May 28, 2012
Throughout the situation May 28 involving a man occupying a construction crane at the Residential Commons construction site, SMU Police have worked closely with University Park, Highland Park and Dallas Police to assess any possible threats to campus and to release reliable information as it becomes available. Early reports indicate the individual is not affiliated with SMU.
Upon being notified by police of this situation late Monday morning, SMU immediately took steps to secure the area, which is bounded by Central Expressway, Mockingbird Lane, Airline Drive and Binkley Avenue. All building managers in the impacted area were notified, and buildings in the area were emptied by police. Campus areas considered at potential risk by police were cleared and closed to pedestrians and drivers.
Because of the Memorial Day holiday Monday, and with no classes in session, only SMU essential personnel and a limited number of student employees, students and visitors were on campus.
The broader campus community was informed via the SMU home page, Twitter and Facebook pages, and through building managers of residential halls.
No student housing is in the affected at-risk areas. Student residence halls and the rest of campus remain open. SMU and Dallas Police continue to monitor the situation and will keep the campus community updated.
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