Dear St. Kate’s Community,
Given recent heightened interests and dialogues connected with the national Inauguration plans, and scheduled demonstrations at the state capitol this weekend, we want to encourage all community members to be safety-aware and know what resources are available on campus.
Current Climate Analysis
The days leading up to the Inauguration on January 20 are identified as bearing the potential for additional violent acts. The FBI shared today it is tracking a concerning amount of online chatter that includes calls for armed protests. St. Kate’s Public Safety remains in contact with local law enforcement and neighboring campus public safety colleagues who are also monitoring activities connected to this weekend’s planned events. At this time, there are no direct concerns to campus or the campus community, but that could change quickly in a matter of hours.
Any community members who are considering visiting the State Capitol in St. Paul should be aware of current advice from the State Department of Public Safety, which asks those who do not have any planned activity or business at the Capitol this weekend to consider visiting another time.
Preparing to Respond
When we are aware of potentially concerning activity in the area, St. Kate’s Public Safety increases patrols of exterior spaces of campus and, when necessary, adds staffing. Public Safety maintains contact with Senior Leadership and apprises them of current conditions and when situations are escalating. When necessary, the President of the University, or one of her designees, can also assemble the Incident Management Team to coordinate a campus-wide response to activity in the area. Thanks to recent building updates, Public Safety now also has the ability to lock all campus buildings quickly when necessary.
Keeping Our Community Updated
Public Safety will notify the community via LiveSafe whenever there is an identified threat to the campus community. Community members will receive an email to their @stkate.edu address, and students who listed their cell phone number with the university will receive an SMS text message (staff and faculty need to register their cell phone number with LiveSafe or Public Safety to receive SMS text messages). Community members can also get push notifications from the LiveSafe app if they have enabled that feature on their smartphones.
You Help Keep Our Campus Safe
Public Safety always encourages campus community members to reach out if they feel unsafe or to report concerning activity they have witnessed. Contact Public Safety any time of the day by phone at 651-690-8888 or message Public Safety through the LiveSafe app.
The University encourages all community members to install and register with the LiveSafe app. Information on how to install the LiveSafe app can be found here.