Hours-long lockdown lifted at Utica College after report of ‘real, credible threat’

UTICA, N.Y. — Utica College was put on lockdown for several hours Monday “due to a real, credible threat,” campus officials tweeted.

No shots were fired and no one was hurt, the college said. The lockdown was first announced shortly after 11 a.m. and was lifted at 5 p.m.

Armed, uniformed police officers responded to the campus and cleared the buildings.

“Everyone on campus is to remain sheltered in place. Please get to a safe place and remain there until you are told the shelter in place direction has been lifted,” the campus tweeted.

Utica College in central New York sent messages on social media late Monday morning asking students to shelter in place after the school “received threats from an individual who stated that he was armed with a weapon,” according to Utica police. Students were being evacuated and escorted to a safe location.

The Utica City School District also went into lockdown.

Entrances to the college campus, 50 miles east of Syracuse, were blocked off by police. Friends and family of students gathered on the sidewalks nearby to wait for news.

At 4:30 p.m., the college said the lockdown was still underway but that a “thorough search of all campus buildings has been conducted. All buildings have been safely evacuated by law enforcement. Students moved to safe zone.”

By 5 p.m., the lockdown was lifted.

State police, the Oneida County Sheriff’s Office and Utica City Police were on the scene. Law enforcement will remain on campus Monday evening to continue their investigation, the college said.

Utica College was founded by Syracuse University in 1946, and now has more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students on its 128-acre campus and online, according to its website. It has seven residence halls and 138 full-time faculty members.