Around 9:45 a.m., University Police received a report of a student with a weapon in a third-floor study area at Steely Library. Two officers responded in fewer than 60 seconds, and four officers responded in just over one minute. The incident was immediately resolved.
Police officers questioned a female student, who admitted to having a handgun in her bag. She turned over the weapon without incident and was immediately taken into custody. The handgun was determined to be inoperable.
“Our University Police Department responded swiftly and effectively, as our officers are trained to do,” said University spokeswoman Amanda Nageleisen. “We are thankful for their professionalism and dedication.”
The student was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon without a license and lodged at the Campbell County Detention Center.
Some students were briefly evacuated from the library as a precaution, but the campus community was never in immediate danger.
The University’s emergency notification system, Norse Alert, was not deployed due to the rapid nature of the police response.
University policy calls for the system to be activated when the University determines that a serious threat exists and the campus community must take immediate action to remain safe and secure. The campus community was notified of the matter via email after officers’ initial fact-gathering process was complete.