ASHEVILLE, N.C. — The University of North Carolina at Asheville issued a shelter in place order Friday morning after the university received an email expressing a direct threat to members of the UNC Asheville community.
University officials say the email demanded that the Black Lives Matter mural on University Heights on campus be painted over.
The Office of the Chancellor addressed the issue in the following statement:
A decision has been made to send a Bulldog Alert to all faculty, staff, and students to shelter in place until further notice. We ask that employees, other than essential personnel, stay away from campus today. We will keep the community apprised as information becomes available and we will reopen campus as soon as possible. But no earlier than tomorrow morning.
UNC Asheville is asking for everyone to discontinue any and all in-person and virtual classes, practices and activities for the duration of the day.
The university stated that they are working with state and local authorities to keep the campus safe.
The first alert was sent at 7:30 a.m. following the message from the chancellor around 8:30 a.m. through UNC Asheville BulldogAlert.