Yesterday PLNU was contacted by the FBI regarding a potential threat to PLNU campuses. Upon notification of this potential threat, the university took immediate action to suspend classes, close several of its campuses and work closely with law enforcement.
While the threat was based upon unspecified comments, law enforcement across San Diego immediately began an investigation into the veracity of the statements. Ultimately, the threat has been mitigated and there is no longer a danger to the PLNU campuses.
Our priority as a university – and my chief goal as the president – is to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all students, faculty and staff. We are grateful for the swift and thorough investigation by the FBI and the San Diego Police Department. Their expert work and guidance helped to ensure the continued safety of our campus communities.
In particular, I would like to thank each of our students, faculty, staff and parents for your understanding and cooperation throughout the day. These situations are never easy. As a community, when difficult events occur, our focus is on taking quick, calm, measured action.
While we cannot speak regarding the individual who was involved with these allegations, we can speak to the fact that the community sought to respond effectively and appropriately to an unfortunate event.
As with any threat to our community, we vow to partner with law enforcement and work quickly to ensure the safety of the university community. In today’s world, a person’s statements will be taken seriously. This is a reminder for everyone to be cognizant of their words.
Thanks again to the university community and the coordination and support of San Diego law enforcement.
In consultation with law enforcement officials investigating the matter, university leadership has decided to re-open the main residential campus effective immediately. Tomorrow, October 26th PLNU will resume full operations on all campuses. PLNU is fully cooperating with law enforcement in this ongoing investigation.
Dining services are available tonight in Nicholson Commons. The Department of Public Safety and residential life staff remain available for students on main campus.
PLNU continues to cooperate with the ongoing law enforcement investigation. Students are safe and continue to be cared for by residential life staff in their residence halls. Meals have been provided throughout the day. We are grateful for the expert support of local law enforcement and appreciate the swift response from our campus communities. We are confident in their abilities to bring this to resolution as quickly as possible. Information and additional updates will continue to be provided via alerts as well as the university website.
(San Diego, Calif. – October 25, 2018 – 11:30am) – This morning, October 25, 2018, PLNU received notice from the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) of an unspecified potential threat to a PLNU campus. PLNU has remained in close contact with the FBI and the San Diego Police Department (SDPD). The FBI JTTF continues to investigate and has provided the following update:
“In the early morning hours on October 25, 2018, the FBI became aware of a possible threat to Point Loma Nazarene University (PLNU) in San Diego, CA. Initial information received indicated non-specific comments were made regarding PLNU. Immediately, upon notification of the potential threat, our Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) engaged with our federal, state and local partners to investigate. At the same time, the JTTF made immediate notification to Point Loma Nazarene University – Public Safety. At this time, the JTTF is actively working to determine the veracity of the comments made regarding Point Loma Nazarene University. However, the investigation to date has determined that this is not an active shooter threat.”
“Our top priority is the safety of our students and our campus communities. As a result, it was out of an abundance of caution that the university chose to cancel all classes at all PLNU campuses through today, October 25th.” said Jill Monroe, Director of Public Affairs for PLNU.
Though not on a full lock down, all classes are cancelled, all services remain closed and non-supervisory employees are dismissed through the end of the day. Residential students on the Point Loma campus are encouraged to remain in residence halls where staff is on hand and food is being provided.
If you would like to subscribe to PLNU’s Emergency Alert System, please text PLNUALERT to 67283. Message and data rates apply.
Information and additional updates will be provided via alerts, social media, and the university website at www.pointloma.edu.
This morning PLNU received information from the FBI about a possible threat to a PLNU campus. The FBI is investigating. PLNU is working with both the FBI and SDPD.
Out of an abundance of caution, all classes at all PLNU campuses are canceled for the rest of today. All non-supervisory employees are dismissed. All services are closed. Residential students should return and remain in residence halls until further notice.
*PLNU Alert!* Begin campus evacuation drill. Evacuate to designated areas. More information on campus evacuation plans and earthquake readiness can be found at http://emergency.pointloma.edu.
During the drill, we ask that you evacuate your building as quickly and safely as possible. Each area has an assigned Emergency Response Coordinator and a back-up that will be assisting with the evacuation process. Please familiarize yourself with campus evacuation areas (view map).
This drill is being held in conjunction with the statewide Great California ShakeOut earthquake exercise. Remember, in the event of an earthquake, “Drop! Cover! and Hold On!”.
*PLNU Alert!* CHP has closed the eastbound lanes on Interstate 8 through the Fashion Valley area, as well as the on-ramps from Rosecrans and Morena Blvd, due to a water main break and sinkhole. Expect major traffic delays heading east out of Point Loma.
Those driving to/from the Point Loma or Mission Valley campuses should consider using alternate routes.
For those riding the off-campus shuttle from the PL campus tonight, it will not stop at the Old Town Transit Center or Fashion Valley Mall. The Target stop will be the last stop on the route.
Southwestern College authorities have issued an all clear and have ended the lockdown at Southwestern College’s Chula Vista campus. Police report everyone is safe and that they believe the suspect left campus. If you have any information on the suspect, please call Southwestern College Police at 619-216-6691. No further updates.
Southwestern College’s Chula Vista campus, which is used in part by the PLNU Adult Degree Completion programs, has issued a shelter-in-place order following a report of an armed suspect on campus. The following is the full-text of the emergency notification made by Southwestern College at 1:14pm today:
Emergency notifcation: an armed subject believed to be a Bontia Vista High student has been spotted on the Southwestern College campus. College police are working with Chula Vista Police Department to locate the subject. The college will shelter in place until campus police gives the all clear. If anyone sees a tall black or Hispanic male last seen wearing a black shirt, jeans with Dodgers jacket, contact [Southwestern College] Campus Police 216-6691 or 911.
More information will be provided as it becomes available.