Brandeis to review safety protocols following lockdown

Brandeis University in Waltham.
Brandeis University in Waltham. –File

Brandeis University resumed normal operations early Tuesday morning after a report of an armed robbery triggered a campus-wide lockdown late Monday night. Campus police will now review residence hall safety protocols as a result of the incident, officials wrote in a statement.

Shortly before midnight, the university sent out an official emergency notification, posting on social media, “Armed subject on campus — Take shelter — lock doors, windows, silence cell, remain quiet — Don’t let anyone in room until okayed by authorities.”

Campus police had responded to a report of an armed robbery in East Quad and learned that two people not affiliated with the school had entered a student room, according to the statement. One of them threatened the three students in the room with a gun before both suspects fled campus.

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“No one was hurt, and based on the initial investigation it appears this was not a random incident,” the statement said.

Both campus and Waltham police searched the campus and surrounding area, but did not find any suspects. The lockdown was lifted around 2 a.m.

“Police are continuing to investigate this incident but there is no indication of any continuing risk to our community,” the statement said.

Read the full statement from Brandeis below:

Last night, the Brandeis Department of Public Safety received a report of an armed robbery in East Quad. Campus Police immediately responded to the location and the campus was placed on lockdown. Upon responding to the scene, police learned that two non-community members had entered a student room, one threatened three students in the room with a gun, and then both fled campus. No one was hurt, and based on the initial investigation it appears this was not a random incident.

Campus and Waltham Police thoroughly searched the campus and surrounding area and found no suspects. At about 2 a.m., law enforcement determined that there was no further danger to campus and the lockdown was lifted. Police are continuing to investigate this incident but there is no indication of any continuing risk to our community; campus has resumed normal operations.

Campus Police will be reviewing residence hall safety protocols in light of this incident.

Edward Callahan
Director of Public Safety

Jim Gray
Vice President of Campus Operations