DeVry University to reopen on Tuesday

DeVry University to reopen Tuesday

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Chicago Police on the scene at DeVry University's Loop campus. (FOX 32's Joanie Lum) Chicago Police on the scene at DeVry University's Loop campus. (FOX 32's Joanie Lum)
CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -

Class will be back in session Tuesday at DeVry University and Chamberlain College of Nursing after a threatening email closed all of their Chicago-area campuses Monday.

DeVry University closed all of its Chicago-area campuses Monday after receiving a threatening email, including Chamberlain locations in Addison, Chicago and Tinley Park.

Officials will not say exactly what it is in the e-mail. But it is serious enough that classes have been cancelled. Off-site clinicals will continue on Monday.

DeVry President David Pauldine said the university received the email Sunday.

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

Pauldine added that 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. He also said it's unclear at this time which campus is under the possible threat.

The university posted on its website about 6 a.m. Sunday that it received the "unspecified threat" and made the decision to close the DeVry University and Chamberlain College of Nursing Chicago area campuses. About 9,000 students, faculty and staff are affected and were informed by email and robo-calls.

Commuters walked past DeVry's Loop campus building Monday morning without knowledge that a potential security threat existed, until four Chicago police units pulled up.

"They have pretty good security, it should be ok I guess," Commuter Dawn Blocker told FOX 32 News. "It's shut down for the day, so hopefully we'll be ok."

The doors to DeVry and Keller Graduate School of Management were locked while police investigated the potential security threat. Neighbors of this Loop high-rise were informed of the issue when police arrived.

Students, faculty and staff should visit DeVry University's Chicago website to see the latest school emergency, school closing or weather notification messages.

DeVry also reminded the university community to log into, click SIREN and update their emergency contact profiles to make sure they receive the latest alerts.

The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.

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