OAKLAND -- Tucked away behind a Walmart in an industrial park near Oakland's airport, the evangelical Christian college where former nursing student One Goh allegedly killed seven people Monday is so small it shares space with a spa and other businesses.
Police Chief Howard Jordan said the school is closed indefinitely.
Oikos University offers an eclectic range of programs aimed mostly at Korean students, including vocational nursing, music and theology, and requires them to attend church services and follow a strict code of conduct.
"We believe (in) the existence of a personal, malevolent being called Satan who acts as tempter and accuser," the school's website states, "for whom the place of eternal punishment was prepared, where all who die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for eternity."
The school's founder and president, the Rev. Jongin Kim of San Leandro, said shortly after the shootings that he was too upset to talk. Later, at Kim's home, a woman rushed away, saying, "I'm shocked, just very shocked. I have to go there."
Neighbors say they have lived there a while -- one said at least 10 years -- but they don't know the Kims because they generally keep to themselves.
Kim is affiliated with the Praise God Korean Church in Oakland and is listed as the president of California Ezra Bible Academy in Sunnyvale, which offers theology, divinity and ministry degrees.
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The university's religious mission is difficult to pinpoint, said one theologian.
"It would seem to be evangelical protestant, but doesn't seem to have a relationship with any one denomination," said Arthur Holder, dean and vice president for academic affairs at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley.
He had not heard of Oikos before the shootings, "but there are a lot of schools I haven't heard of," he said after looking at the school mission statement on its website.
The 8-year-old school employs about four dozen faculty members, many part time, such as nursing director Ellen Cervellon, who also teaches at Cal State East Bay. Cervellon did not return messages. More than a dozen other faculty members also didn't return messages.
The university was licensed by the state's Bureau of Private Postsecondary Education, which regulates for-profit and vocational schools, on May 13, 2011, said bureau spokesman Russ Heimerich. The school also is accredited by the state Board of Vocational Nursing and Psychiatric Technicians, he said.
According to federal records, the college is allowed to accept international students. The school's latest federal tax return showed that it took in $996,000 in tuition in 2010, with total revenues of $1.01 million.
Four other people who, along with Kim, make up its board of directors did not return messages.
More than a dozen police officers guarded the school on Edgewater Drive on Monday evening. A sign in front of its building advertised office space for rent.
Staff writers Angela Hill, Eric Kurhi and Danny Willis contributed to this report.