campus.

Who has been interviewed as part of the investigation?

Police officers have interviewed approximately 300 students, a number of faculty members, and 1 outside organization that had use of the room where the message was found.

How was the message written?

It was handwritten on a desk, between April 3 and April 7, 2008.

Where is the desk?

The desk has been confiscated as evidence in the investigation.

Who found it?

A student who has a class in that room where the message was found reported it to the police on Monday evening, April 7, 2008.

What will happen to the perpetrator?

The perpetrator will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.

How many law enforcement people on campus?

Over 120 officers are present on campus today—30 from the MSU Police Department and the balance from law enforcement agencies from throughout the region.

How long will this extended law enforcement presence be on campus?

Throughout today (April 10, 2008) and into the evening.

What about tomorrow?

There will continue to be a heightened security presence on Friday, and the Montclair State Police Department will be continuing its intensive investigation and monitoring the safety needs of the campus on a day-by-day basis.

What should we do if we see suspicious activity or have safety concerns or have any information about this matter?

Alert a uniformed police officer—officers are posted by all buildings and throughout the campus—or call University Police at 973-655-5222.