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UCCS closes campus due to ‘unsubstantiated threat’ to several Colorado community colleges

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) -- The University of Colorado Colorado Springs campus closed Friday afternoon due to a reported threat to a Denver college campus. Despite getting clearance, the university remained closed for the rest of the day.

According to the UCCS Police, the closure was due to an "abundance of caution" due to an "unsubstantiated threat" in Denver.

This was reported at 12:49 p.m. Friday. Just before 11 a.m., UCCS Police said the campus will remain closed until further notice due to the threat in Denver.

Anyone with questions is asked to contact the UCCS PD at 719-255-3111.

Earlier, the Auraria Campus in Downtown Denver closed due to a "potential threat" at 10:57 a.m. School officials asked people to remain calm and leave campus.

According to officials from the Auraria Campus, a "potential threat" was sent out through email early Friday to multiple Denver-area community colleges. Due to the Auraria Campus housing Community College of Denver, MSU Denver, and CU Denver, officials chose to close the entire campus.

At 10:14 a.m., the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) had been made aware of a threat against several metro-area CCSS colleges Arapahoe Community College, the Community College of Aurora, the Community College of Denver, Red Rocks Community College, and Front Range Community College, which is spread out across Northern Colorado.

As of 12:57 p.m., an investigation was ongoing and the Denver Police Department is involved.

According to officials, the CCCS System Office buildings in Lowry closed for the rest of the day and transitioned to remote operations "out of an abundance of caution."

At 2:24 p.m., officials with Auraria Campus said police determined the campus was safe and there was no active threat. However, the campus remained closed Friday with plans to reopen Saturday, Aug. 6.

UCCS police confirmed, saying Denver FBI determined there was no threat. UCCS's campus remained closed Friday too.

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