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Shortly after Cornell announced its shelter in place, students scrambled to figure out how to stay safe with little information.

November 9, 2021

Prelims Tuesday Postponed After Police Pursuit of Gunman in Cayuga Heights

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This post has been updated.

Due to a North Campus shelter-in-place notice that has been in place for over three hours, Cornell has canceled all activities on North Campus and postponed all prelims scheduled for Tuesday night, according to a 4:23 p.m. CornellALERT. 

At 2:10 Tuesday afternoon, Cornell police sent an alert to shelter in place for everyone on North Campus, due to local police pursuit of a man with a gun in Cayuga Heights, north of Cornell’s campus. 

Coming right before many classes let out at 2:15 p.m., the alert left students in the dark about the rest of the day — with some classes continuing as usual and others canceled for the day, up to the discretion of individual instructors. 

The alert continues that events outside of North Campus can continue as scheduled. 

According to Vice President for University Relations Joel Malina in a Tuesday evening email, all Cornell Dining facilities on North Campus are open as of 5 p.m. 

The Daily Check Team also notified students scheduled for Tuesday surveillance tests that Cornell has closed all testing sites for the rest of Tuesday. Students who missed their tests can get one — without being penalized or blocked from campus resources — until 6 p.m. Thursday.

The Mental Health at Cornell website provides a range of campus, local, and national resources to support student mental health and community well-being. Students in need of professional mental health support can call Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at 607-255-5155 and employees can call the Faculty and Staff Assistance Program (FSAP) at 607-255-2673. The Ithaca-based Crisisline is also available at 607-272-1616.