Boston suspect’s university reopening Sunday (update)

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(Update: School reopening Sunday)

The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, where Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the 19-year-old suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings had been attending, was evacuated Friday and closed Saturday — even after he was apprehended — but was reopening Sunday.

The school also offered counseling services to students who may have fear about returning, the school’s website said. Here are messages that have been on the school’s Web site:

PDATE Saturday, April 20, 7:10 p.m. – We are pleased to announce that UMass Dartmouth will re-open tomorrow (Sunday).

– Students are welcome to return to campus to access their cars or participate in athletics starting at 9 a.m.

— UMass Dartmouth residence halls will re-open at noon.

— Transportation for students staying at the Best Western Hotel will begin at 11 a.m.

— Campus dining will re-open at noon.

— We will have a call center open on Sunday from 8 a.m. until 7 p.m. to answer any questions or concerns you have about returning to campus. Please call 508-999-8000 with your questions.

We are proud of our entire community for the way we have all worked together during this difficult time. So many of you — our staff, students and faculty — have reached out to help us find solutions to the many challenges we faced. It is wonderful that even in a time of great adversity our community was able to pull together to ensure the safety of all. Thank you.

We understand that many students may wish to speak with someone about their apprehensions, fears, or discomfort associated with the events that have recently occurred. For this reason, members of our Campus Clergy will be available to you in the Religious Resource Center and members of the Counseling Center staff will be available in the Counseling Center on Sunday. Please utilize their services – they will be happy to see you.

 

 

UPDATE Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. – UMass Dartmouth will remain closed today as campus and law enforcement officials continue logistical and investigative operations. We appreciate everybody’s patience as we work to return the campus to normal. Please continue to visit umassd.edu for updates.

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UPDATE Friday, April 19, 10:10 p.m. –
STATEMENT FROM UMASS DARTMOUTH CHANCELLOR DIVINA GROSSMAN – Law enforcement and university officials, operating with an abundance of caution, have determined that the campus is safe. We are grateful that the suspect identified as one of our students is in police custody. After an extensive search of the campus, including a thorough inspection of the student’s residence hall room, police have concluded that the campus is secure.

Due to logistical considerations the campus remains closed. An update on the campus status will be released Saturday.

On behalf of the UMass Dartmouth family, I want to extend my deepest appreciation to the many university, local, state and federal law enforcement officials who came to our campus to help protect the safety of our community. UMass Dartmouth had a system in place to ensure our campus was notified and evacuated in an efficient and effective manner. Our evacuation was calm and safe, and our faculty, staff, and students performed admirably throughout the process.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families affected by this week’s tragic events. UMass Dartmouth is committed to being part of the healing process that will unfold in the days and weeks ahead.

Two other Boston-area universities have also been directly involved in the events that began Monday when two bombs exploded at the Boston Marathon: One of the three people killed was a Boston University graduate student, and late Thursday night, an MIT police officer was shot and killed during a shootout with the suspects, authorities said.

Boston area schools were all closed Friday. That includes the University of Massachusetts in Boston and Dartmouth, Harvard,  MIT, Brandeis, Boston University, Emerson, Boston College. Suffolk, Northeastern, Bentley, Simmons, Berklee, Wheelock, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Emmanuel, Tufts (Boston and Medford campuses) and Boston Conservatory. Boston public schools have been on break this week.

Here are some of the unprecedented notices that schools put on their Web sites telling students to stay in their dorms and not go to class Friday.

MIT

To the Members of the MIT Community:

MIT suffered a tragedy last night: an MIT Police officer was shot and killed on our campus in the line of duty. We have posted a brief news story with further details.

While the circumstances around the officer’s death remain the subject of an active investigation, what is certain is that the officer gave his life to defend the peace of our campus.

His sacrifice will never be forgotten by the Institute. We are thinking now of his family, and our hearts are heavy.

In consultation with faculty chair Sam Allen, we have decided to cancel classes today (Friday). All employees are encouraged to use their best judgment about whether they are prepared to come in to work today: any absence today will be considered excused.

MIT is working now to plan a gathering later today on campus. Once we have determined the time and place, we will communicate with you all.

President Reif is en route home from international travel and will be back with us on campus this evening. We know he will want to be in touch with the community when he returns, and will have his own message to share.

 

Sincerely,

Israel Ruiz
Eric Grimson

Harvard University

The University is closed due to the ongoing public safety situation in our area.

Law enforcement officials are searching a wide area not far from the Cambridge/Allston campus for an armed and dangerous suspect who they believe participated in the bombings at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Public transportation across Greater Boston has been suspended.

