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SC State: No threat, student was late for class

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ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) -

The excitement on the campus of South Carolina State University Tuesday afternoon can be attributed to a student who parked off campus and was seen running onto school grounds.

A staff member saw the person and alerted police. Once police tracked the man down it was determined that he was a student and he was not armed, according to a university spokesperson. 

The student was simply late for class and took an unconventional route to class that raised concern, officials said. 

A statement from SC State says: "The SC State University Police Department was recently notified of a potential trespasser entering the campus on foot. The matter was immediately placed under investigation and it was validated by the Police Department that there was no threat to the safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors on campus."

"Due to the use of social media, the matter escalated to an unofficial announcement that was not validated by University officials."

"All offices are currently open and operable at this time. South Carolina State University remains committed to ensuring the safety and well-being of its faculty, staff and most importantly students."

WIS received several calls into the newsroom about an armed man on campus. Authorities say that was never the case.

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