The incident was reported in the area of Lind Hall, according to a tweet from university police around 5:30 p.m. Wednesday.
Central Washington University was on lockdown for around two hours Wednesday evening as officials responded to a false report of an active shooter on campus, according to university officials.
There were no confirmed shots fired and campus is secure, said Kremiere Jackson, university vice president of public affairs. Officials are investigating the false report, and classes will resume as scheduled on Thursday, she said.
Campus police were dispatched to Lind Hall, which is at the south end of the Ellensburg campus, at 5:23 p.m. to respond to reports of shots fired, Jackson said. Central began sending text and email alerts two minutes later warning recipients to stay in place, she said.
Students were under lockdown as police searched and evacuated buildings. Campus police received assistance from Ellensburg, Kittitas County, Yakima County and federal law-enforcement agencies, Jackson said. Off-duty officers from the Seattle area even offered to assist, she said.
At 6:57 p.m., the university stated there were no reports of injuries.
Linda Schactler, university chief of staff, said the reports were a false alarm just after 7 p.m. Soon after, the university tweeted that police reported all buildings were secured and that campus was safe.
While some students said on social media they felt the updates took too long, Jackson said officials acted quickly and that the system in place “worked flawlessly.”
“We really try hard to make sure we are sharing information as we receive it, but we want to make sure the information is accurate,” she said.