KPU issues safety alert to students

Students at the KPU Surrey campus were advised to shelter in place during a brief lockdown

KPU Surrey Campus. (File Photo)

KPU Surrey Campus. (File Photo)

Kwantlen Polytechnic University issued a safety warning to students on Thursday at approximately 1:05 pm through the KPU SAFE app, advising those at the Surrey campus to shelter in place. 

“Surrey RCMP has received information of a potential imminent threat to KPU Surrey campus. If you are on campus, please shelter in place pending further updates. Otherwise please stay away from campus,” it said.

The university canceled all classes at KPU Surrey until 4:00 pm “because of the current security alert.” All other campuses remained open, and KPU posted an advisory on its website directing people to the campus status page for further information.

KPU Surrey security confirmed that the RCMP lifted the lockdown before proceeding to unlock and clear campus buildings.

Shortly after, KPU posted a tweet saying, “Given the ongoing security situation at KPU Surrey, anyone on that campus is requested to remain sheltering in place while the RCMP continue their investigation. Otherwise please stay away from KPU Surrey. KPU’s other campuses remain open.”

Surrey RCMP stated that they received a call at approximately 12:15 pm about an unspecified threat, and “Through investigation the threat was determined to be unfounded with no risk to public safety.”

An update posted at 2:00 pm on the campus status page said “Surrey RCMP has resolved the potential threat and given the all clear at KPU Surrey. Classes will resume at KPU Surrey at 4 p.m. All other KPU campuses remain open.”