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December 14, 2022

Dear Tufts community members,

Earlier this afternoon, Tufts University received a report of a bomb threat on our Medford/Somerville campus resulting in the immediate evacuation of Ballou Hall, Miller Hall, and the Campus Center. The buildings were thoroughly searched, no threats were identified, and campus activities were resumed at 5 p.m. All scheduled activities tonight and tomorrow will continue as planned.

I am grateful for everyone in our community who followed the evacuation instructions diligently and for cooperating with public safety officials during an afternoon of uncertainty and anxiety. This has been a particularly difficult event for many in our community. If you need, or someone you know needs, immediate support resources, please know that the University Chaplaincy, Counseling and Mental Health Services (CMHS), Ears for Peers, the Division of Student Diversity and Inclusion, the International Center, and the Dean of Student Affairs Office on the Medford/Somerville campus are all available to support you. You may also reach out to the Counselor-on-Call available 24/7 by calling the Tufts 24/7 Help Line at 617-627-3360 and following the prompts. Faculty and staff are encouraged to reach out to the Tufts Employee Assistance Program and the University Chaplaincy if you need support during this time.

I also want to express my appreciation for Public Safety, TUPD, and University Communications and Marketing, as well as state and municipal police for their quick actions to keep us updated and ensure our safety throughout the emergency. TUPD investigators and our municipal and state partners are continuing to examine every detail of today’s event, and the incident remains under active investigation.

Best wishes,

Tony Monaco