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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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Executive Director, Student Affairs Facilities and Construction


  • M.A., Ball State University, 1986
  • B.S., Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville, 1985
  • A.A., Kaskaskia College, 1982


Has attended conferences and participated in ACUI, ACPA, ACUMA, NACA, NACAS, COSGA, NIRSA, Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity.


Randall Tate joined ASU in 1997 as associate dean/director of Student Union. He oversaw the expansion of student service programs, renovation of the ASU Pavilion, and was a key factor in the construction and renovation of the Reng Student Union. Since 2000, he initiated the Global Student Leader Program and has been a leader in the establishment of many traditions at ASU including Order of the Pack, ASU Pride Day, Spirit Flag, High School Leadership Conference, and Community Fair.

As dean of Student Leadership and Development, he oversaw the opening of the expanded Reng Student Union and new Leadership Center, and worked to create an employment position and later office space for the Multicultural Center. He spearheaded the planning and construction of the Red WOLF Center and related reallocation of space for associated programs. He coordinates the Student Advisory Council, comprised of top student leaders and staff.

Prior to his time at ASU, Randall worked with student services programs at SIU-E and later at University of Texas at Austin.

As Executive Director, Randall currently oversees construction and upkeep of all Student Affairs facilities. He serves on the Staff Senate Performance Awards and Recognition Committee.