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November 3, 2014 at 5:12 PM

UW increases security, issues notice about nonspecific threat

The University of Washington has boosted campus security and issued a notice to all faculty, staff and students on all three campuses about a nonspecific threat to the school that was made on an online site.

UW Police Chief John Vinson sent a message to the entire community at campuses in Seattle, Tacoma and Bothell to “be on the watch for anything unusual or out of the ordinary. If you do observe anyone exhibiting unusual behavior, please contact UWPD immediately by dialing 911.”

UW officials declined to be more specific, and said the threat is under investigation. “I think one needs to be vigilant and err on the side of being cautious,” said UW spokesman Norm Arkans.

Last week, Seattle Police arrested a woman in connection with a threatening text message that was sent to a student at Seattle Pacific University Friday. The campus went into lockdown for about an hour Friday. SPU was the scene of a shooting June 5 that left one student dead and two wounded.

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