Criminal Investigation FAQ

May 14, 2018

This FAQ page will be updated as questions and answers are received.

At approximately 5:53 p.m. May 13, 2018, the Sonoma State University Police Department was informed that a male subject had been stabbed in the Sauvignon Village residential community. University Police and Fire Department personnel responded. Fire Department personnel determined at approximately 6:06 p.m. that the subject was deceased. A suspect was detained. Based upon the available information at that time, police determined there was no further threat to the student population and campus community.

The incident is under criminal investigation, which means that law enforcement will release information as it comes available. We will make every effort to keep the campus updated as information is released.


Is the campus safe?

Yes, the suspect is detained, and there is no threat at this time. The University has extra police officers staffed.  Anyone who would like an escort on campus can contact University Police at 707-664-4444.

Is campus closed?

There is no evacuation needed as there is no threat to campus.

Is Alicante open for students to return?

Residential halls are open without restriction and safe for students to return. The suite where the incident occurred remains closed.

I live in Alicante, and I have finals. Do I still have to take them?

Students who have been impacted by Sunday’s events and feel unable or unprepared to take a final exam, submit a final assignment, or attend class should contact his or her instructors as soon as possible to request an accommodation. Students who cannot access their instructors’ contact information should email with: your name, course title, time and day of the class, faculty name, and section number (if known) so this information can be relayed to the appropriate instructor.

Will there be counseling on campus?

Grief counselors have been directed to the residential community locations to support students. Students can contact the NomaCares Center at 707-664-3833.

Why didn’t Sonoma State University send out a message out immediately after the incident?

SSU’s emergency messaging systems are used to notify the campus of threats to life and safety. Based on the circumstances surrounding the incident on May 13, 2018, police believed this was an isolated incident that posed no threat to the campus community.

I witnessed the incident, who should I call with information?

Witnesses should call 707-778-4372. Ask for Detective John Silva. For press inquires, contact Lt. Tim Lyons at 707-849-1229

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