Olympia campus status update June 1 2017 5:30pm

June 1, 2017

The Evergreen State College Olympia campus will remain closed and on suspended operations this evening, June 1, and tomorrow, Friday June 2, in response to a call-in threat received earlier today at the Thurston County Communications Center (TCOMM 911). 

“Suspended operations” means no classes tonight or tomorrow. Evergreen staff are present to provide campus services to resident students and ensure their safety. Law enforcement is present on campus at all hours. 

A determination on when to fully re-open campus will be made as soon as possible. 

Around 10:30 a.m. Thursday morning Evergreen officials were notified that TCOMM 911 had received a call from an individual claiming to be armed and en route to Evergreen's Olympia campus. The call was made from an unknown telephone number to a regular business line.

Upon notification from TCOMM 911, and on the advice of law enforcement, President George Bridges made the cautionary decision to close campus. Evergreen students, staff, and faculty members were notified of the closure via an emergency text system, mass email, and a campus-wide speaker system.

Officers from the Washington State Patrol, Thurston County Sheriff's Office, and Olympia Police Department responded and were stationed throughout campus and nearby thoroughfares while Evergreen students, staff, and faculty departed campus, and while parents collected children at the college day-care center. 

Law enforcement teams searched campus buildings to ensure they were secure.  They determined that no one was actively posing a threat.

Evergreen Police Services is in contact with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which is pursuing any information that might affect the safety of our campus. 

Contact: Zach Powers, powersz@evergreen.edu, (360) 867-6644
Communications and Public Relations Manager
The Evergreen State College