University Of Chicago Cancels Classes After Receiving Online Threat

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According to a statement released Sunday, the University of Chicago will cancel Monday classes and activities on campus after it was named as a target of an "online threat of gun violence." Students, non-medical faculty, and non-essential staff are being asked to stay away from the university or to stay indoors if they must be on campus. The university was informed by the FBI of the threat, which specifically named "the campus quad" on Monday morning at 10 a.m.

"Based on the FBI's assessment of this threat and recent tragic events at other campuses across the country, we have decided in consultation with federal and local law enforcement officials, to exercise caution by canceling all classes and activities on the Hyde Park campus through midnight on Monday," the statement read.

The University of Chicago Medical Center will continue to be open to patients. The school will beef up security and police presence across the campus. Students living on campus are being asked to stay indoors.

The school will post updates for students and faculty on its homepage. In the meantime, if you notice anything unusual or any kind of suspicious activities, please don't hesitate to call University of Chicago Police Department at 773-702-8181.

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