In consideration of the manhunt that is underway, we are asking members of the Harvard community to remain home from work and classes today. For personnel whose duties include health, safety or other critical operations, we ask that you check in with your supervisors to ensure that those functions can continue.

Similarly, the Harvard University Police Department is advising community members to stay indoors while the search for the suspect continues.

Please watch this page for updates.

Since the first reports of a shooting at MIT late Thursday evening, the HUPD has maintained a significantly heightened security presence and will continue to monitor the situation closely. If members of the Harvard community see anything out of the ordinary, they should contact the HUPD at (617) 495-1212.

Boston University

Boston University has cancelled classes and will be closed on Friday, April 19, following the advice of law enforcement authorities who are pursuing suspects in the Boston Marathon bombings. One suspect is dead, the other is at large and believed to be in Watertown. State authorities have requested that everyone in Boston, Allston-Brighton and surrounding towns remain in their homes. The MBTA has been closed. Mugar Library, School of Management Pardee Library, School of Education Library, the Science and Engineering Library, and Stone Science Library are all closed until further notice. Fitrec is closed. All students are advised to stay in their residences.

Charles River Campus essential personnel who are already on campus should remain in their assigned locations. All other personnel should remain at home until BU public safety officials announce it is safe to travel to campus. Faculty and staff should not report to work.

All campus events have been cancelled. While dining services are open at West Campus, Warren Towers, 100 Bay State Road, and the Buick Street Market, students are advised to remain in their residences until state authorities lift the stay-in-place order. All retail outlets on campus are closed.

The Medical Campus will be closed on Friday. This includes the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine, School of Public Health, School of Medicine and Division of Graduate Medical Sciences. Employees in essential services should report as scheduled.  Essential services include, but are not limited to, Public Safety, Facilities Management, Emergency Patient Treatment, Office of Environmental Health and Safety, Occupational and Environmental Medicine, and Mail Service. Staff should check with their managers regarding their work schedules.

Students who are assigned to inpatient services are expected to be present, if possible. Students who are assigned to outpatient services should check with their course director or the policy at the clinical site. For updated information, please call the emergency communications hotline at 617-638-6886 or visit the BU emergency communications website at http://www.bu.edu/ehs/comm/.

For students who wish to talk about what is going on, there are several resources available via telephone and in the residences. Students living in a residence hall can visit a residence hall office beginning at 9am for counseling resources. Counselors at Behavioral Health or Crisis Counseling services can be reached at 617-353-7277 or Student Health at 617-353-3569. Students who wish to talk to the chaplain staff should call 617-353-3560. . The Faculty & Staff Assistance Office is available to provide confidential counseling to faculty, staff, and their families.

Kenneth Elmore, dean of students, asks students to stay alert and keep your eye on BU Today and the University’s official social media accounts (@BU_Tweets, @DeanElmore, @BUDiningService, @BU_FYI on Twitter and Boston University’s Facebook page) for further updates.

Brandeis University

Campus Safety Update

Due to the closure of MBTA and directives from local authorities, Brandeis University will be closed today, Friday, April 19.

We have not been informed of any specific threats to Brandeis or our campus. Our police are on alert and on-campus students should feel free to go to dining halls and elsewhere on campus.

Because of area travel restrictions, off-campus students should remain in place and should not attempt to travel to campus.

We will continue to update you as the situation develops.

Boston College

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. (4-19-13) — State emergency management officials have asked businesses, schools and colleges in six cities and towns – Allston/Brighton, Cambridge, Belmont, Newton, Waltham and Watertown — to remain closed Friday morning, as a manhunt continues in the Watertown area for an at-large suspect in the Marathon Monday bombing attack.

Officials have also asked residents to remain in their homes. MBTA service is suspended.

BC Police are monitoring the BC campus which, they say, is safe. However they reiterate the State request that all residents stay indoors until further notice.

Therefore, all services are currently suspended. Students should remain inside their dorm rooms and apartments until alerted otherwise.

Emerson College

Emerson College is closed until further notice. The MBTA is shut down. The governor has declared for everyone in Boston to shelter in place:

 

  • Get indoors
  • Shut and lock all doors and window
  • Stay inside until informed that it’s safe to go outside
  • Follow instructions of emergency personnel

We will continue to update emerson.edu as we have more information.

 

Berklee College of Music

Due to the shooting at MIT and the active investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings, Berklee will be closed today, Friday, April 19th. If you live in the Watertown area, please remain indoors as a suspect remains at large. If you live on or near campus, please continue to stay away from the Copley area due to the ongoing investigation. If you have any information pertaining to the incident or if you see any suspicious activity, please report it immediately to the Boston Police.

 

This post has been updated.

Valerie Strauss covers education and runs The Answer Sheet blog.

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