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At approximately 4:30 a.m., D.C. Fire officials were notified of a fire alarm in College Hall South. An investigation reveals that a resident using a labeled out-of-order dryer caused a small electrical fire in a laundry room and a resulting evacuation of all students.
The Emergency Management division of the Department of Public Safety is providing you with very specific guidance on readiness during events with the potential for danger, including severe weather, natural disasters, active violence, civil unrest, or large-scale threats to life and property.
This information can be found in the DPS emergency management portal, but we present the specific areas below for your awareness.
Recent events, from the persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic to the multiple bomb threats issued against our institution, have taken a toll on all members of our community. I am grateful for all the messages of support I know that we have received from friends, family and advocates of our University who live around the world during these difficult times. In recognition of the additional challenges that have been heaped upon our shoulders, Howard University will close on Friday, February 4 and will reopen for normal operations on Monday, February 7.
Please find enclosed a link to the January edition of President Wayne A.I. Frederick's Bison Beat newsletter.
As a result of the recent bomb threats to the University and at least 19 other historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), we conducted a Howard University community town hall Tuesday evening on very short notice. Nearly 1,000 faculty, staff, students and parents joined to hear updates regarding the events that unfolded on campus (and around the nation), receive a status report from University officials, and understand what additional measures are being implemented to protect our community. An active investigation is being led by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), supported by various local, regional and federal organizations. If you were unable to join, click here to watch the recorded town hall Zoom meeting.
At approximately 3:58 a.m., D.C. Fire officials were notified of an activated sprinkler system in Howard Plaza Towers West. Preliminary details from the active investigation reveal that a small fire was caused by an unauthorized cooking device turned on by residents while they were doing hair.
As part of our continued commitment to care for the University community, the Howard University Department of Public Safety wants to remind our students, faculty, and staff that we are in this together.
As a result of the recent bomb threats to the University and at least 19 other historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), we conducted a Howard University community town hall Tuesday evening on very short notice.
In keeping with Howard University's commitment to the wellness of students and employees, the institution will observe a mental health respite on Friday, February 4, 2022. All classes will be suspended for the day, but select, campus-based, auxiliary services will remain open and available on regular weekday scheduling.
We are deeply disturbed by recent bomb threats made against Howard University and other historically Black colleges and universities.