All classes and activities at the University of Chicago’s Hyde Park campus will be canceled on Monday, according to a Sun Times report on Sunday night. The FBI learned of an online threat of gun violence which led to the decision to cancel. Robert J. Zimmer, the University of Chicago president, wrote a statement which says that the university will have an increased police and security presence on the campus and around it. This, he asserted, will include police personnel with visible weapons and other additional measures. The University’s security personnel, he stated, are keeping in close contact with the FBI. The Federal Bureau of Investigation is continuing to investigate the threat.
FBI Special Agent John Hyde stated that upon learning of a possible threat, the FBI shared information with law enforcement and University officials, as it is the custom. The University, he said, made the decision to cancel Monday’s classes and activities. Like the University’s president, Hyde said that the FBI’s investigation which is designed to determine the source of the online gun threat is ongoing.
The school was notified by the FBI counter-terrorism officials on Sunday. Of the online threat, they said that the gun violence was targeted towards the Chicago South Side campus. In detail, the threat made reference to the campus quad as being the primary location of the violence. The threat also said that the action would take place at 10 a.m. on Monday.
The decision to close and to request that on-campus student stay in their residences was based on the FBI’s assessment of the threat as well as recent tragic events at other campuses across the country. Though the University of Chicago Medical Center will be open to patients – with added security measures – the school’s Laboratory Schools, libraries, the Quadrangle Club and other campus buildings will be closed, according to CLTV.