Message regarding Nov. 18 off-campus incident

Dear campus community,

An off-campus incident occurred last night involving San Jose Police Department’s (SJPD) stand-off with an armed suspect. The incident occurred at a private home on South Eighth Street between San Fernando and Santa Clara Streets. SJPD detained a suspect early this morning. No residents or bystanders were hurt.

Though the suspect was not an SJSU affiliate and the police activity took place off-campus, UPD worked hand-in-hand with SJPD and other law enforcement agencies to make our campus and the surrounding area safe for our students, faculty, staff and other members of the campus community. As with other recent incidents, they coordinated effectively last night and did their jobs well.

Following last night’s police activity, we quickly made arrangements at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library (King Library) to provide various support services for our students who lived in and near the neighborhood. More than 20 students were subsequently provided food and water, and several were escorted to student housing. Others, including about a dozen non-students, chose to remain overnight at King Library.

The impact of incidents, even those that occur off campus, on our campus community is real and understandable. Students and employees who feel they need support are encouraged to take advantage of any number of the counseling and psychological services that we offer. Support is also available to SJSU staff and employees through our Employee Assistance Program.

Though there are no current threats, please remain vigilant about your surroundings and report behaviors or activities that seem suspicious.

Please know that the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff and the entire campus community is of paramount importance to campus leadership. We will always strive to make our campus as safe and secure as it possibly can be.


Dr. Mary A. Papazian