Hate-Filled Threat and Symbols on Academic Building Walls
To the CSUN Community:
As CSUN Chief of Police Anne Glavin shared last night, CSUN Police is vigorously investigating a threat of a mass shooting and other hate-filled language and symbols written on the walls of several academic buildings. At this time, there is no indication that the threat of a mass shooting is credible, and there is no indication of an imminent threat to campus. While we cannot share specifics in order to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation, this matter has our utmost attention. Please be assured that we are taking every step to ensure the safety of our campus community, including increasing patrols across campus and collaborating with other law enforcement partners.
Based on a threat assessment and current circumstances, classes remain in session, and finals will continue as planned. For those in our community who are particularly impacted by this threat and the hate-filled language, I encourage you to speak to your instructors or supervisor about any request for academic or work adjustment. Additionally, CSUN will be evaluating what accommodations may be needed for students as they head into finals. We will closely watch the situation and communicate with students and employees should we need to make changes relating to finals and the status of campus.
It saddens and angers me that the hate and threat of violence affecting colleges, universities and communities nationwide has come to CSUN. There is no place at CSUN for this cowardly act that seeks to intimidate. Students learning in a safe and supportive environment is our top priority. In addition to the increased police patrols, I am asking all administrators and campus leaders to be visible on campus today and in the days to come.
I can assure you that CSUN Police is entirely focused on the safety of our campus. We all play a role in reporting suspicious activity and crimes. We must also fight hate at every turn and not allow it to take root, fester or spread. We must rise above and not allow the actions of the intolerant few to deter us from our noble goals and the pursuit of knowledge and inclusive excellence.
I retain my faith in our community and in our highly capable professional police force to protect our campus. We are working tirelessly to ensure our campus is safe. As we learn more, we will provide updates.
Dianne F. Harrison, Ph.D.
December 5, 2018
Subject: Hateful, Offensive, Threatening Graffiti in Sierra Hall
To the CSUN Community:
Earlier this evening, CSUN Police became aware of hateful and racist language posted on walls in Sierra Hall. It included hate symbols and a threat of a mass shooting. Late last week, we had similar hate language in this same building.
First, I want our community to know that Police Services is investigating, and we have stepped up patrols on campus. I am asking our community to be very vigilant, and to report any and all hate language you see (including symbols, threats, etc.). If you see any concerning suspicious behavior, please report it to our 911 center.
We are aware that photos of this hateful language, symbols and the threat are being widely shared on social media, causing significant concern among our community. Again, if you have any tips in this case, I ask you to share them with CSUN Police immediately at 818-677-TIPS (8477).
Chief of Police
Text to 911 Capability to Reach CSUN Police Services
Effective August 14, 2017 CSUN Police Services 911 center can accept text to 911 calls from the CSUN community. Here is how it works: Text to 911 is a free program for sending a text message addressed to “911” instead of placing a phone call. To use it, you address the message to 911 and enter the emergency in the body of the text, making sure that you also add your exact location, or else our dispatch center won’t be able to dispatch help your way. Since it is all text based, you will hear a response for more follow-up questions, or when help is on the way. Text-to-911 is useful for any situation in which it is dangerous or impossible to speak. It also allows for improved technology for our deaf population on campus.
Should you have any questions about this new feature to reach CSUN Police in an emergency, please contact public information officer, Christina Villalobos at (818) 677-7922.
CSUN Police Strengthen Positive Relationship with Campus Community
To enhance the California State University, Northridge Department of Police Services’ strong relationship with the community, in late August 2017 officers began using body-worn cameras when in the field.
CSUN’s police department is one of the first in the CSU system to deploy the cameras. In addition to the transparency and accountability provided by the cameras’ recordings, numerous studies have shown they encourage respectful behavior by both officers and members of the public, said CSUN Chief of Police Anne Glavin. Members of the community will see the cameras on the upper center of the officer’s chest and a “red” light indicating the camera is active.
“We are proud of the positive relationship we have with the CSUN community and the level of trust that our community has in its police department,” Glavin said. “It is important that we always seek ways to improve the high-quality service expected of our department. This technology is being adopted by police departments across the country, and it’s our turn.”
Using body-worn cameras is just the latest example of CSUN police efforts to strengthen its relationship with and service to the campus community. Read More