January 18, 2016
Proceedings of the Natural Institute of Science | Volume 3 | SCI-NEWS 2
BREAKING: Student consults syllabus before asking question about course schedule
NOTE: This is a breaking news story and PNIS will provide updates as they are received.
NASHVILLE, TN – Vanderbilt University is currently under lock down after a student reportedly consulted his syllabus before asking a question about the course schedule. At least one Associate Professor is in serious condition after going into shock, and several other professor have suffered mild fainting episodes.
Police have been able to confirm that Jose Gomez, a junior at Vanderbilt, had raised his hand during the first meeting of History of Western Art I. Cecile Brown, an Associate Professor of Art History for 16 years at Vanderbilt, then called on Jose for his question, but Jose is said to have responded, “Nevermind, I see it in the syllabus, here.” Brown soon fell into shock afterwards and campus police were soon called to the scene.
4:00 pm: Gomez has been released by police custody after his lawyer commented that, counter to popular thought, consulting a course syllabus is not a state or federal crime.
3:45 pm: Gomez remains in custody of police and is said to be fully cooperating with the investigation. Multiple background checks on Gomez—including the terror watchlist, the no-fly list, and immigration checks—have come back negative.
The FBI and US government is not yet classifying this event as a “terrorist activity”, however it is being reported that President Obama has been briefed of the situation.
3:00 pm: Cecile Brown, the professor suffering from shock, has been upgraded from critical to serious condition. A spokesperson for Brown has commented that she has appeared to regain consciousness. However, Brown’s doctor has said that she may never regain the courage to call on a student ever again in class.
2:00 pm: Nicholas Zeppos, chancellor of Vanderbilt University, has said in a statement that he has called a special session of the Board of Trust, because, to his knowledge, “A situation in which a student has read the syllabus has never before occurred at any university. Thus, Vanderbilt is woefully unprepared for this scenario.”
1:25 pm: All students in attendance at Brown’s class have been safely evacuated and some are being held for questioning. One student, who asked to remain anonymous, said that he was scared after Brown went into shock, but was pleased that the class ended early.