Recent Alerts

Valpo Update: Christopher Center Threat

Valparaiso University would like to share an update to the campus community regarding the incident on campus April 21. Currently, a Valparaiso University student has been charged with two felonies.

Last night, the Valparaiso University Police Department as well as numerous city, county, railroad, state, and federal law enforcement agencies responded to a possible threat to the Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources at approximately 7 p.m. Students, faculty, and staff were evacuated from the library, and all others on campus were under a shelter-in-place order.

Working together, the law enforcement agencies established a perimeter around the library; the Porter County SWAT team conducted a building search; canine units were utilized; and an aerial search was performed. The investigation concluded there was no threat to campus.

Valparaiso University is committed to safety and well-being of all students, faculty, and staff. During this difficult time, the Valpo campus is encouraged to come together in community and lift up the student and family in your prayers for the challenges they face in the days ahead.

If students, faculty, or staff wish to speak with someone about this matter, they should feel free to contact staff in the Counseling Center or the Chapel of the Resurrection.


Valpo Update: ALL CLEAR

The Porter County Sheriff’s department is questioning a person of interest related to the phone call received earlier this evening regarding Valparaiso University.

Regular campus activities have resumed, and the shelter-in-place order has been rescinded. The Christopher Center for Library and Information services will reopen tomorrow morning for regular hours. All classes, practices, rehearsals, meetings and events will occur as scheduled.

The investigation remains ongoing.


Valpo Update: No Evidence of Shooting; Shelter in Place Continues

At approximately 7:35 p.m. this evening a call was received in the Porter County Sheriff’s department indicating a potential hostage situation in the Christopher Center for Library and Information Services (CCLIR) at Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Ind.

Area law enforcement agencies were dispatched and the library was sealed to prevent access. A campus-wide notice to shelter in place was issued. We continue to work with law enforcement to assess the situation.

What we do know:

An initial sweep of the building has occurred. There is no evidence of a hostage situation has occurred. There is no evidence of a shooting or of any casualties.

Campus remains under “shelter in place” order. The investigation continues.