Utica College lockdown lifted; police still investigating

UTICA, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) - Lockdown has been lifted at Utica College while police investigate what they described as “real” and “credible” threats on Monday.

The college told students that they can return to their residence halls, and commuters, faculty, and staff can recover their belongings.

Utica College went into lockdown after receiving threats from a person saying he was armed with a weapon this morning.

Police say no weapon was fired, and no students were injured.

Students and staff were escorted to the Strebel Student Center and Clark Athletic Center, both of which were declared "safe zones" by law enforcement. They have since been released from the safe zones.

The school alerted the community to the status via Twitter around 11:12 a.m.

The school described the threats as "real" and "credible" in an update around 11:50 a.m.

The Utica Police Department is leading the investigation.

They say there are no substantiated reports of an active shooter or of shots being fired on campus.

According to WUTR-TV in Utica, a pair of phone calls threatening to take some sort of action at the Gordon Science Center prompted the lockdown.

They say a heavy police presence descended on the campus.

The Utica Public School District implemented lockout procedures as a precaution, according to WUTR-TV.

The college has cancelled all afternoon and evening classes, events, activities and athletic practices for the rest for the day. 

There has been no violence on campus and no reports of any injuries. 

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