OAKLAND -- Tucked away behind a Walmart in an industrial park near Oakland's airport, the evangelical Christian college where a 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.
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.
"Our main goal is to foster spiritual Christian leaders who abide by God's intentions and to expand God's nation through them," Kim is quoted on Oikos' website as saying.
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.
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.