Student suspended for possessing a weapon on campus

May 5, 2024
University Relations
May 5, 2024

The UC Riverside Police Department executed a search warrant on May 3, 2024, in a campus residence hall after evidence of a weapon was found on campus. A search of a room in the North District residential apartments revealed an assault rifle registered to a student, ammunition, five high-capacity magazines, and hand-drawn images in a journal depicting a violent act. 

The student was placed on interim suspension for alleged violation of several university policies. The student was ordered to leave campus, has complied, and is ordered not to return to campus pending the outcome of an administrative hearing. UCPD will also be submitting the case to the Riverside County District Attorney who will decide whether criminal charges will be pursued. 

While this message is being sent to the entire campus community out of an abundance of caution, information about student disciplinary matters, including a student’s identity, is protected and cannot be disclosed in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA. 

There is no indication at this time that this incident is related to any recent campus events. 

UCPD is monitoring the situation, and our Health, Well-being, and Safety and Student Affairs divisions are following up with affected individuals and departments. 

This incident is a good reminder to our campus community that anyone who knows of or sees anything concerning on campus should call the non-emergency phone number at 951-827-5222 or, in an emergency, 911.

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