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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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Guidelines for Student Conduct in Instructional Settings

Faculty set the standards for acceptable behavior in their classrooms. If a student is not fulfilling the expectations set forth in the syllabus or Standards of Student Conduct, they can be referred to the Office of Student Conduct.

Inappropriate behavior in the classroom includes, but is not limited to:

  • Disruption of class
  • Being argumentative for the sake of being argumentative rather than educational
  • Repeatedly using inappropriate language
  • Physical altercations with others
  • Failing to comply with appropriate directives from faculty
  • Threatening behavior towards the faculty, other students or self

Suggestions for Avoiding Inappropriate Behavior

Educate your students on your expectations to avoid any confusion.

  • Include your behavior expectations in your syllabus
  • Verbally explain your expectations at the start of each semester
  • Be consistent in your enforcement of these expectations
  • Role model the behavior you expect

How to Respond to Inappropriate Behavior

If a student is an immediate threat, please contact UPD at 870-972-2093.

If a student is not an immediate threat:

  • Stay calm when addressing the behavior.
  • Ask the student to stop the behavior, privately if at all possible.
  • If the student does not stop the behavior, ask them to leave the classroom.
  • If the student does not leave, contact UPD.
  • If the student does not leave, the faculty member may choose to adjourn the class and allow all students to leave the situation.
  • Document the situation and refer the student to the Office of Student Conduct.

How to Document a Situation

Questions should be referred to Patience Bartunek at 870-9272-2034 or pbartunek@astate.edu.

What to Include when Documenting a Situation
  • As much information about the student of concern as possible
    Full name, Student I.D. Number, Class enrolled in, email address, etc.
  • Specific behavior that caused the concern
    Use as much detail as possible, quote if necessary, describe physical attributes or behaviors that are relevant.
  • Any witness information or information about others involved in the incident
    Full names, Student I.D. Numbers (if relevant), their involvement in the incident, why they are important to speak to.
  • Your contact information

The Faculty Role in the Conduct Process

Once an incident is reported, the Office of Student Conduct will initiate the conduct process. The process can be found here. Faculty may be contacted by the office for further clarification or to serve as a witness in a formal hearing. In some cases, faculty members are notified of the outcome. However, due to FERPA, most cases do not allow for this notification. The Office of Student Conduct will endeavor to update faculty members as much as possible within this restriction.