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UNCA on Lockdown Due to Threat

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All meetings, classes, and forums are canceled, including those to be conducted virtually.

On the evening of Thursday, October 8, 2020 several offices at UNC Asheville received an email communicating a direct threat to members of the UNCA community. The email demanded that the Black Lives Matter mural on University Heights on campus be painted over.

On Friday morning, October 9, the UNCA campus was put on lockdown. The email articulating the threat is under investigation by state and local authorities.

  • If you are on campus, please remain sheltered in place until further notice.
  • Students in need of support may contact Health and Counseling Services at 828.251.6520.
  • EAP Services are available to employees in need of support 24 hours a day, 7 days a week (hr.unca.edu).
  • While all mandatory meetings, classes, University scheduled conversations, and forums are canceled, including those to be conducted virtually, we support any optional one on one or small group virtual connections that folks want to have to support one another.

The message from the Office of the Chancellor states, “We appreciate and understand that many of you have the desire to help in this challenging moment. We ask that, for the time being, please refrain from taking any action until you have consulted with your Senior Staff member.

“We will keep the community apprised as information becomes available and we will reopen campus as soon as possible. But no earlier than tomorrow morning.”

Updates will be shared on bulldogalert.unca.edu.

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