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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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What is a Ghostwriter (Note-taker)?

Our “Ghostwriters” are wonderful students who take great notes in their classes, and are willing to share a copy of those notes with a student with a disability! At any given time A-State has 100-150 students enrolled in the Ghostwriter (Note-taking) Program, which makes the services our volunteers provide invaluable!

Students that may require Note-taking Services include but are not limited to those with:

  • Learning/Cognitive Disabilities
  • Psychiatric Disabilities
  • Certain Medical/Health Conditions


Does it take a lot of extra time?

No! All you’re required to do is bring your notes to Disability Services and make a copy of them for FREE, and we’ll take it from there. If you type your notes, you can email them and save yourself a trip!

Benefits of Being a Ghostwriter

  • Develop Leadership/Volunteerism Skills
  • Opportunity to Enhance Your Resume
  • Meet New Energetic Scholars
  • Receive Letter of Recommendation
  • Improve Career Opportunities/Social Awareness

How Do I Become a Ghostwriter?

There are 3 ways to become a Ghostwriter:

  • Sign-up via the link above under the Sign Up section by completing and submitting the Ghostwriter Volunteer Application
  • Stop by Disability Services to complete a Ghostwriter Volunteer Application
  • Simply volunteer if your instructor announces the opportunity in class


For Students with Disabilities

If you are a current or perspective student registered with our department, please contact Disability Services to update or inquire about this service.


For Volunteers

The success of our Ghostwriter (Note-taking) Program depends entirely on the dedication and generosity of our volunteers. By sharing a copy of your notes, the student has a chance to concentrate on the content being presented in class rather than the mechanics of trying to get it all down on paper. We gladly provide letters of recommendation, sign-off on any volunteer/community service hours that students may need to fulfill social organization requirements, as well as host an appreciation reception recognizing all of our volunteers at the end of the year. Interested parties should follow the link above to complete the online Ghostwriter Volunteer Application or contact the DS Ghostwriter (Note-taking) Program Coordinator at 870-972-3964.

For Faculty

Your assistance is invaluable in helping us locate quality note-takers for our students. Please encourage students to volunteer; not only are they helping fellow classmates, many of our volunteers report that their note-taking skills have greatly improved by taking notes for another student! Retaining dependable ghostwriters (note-takers) can sometimes be difficult, so your announcements, emails, and recommendations are greatly appreciated.