NSU & Presentation campuses deemed safe after officials investigate safety concern

ABERDEEN, S.D.(Press Release) – Aberdeen area law enforcement investigated a potential safety concern at Northern State University on Friday morning. No threat was found and campus was deemed safe.

Officials issued an all-clear at around 10:30 a.m. Friday, and regular campus activities resumed.

Initially, the campus community was asked to avoid the west side of campus. However, the Aberdeen Police Department, Brown County Sheriff’s Office, Aberdeen Fire and Rescue, and Brown County Emergency Management all responded and investigated, leading to the all-clear.

Similar situations occurred at other universities on Friday, with no actual threats found.

“We’re grateful for the prompt response by our local public safety officials,” said Dr. Neal Schnoor, NSU President. “Northern is committed to providing a safe environment for students, faculty and staff, and we appreciate the patience of our campus community during the investigation today.”

Aberdeen area law enforcement received a call regarding a potential safety concern at Presentation College on Friday morning around 10:45 A.M. After a thorough investigation, no threat was found, and it was announced that campus was safe. Officials issued an all-clear at around 12:15 P.M. Friday, and all campus activities resumed.

PC initiated a message through their campus alert system which instructed staff, faculty, and students to evacuate the main building on campus. After Aberdeen Police Department responded and campus officials investigated the matter, nothing was found and an all-clear was issued.

Similar situations occurred at other universities and colleges on Friday, however no actual threats found.

“We want to thank the Aberdeen Police Department for notifying our campus of this potential threat and providing timely information to us during the incident,” said Marcus Garstecki, PC Executive Vice President. “We are always mindful of keeping our campus safe for our students, faculty and staff. Today when we issued the emergency alert, our campus community responded quickly and remained patient while we completed the investigation. This was very helpful to the entire process.”