Students were told not to attend downtown classes Friday afternoon and “non-essential faculty and staff” were told to leave as well in an email from the Office of the Provost after the conviction of former Chicago Police Department (CPD) officer Jason Van Dyke.
Van Dyke was convicted Oct. 5 around 2:00 PM for second-degree murder of 17-year old Laquan McDonald and 16 counts of aggravated battery. The initial event took place on the South Side of Chicago in 2014 when Van Dyke shot McDonald 16 times.
The provost, Margaret Faut Callahan, sent the message around 3:30 PM notifying students of the cancellation because of possible “safety and security” concerns surrounding Water Tower Campus.
Callahan’s email advised students and faculty “to exercise extreme caution and be vigilant regarding safety and security measures” on their commute home from Water Tower Campus.
Loyola’s email follows Depaul University’s cancellations of classes at the Loop Campus announced in a tweet at 9:15 AM on Friday.