Statement from Patricia L. Swannack, Vice President for Administrative Services, Monmouth University, on the threat of violence at a Philadelphia-area college or university for Monday, Oct. 5

“Monmouth University has activated a number of safety and security measures in response to the threat of violence that has been made online against ‘a university near Philadelphia.’ Members of the campus community, visitors to campus, and residents of our surrounding communities can expect an increase in police presence on and around campus that has been coordinated with our law enforcement partners in neighboring municipalities, as well as the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. We have increased the number of officers on patrol and the frequency of patrols, resulting in heightened visibility and we ask everyone to report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.

“Although it is difficult to anticipate every kind of emergency situation, our protocols are designed to prepare us to safely and effectively manage these situations. Incidents like this heighten awareness and reaffirm our commitment to continuous improvement to protocols, equipment, and training. Our preparedness and response protocols are consistently coordinated with local and county law enforcement and emergency response personnel.

“We work diligently to communicate that campus safety is a shared responsibility for all members of the University community and we offer a variety of educational programs and activities to support this collaboration. Our Guide for a Safe Campus details all of our safety policies and protocols, including our Lock Down Policy and Shelter in Place Policy.

“In the event of an emergency or to report any suspicious activity contact the Monmouth University Police department at 732-571-4444.”