UCLA moves all classes away because of threats – The Journal

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University of California, Los Angeles, officials ordered all classes to be held remotely due to threats

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Officials at the University of California, Los Angeles ordered all classes to be held remotely Tuesday due to threats, the school said.

UCLA took the plunge a day after students returned to in-person instruction and said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution.

“The UCLA Police Department is aware of a concerning email and post sent to certain members of the UCLA community today and has been actively engaging with law enforcement and law enforcement agencies. federal agencies out of state,” the university said in a series of social media posts overnight.

Los Angeles Police Department chief Michel Moore said Tuesday that the individual who made the threats is believed to be in Colorado. Law enforcement and UCLA have yet to name the person.

“At this point, we believe the campus is safe,” Moore said at a meeting of the Board of Police Commissioners.

The FBI’s Los Angeles field office is working with UCLA “to assess the situation,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller told The Associated Press.

A spokesperson for the FBI’s Denver field office did not immediately respond to an email request for comment.

The Los Angeles Times reported obtaining emails sent to students and faculty showing authorities were investigating a former UCLA professor who allegedly sent a video referencing a mass shooting and an 800-page manifesto containing threats against people in the philosophy department.

UCLA Publications did not confirm the details of the Times report, but said, “Out-of-state law enforcement has confirmed that the person who threatened UCLA is under observation and not in California. Classes will remain remote today.

Bill Kisliuk, director of media relations at the university, did not respond to a series of detailed questions emailed to him by the AP, but said he would contact us “when we we’ll have more.” It was unclear when that might be.

The university posted on social media the phone numbers of students, faculty and staff seeking advice.

Considered one of the best public universities in the country, UCLA is located in the affluent neighborhood of Westwood in Los Angeles. The university has over 31,000 undergraduate students and 14,000 graduate students.

UCLA’s threats appear unrelated to bomb threats issued Monday – a day before the start of Black History Month – to at least half a dozen historically black universities in five states and the district of Columbia, Eimiller said.

The UCLA campus was rocked by a shooting in 2016 when a former student killed his estranged wife in a Minneapolis suburb and drove to UCLA, where he fatally shot a professor. engineering who had been his mentor, then committed suicide.

FILE – Students walk on the campus of the University of California, Los Angeles February 26, 2015. University of California, Los Angeles officials have ordered all classes to be held remotely due to threats. UCLA took the plunge on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, a day after students returned to in-person instruction and university officials said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. The university has over 31,000 undergraduate students and 14,000 graduate students. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

FILE – Students sit on the lawn near Royce Hall at UCLA in the Westwood section of Los Angeles on April 25, 2019. University of California, Los Angeles, officials have ordered all classes to be held remotely due to threats . UCLA took the plunge on Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022, a day after students returned to in-person instruction and university officials said the decision was made out of an abundance of caution. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

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