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Philadelphia-area universities are on alert after the Federal Bureau of Investigations and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives informed area universities that a threat had been made against a campus, promising violence on a campus in the area at some point on Monday afternoon.

Temple University spokesperson Brandon Lausch confirmed that the university had received notification through a letter from the FBI and ATF warning campuses to remain alert. The threat seems to come from an online posting, though the source has not been made public.

“While law enforcement is not aware of any specific threat, Temple Police are closely monitoring the situation and keeping in contact with local and federal officials,” an internal letter sent at 2:28 PM on Sunday reads.

The University of Pennsylvania has received a similar notice.

Other universities that received similar notices included Drexel; colleges outside the immediate Philadelphia region have also been notified.

No universities have announced shutdowns or closures as of press time.

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