May 9, 2016

Cornell Police Investigating ‘Unsubstantiated Threats’ to University

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Cornell University Police Chief Kathy Zoner informed the community of an ongoing investigation into “unsubstantiated threats” to the University in an email this evening.

Zoner said the threats were made by one “unknown individual” who she said has used two different websites unaffiliated with Cornell University.

The threats leveled against the University were characterized as non-specific, not singling out a definite location or motive, but contain “clear reference to causing harm,” according to Zoner.

“We are working with other local and federal law enforcement agencies, increasing our staffing and presence on all of our campuses,” she said. “Sharing this information with you out of an abundance of caution so that all of us can increase our vigilance.”

Cornellians are encouraged to continue about their normal activities but report any suspicious activity to CUPD, Zoner wrote. The police chief promised to update the Cornell community in further detail by noon on Wednesday.