College receives threatening phone call

LAWRENCEVILLE -- Officials with Georgia Gwinnett College asked those on the campus to be wary Tuesday following a threat which was received by phone about 12:15 p.m.

"It was an unspecified threat," said Jennifer Stephens, director of public affairs. "Out of our cautiousness, we decided to send out a notice about it. We are investigating, and we take this threat seriously as we do all threats."

In a letter, which was sent out Tuesday afternoon to members of the GGC community, Stephens said that "there are no specific details regarding this threat. In response, campus security has already been increased and patrols have been expanded."

The letter encouraged students, staff and faculty on campus to "have a heightened awareness of your surroundings and report any suspicious activity to campus police."

The document also reminded the college community to keep the following in mind:

-- Check your GGC e-mail for non-emergency official information.

-- If you must walk alone, call campus police and ask for an escort, or double-up with friends walking the same way.

-- Sign up for RAVE Guardian, an automated system that alerts campus police when you are walking alone and when you arrive at your destination: http://www.ggc.edu/student-life/safety-and-wellness/public-safety/early-warning-system/rave-guardian/index.html

-- Avoid walking alone. Walk in groups. Be aware of your surroundings. Stay away from isolated or dark areas.

-- Be aware of strangers. If you see someone who you do not think belongs on campus, do not approach that person. Call Campus Police at 678.407.5333 and/or 911.

-- Be aware of what is happening on campus. Visit the Public Safety page at www.ggc.edu to get information about recent incidents on campus. And if you need to report something, you can do so at http://www.ggc.edu/report-crime.