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‘No evidence of credible threat’ at Brown University after receiving bomb threat

Other Ivy League universities including Cornell and Columbia received bomb threats Sunday, and Yale was threatened on Friday

Brown University in Providence.Jonathan Wiggs/Globe Staff

PROVIDENCE — Brown University officials said there was no evidence of a credible threat Sunday night after receiving a bomb threat by phone.

Earlier that afternoon, the university‘s Department of Public Safety had evacuated several of Brown’s buildings.

“After comprehensive searches by both Brown University and Providence Police officers, the university’s Department of Public Safety issued an all-clear update for the Brown campus,” said Brian Clark, a university spokesman.

The university released its first safety alert at 3:50 p.m. on Sunday, asking students to avoid the Meeting Street near the Life Sciences Building because of “a suspicious package.”

Students on campus told the Globe that surrounding buildings were being evacuated and some extracurriculars were canceled.


About an hour later, at 4:48 p.m., university officials sent out a second alert that said the Life Sciences Building was not involved but to avoid “Main Green buildings, John Hay, the Rock, and List Art until further notice.”

By 6:15 p.m. Sunday, university operations had resumed as normal and previously evacuated buildings reopened, Clark told the Globe.

Similar threats took place at other Ivy Leagues throughout the country on Sunday.

Over the course of an hour and a half, Cornell University issued four alerts to evacuate several locations across campus, due to bomb threats at several buildings, including the university‘s law school.

Campus buildings at Columbia University were evacuated an hour before Brown sent its first alert, due to similar threats, and a similar alert went out to members of Yale University this Friday.

Campus police told the Globe that the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives may be involved in an investigation connecting the incidents at each of the Ivy League campuses over the weekend.

Zara Norman contributed to this report.

Alexa Gagosz can be reached at alexa.gagosz@globe.com. Follow her @alexagagosz and on Instagram @AlexaGagosz.