UPDATE: Virginia Tech provides update on response to Tuesday’s report of suspicious activity on campus

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UPDATE 4:16 p.m. (11/17/21): Amid the investigation into the suspicious activity that was reported on Virginia Tech’s campus Tuesday morning, a university spokesperson shared a statement with WFXR News about the school’s response to the incident.

“We take all reports seriously, and in the case of yesterday, we wanted our community to be informed. Virginia Tech Police investigated, speaking with witnesses, looking at tapes, and found that there wasn’t any immediate danger,” said Mark Owczarski, a representative for Virginia Tech. “Our goal was to make sure we were as transparent as possible with the information we had to keep students and faculty informed to make wise decisions.”

University officials have yet to provide additional information about the ongoing investigation into the incident that led to the campus crime alert, but did announce Tuesday evening that they do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the school.

UPDATE 8:50 p.m.: Virginia Tech issued a statement Tuesday evening regarding the report of suspicious activity on campus earlier in the day.

In the statement, university officials thanked the students and staff for their patience. In addition, they say they do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the Blacksburg campus, but they are continuing to investigate the reported incident.

The statement also urges everyone on-campus to remain vigilant and maintain awareness of their surroundings.

The statement can be read below.

Update – 8:26 p.m.

Thank you to the university community for your patience and understanding this morning while Virginia Tech Police investigated suspicious activity near Seitz Hall. Virginia Tech Police do not believe there is any ongoing threat to the university campus community.

University police will continue to investigate the incident. If you have any information related to today’s event, please contact police at 540-382-4343. Should any new developments arise that impact the safety of members of our community, you will be notified immediately and instructed as to what to do through our https://www.alerts.vt.edu/.

Virginia Tech Police continue to ask all members of our community to maintain awareness of their surroundings, not just in response to this morning’s report, but for the sake of the overall safety and security of our campus each and every day.

Virginia Tech Police take all reports that may impact campus safety very seriously, and the university is deeply committed to the safety of all individuals. If you feel that you need additional support or resources, you may contact the following offices:

Cook Counseling Center at 540-231-6557

Dean of Students Office at 540-231-3787

Office of Housing and Residence Life at 540-231-6205

Hokie Wellness at 540-231-2233 (students) or 540-231-8878 (employees)

Employee Assistance Program

— Anthem at 1-855-223-9277
— Aetna at 1-888-238-6232 (company name: Commonwealth of Virginia, username: COVA, password: COVA)
— Kaiser Permanente at 1-866-517-7042

UPDATE 12:18 p.m.: The Virginia Tech Police Department continues to maintain an increased presence on the Blacksburg campus amid an ongoing investigation into a potential threat that was reported Tuesday morning near Seitz Hall.

According to the university, campus police have not identified or received any additional information suggesting there is an armed threat to the campus community.

At this time, officials say there is no information that supports a recommendation to disrupt any campus activities, including classes.

“The message sent out this morning was shared in an abundance of caution to ensure the campus community was aware of the report,” the Virginia Tech said in an updated statement Tuesday afternoon. “As a result of the campus notice, several individuals did provide information to the police department for follow-up. The information was cleared and found to be unrelated to the initial call.”

The department continues to ask members of the Hokie community to maintain awareness of their surroundings, not only for this instance, but for the general safety and security of the campus every day.

If you have any information about this incident, you are asked to contact the Virginia Tech Police Department at 540-382-4343.

The university encourages anyone who needs additional resources to contact the following offices:

UPDATE 11:33 a.m.: Authorities are continuing to investigate the suspicious activity near Seitz Hall that was reported to the Virginia Tech Police Department Tuesday morning.

Since police have not found any information determining there is an actual threat, university officials say they do not recommend disrupting normal campus activities.

However, members of the campus community are encouraged to “rely on personal evaluation” with regard to their activities on Tuesday, according to Virginia Tech.

BLACKSBURG, Va. (WFXR) — Virginia Tech authorities have launched an investigation after a person was reportedly asking “suspicious questions” on campus Tuesday morning.

According to the university, the Virginia Tech Police Department received a report about suspicious activity near Seitz Hall shortly after 6:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 16.

Officials say a Virginia Tech employee said they came across a person who “asked suspicious questions regarding the times of most activity on campus.”

In addition, the individual reportedly stated he had a gun, but did not show the gun.

According to the school’s alert from Tuesday morning, the person was described as a college-age male who was wearing a black hoodie, a black mask, and dark-colored pants.

Even though campus police immediately responded to the area, they did not find anyone matching that description, the university says.

“The police department is investigating this incident and has yet to determine that a credible threat exists,” Virginia Tech said in a statement on Tuesday.

If you have any information about this incident or other suspicious activity, you are asked to either submit it online or call the Virginia Tech Police Department at 540-382-4343 and ask to speak with an officer.

Campus police also issued the following reminder for members of the Hokie community:

  • Be aware of your surrounding and trust your instincts.
  • Report all suspicious people and circumstances immediately.
  • Be cautious in confronting suspicious persons. Call the Virginia Tech Police Department at 540-382-4343 or by dialing 911.

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