GROTON, Conn. -- Officials say a despondent man with a handgun has crawled beneath a dock on the University of Connecticut’s Avery Point campus and police negotiators are talking with him.

An emergency alert was posted on the school’s website at about 11:35 p.m. Monday ordering an evacuation.

Police said around 2:15 a.m. Tuesday that officers had set up a perimeter around the man, who is alone and confined in a small area.

UCONN spokeswoman Stephanie Reitz says it is not known if the man has any connection to the university. “He doesn’t appear to be a threat to others, but we want to secure his safety.”

Several local police departments and a state police emergency services unit are on the scene.

Reitz says very few people are believed to on campus because it’s summer.