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Archived Safety Alerts

March 10, 2014

Due to rocks and snow sliding off Mount Sentinel, do not park on the east side of Campus Drive next to the mountain. The M trail is closed until further notice.

3:49 p.m. update: After an inspection by a geologist, the M Trail and Campus Drive have been reopened at the University of Montana. They had been closed by a rock fall. Some parking near the mountain may still be cordoned off.

March 6, 2014

Avalanche danger has subsided and Mount Sentinel is now open to foot traffic, including the M trail. Mount Jumbo remains closed.

March 3, 2014

Due to considerable avalanche danger, please stay off Mount Sentinel and the trailhead area.

February 28, 2014

9:12 p.m. update: Due to high avalanche danger, please stay off Mount Sentinel and the trailhead area.

5:25 p.m. update: UM campuses remain closed tonight except for the Harlem Globetrotters performance. Normal campus activities are scheduled to resume Saturday morning at 10, including any activities at Missoula and Bitterroot Colleges. We are planning normal hours of operation after the 10 a.m. opening. Please stay off campus if possible, as crews are working hard to clear all parking lots, roads and sidewalks. ASUM's UDASH Gold Line service is expected to resume Saturday night at 7:05. The men's basketball game against Southern Utah is on schedule.

Due to winter conditions, University of Montana, Missoula College and Bitterroot College classes are canceled. All but essential staff should stay home.

  • The Harlem Globetrotters event at the Adams Center will still go on.
  • All other evening events, including the President's Lecture Series, are canceled.
  • The UC will close at 2 p.m. today.
  • The Food Zoo will remain open for its normal hours.
  • ASUM bus service is canceled for the remainder of the day.

If you are off campus, please stay home. The Mountain Campus is closed to all but these essential services: Food Zoo, University Center, Public Safety, and Curry Health Center for student emergencies only. Missoula College and Bitterroot College are also closed.

All residence halls have been locked for the day but area desks are open and staffed by students. Students in residence halls, University Village and Lewis & Clark can call the duty phones if they have an emergency. Any questions students have about their class work shold be sent to the course instructor.

Employees with questions about reporting to work should contact their supervisor.

If you need help, call 9-1-1 or University Police at 243-4000.

February 26, 2014

Current status of previous alerts:

  • Kevin Briggs was arrested Friday, Feb. 21. in Portland, Ore., and charged with attempted sexual intercourse without consent, aggravated assault, assault on a peace officer and escape.
  • The suspect in the Feb. 6 robberies is still at large. Please contact law enforcement with any information.

February 6, 2014

Update: Suspect still at large. Please contact law enforcement with any information.

1:13 p.m. Campus lockdown has ended. The suspect is still at large, but there is no evidence that he is in the immediate area. Please stay alert and read the following description of the suspect.

Description: White male, 5'5" to 5'7" with slim to medium build, young sounding voice (possible late teens/early twenties), brown hair, dark thick eyebrows, black sunglasses with black frames, light colored (possible white described as checkered) bandana, dark hoodie, black gloves, holding in right hand a black full-sized semi-automatic pistol, blue jeans, dark-colored shoes (white socks), holding white plastic bag in his left hand.

Please stay alert and call 9-1-1 to report any suspect sightings.

Classes and activities have resumed.

12:49 p.m. Campus lockdown has ended. Suspect still at large but no evidence in the area. Stay alert. Classes and activities will resume immediately.

12:22 p.m. Lockdown still in place. If you are in need of medical assistance or other emergency, call University Police at 243-4000.

11:51 a.m. Campus is still in lockdown, active search in progress. Updates forthcoming as conditions develop.

10:45 a.m. Stay in place. Do not move around. Stay in buildings behind locked door. Do not come to campus.

10:43 a.m. Classes canceled. Stay in place behind a locked door until further all clear message.

10:20 a.m. Shelter in place. Lock your doors and stay inside. Stay put and stay in your current classrooms and offices.

9:58 a.m. Two armed robberies north of the footbridge. Stay clear of the area.

February 5, 2014

Update: Briggs was arrested Friday, Feb. 21, in Portland, Ore.

3:45 p.m. Bozeman police have reported that Kevin Briggs, a suspect in a weekend assault and rape case and who escaped, might be in Missoula. UM and Missoula law enforcement ask you to be on the lookout for him. Description: age 28, 5 feet 5 inches tall, medium build, 150 pounds, brown hair, blue eyes. Bozeman police say Briggs also has gone by these names: Amiee Macintire, James Zenon Meismer.

Briggs was reported to have been on probation. He was reported to have been convicted for kidnapping and raping a girl in Helena in early 2003, and convicted of escape in Lewis and Clark County in 2003 and in Powell County in 2004.

Call University Police at 243-4000 or 9-1-1 if you have information about him.

Briggs description