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Suspicious Circumstance — Possible Handgun

This morning at approximately 8:30am, Stanford police were advised of a man sitting in a van in the Maples parking lot who appeared to be loading a magazine into what the witness thought was a handgun. Police responded to the area immediately and were unable to locate anyone matching the description of the person or the associated vehicle.

The reporting party described the person with the possible weapon as an adult male, unknown race, wearing a beige beanie hat. The person was sitting in a white service type van that had blue lettering on it. The word “People” might have been the word in blue print on the van.

The Stanford Department of Public Safety asks the community to report suspicious and criminal activity to the police as soon as possible. Anyone with information regarding this incident should contact the Stanford Police at 650-329-2413.

At this time, the police are not suggesting that people shelter in place.

Siren Malfunction Update

Stanford DPS has been working with the vendors to identify the cause of Tuesday morning’s unintentional activation of the university’s outdoor warning system. Although not the conclusive cause of the activation, it appears there was a system malfunction after a software update that took place at 3am, which resulted in a system reboot. DPS is working with the vendor to ensure the situation will not repeat before we reactivate the siren system. Moving forward, we intend to set controls so that software updates will take place during typical waking hours. Additionally, the vendor will be examining the tower located on Stanford Ave to determine if there is anything about this specific tower that caused it to continue to activate even after the alarms had been cleared in the system.


Accidental outdoor siren activation on October 18

Dear Stanford Community Member,

This morning, Stanford’s outdoor emergency warning system malfunctioned, resulting in an activation of the entire siren system around 3:10am. We were able to deactivate the system; however, the tower on Stanford Ave continued to malfunction. We immediately began working with technicians to remedy the problem. Unfortunately, it has taken several hours to diagnose and resolve the malfunction.

I want to extend my sincere apologies for the inconvenience. We are investigating what caused the malfunction and will take steps to avoid future disruptions.

Updates will be posted on this website when available.

If you have questions, you may contact the Stanford Department of Public Safety at or 650-723-9633.


Laura Wilson
Chief of Police, Stanford

Annual campus-wide AlertSU test takes place October 13 at noon

On Thursday, October 13, between noon-12:30 pm, Stanford University will conduct its annual test of the campus AlertSU system. Alert messages will be sent via text message and email to the Stanford community.

Also being tested is a new enhancement to the AlertSU system via Cisco VoIP speaker phones. VoIP speaker phones are found in many of the academic and office buildings throughout campus. If you have a Cisco phone in your area, the AlertSU message will broadcast from the speaker phone and a banner message will appear in the display.

The test will also include activation of the outdoor warning system, which will sound an audible tone for approximately 60 seconds followed by a verbal message from each of the 7 sirens at various campus locations. The sirens will be audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities including Palo Alto, Menlo Park and Los Altos.

There will be a link to a short survey as part of the test email message. Please take a few moments to complete the survey as your feedback will help us evaluate the effectiveness of the AlertSU system.

Prior to the test, it is important you verify that your contact information is correct. Students can update their contact information in Axess, and staff & faculty can update their information in StanfordYou. Make sure that there is an entry in the mobile phone field as this is the most rapid and direct way of communicating with you during an emergency.

Campus IT issues resolved

University IT has corrected the issues that caused connectivity and authentication issues on Friday afternoon and evening. All systems and services should be operating normally. If you have any continuing problems, please sumbit a HelpSU request or call 650.725.HELP.

Constanzo Street remains closed Tuesday morning

The downed power line reported 5/2/16 was repaired by PG&E. However, a portion of Constanzo Street, between Campus Dr East and Santa Ynez Street behind the Kairos and Grove houses, remains closed due to other downed AT&T lines blocking the road. An AT&T crew is expected to be on scene after 8am, Tuesday morning, 5/3/16 to repair the lines. The road should reopen after those repairs are completed.

Road closure on Constanzo between Campus Drive East and Santa Ynez

Constanzo Street between Campus Drive East & Santa Ynez Street has been closed to pedestrian and vehicle travel due to downed power lines.

PG&E is en route to the area with a special repair team and is expected to arrive by 4:30 p.m.  The repair is estimated to take approximately 4 hours once the PG&E team is at the scene.  Power outages  at nearby residences are possible, but not certain at this point.

Please avoid the area and plan alternative routes.

About this site

If there were a disaster or emergency affecting the Stanford community, you would be able to obtain updates and important instructions through this website.

Community Alert: Road closure (3/24/16)

ROAD CLOSURE: 3/24/16 3:45pm Junipero Serra closed between Campus Dr. West and Alpine due to traffic collision. Plan alternate route.

Power restored in most campus locations

Power is reported to have been restored in most campus buildings affected by the outage this afternoon. The outage was triggered by deconstruction work occurring at the site of the former Cardinal Cogeneration Plant. Crews continue working to restore power to all buildings affected by the outage.

Update on power outage, small Maples fire

A power outage affecting a number of campus buildings was triggered at approximately 1:45 pm today as a result of deconstruction work occurring at the former site of the Cardinal Cogeneration Plant. Crews are currently working to restore power to campus buildings.

