Late start for classes at Catholic U. after ‘shelter in place’ order lifted

WASHINGTON – Classes at the Catholic University of America will start a few hours late on Wednesday after a “shelter in place” order was lifted late Tuesday. A report of a suspicious person prompted the alert, the second of its kind on the campus in 24 hours.

According to a note from university President John Garvey, the “shelter in place” alert was issued around 8 p.m. when D.C. police saw a man who resembled a person suspected of making threats on Monday night. After investigating and talking to the man, Garvey’s note states it was determined that he was “someone who had every right to be on campus.”

The “shelter in place” order was lifted around 10 p.m.

In his note, Garvey says D.C. and campus police see no reason for concern about resuming class on Wednesday.

“We feel, though, that the events of this evening have been sufficiently upsetting to the schedules of our students that we ought to have a three-hour delay in beginning classes tomorrow,” he writes.

Classes will start at 11 a.m. The Law School, in addition to all university faculty and staff, should follow a regular schedule.

Early Tuesday morning, the campus was deemed safe after a separate “shelter in place” alert was issued. In that incident, the university said a custodian in Pangborn Hall was approached by someone with a weapon. Leahy and Pangborn halls were evacuated and searched, and the university said the campus was safe.

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