Update on November 24 Campus Incident

I understand that our community is rightfully distressed and concerned in the wake of Sunday’s incident involving a student, university-issued alerts, and accompanying social media reports and posts.

Dear USF Community,

I understand that our community is rightfully distressed and concerned in the wake of Sunday’s incident involving a student, university-issued alerts, and accompanying social media reports and posts. There is a great deal of information circulating at this time, and we want to be sure you have the most accurate and up-to-date information.

Several students received messages over social media from one of our students who was taken into custody last night by the San Francisco Police Department and arrested. He will not be returning to campus, pending the university’s disciplinary review.

I want to emphasize that — contrary to social media posts and rumors — at no time on Sunday was this an active shooter situation. The campus was never officially on lockdown. 

While we are continuing to investigate and develop a detailed timeline, I want you to have a sense of how events unfolded and how the community was alerted on Sunday evening:

At 3:36 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 24, a student notified Public Safety (PS) about receiving threatening messages on social media. PS began its investigation and an hour later learned of a second threatening message to another student. PS worked with the students and contacted the San Francisco Police Department (SFPD). PS and SFPD worked collaboratively to assess the situation and determined there was not a threat to the general campus community. During this time, many community members became aware of the posts on social media. At approximately 7:30 p.m. the student was located as he was returning to campus with a family member. He was immediately detained and arrested.
The safety and wellbeing of our community is USF’s highest priority. We are particularly concerned about a video currently circulating in which the student uses reprehensible language, including the n-word. We acknowledge the harmful impact that this rhetoric and racist words have on our community, particularly black-identified community members and persons of color.

We thank our students who came forward to express concerns about this individual’s behavior, messages, and social media posts, as well as students and community members who supported and continue to support one another through this situation. 

We are continuing to work with our established protocols and procedures, including our Community Policing Standards and our Bias Education and Response Team. We have an ongoing commitment to continue to review our processes and procedures as we learn from this incident.  

University staff will be available today from 2–3:30 p.m. in McLaren 250 for community members that are available and would like to come together. Members from Cultural Centers, Dean of Students, Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach, Public Safety, Student Housing and Residential Education, and University Ministry as well as others will be present.

Students can access the Counseling and Psychological Services Center (CAPS), located in Gillson Hall. CAPS' after-hours line provides free support and consultation 24/7 at (855) 531-0761. 

University Ministry support services are available to all community members. They can be reached at (415) 422-4463. 

Faculty and staff members can contact CONCERN, the university's employee assistance program, at (800) 344-4222. 

For additional support resources, please visit the USF Counseling and Psychological Services website.  

I will continue to keep you updated.

Julie Orio
Vice Provost, Student Life 

Tuesday, Nov 26