2006-2007

Update on Campus Safety Alert

Updates messages concerning a current campus safety alert.

April 26, 2007
11:45 a.m.

To the WPI Community:

The FBI field offices in Boston and Providence, R.I., have determined that possible threats against Worcester and/or Providence-area colleges are "not credible" and were connected to a person arrested by police in Seekonk, Mass.

Janet Begin Richardson
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life

April 25, 2007
Noon

To the WPI Community:

We wanted to keep you apprised of the latest information regarding safety on our campus. We will provide updates as we receive any additional information. As of noon today, there is nothing new to report. In the meantime, we are providing additional patrols around campus as a precautionary measure and are keeping in close contact with Worcester Police and the other colleges in the Worcester area. Classes and campus activities continue as normal.

Janet Begin Richardson
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life

April 24, 2007
10:30 p.m.

To the WPI Community:

This evening the WPI Campus Police received information from the FBI concerning a possible threat to a college campus in the Worcester and/or Providence area. Other colleges in the City of Worcester have received this warning. We do not have specific information regarding the targeted campus or timeframe associated with the threat.

At this time law enforcement agencies have not been able to verify the threat. However, in light of the Virginia Tech tragedy, the WPI Administration and Campus Police have taken measures to respond to the threat including notifying our community about the threat and increasing campus patrols. We are receiving assistance from the Worcester Police Department and State Police while we gather additional information on the validity of this threat. We are asking all members of the campus community to be alert and aware of your surroundings. Please report any suspicious persons or activities to WPI Campus Police immediately at (508) 831-5555.

Although we cannot confirm this threat, we have chosen to err on the side of caution by notifying the community. We are doing everything within our power to provide a safe environment. We will provide additional information about this situation when it becomes available.

Janet Begin Richardson
Vice President for Student Affairs and Campus Life

April 25, 2007