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Threatening email closes all DeVry University campuses

A campus security vehicle blocks entrance DeVry's Chicago campus February 10 2014. All Chicago-areDeVry University ChamberlaCollege Nursing schools were closed

A campus security vehicle blocks the entrance to DeVry's Chicago campus on February 10, 2014. All of the Chicago-area DeVry University and Chamberlain College of Nursing schools were closed today after the school received an unspecified email threat. | Scott Olson/Getty Images

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Updated: February 11, 2014 11:24AM



DeVry University closed all of its Chicago-area campuses Monday after receiving a threatening email.

The university and Chamberlain College of Nursing received the email Sunday, according to a statement from DeVry Education Group senior director Ernie Gibble. The school operates campuses in Chicago, Tinley Park, Naperville, Elgin and other suburbs,

“The contents of the email gave rise to our decision to close our Chicago area campuses,” DeVry President David Pauldine said. “We reached that decision in close consultation with law enforcement officials who have experience in dealing with matters like this.”

Pauldine said the sender’s address was attached to the email and that law enforcement is working toward verifying the sender’s IP address.

“This was not a blind email. The sender’s name is part of the email,” he said. “That may or may not mean anything. Until law enforcement can do analysis with the IP address it is premature to identify the individual.”

Pauldine would not confirm whether the name attached to the email is a former or current DeVry student.

Chicago Police confirmed they are investigating an “unspecified threat” against the school.



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