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Ohio University investigates online threat

Posted: 4:20 PM, Sep 19, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-19 16:20:54-04

Ohio University released a statement Friday about a threat made about the university from an account claiming to be associated to ISIS, Athens PBS affiliate WOUB reports .

Ohio University Police told students the risk of this threat is "low" and not specific to any person or place but the university in general.

Here is the full statement from OUPD: 

Ohio University Police are investigating a threatening post, made through a social media account, which mentions Ohio University. OUPD, in consultation with state and federal partners, believe the risk associated with the post to be low at this time.

The social media account purports to be associated with ISIS. Thousands of social media accounts claim a connection to ISIS, and post threats daily against organizations across the country. However, those threats and affiliations are often not authentic.

An image of a document posted on the social media account contained directory information of one of our academic departments that is routinely available through public platforms. It DID NOT include any personal or home-related information. Members in the academic department have been contacted in a separate correspondence.

To be clear, the post contained no specific threat against any individual but simply referenced Ohio University.

Again, I consider the threat associated with this post to be low and am sharing this information, in an abundance of caution, to raise awareness.