Information about October 21 Campus Lockdown

By Steven Geller - Director of Media and Public Relations

Earlier this afternoon, Normandale President Joyce Ester sent this message with information regarding today's Campus Lockdown.

As many of you know, we had a Campus Lockdown today that lasted from approximately 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. because of a suspect who was being pursued by the Edina and Bloomington Police, and was on the run within the local neighborhood.  

I am aware that this lockdown didn't go as smoothly as it possibly could have, and I believe that is due both to human and technological error. For this, I apologize. I know that our plan execution was confusing to those who were on campus and those receiving notification. We will be collecting all of the information from today's Campus Lockdown and using it to strengthen our emergency response plan to further ensure the safety of everyone on our campus, as we take the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors very seriously.  

Here is an approximate schedule of how our response today played out:   

11:06 a.m. - Bloomington Police notified our Public Safety Office to put the campus on lockdown.
*11:15 a.m. - An errant email from the college stated that this was a Campus Lockdown Drill was distributed.
*11:25 a.m. - A corrected email stated that this was a Campus Lockdown Situation and not a drill was sent out.
11:43 a.m.
- Information about the Campus Lockdown was posted on the campus website, Facebook and Twitter page.
12:31 p.m.
- Bloomington Police informed our Public Safety Office that the Campus Lockdown could be lifted.
12:31 p.m.
- Normandale immediately informed students, faculty and staff that the Campus Lockdown was lifted.
12:50 p.m.
- Normandale posted on its website and social media channels that the Campus Lockdown had ended and classes resumed at 1 p.m.

*We have heard feedback stating that these messages were received in a different order, and that emails were received at times in the range of 11:15 to 11:45 a.m.  

As a campus, we plan to use this situation as a learning experience to ensure we improve our processes going forward. We originally had Campus Lockdown drills scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22. At this time, we are canceling the 10:30 a.m. drill. However, we will have the 6:30 p.m. drill on October 22, 2015.

I invite you to provide any feedback you have about the Campus Lockdown to our Campus Safety Committee (chaired by Jon Hanson -,) or to any member of the cabinet, which includes myself Joyce Ester -, Vice President Julie Guelich - , Vice President Orinthia Montague -, Vice President Lisa Wheeler -, and Chief Human Resources Office Dionne Doering (, as your experiences will help us better craft our response. 

Dr. Joyce Ester
Normandale Community College