Community Advisory - Email Threats - UPDATE #2

October 4, 2014

Initial findings from HUPD's investigation of the threat emailed last night to hundreds of Harvard affiliates, while not complete, seem to indicate that the email originated overseas.  As a result, it appears at this time that the threat may not be credible.  


However, HUPD and other law enforcement agencies continue to investigate and will continue to treat the email very seriously.  A heightened security presence -- both uniformed and plainclothes -- will be maintained on campus today and this weekend.  


In the meantime, 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. 


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 more detailed information on safety and security please read the Harvard University Police Department's annual security report entitled "Playing it Safe”, which can be found at


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 9:50 AM on October 4, 2014.