Newman issues 'all clear' after closing campus over rumors of threat

Newman University has issued an all-clear after canceling classes Friday morning over a rumored threat of violence.

In an email to students and faculty sent at 10:04 a.m., Provost Kimberly Long said that “no credible threat” was determined after "investigation on campus was conducted that included interviews with students.”

“At around 1:00 a.m., campus security received word that rumors were circulating on social media that there may be an act of violence on campus today. Administrators met soon after to review the allegations,” Long said.

Long said in the e-mail that she believed the university’s decision to cancel school was appropriate.

“Students, staff, and faculty may rest assured that campus security, the administration, and student life put their safety first, and we would not return to normal on-campus activities if we believed there were a credible threat.”

Classes will be canceled for the rest of the day, but other campus activities will be allowed to resume, including tonight’s performance of “Mamma Mia.”

Newman students, staff and faculty awoke to a message from Newman University’s emergency alert system on Friday that said campus was closed because of “unsubstantiated reports of a threat,” an investigation was taking place.

Director of Security Morris Floyd said that security was taking every precaution to assure that students are safe.

O’Shaughnessy Hall has reopened and Floyd said athletic practices will resume.

The Mabee Dining Center will serve lunch and dinner on its Saturday and Sunday schedule for today.

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