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DeVry Closed: 'Threat' Leads University to Cancel Classes Monday

By Josh McGhee | February 10, 2014 7:36am | Updated on February 10, 2014 8:46am
 DeVry University and Chamberlain College of Nursing are closed Monday because of an unspecified threat.
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CHICAGO — DeVry University closed its campuses and canceled classes Monday after receiving word of a "security issue."

As a result, officials closed all Chicago area DeVry and Chamberlain College of Nursing locations Monday.

The school on Sunday was "informed of a potential security issue involving the Chicago area" campuses, DeVry said in a statement. "Based on the advice of our security team and local law enforcement" the school decided to close its Chicago-area campuses.

DeVry was tight-lipped about the nature of the threat, but said they are working with the Chicago Police Department.

Officer Michael Sullivan, a police spokesman, said DeVry "received an unspecified threat and they made the decision to shut down several campuses."

He confirmed police are working with the school to investigate the matter.

Despite the closure, a few cars were in the DeVry campus parking lot at at 3300 N. Campbell Ave., and several police cars were parked nearby.

Chatham resident Kashena Woods, 22, showed up to school about 9:30 a.m. Monday seeking to enter her morning class.

"Nobody from school told me and none of my friends on social networks posted anything about [the closure]," Woods said.

She said the school usually sends an email or calls when school is canceled. Paris Jackson, 18, also showed up to school with "no clue" either about the closure.

"The fact that they didn't let us know is surprising. As soon as they know [about cancelations] they usually send an email and call," Jackson said.

Jackson, who has attended DeVry for a year, said the school performed emergency drills last week that left her confident in case of an emergency.

"I'd be scared, but prepared," Jackson said.

DeVry officials are expected to make an announcement about Tuesday's plans at 2 p.m. Monday.