To the Campus Community,
I want to provide an update on Friday’s incident involving a Snapchat video that caused so much distress and fear because it showed a gun on the dashboard of a vehicle parked on campus. Campus safety is our highest priority, and we are examining this case in detail.
Given the horrific tragedy in Florida last week, and many similar tragedies in recent years, any prank or hoax involving a gun is the height of irresponsibility, and we are actively seeking to hold the individual who recorded and hosted the video — an employee of Garda Armored Truck Transport — accountable. CSUN Police are preparing a case for criminal prosecution against this individual, which we expect to file in court this week.
Upon learning of the video from a concerned member of the campus community, Campus Police began a vigorous investigation, and we moved to notify campus. CSUN Police determined that there was no imminent danger to campus. While the safety of campus was not at risk, I know that many students, faculty, staff and parents experienced significant worry over the video.
I can assure you that CSUN has a well-practiced timely warning communications protocol that is implemented when there is an immediate threat to campus. However, after any incident, we look for ways to improve our practices, including initial alerts to campus.
We are grateful to the members of the campus community who informed us of the video. You play an important role in reporting suspicious or alarming activity to Campus Police. Being vigilant together, we are stronger and better prepared to respond to future incidents. I thank you for your help in ensuring a safe campus for all.
Dianne F. Harrison. Ph.D.
Statement on Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Tragedy
On behalf of the California State University, Northridge community, our thoughts and condolences go to the victims, survivors, families, loved ones, first responders and others affected by the senseless tragedy that took place at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on Feb. 14. Such tragedies are a reminder of the need to be always vigilant, and to cherish and appreciate our loved ones.
In accordance with a proclamation issued by the White House, I have directed that U.S. flags on campus fly at half staff until sunset, Feb. 19, in memory of the victims.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.
Educators and policy makers have argued for years about the most effective ways to foster student learning, but rarely have they asked students to tell them what helps them learn. A team of researchers at California State University, Northridge did just that. Continue reading about the Learning Habits Project.
Thousands to Attend CSUN’s 33rd Annual Assistive Technology Conference in Its Last Year in San Diego
Thousands of people from around the globe are expected to travel to San Diego next month to take part in the world’s largest event dedicated to presenting and exploring new ways technology can assist people with disabilities. Continue reading about the CSUN Assistive Technology Conference.
In late January, the California State University, Northridge Food Pantry moved to a new, expanded home in Laurel Hall — next to Sagebrush Hall, across from campus parking lots D6 and E6. The CSUN Food Pantry helps students, faculty and staff in need of emergency food assistance and basic necessities, at no cost to the CSUN population. Continue reading about the Northridge Food Pantry.
Raising a child is a demanding job for any parent, especially when supportive resources seem to be elusive or nonexistent. For families whose children have special needs, the task can be even harder. California State University, Northridge special education professor Ivor Weiner has spent most of his professional life working to ensure those with special needs and their families get the support and respect they deserve. Continue reading about Ivor Weiner.
Once a year, the African-American community looks forward to the 28 days of February to recognize achievements, and celebrate historical contributions of the too-often neglected accomplishments of African-Americans throughout our nation’s history. Continue reading about Black History Month.