Johns Hopkins suspends city activities a day after unrest erupts across Baltimore

University monitoring situation, taking precautions to ensure safety of faculty, staff, students, officials say

Image caption: Students join hands in prayer on the Keyser Quad at Johns Hopkins University's Homewood campus a day after unrest erupted across Baltimore.

Credit: Terry Martinez / Dean of Students

Johns Hopkins University canceled classes and postponed all events at its Baltimore City locations on Tuesday, a day after riots and unrest rippled across the city.

The university continues to monitor the situation and will take precautions to ensure the safety of members of the JHU community, university leaders wrote in a message to faculty, staff, and students this afternoon. Those precautions the early closure of libraries and the rec center at the Homewood campus in North Baltimore and the suspension of some shuttle services.

An announcement about university operations on Wednesday will be made in the morning, officials said.

Students were reminded of the city's 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. curfew, which goes into effect tonight and will last for at least one week.

At Homewood, more than 200 students gathered on Keyser Quad late this afternoon, joining hands in prayer and song. Others participated in clean-up efforts that were going on across the city.

One student group, IDEAL (Inform, Discuss, Enlighten, Acknowledge and Learn), started a gofundme campaign to raise money for the Southern Baptist Church in East Baltimore. A senior center the church was working to build was destroyed by a massive fire Monday night.

Events postponed Tuesday included the first installment in the new JHU Forums on Race in America series, with writer and Baltimore native Ta-Nehisi Coates scheduled as the featured speaker. Organizers were working to reschedule the event for a later a date.

"In light of the unrest in our city and out of an abundance of caution and concern for the safety of our students, faculty, staff, and fellow community members, a decision was made this morning to cancel all classes and events scheduled for today," a notice on the event's website said. "This includes the JHU Forum on Race in America featuring Ta-Nehisi Coates planned for this evening. We are working to reschedule this event as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding."

The Johns Hopkins Hospital in East Baltimore remains open.

Also see: Complete list of changes to university operations

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