Campus police vigilant as inauguration nears

January 18, 2021

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Reports from the FBI of potential protests at all 50 state capitols and continuing unrest in the coming days and week — particularly on Jan. 20, the presidential inauguration day in Washington, D.C. — have officials at all levels on alert, including University administrators and campus police.  

“We know that although members of our community may be hundreds of miles away from Washington, D.C., or even our state capital, there is still concern for events that may unfold,” said Charlie Noffsinger, associate vice president for University Police and Public Safety. “As always, the safety and security of our campus communities is our highest priority and we are monitoring the situation.”

University Police remains in close contact with law enforcement agencies across the state, as well as the FBI, and is ready to update the University community on any campus if potential safety concerns arise. 

Noffsinger also reminds faculty, staff and students to keep their personal safety at the forefront of any activity in which they engage by remaining vigilant in public settings and being alert and aware of their surroundings. He encouraged community members to report any suspicious activity they observe — including on social media — to police.

“The bottom line is 'if you see something, say something,'” Noffsinger said.

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Last Updated January 18, 2021