Threat Received, Classes Canceled, All-Clear Given in Late Afternoon Following Extensive Canvasing of Middletown Campus

“Unfortunately, threats of this nature have become all-too-common occurrences on college campuses and at many other venues across the country. Today, SUNY Orange was the victim of a bomb threat. Thankfully, the members of our College community were never in danger and all are safe. I was pleased with the orderly and quick actions of our entire College community when alerted to evacuate five buildings on our Middletown campus. We held an emergency drill in September and I firmly believe that helped today. Additionally, I’d like to thank our Safety and Security staff for its professional response, as well as the many law enforcement agencies from several counties for their quick and broad response.”

--Dr. Kristine Young

ALL CLEAR. The College was given an ALL-CLEAR message from local authorities shortly after 4 p.m., indicating it was safe to return to the Middletown campus. Keep in mind that the College is CLOSED and all buildings remain locked for today (Nov. 10).

SITUATION UPDATE: Shortly before Noon today (Nov. 10), the College received a bomb threat indicating that bombs were placed in Harriman Hall and the Bio-Tech Building. Those buildings were evacuated immediately, and the adjoining buildings (Rowley Center and Hudson Hall) were evacuated shortly thereafter as a precaution. Morrison Hall was also evacuated.

Not knowing the duration of the response, the College was initially closed for all remaining day classes. Once it was deemed that the response would linger into the late afternoon, the decision was made to close the College for the entire day. As for closing the Newburgh campus, that decision was made in the interest of clarity for all involved and to assure that there was no confusion among students, employees and the general community regarding what classes and/or campuses were open or closed.

The Middletown Police Department headed the emergency response. A total of seven K-9 units (bomb sniffing dogs) were dispatched. Those K-9 units completely scoured every room on every floor of Harriman Hall, Rowley Center, Bio-Tech Building and Hudson Hall. No explosive devices were found and all buildings were proclaimed safe. The investigation into the origin/source of the threat is ongoing. Anyone with information that may be pertinent to the investigation is asked to contact Ed Kiely, director of Safety and Security, at 341-4934.

The College will return to normal operations on both campuses on Friday morning, Nov. 11.

All members of the College community are reminded that the Wellness Center is available to you should you need to take advantage of the many services provided by the Center.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940