FBI officials notified the school of an online threat against the school for 10 a.m. Monday on the campus quad

By Char Adams
November 30, 2015 08:40 AM
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A suspect is in custody after the University of Chicago officials cancelled Monday classes at the school’s Hyde Park campus following an online threat of gun violence, PEOPLE confirms.

“An individual is in custody in connection with the threat of violence at the University of Chicago,” FBI spokeswoman Joan Hyde tells PEOPLE in a statement. “Charges are pending, and no further information is available at this time.”

The school also confirmed that an arrest has been made in a statement provided to PEOPLE. “A UIC student living off-campus has been arrested in an investigation of threats made against students and staff at the University of Chicago,” the statement reads.

“UIC Police have been cooperating with its law enforcement partners since the threats became known. No threats were made against UIC students, faculty or staff but the UIC Police have increased patrols on campus.”

Federal counterterrorism officials notified the university of the online threat on Sunday, saying that an unknown person specifically mentioned “the campus quad” a 10 a.m. on Monday, according to a statement by University President Robert Zimmer obtained by PEOPLE.

“In response to the threat, the University will have an increase police and security presence on and around campus, including police personnel with visible weapons and other additional measures,” the statement, which on Sunday was posted online and emailed to university students, said.

Classes are expected to resume regularly on Tuesday, a university spokesman tells PEOPLE.

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In his statement, Zimmer urged students, staff and faculty to avoid the Hyde Park campus and to remain indoors.

One university student told the Chicago Tribune on Sunday, “I’m not going down there tomorrow, and I don’t have plans on going down there on Tuesday,” the student said. “For a threat like this, I want to give a few days to cool off.”

The university also cancelled classes and events at the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools, the University of Chicago Charter School campuses, university libraries and the Quadrangle Club.

The university’s medical center will remain open to patients, with added security measures, according to Zimmer’s statement.

In the statement, Zimmer urged anyone with information or “urgent questions about security measures” to contact university police.

With reporting by GREG HANLON and TARA FOWLER

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