MARQUETTE (AP) - Northern Michigan University officials have announced a press conference for 3:30 p.m. today to provide details of a threat which closed the university campus today.
Spokeswoman Kristi Evans said this morning an online threat was made to harm students, faculty, staff and administrators at NMU. Evans had no further details about the nature of the threat, which was discovered shortly before 8 a.m.
Evans said an emergency notice was transmitted on laptop computers that are provided to 9,400 NMU students. Text messages were sent on cell phones.
She said it's uncertain whether the closure will extend beyond today.
An emergency message on NMU's website at 11:45 a.m. said NMU Public Safety and Police Services had things under control on campus, but for precautionary reasons, officials requested that "people do not wander on campus or come to the university at this time.
"Students in residence halls are asked to remain there," the message said. "More information will be provided as it's made available. The university remains closed for the day."
The threat led to the closure of all Marquette Area Public Schools facilities this morning. All practices and events at district buildings were canceled today, but school officials said the following events are not canceled:
JV and Varsity Girls Basketball at Gwinn
Freshmen Girls Basketball at Ishpeming
Varsity Wrestling at Munising
Varsity Hockey practice at Lakeview Arena
Alpine Ski at Marquette Mountain
For additional information or questions about MAPS events, call the district's athletic coordinator, Jamie Tuma, at 906-250-2821