BioScience Building locked down

Posted by: | January 30, 2008 | 8 Comments

from the UBC website:

There has been a police incident at the Bio Sciences Building, which is located at the intersection of Main Mall and University Boulevard at the University of British Columbia.

On the advice of the RCMP, the Bio Sciences Building has been locked down. Building occupants have been instructed to stay where they are, to secure the room in which they are located, and to await further instructions from the RCMP.

No person will be permitted to enter or leave the Bio Sciences Building without RCMP authorization.

Out of an abundance of caution, the RCMP is advising that others on campus stay where they are currently located. All campus occupants should be aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious circumstances to the RCMP at 911. Persons who are not on campus are advised to remain away from the campus until further notice.

Further information, as it becomes available, will be posted at

Stephen J. Toope
President and Vice Chancellor

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8 Comments so far

  1. alfie on January 31, 2008 12:19 am

    Gina, you are such a psychic. You can catch news so quickly even from another continent…omg

  2. lukeschuss on January 31, 2008 1:00 am

    Does anyone know what this is about?

  3. Andrew Carne on January 31, 2008 1:14 am

    Posts on a blog from someone reportedly in the building indicated that there was a possibly armed suicidal student acting threateningly.

    Rumours outside the building when I walked by and stopped to talk were that people heard of a hostage situation and an armed gunman.

  4. maayan kreitzman on January 31, 2008 3:44 am

    Well, we just had an update from Fred Fotis here at AMS council. Apparently an email was sent to the RCMP this morning from someone threatening harm to themselves and others. They decided to lock down the building sometime in the afternoon (I was there till 12:30 and nothing was happening). My lab got evacuated out by 3:50. Fred couldn’t tell us what actually happened. Apparently, if anyone is traumatized, there’s councelling available.

  5. Fire Hydrant on January 31, 2008 8:34 am

    I was finishing a meeting with an AVP at 1:30pm when his phone and blackberry went off, his secretary knocked on the door, and an immediate underling walked in wearing a high-vis vest, all within the space of about 5-10 seconds. Before 1:30, the RCMP were apparently evaluating whether there was a plausible threat. So there’s your timeline.

  6. Alex Lougheed on February 1, 2008 3:38 am
  7. Alex Lougheed on February 1, 2008 3:39 am
  8. Stephen McCarthy on February 1, 2008 10:30 am

    also see the RCMP Media Release answering some questions which have been floating around.

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