A trio of a delayed phone all-clear message regarding Tuesday’s evacuation of Tresidder Memorial Union, a malfunctioning steam valve at the Cardinal Cogen facility and a series of Amber Alerts awoke the Stanford community early Wednesday morning.
The University evacuated and closed down Tresidder Memorial Union and surrounding buildings Tuesday morning in response to a report of a suspicious backpack found stuffed in a newspaper dispenser between the CoHo and Jamba Juice around 8:55 a.m.
In light of last month’s manhunt in Boston, which included a shooting on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus, University emergency management officials have sought to increase awareness within the University community of responses to such “active threat” situations.
A school-wide alert reporting an incident of sexual battery last Wednesday has drawn questions about the timeliness and effectiveness of the Stanford University Department of Public Safety’s (SUDPS) emergency notification policies. Stanford Chief of Police Laura Wilson, however, maintains that the alert system helps to notify community members of potential risks and can lead to the resolution of crimes.
A male suspect reportedly groped a female student from behind at approximately 1:20 p.m. Wednesday on a sidewalk near Manzanita Field. In a campus-wide alert, Stanford University Department of Public Safety (SUDPS) characterized the incident as a sexual battery.
Last weekend, we were shocked and disturbed to learn that shots had been fired here on the Farm. As we all struggle to understand what happened, we must re-examine the safety of our campus and to hold any negligent students, administrators, or security personnel accountable. While this incident raises serious concerns about current safety measures, we must also seize this rare opportunity to explore our own attitudes about issues of race and class.