“We are relieved to report that this threat appears to have been a hoax,” Malina said. “A cruel hoax, but, thankfully, just a hoax. The university has now resumed its normal operations.” Your Public Safety news is made possible with support from: The threats are nearly identical to the ones that were made via Twitter to Columbia University. That Twitter account has been suspended.
The school also released far more details about the actual threat. In a letter to the community, Joel Malina, the VP of University Relations, stated that Tompkins County Dispatch had received “an anonymous call from an individual claiming to be in one of our academic buildings with automatic weapons and that explosives had been placed in several other academic buildings.”
Update (5:00 p.m.): The school further confirms that police are on scene and investigating, and have set up a perimeter. They are currently conducting building sweeps. Central campus seems like the focus of the investigation currently—though the law school and Upson Hall were mentioned by the school, there were not many police stationed outside either of those locations as of 4:30 p.m.
Brown University also announced its own bomb situation, announcing the investigation of a suspicious package, joining Columbia University and Cornell, which both reported bomb threats. Yale University had another bomb threat scare over the weekend. Update (3:40p.m.): Cornell University has confirmed that they have received a bomb threat.