Current estimates are that power should be restored beginning at 6 p.m., though this is subject to change.

The LBRE Operations Center is in communication with building managers about the power outage. Local building managers will be working to determine operational plans for the remainder of the day in each location.

The power outage was reported to have triggered a small fire just after 2 p.m. on the roof of Maples Pavilion. Emergency lights on the southeast corner of the roof of the building are reported to have ignited some roofing materials. Palo Alto and Mountain View fire units responded and quickly extinguished the fire. The building was evacuated during the incident and no injuries were reported. Maples Pavilion remains closed at this time but traffic has reopened in the area.

Below is a list of campus facilities currently affected by the power outage:

  • Knight Management Center
  • McMurtry Building
  • Anderson Collection
  • Cantor Art Museum
  • Green Library East Wing
  • Lou Henry Hoover Building
  • Herbert Hoover Memorial Building
  • Alumni Center
  • Littlefield Center
  • Frost Amphitheater
  • Bing Concert Hall
  • Maples Pavilion
  • Arrillaga Sports Center
  • Avery Aquatic Center
  • Taube Tennis Stadium
  • Varsity Tennis Courts
  • Burnham Pavilion
  • Taube Tennis South
  • Angell Field South
  • Angell Field North
  • Sunken Diamond Lights
  • Arrillaga Gym and Weight Room
  • Lathrop Library

Fire reported out at Maples Pavilion

The fire at Maples Pavilion is out and crews are working to clear the scene. Please continue to stay away from the area.

Further update on Maples Pavilion

No flames or smoke are visible outside Maples Pavilion. Fire units continue their response. The building is evacuated and no injuries are reported at this time. Please continue to stay away from the area. Additional updates will be posted to this site when available.

Fire crews responding to reports of a fire in the northeast section of Maples Pavilion.
Fire crews respond to reports of a fire in the northeast section of Maples Pavilion.

Update on Maples Pavilion

Fire units are on scene at Maples Pavilion, responding to reports of a fire in the northeast section of the building. The building has been evacuated and no injuries are reported at this time. Campus Drive is closed between Bonair Siding and Sam McDonald Mall. Pedestrians should avoid all areas surronding Maples Pavilion until further notice.

Possible fire at Maples Pavilion

As of 2:15 pm, Monday, October 12, an incident, which may be a fire, has been reported at Maples Pavilion on Campus Drive between Galvez and Bonair Siding. People are asked to stay away from the area. This site will be updated when more information is available.

Test of campus AlertSU system on Thursday, October 8

Between noon and 1pm, Thursday, October 8th, Stanford University will conduct a test of the campus AlertSU mass notification system. Alert messages will be sent via text message and email to members of the Stanford Community; the test will also include activation of the outdoor warning system. The outdoor warning system will sound an alarm for approximately 60 seconds followed by a verbal message from each of the 7 sirens at various locations on the Stanford campus. The sirens will be audible throughout the campus and may also be heard in parts of the surrounding communities including Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Los Altos.

All buildings reopened at Knight Management Center

All buildings have been reopened in the Knight Management Center complex.  Serra Street has opened to traffic, and the area has returned to normal operations after a bomb threat Friday morning.

Officers from both the Stanford Department of Public Safety and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office have concluded their search of the facilities. Police have determined there is no threat and all buildings have been approved for occupancy. Police thank members of the campus community for their cooperation.

Please continue to be alert to your surroundings and to report any suspicious activity or packages to police.   Any persons with information about the bomb threat are urged to call the Stanford Department of Public Safety at 650-723-9633.

Update on evacuation of Knight Management Center

Officers from the Stanford Department of Public Safety and the Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office have completed an initial sweep of half of the Graduate School of Business/Knight Management Center complex after a bomb threat earlier this morning.

The entire Knight Management Center complex will remain closed for the rest of today, Friday, Aug. 14, while police complete the remainder of their investigation. Affected employees have been dismissed for the day.

The area bound by Campus Drive, Arguello Way and Serra Street remains closed.  Continue to avoid the area. All other areas of the Stanford campus remain open and normal business operations continue.

Update on evacuation

Police are continuing their search of the Knight Management Center, which remains closed. The employees who are affected by the evacuation are receiving direction. Please continue to avoid the area.

The remainder of the university remains open and is operating normally.

Continue to check this website for updates.

Update on bomb threat, evacuation

Out of an abundance of caution, Stanford Public Safety has evacuated the Graduate School of Business/Knight Management Center complex while it investigates a bomb threat.

The evacuation boundary is between Campus Drive, Arguello Way and Serra Street. Serra Street and Arguello are closed, Campus Drive is open. Stay away from the area until further notice.

Police will be conducting a sweep of the area over the next 90 minutes to two hours. Employees are asked to wait for further instruction.

The incident has impacted about 700 faculty and staff members in the Knight Management complex, but has not disrupted classes, as no classes are in session at this time. The remainder of campus is operating as normal and all business activities are continuing.

Bomb threat at GSB

There has been a bomb threat at the Graduate School of Business / Knight Management Center. Out of an abundance of caution, the area has been evacuated while police search the area. Stay away from all areas around Arguello Way, Campus Drive, and Serra Mall.