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Message from Executive Vice President Katie Lapp

December 16, 2013

Dear Harvard community members:

As you learned from the MessageMe alerts this morning, the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD) received an unconfirmed report that explosives may have been placed in four buildings on campus:  the Science Center, and Thayer, Sever and Emerson halls. Out of an abundance of caution, the buildings have been evacuated while the report is investigated by the HUPD and the Cambridge Police Department.

Access to Harvard Yard has been restricted to Yard residents with Harvard IDs As of the writing of this message the report remains unconfirmed and the HUPD has no reason to believe there is a threat to any other site on campus

Harvard's focus is on the safety of our students, faculty and staff. We will continue to update the community via MessageME and through messages posted at harvard.edu/emergency and on the University's Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Sincerely,

Katie Lapp Executive Vice President