The University of Chicago has announced Sunday night that classes and other activities are canceled on Monday due to a serious gun violence threat they received.
According to the announcement posted on the University’s website, FBI’s counterterrorism officials have notified the University that an “unknown individual posted an online threat of gun violence against the University of Chicago, specifically mentioning “the campus quad” on Monday morning at 10 a.m.”
As part of its cautionary action, and with the recent events that happened in other campuses around the country, the University decided to cancel all school classes and activities in the Hyde Park campus area until midnight on Monday.
Students and non-medical staffers are prohibited from entering the campus and are encouraged to stay indoors if they are already within campus.
“Students in College Housing are asked to stay indoors and await direct communication from College Housing Staff,” the announcement further elaborated.
There will also be an increased presence of security and police personnel within the campus.
Apart from suspending all classes and activities in the Hyde Park campus, the University has also decided to close “the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the University of Chicago Charter School campuses, the University libraries, the Quadrangle Club, Student Health and Counseling Services, and other campus facilities.”
The University of Chicago Medical Center will still be open to receive patients.
More information will be available at the University website, www.uchicago.edu.