Campus Safety Sends Email Addressing Rumors about Suspicious Person on Sunday

By Katie Oglesby, Editor-in-Chief

Tuesday afternoon, Executive Director of Campus Safety Alex Wiltz sent out a campus-wide email outlining the facts about the “suspicious person” on campus Sunday and addressing the “misinformation and rumors that have persisted since that incident.” 

Wiltz noted that the individual did not enter any campus residence halls, and further explained that after hearing about the confrontation students had with him, Campus Safety and the Gettysburg Police Department (GPD) went looking for him. They informed the campus community Sunday night when they heard he had returned to campus. 

“We appreciate the students whose report to us resulted in him being quickly apprehended by GPD,” Wiltz said. “Importantly, there is no information to support that the individual was on campus to engage in malicious behavior.”

Wiltz continued by saying that there were numerous reports Monday night about other suspicious individuals on campus. Campus Safety responded to these, but they turned out to be other students. 

“There has been continued inflation of these events, which has placed members of the campus community in fear,” Wiltz said. “Please stop spreading these rumors.”

Wiltz noted at the end of the email that students should always contact Campus Safety or the police to report suspicious activity. As well, he said students should contact them if they had a different experience than described over the past two days. 

Director of Residential Education Danielle Phillips sent an email to her student staff this morning on a similar note. 

She explained that this email had a few purposes, “includ[ing] thanking them for the work they did this weekend to support their residents during a time when many were anxious and concerned, reminding them that they have resources in Campus Safety and our ResEd on-call system to help answer questions and supply information and resources for them and their residents, and asking them to help ensure that our campus community is receiving accurate information.”

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Author: Katie Oglesby

Katie Oglesby ‘23 serves as the Editor-in-Chief for the Gettysburgian. She has previously served as Magazine Editor, News Editor, Assistant News Editor, and Staff Writer. She is an English with a writing concentration and political science major, hailing from San Diego, California, but now living in rural North Carolina. On campus, Katie works at the CUB information desk, is an Eisenhower Institute Fielding Fellow, and serves as co-service vice president for the service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega. She spent a semester abroad in Bath, England studying British literature and politics, and spent this past summer interning with the Winston-Salem Journal in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. She can usually be found perusing books in the Musselman Library browsing room.

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