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UC president says threat that put campus on alert not viable

CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Students, faculty and staff at the University of Charleston were told to stay in their classrooms and dorm rooms Wednesday after a threat was reported on campus.

Law enforcement was called to the scene and quickly determined the threat was not viable, UC President Ed Welch said in a short press conference at the school.

Welch said the threat was vague and came from a third-party source. He wouldn't discuss details, citing privacy considerations.

The threat was first reported about 4 p.m., he said. "When there are threats that have some degree of possibility ... the university in every case will check it out, and if we aren't sure if we should take it seriously or not, we'll take it seriously," Welch said. "Safety is paramount."


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