Campus Alerts


Terroristic Threats (updated)

Tue, Apr 4, 2017

Around 4 pm this afternoon, a student alerted a PEAR department staff member of an incident involving a community user in Laird Stadium, who was in the facility during its open hours. The individual was making odd, threatening statements and waving what was reported to be a handgun in the stadium’s weight room. The staff member immediately contacted on-duty security personnel, who in turn called 911.

The person in question quickly fled Laird Stadium, but was apprehended shortly thereafter by Northfield Police a few blocks from campus, with assistance as to their location provided by our security staff. Northfield Police are currently investigating the situation, but no other details are available at this time.

There is no immediate threat to the campus. If we deem it necessary to share any further information, we will do so. Please be in touch with Security if you have any questions.

Wed, Apr 5, 2017

We would like to provide a short update on yesterday’s incident in Laird Stadium:

Northfield Police apprehended and arrested an adult male, not affiliated with the College, within minutes of the reported incident. They recovered what they described as a toy or plastic gun at the arrest scene. The Rice County Attorney’s Office has released the individual without criminal charges, however, the Northfield Police are continuing their investigation. Carleton has issued the individual a “stay off campus” order.

I’d like to commend Security shift supervisor Klay Christianson for his quick response and working hand-in-hand with local authorities to resolve the situation and keep our students safe. The College would like to acknowledge our students and PEAR staff for their fast reactions in recognizing the situation and alerting Security.

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP
Director of Security




Thu, Nov 3, 2016

On or about 7:38 PM on Thursday evening 11/03/2016, Security Services received a report that a Carleton student had been shot by what was suspected to be a BB or pellet gun. According to the report the Carleton student, who was riding a bicycle, had stopped at the corner of 4th Street and Union Street to send/read a text message. As the text  message was being read/delivered, a vehicle containing two younger aged male passengers pulled up alongside the student. One of the passengers said, "Hey beautiful" to the student who looked inside of the vehicle to see if it was an acquaintance. The student did not recognize either passenger and resumed texting and then was stuck by the projectile. The Northfield Police and Northfield Ambulance were called to the scene to administer first aid and gather additional information from the student. 

The vehicle was described as a compact four-door sedan similar to a Ford Fusion, silver in color, and bearing Minnesota State license plates. The vehicle left the scene and was driven towards the downtown area. No additional description of the passengers or vehicle was available. The Northfield Police and Carleton security conducted a search for the vehicle and are continuing their investigation. 

Anyone with additional information about this incident should notify the Northfield Police (911) and Carleton Security (507-222-4444). Students, faculty, and staff are reminded that Security Services is available to provide safe escorts on and adjacent to campus.

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP
Director of Security

Unauthorized Entrance of a College-Owned House

Fri, Apr 15, 2016

On or about 12:30 AM on Wednesday morning April 13, 2016, the Northfield Police advised Carleton Security that they were searching for an individual who had entered a College-owned house.  The individual was confronted by the tenants and immediately exited the house.  Security personnel participated in the search however no one matching the description provided by the tenants was found.  The only physical description available at this time is a white male, approximately 6 feet tall, medium build wearing a black or gray Carhartt type jacket/coat and blue stocking hat.  The Northfield police have classified this incident as trespassing and are continuing their investigation.
A second unauthorized entrance into this residence was reported to have occurred between 8:30 AM and 1 PM yesterday, April 14.  The house was unoccupied at the time of the second incident and nothing was reported missing from the residence.  The Northfield Police are investigating this incident as well.

If anyone has additional information on these incidents please notify Security Services (campus phone X4444/off campus or cell 507-222-4444) or the Northfield Police (9-911/911).

Students, faculty, and staff are reminded that it is important to lock exterior doors to their residences.  Those living in campus residences/buildings equipped with electronic access control are reminded not to prop exterior doors, not allow “tailgating” into secure buildings, and to keep doors to interior rooms locked.  In addition, it is essential that if you observe any individual(s) engaged in suspicious activity notify Security Services or the Northfield Police immediately. 

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP
Director of Security

Thefts On Campus

Wed, Oct 30, 2013

On 10-29-13, two incidents of theft from offices in the Weitz Center for Creativity were reported to Security Services.  In each instance an unknown individual(s) entered the unlocked offices of a faculty member and a staff member and removed their wallets and a checkbook from their purse and computer bag.  Although the checkbook and one of the wallets were later recovered (the checkbook was found in a Rice County ditch, and the wallet in a Burnsville parking lot), it was discovered that the perpetrator(s) had spent $300 from one of the bank accounts.

Although we live and work in a safe community, these types of incidents do occur on campus and in the City of Northfield as evidenced by the recently reported thefts from vehicles.  Therefore, it is good practice to secure your valuables within your office or room and to lock your door when leaving your office or room unattended.  Report suspicious individuals/activity to Security Services immediately by dialing X4444 or 507-222-4444.

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP
Director of Security

Vehicle Break-Ins

Tue, Oct 22, 2013

Some time during the late evening/early morning hours of Saturday, 10/18/13 and Sunday, 10/19/13, eight (8) vehicles parked in the Rec Center lot and a vehicle parked in the James Hall lot were broken into and had items stolen.  Among the items stolen were Global Positioning System (GPS) units, a cell phone, sunglasses, cash and keys.  The perpetrators gained entry into the vehicles via unlocked doors and by breaking windows.

The Northfield News is reporting similar thefts from vehicles throughout Northfield over the weekend:

In an effort to reduce the chances of your vehicle being broken into, remove cash and other valuable items from your vehicle - especially if your vehicle is going to be parked for an extended period of time/overnight.  At a minimum, do not leave these items in plain site inside of your vehicle.

Report suspicious individuals/activity to Security Services (X4444/507-222-4444) immediately.

Wayne R. Eisenhuth, CPP
Director of Security

Predator Drug Concern

Wed, Oct 16, 2013

The Dean of Students Office was made aware of concerns from a Northfield community member of the possibility of substances being slipped unknowingly into drinks of others.We want you to be aware of this information and to remind you of some tips that can keep you and our community safe.  The substance, we believe may be rohypnol, GHB or Ketamine. These substances are virtually undetectable to an unsuspecting individual, however, within 15-30 minutes of ingestion, the drugs can cause rapid impairment similar to alcohol intoxication, which can leave an individual incapacitated and vulnerable.

Tips to consider:

1. Never accept a beverage that you did not see made.

2. Do not leave your beverage unattended.

3. Use a buddy-system when “going out,” and stay with your buddy!

4. Be alert of the behavior of friends and ask them to do the same for you.

If you notice concerning behavior on campus, which needs immediate intervention or resolution, please contact Security at x4444 or 507-222-4444.  If you are off-campus and have concerns, we encourage you to contact the Northfield Police Department at 645-4477. If you have other questions or information you would like to share or discuss, please consider submitting a Community Concern 

Thank you for your attention to this important information, and for helping to make the Carleton and Northfield a safe and supportive community. 


Hudlin Wagner

VP/Dean of Students Office