Harvard Evacuates 4 Buildings Following 'Unconfirmed' Bomb Threat

UPDATE: The four buildings are being searched. We expect this process will likely take several hours. We will continue to provide updates as information becomes available.

Dear Harvard students, faculty and staff,


Earlier today, we received via email an unconfirmed bomb threat that has led to the evacuation of The Science Center, Sever, Emerson, and Thayer Halls. Harvard University Police Department and other law enforcement officials are currently searching the four buildings.


As of this writing, nothing to substantiate the emailed threat has been found. Harvard is working with local and federal law enforcement officials to investigate the source of the threat, which has not yet been determined.


The safety and security of members of the Harvard community is always our top priority. In the wake of recent tragic events in locations ranging from Paris to Beirut and beyond, we understand that this type of threat will cause great anxiety for many across our campuses. We will continue to be vigilant as we carry on Harvard’s mission of expanding and disseminating knowledge.


As the current email threat unfolds, we will endeavor to provide updates as often as new information is available to share.


Katie Lapp
Executive Vice President
Harvard University

As we detailed earlier:

Harvard officials have stated that "An unconfirmed bomb threat has been received. The Science Ctr, Sever, Emerson, and Thayer Halls are being evacuated."



More info to follow:

As most of you are now aware, we received an unconfirmed bomb threat affecting the Science Center, as well as Sever, Emerson and Thayer Halls on the Cambridge campus.


The buildings have been evacuated and law enforcement officials are on scene.


Entry to the Yard is restricted. We will provide updates as soon as we have additional information.