I wanted to reach out regarding the news that was sent in the TUalert email earlier today.
I am sure many of you have safety concerns, and I wanted to let you know that we hear you. I also want to emphasize that we have received no information that there is a specific threat here at Temple.
At the same time, we have already taken actions to increase the security presence throughout the university tonight and tomorrow.
We continue to interact with local and federal authorities, as well as colleagues at other colleges and universities in the region. Law enforcement has received no additional information or any more specifics on the original threat. Should we learn anything specific that would affect the safety of those at Temple, we will let you know as soon as possible.
Charles J. Leone
Executive Director, Campus Safety Services
Temple University, along with other colleges and universities in our region, has learned from the ATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives) that a threat of violence has been made online against “a university near Philadelphia.” This posting states an action could take place at 1 p.m. central (2 p.m. eastern) Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.
While law enforcement is not aware of any specific threat, Temple Police are closely monitoring the situation and keeping in contact with local and federal officials. In addition, Temple Police will have increased visibility on campus Monday. The university will have normal operations Monday.
We are encouraging our community to be particularly aware of their surroundings and to report any concerns or suspicious activity to Campus Safety Services at 215-204-1234 (1-1234 from a campus phone).