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Message from President Gard - Campus Emergency Follow Up


Concordia Family,

Wednesday, October 17, has certainly ended in a way we did not expect. After the campus lockdown, I want to follow up with you regarding this evening’s events.

At approximately 6 p.m. this evening, the university became aware of a domestic disturbance in the Christopher Center building on campus. River Forest police were alerted and responded immediately. At the request of the River Forest Police Department, the entire campus was placed on a lockdown status at 6:19 p.m., to ensure the safety of all students, staff, faculty and visitors.

The domestic disturbance involved a female non-student visitor attending an event on campus, and a non-student male assailant. It was reported that the assailant was not armed. The victim refused medical attention at the scene. The assailant fled the scene of the disturbance on foot, at which point the River Forest Police Department initiated a search of campus for him. During that time, the police received a separate report from one CUC student of loud noises in a residence hall. This report initiated an additional thorough search of the residence hall. Upon further investigation, the RFPD determined that the sounds were not gunfire and not related to the assailant.

The police determined that the assailant was no longer on our campus. The campus remained on lockdown until 9:58 p.m., when the River Forest Police Department indicated that there is no threat to our students, faculty, staff or visitors.

The River Forest Police Department considers this an ongoing criminal investigation of domestic violence between the campus visitors and they are actively seeking the male individual involved in the situation. University officials will continue to work closely with the River Forest Police Department throughout their investigation. To add an additional sense of security, two police officers will be stationed on campus overnight.

I appreciate the patience and understanding of the entire campus community as we addressed this challenging and complicated situation. Please understand that all decisions made by both the University administration and the River Forest Police Department were made in order to ensure the safety all students, faculty, staff and visitors.

I know that this evening’s events were difficult for all of us. Your safety matters greatly and we will always take actions that ensure that safety. Please know that there are support people here to help anyone who feels the need to talk. Our University Ministry staff and those in our Counseling Center are always willing and ready to help as well.

I am thankful to the Lord that, as difficult as the evening was, that our campus community was not endangered. His hand of protection has indeed been upon us.