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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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Please contact our office for any questions regarding the stipend program.


The Division of Family Services (DCFS), a division of the Department of Health and Humans Services (DHHS) partners with the ASU Title IV-E Academic Partnership for Public Child Welfare to recruit students who show strong commitment to children and families and have expressed the interest in working as a Family Service Worker Trainee upon graduation. Family Service Workers at DCFS work with families in which children have been abused and/or neglected from a family centered, strengths based model. These professionals investigate allegations of abuse and/or neglect and provide an array of social services to assist parents so children can either remain safely in their home or be returned to their home safely from foster care or other out of home placements.


DCFS offers a limited number of stipends ($2500 per semester for up to two semesters) to senior bachelor level social work students. In order to receive a stipend, students must be in good standing academically, enroll in a field placement during their senior year at a DCFS county office and pass criminal, child abuse, elder abuse, drug and safe driver clearances necessary to work at DCFS. In addition, they must have an interview and receive a recommendation from the Area Director of DCFS. Students are also required to complete the Child Abuse and Neglect course offered through the Arkansas State University Department of Social Work. In order to receive the stipend, they also must enter into a legal agreement to work for DCFS for a minimum of one year immediately upon graduation.

Application Process

If you are interested, please contact Natalie Gatlin, IV-E Field Trainer and Stipend Program Coordinator, at ASU at 870-972-3984 for an initial interview during the spring of the student's junior year in the social work program. Application materials can be requested from Ms. Gatlin or may be accessed on the Title IV-E website when available.