Point Loma Nazarene University canceled all classes Thursday after receiving information from the FBI of a threat of violence centering on the institution’s higher-education facilities.
Campus officials announced about 8:30 a.m. that they had suspended classes at all PLNU campuses “out of an abundance of caution.”
The decision followed a notification from the federal investigation service about an “unspecified threat,” university spokeswoman Jill Monroe said.
The security concern came to light in the early morning, according to a statement from the FBI, which did not disclose what form the menacing communication took.
“Initial information received indicated non-specific comments were made regarding PLNU,” the advisory states. “Immediately upon notification of the potential threat, our Joint Terrorism Task Force engaged with our federal, state and local partners to investigate.”
As of late morning, the JTTF was “actively working to determine the veracity of the (threatening) comments,” according to the FBI statement, which added that the initial findings of the investigation indicated “that this is not an active shooter threat.”
The main PLNU campus in the Sunset Cliffs area of San Diego, as well as satellite locations in Mission Valley and Liberty Station, were closed and all employees were dismissed, Monroe said. Another location in Bakersfield also was temporarily shut down.
Officials advised students who live on campus to return to their dormitories and remain inside pending further updates or leave the school grounds if preferred.
canceled all classes Thursday after receiving information from the FBI of an “unspecified threat” to its facilities, university officials announced.
At about 8:30 a.m. the university announced the decision to cancel classes at all of the university’s campuses “out of an abundance of caution,” university officials said in a statement posted on the university’s website.
The decision to cancel classes was made after receiving information from the FBI Thursday morning about an “unspecified threat,” university spokeswoman Jill Monroe said.
The main campus as well as satellite locations in the Mission Valley area and the Liberty Station area were closed and all employees were dismissed, Monroe said. A satellite location in Bakersfield was also closed.
Students who live on campus were told they could return to their dorms and remain inside or, if they prefer, they can leave campus, Monroe said.
The university’s main campus located just south of the Sunset Cliffs area of San Diego has over 2,000 undergraduates, according to the university’s website.
The threat investigation was being handled by the FBI, San Diego police public-affairs Officer Billy Hernandez said.
Updated at 12:25 p.m. Oct. 25, 2018
— City News Service