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Update on Sept 10 UH Hilo Alert

From the UH Hilo Office of the Interim Vice Chancellor for Administrative Affairs:


This morning UH Hilo Campus Security received a report that an individual on campus was overheard making a threat of gun violence. The alleged threat was not specific to any person or the campus. At the time, the alleged individual was reported to be walking towards the Library. UH Hilo Security had a general description of the alleged individual and proceeded to the Library to investigate. While there was an alleged threat of gun violence, there was insufficient information to determine the credibility of the threat.

The Hawai‘i Police Department was notified of the allegation as a precautionary measure and a UH Alert was sent to the UH Hilo and Hawai‘i Community College campuses [text and email to those signed up for UH Alert]. UH Hilo Security and the HPD followed through with the person who made the initial report and were able to identify the alleged individual, who was taken for further questioning by the HPD.

While UH Hilo did not consider this to be an Active Shooter event, we acknowledge that this was a traumatic event for some on our campus. Individuals may experience a variety of responses to this type of event on campus, and are encouraged to seek support if they are in distress.

Counseling Services are available for students Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., see contact information online.

You may also contact:

  • 24 Hour Crisis Text Line 741-741. Text “Hello” or “Aloha.”
  • Crisis Line of Hawai‘i 24 Hour Support at 1-800-753-6879.
  • 24 Hour National Disaster Distress Helpline at 1-800-985-5990.
  • Text “TalkWithUs” to 66746.
  • TTY at 1-800-846-8517.

Additional resources are available at UH Hilo Counseling Services and the Disaster Distress Helpline.

Employees may access the free Employee Assistance Program (EAP) at (808) 543-8445 or toll-free at (800) 944-3571. The EAP provides confidential, short-term, professional counseling to employees.  Additional information on the EAP can be found online.

Additional information about what to do in case of incidents on campus may be found online at the UH Hilo Emergency Operations Plan website.

Contact info for UH Hilo Campus Security, and more information at the Campus Security website.

Mahalo for everyone’s cooperation today and attentiveness to safety on campus.

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