Following a reported bomb threat at the Ithaca campus, Cornell University officials say law enforcement concluded a search of the campus and found no credible threats.
Campus officials say it is now safe to resume regular activities.
Just before 2 p.m. on Sunday, Cornell says Tompkins County 911 received an anonymous call from someone who claimed to have been in one of the academic buildings with automatic weapons, and that explosives had been placed in several other buildings.
The university says Cornell University Police Department, Ithaca Police Department, the Tompkins County Sherriff’s Office, Cortland Police Department, SUNY Cortland Police, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York State Police, Cornell Emergency Services personnel, the Ithaca Fire Department and Bang’s Ambulance assisted in investigating, alerting students, staff and the community, and working to evacuate central campus.
Crews ultimately determined the incident appeared to have been a hoax.
"Situations like these are frightening and stressful," Vice President for University Relations Joel M. Malina said in a statement. "We urge all students, faculty and staff to utilize campus resources if you would like to talk about today’s events. We are also mindful of the worry experienced by the extended campus community of parents and friends, as well as by our neighbors throughout the greater Ithaca community. We thank everyone for keeping calm and heeding warnings during this challenging and uncertain situation."
A similar bomb threat was made against Columbia University in New York City Sunday, but that was also deemed not credible.