The university announced on Friday morning that it would cancel all courses and activities on campus for that day. She advised residential students to stay in place and advised unnecessary staff to return home.
Chancellor Nancy J. Cable said in a statement that the order was lifted at 7:00 pm on Friday “in consultation with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies”.
“Today was a challenging time for UNC Asheville and I am grateful for your support and cooperation,” said Cable. “I encourage every member of our campus community to remain vigilant. Please take care of one another. We remain fully committed to our university values of diversity, equity and inclusion. Black Lives Matter.”
A security alert posted by the university shortly after 8:30 am on Friday said: “Several university offices have received an email that posed a direct threat to members of the UNC Asheville community. The email requested that the mural “Black Lives Matter” on University Heights continues to be painted over. ”
“It was decided to send a bulldog alert to all faculties, staff and students to provide protection until further notice. We ask all staff, except essential staff, to stay away from campus today.”
The university did not provide the details of the threat, but said in the warning that it would continue to update the campus community. Officials said the campus would be closed at least until Saturday morning.
In another security alert later Friday afternoon, university officials said several law enforcement agencies were working with campus police to investigate the threat.