Investigation continues into threat that closed SOU

Ashland, Ore. — All classes were cancelled Wednesday at Southern Oregon University in Ashland. Students and staff were told to stay home as police investigate a note found on campus that threatened campus safety.

“We plan for the worst and we hope it’s a hoax but we’re not going to leave any stone left unturned,” Ashland Deputy Chief Warren Hensman said.

Hensman said the note was found in a bathroom on campus Tuesday night. Students were alerted immediately. He wouldn’t say if the note was handwritten or who found it, just that it was anonymous, caused serious concern and stated the violent act would take place Wednesday.

“There was reference to what’s going on currently in Roseburg but it obviously was a note that was highly concerning and suggestive to both the Ashland Police Department and the Southern Oregon University staff and administrators,” Hensman said.

Ashland P.D., campus public safety, and local FBI agents will continue the investigation. Hensman said it’s too early in the investigation to say if this threat is related to a bomb threat made at Rogue Community College Monday, or a threat made to Ashland High School Thursday.

Campus will be back open Thursday at 5:00 a.m.

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