Community Advisory - Email Threats

October 3, 2014

At about 4:45 this afternoon, hundreds of Harvard students and affiliates received an emailed death threat.  The author threatened to come to campus “tomorrow” to shoot the email recipients.  Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) immediately began investigating, and also notified other local law enforcement agencies as well as the FBI. 


 While we cannot verify at this time that this is a real threat, every member of our community should be familiar with these Active Shooter Safety Guidelines, which were developed based on guidance from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. 


HUPD will increase its presence across campus this weekend.


If you see anything suspicious, have immediate safety concerns or have any pertinent information to share, please contact the HUPD at 617-495-1212.


For questions about this advisory, please contact the Harvard University Police Department's Public Information Officer, Steven G. Catalano, at 617-495-9225 or by email at


Disseminated at 6:45 PM on October 3, 2014.


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