SOU to Reopen Campus Thursday, Oct. 8 at 5 a.m.

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(Ashland, Ore.) — Upon consultation with law enforcement, the administration of Southern Oregon University has determined that campus will reopen Thursday, Oct. 8, at 5 a.m.

The decision to close campus was made in response to threatening communication received Tuesday evening. The campus closure allowed SOU and its law enforcement partners to fully assess the situation and threat. No further evidence has been found to substantiate the threat.

“Although there is no indication of a continuing threat, all members of the campus community should have a heightened awareness of their surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity, including threatening or concerning activity on social media,” according to Frederick Creek, SOU’s director of campus public safety. “Reports can be made by dialing 911, contacting Campus Public Safety at 541-552-6911, or by utilizing an Emergency Blue Light Phone.”

There is currently an increased uniformed and non-uniformed Campus Public Safety and Ashland Police Department presence on campus.

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