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Area Student Arrested for Threat That Closed University of Chicago.

Classes are not in session Monday on the main University of Chicago campus on the city’s South Side after officials at the renowned institution were warned by the FBI of a gun-violence threat against the university. The threat reportedly carried enough specificity — referencing “the campus quad” and a time of 10 o’clock Monday morning — to alarm administrators and precipitate the full-shutdown decision. The warning, according to an online campus-emergency alert, came from counterterrorism experts at the FBI, who were said to have described the threat as having been posted online by an unknown individual.

One person died in each attack respectively. “In response to the threat, the university will have an increased police and security presence on and around campus, including police personnel with visible weapons and other additional measures,” the statement read. In addition to canceling all Monday classes on the Hyde Park campus (the university also has a campus near downtown Chicago, as well as campuses and centers in such overseas locations as London, Beijing and Singapore), the university advised students living in campus dormitories to stay indoors and await instruction and other nonmedical students, faculty and nonessential staff to avoid the campus as able, according to the student newspaper the Maroon. A number of students and a professor were shot and killed on Oct. 2 by a student at Umpqua Community College in Oregon; six University of California–Santa Barbara students were killed, three by gunshots, near that school’s campus on May 23, 2014, by a nonstudent attacker.

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