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+ Campus notification: No Threat on Campus

There was no gunman on campus.

Statement from Arkansas State University:

Numerous first responders from the University Police Department, Jonesboro Police Department, Craighead County Sheriff’s Office, Arkansas State Police and other law enforcement agencies worked swiftly and cooperatively this afternoon in response to what eventually turned out to be a false alarm on the campus.

Apparently students were filming a video project near the Union, and costumed actors were reported by other students to 911 as possible campus intruders. These students have been located and interviewed by University Police Officers. As a result, it has been confirmed that there was no gunman on campus.

The university immediately put a lockdown in place while the Union and surrounding areas were searched and cleared. The university’s text and email alert system was used to notify students about the situation.

Chancellor Tim Hudson, Vice Chancellor Rick Stripling, and other representatives of the university administration also responded to campus to assist in the crisis response. The university response plan worked perfectly as designed.

No injuries were reported, and normal campus operations have resumed.

The University Police Department will continue to closely monitor the campus this evening as a precautionary measure.

Chancellor Hudson expressed the university’s appreciation to all law enforcement personnel who responded so quickly to the perceived threat.

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Making History at Arkansas State

In an effort to enhance student learning and engagement, students will be required to have an iPad® for the Making Connections course. All incoming, first year students take the Making Connections course, which focuses on transitioning students into college-level learners by introducing critical academic skills and campus resources. This year, Making Connections will embed technology into the curriculum.

All first year students will be required to have an iPad to better prepare for the demands of the workplace. Faculty and students will explore study skills, personal organization, and research using the apps available on the iPad. Students will also be able to access the course text and other books using digital text. A-State envisions students will have the sophisticated technical advantage to be competitive in a variety of settings.

Your iPad Options

Students can buy their iPad at the A-State IT Store on campus, bring their own iPad, or rent an iPad. 

Purchasing your iPad at the A-State IT Store means incoming freshmen can get everything needed for the Making Connections class in one stop in the center of campus.

The A-State IT Store is located on the ground floor of Wilson Hall. Enter on the side facing the arch.

We will make reservations in your name for your iPad (an iPad mini, iPad Air, or iPad Pro). Please reserve as soon as possible to help ensure immediate availability.

Incoming freshmen can fill out the form below to reserve one of two easy options for purchase: 

  • iPad Mini
  • iPad Air 
  • iPad Pro

Find out more about all of your iPad options 

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