University Statement Updating Situation on Campus Friday

May 24, 2019

Media Contact: Lori Fogleman, Baylor University Media and Public Relations, 254-710-6275
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WACO, Texas (May 24, 2019) – Just before 11:30 a.m. today, outside law enforcement agencies initiated a traffic stop near the Baylor University campus in which one suspect was immediately apprehended and a second suspect fled toward campus.

Baylor University immediately sent a Baylor Alert via text, email and through social media to advise the campus community to shelter in place as the search for the suspect began. The Baylor University Police Department assisted the other agencies in the search and was involved in the coordinated arrest of the suspect.

The University kept the campus updated with two additional emergency notifications until the suspect was apprehended. The all clear message was given at 11:44 a.m., and the campus returned to normal activities. The case is being investigated by the Texas Department of Public Safety.

About emergency notifications, timely warnings, and safety notifications

Under appropriate circumstances, Baylor University Department of Public Safety will immediately issue Emergency Notifications, Timely Warnings or Safety Notifications regarding confirmed criminal activity or safety issues concerning campus in accordance with The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act.

  • A Baylor Alert is an Emergency Notification of an incident that is currently on, or imminently threatening the campus.
  • A Baylor Timely Warning is notification of Clery crime(s) that have already occurred on campus on Clery geography and are considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to the students and employees.
  • A Baylor Safety Notification may be issued when an incident or crime has occurred and may impact members of the campus community, but an Emergency Notification or Timely Warning is not required.

To learn more about Emergency Notifications, Time Warnings, and Safety Notifications, please review the 2018 Annual Fire Safety and Security Report (page 30).


Baylor University is a private Christian University and a nationally ranked research institution. The University provides a vibrant campus community for more than 17,000 students by blending interdisciplinary research with an international reputation for educational excellence and a faculty commitment to teaching and scholarship. Chartered in 1845 by the Republic of Texas through the efforts of Baptist pioneers, Baylor is the oldest continually operating University in Texas. Located in Waco, Baylor welcomes students from all 50 states and more than 90 countries to study a broad range of degrees among its 12 nationally recognized academic divisions.

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