Twin Cities Campus: SAFE-U Emergency

January 11, 2024

Dear students, faculty and staff, 

Today, members of our community experienced firsthand the fear and uncertainty that occurs when an individual threatens the security of our campus community. Thankfully, the suspect has been located and the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Office is working to apprehend him there, 135 miles from the Twin Cities campus. While we can be assured the threat never reached our campus, there is no doubt events like this affect our sense of safety. Please know that we have many resources available for you. 

I want to offer my heartfelt thanks to our UMPD and Department of Public Safety personnel, who worked to monitor and secure the Twin Cities campus. We have robust emergency response plans in place, and they were implemented quickly and communicated clearly to our community. I am reassured that our preparation served us well today. 

We are also deeply grateful to the many law enforcement partners who contributed to today’s investigation, starting with the Chippewa County Sheriff’s Department, who alerted us to this threat and led today’s investigation. We also appreciate the support of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, State Patrol, Hennepin County Sheriff’s Department, Minneapolis Police Department and Metro Transit Police.

Finally, thanks to all of you for navigating this morning’s shift in campus operations and for taking care of each other. I’m proud to be a part of the University community.


Jeff Ettinger

Interim President

Most recent SAFE-U Alerts

1:05 p.m. - **ALL CLEAR** Chippewa County Sheriff has located the suspect and have him contained in their county. TC campus may resume normal operations.

10:06 a.m. - Employees should confer with supervisors and work from home as soon as possible. Students and all others are encouraged to stay clear of campus until this situation is resolved. More info: