2/26/19 at 2:03pm — End of lockdown at Southwestern College

By | 2019-02-26

*PLNU Alert!* The lockdown at the Chula Vista campus of Southwestern College has ended. The following messages comes from Southwestern College:

“Final alert: Chula Vista and College Police have determined there was no gunfire in the library and an all clear has been issued. The lockdown is lifted and all normal operations are to resume.”

–PLNU Department of Public Safety

2/26/19 1:35pm Lockdown at Southwestern College campus

By | 2019-02-26

*PLNU Alert!* The Chula Vista campus of Southwestern College is on lockdown while police investigate reports of shots fired on the third floor of the library. The following text comes from Southwestern College:

There is no active shooter on campus, but we are placing the entire Chula Vista campus on lockdown while we investigate.”

–PLNU Department of Public Safety

2/19/19 7:00 p.m. PLNU Alert

By | 2019-02-19

SDPD responded to Point Loma campus on a report of suspicious activity. SDPD investigated and has given all clear. No threat to campus.

The Writer’s Symposium By the Sea event tonight will continue as scheduled.

By | 2019-01-25

1/25/19 3:53pm: National City campus of Southwestern College on lockdown

The National City campus of Southwestern College at 880 National City Blvd is on lockdown. Avoid the area. Southwestern College has provided the following information:

National City HEC is on lockdown. National City Police Officers are searching for a potentially dangerous male suspect, with orange shirt or no shirt, seen on or around the HEC campus. This subject is considered dangerous. Lockdown protocols should be taken. SWC Police Officers are enroute.

Though no PLNU programs meet at that location, PLNU is relaying this information out of an abundance of caution.

–PLNU Department of Public Safety

Oct 26th: A Message From Dr. Brower

By | 2018-10-26

To the PLNU Community:

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.

With gratitude,

President Brower

5:30 p.m. Update: Main Campus Re-Open

By | 2018-10-25
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.

3:45 p.m. Update: All PLNU Classes Canceled

By | 2018-10-25

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.

UPDATE: Unspecified Threat to PLNU & Campus Closures

By | 2018-10-25

(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.