Cornell University alert update: Caller says bombs placed in 4 buildings; evacuations ordered; police on campus | #College. | #Students


Update at 4:06 p.m.: Cornell University sent another alert informing students, staff and community members that police are on campus investigating the bomb threat. Police have set up a perimeter and ask everyone to avoid central campus.

Update at 3:25 p.m.: Police received a call saying bombs were being placed in the law school, Goldwin Smith, Upson Hall and Kennedy Hall, Cornell University said in an updated alert. The buildings are in different areas of the campus. (map below)

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Ithaca, N.Y. — Cornell University sent an emergency alert Sunday afternoon, ordering people to evacuate the law school and several academic buildings.

Police and state troopers are on campus, according to the college paper, The Cornell Daily Sun.

Several roads and paths are blocked with yellow caution tape, and students are slowly walking away from Central Campus toward North Campus and Collegetown, the Sun reported.

At 1:57 p.m., the university sent an alert asking people to “avoid the arts quad and Goldwin Smith Hall at this time” and asked anyone in that area to “shelter in place.”

At 2:12 p.m., Cornell University sent a second message in all capital letters, telling everyone to “EVACUATE AND AVOID THE LAW SCHOOL, GOLDWIN SMITH, UPSON HALL AND KENNEDY HALL.” The alert also told people not to call Cornell Police unless they had an emergency.

At 3 p.m., students and staff received a phone call, another text and an email alert telling them to avoid Central Campus, and to evacuate areas in or nearby the law school, Goldwin Smith, Upson Hall and Kennedy Hall.

The phone message told Cornell students and staff that more information would be provided as it becomes available.

There have been several bomb threats at universities across the country over the last several days: Thursday at Cleveland State University’s law building; Friday at Yale University; and Saturday at Ohio University and Miami University.

We are continuing to update this story. Check back for updates.

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