SOU Ashland campus closed Wednesday due to threat will reopen Thursday

10.07 ashland threat

Update (2:45 p.m.) SOU officials say their Ashland campus will reopen Thursday at 5 a.m. The decision to close campus on Wednesday was in response to a threatening communication that officials received Tuesday evening.

Law enforcement officials say there was no further evidence found to substantiate the threat.

“Although there is no indication of a continuing threat, all members of the campus community should have a heightened awareness of their surroundings and immediately report any suspicious activity, including threatening or concerning activity on social media,” according to Frederick Creek, SOU’s director of campus public safety. “Reports can be made by dialing 911, contacting Campus Public Safety at 541-552-6911, or by utilizing an Emergency Blue Light Phone.”

Students should expect to see an increase of uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officials on campus.


Update (9 a.m. 10/7) — No additional threats have been found on SOU campus, additional security is on scene and all Ashland campus activity is suspended for the day.


Ashland, Ore. — According to an e-mail sent to Southern Oregon University students at the Ashland campus that the campus would be closed Wednesday, October 7th due to an unconfirmed threat.

The e-mail says the Ashland Police Department is currently investigating and that all classes and other activities are cancelled Wednesday.

In a comment on the Southern Oregon University Facebook page officials said someone left a note “Hand written note found in a campus building. No further details can be released at this time as the investigation is active.”

The SOU/RCC campus in Medford will remain open.

In the e-mail it also says “Only essential personnel, including Campus Public Safety and Food Services staff, are to report to work on the Ashland campus.”

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