March 4, 2014 at 3:34 PM
SOUTH ORANGE, NJ -- An anonymous threat received today at Seton Hall University has put the campus on heightened alert.
South Orange Police and members of the Essex County Sheriff’s Department are investigating. An unidentified individual called university public safety around 11 a.m. and made a threat, according to Laurie Pine, a Seton Hall spokeswoman. The nature of the threat has not been disclosed.
“From our limited information, this is not a bomb threat,” said Kevin Lynch, public information officer with the Essex County Sheriff’s Office. “We are on scene to lend SOPD a hand.”
Pine said, “The university is working with local authorities to confirm the validity of an anonymous threat.”
Officials closed the Ward Place entrance immediately following the threat and all traffic was directed to the main entrance off of South Orange Avenue. All cars are being inspected by public safety officials before they enter the campus. Drivers entering are asked for identification, and Seton Hall IDs are being swiped through a card reader.
Students and staff were notified of the situation via email at 11:43 a.m., and a second email with an update on the situation was sent at 1:24 p.m.
The update reiterated that university officials are working closely with local authorities to determine the validity of the threat and that it was received by telephone. It also urged students, faculty and staff to refrain from passing rumors or speculation especially via social media.
The reporter is a student participating in hyperlocal journalism partnership between The Alternative Press and Seton Hall University's Department of Communication & The Arts.