Todd Olson emails Harbin residents, confirms DEA investigation of dorm meth lab

2:00 p.m. update: Olson forwarded the email to all Georgetown students.

Original post: In an email sent at 1:30 p.m., Vice President for Student Affairs Todd Olson updated Harbin Hall residents about this morning’s evacuation and the methamphetamine lab discovered on the ninth floor.

“Thank you for your patience as we experience an unexpected disruption in your residence hall today,” Olson wrote in the email. “Local law enforcement authorities remain in charge of the situation and are informing our actions. We are now awaiting the arrival of a team from the Drug Enforcement Agency, which could include hazardous materials experts, to further address the situation.”

Olson added that students will not be allowed to re-enter the dormitory until the “all clear sign” is given. The University plans to provide updates to the entire Georgetown community later today.

“We recognize that this is causing inconveniences and have made arrangements for you to access Lauinger Library and Leo’s without your GOCard if needed.”

Olson’s full email to Harbin residents:

Dear Residents of Harbin Hall –

Thank you for your patience as we experience an unexpected disruption in your residence hall today.  As you are aware, early this morning Georgetown University’s Department of Public Safety (DPS) was notified of a strange odor on the 9th floor of Harbin Hall.  DPS notified MPD and officers responded to the scene, confirmed that possible methamphetamine production was taking place in one residence hall room and contacted the D.C. Fire Department.   DPS began an immediate building evacuation as a precautionary measure.  Local law enforcement authorities remain in charge of the situation and are informing our actions.   We are now awaiting the arrival of a team from the Drug Enforcement Agency, which could include hazardous materials experts, to further address the situation.  We are awaiting their all clear sign for students to reenter Harbin Hall.  We recognize that this is causing inconveniences and have made arrangements for you to access Lauinger Library and Leo’s without your GOCard if needed.  You also may want to be in touch with your parents to inform them that you are safe.  An investigation into this situation remains ongoing and we will provide you and the entire campus community with an update later today as more information becomes available.  Thank you for your ongoing cooperation as we work to resolve this situation. If you have questions this afternoon please contact the Office of Student Affairs 202- 687-4056.

Todd A. Olson

Vice President of Student Affairs

Photo: John Flanagan

17 Comments on “Todd Olson emails Harbin residents, confirms DEA investigation of dorm meth lab

  1. “An unexpected disruption in your residence hall today”? It’s not like an elevator broke. There was a DRUG LAB. AND the fire alarms didn’t work. Will there be a town hall tonight? Or is that just for suspect climbing equipment?

  2. @ Perry

    After the great shame these fools have brought to our campus and the suffering they have caused their fellow residents, there should be an execution tonight.

  3. @ Jacob,
    I agree. Maybe we can string these assholes up using some of that climbing equipment that converts so easily into hangin’ ropes.

  4. Of course he does not mention the fact that NONE of the fire alarms worked. Frankly, I am way more pissed off about that than the fact that two idiot freshmen decided they wanted to pretend they were in the back woods of West Virginia and smoke up a lovely mix of Drain-O and sudafed.

  5. An execution? Wow that’s a little extreme. They were arrested, and that’s enough. Chill, man

  6. Dr. Olson:

    As soon as it is confirmed these students did in fact attempt to make meth in a campus dorm, do the right thing: release their names. As a community we deserve to know who is causing us this huge amounts of shame. This is utterly embarrassing. There is no reason to be protecting the kids who tried doing this, much less continue to allow them to attend school here.

  7. Michael,
    I’m ashamed if you are a Georgetown student and don’t understand sarcasm (though admittedly, on second read, it might be hard to detect in writing).

  8. I can’t believe I was going to Rosslyn for my meth

  9. Don’t demand the names of the arrested students as a “right” or “protection”. What will the names do for you? Help your investigation of a wider drug cartel? Admit your morbid curiosity, Joe Hoya. And think what kids who revive pre-civil rights discourse, like Tim, might do with them.

  10. @ hoya,

    I have never “revive[d]” anything. If a hyperbolic reference to a past University story (the “nooses” that never were) qualifies as “reviv[ing] pre-civil rights discourse,” then that discourse must be in a very easily-revivable state indeed.

    As for the names, I want them so that everyone else associated with Georgetown can do as much as possible as quickly as possible to distance ourselves from these jerks. The legal system can do what it will with them personally. But I want all Hoyas to know who these people are and condemn them thoroughly.

  11. For what gain? Do you get off to sticking your nose up at people who have affected your namesake? What exactly do you want to do to “condemn them thoroughly” that the legal system would be incapable of doing on its own?

  12. If we let in about another 100,000 students, we’ll be just like UC Berkeley! =D

  13. @@ Tim,

    I’m not sure that I “get off” to it, but yes, I do get a sense of satisfaction out of making a public statement that those who disgrace our school are not condoned or accepted by the rest of us. If we heard this story about Duke, GW, Syracuse, ‘Nova, UConn, Maryland, or any of the Ivies, there would be relentless jokes about it. People would be on Vox spouting comments about how superior we are to that school. And, honestly, we wouldn’t be wrong to do it. The fact that students are cooking narcotics out of dangerous chemicals in a dorm room is a reason to think less of a school. It’s not like Georgetown is forever tarnished or anything so extreme, but everyone should recognize that this is absurd behavior by people who, for better or worse, now represent Georgetown in the national media. Maybe you’re cool with that representation. I’m really not.

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