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Update — Message from Executive Vice President Katie Lapp

December 16, 2013

Dear Harvard community members:

I write to update you on the events that disrupted activities on the Cambridge campus today.

As I reported earlier, four buildings were closed this morning so that they could be searched by law enforcement officials and access to Harvard Yard was restricted. That step was taken out of an abundance of caution after an email was received at approximately 8:40 a.m. by the Harvard University Police Department and other community members, claiming that explosive devices may have been hidden at those four sites. I am relieved to report that no suspicious devices were found.

I would like to thank the HUPD and the many representatives of the local, state and federal agencies who responded to this incident. We deeply appreciate your help in keeping our campus safe.

Safeguarding our community in this instance unfortunately required the disruption of exams and the evacuation of one of our freshman dormitories. The HUPD, in close cooperation with local, state and federal agencies, is continuing to investigate this incident to determine who may be responsible.

Please be assured that the safety of our students, faculty and staff is our top priority. At this time, we know of no specific threat to campus and activities are returning to normal.


Katie Lapp
Executive Vice President