This afternoon, an attempted armed robbery of a student occurred in Anderson Hall on the University of Minnesota’s West Bank campus. The suspect displayed a gun in an attempt to steal a laptop computer. The campus community was notified by multiple means about the situation, and students and the campus community were advised to stay in place and avoid the West Bank. Just after 4 p.m., University of Minnesota Police confirmed that a search of the West Bank campus was complete and the suspect was believed to have left campus.
I know this is alarming for students and for parents, and parents are also frustrated that they may have heard about this situation first from the local media. According to University emergency protocols, all campus resources were immediately directed to securing student safety in the vicinity of the report. Priority was given to notifying students and staff most likely to be in danger and in notifying the campus community. Txt-U alerts were sent immediately to those who are registered for the emergency text service. Local media were notified, and a message about the situation and subsequent updates were posted to the University home page, the main University Facebook page, and sent through University Twitter channels. The University works with local media to provide accurate and timely information during emergencies, and local media are considered partners in delivering information about crisis situations. We also posted updates on the University of Minnesota Parent Program Facebook page as they became available.
Parents can be included on text messages sent to U of M students, but your student will need to sign you up. Students can add two cell phone numbers, in addition to their own number, by visiting this webpage: http://www1.umn.edu/prepared/
We will keep you posted on any further information.