An alert on Twitter sent by the college said, "UC has received a threat and is Locking Down.
"Please remain where you are and lock doors until further notice."
A follow-up tweet from the college said it had received a "real, credible threat."
UC ALERT: Utica College is currently under a lock down due to a real, credible threat. Everyone on campus is to remain sheltered in place. Please get to a safe place and remain there until you are told the shelter in place direction has been— Utica College (@uticacollege) March 5, 2018
Utica Police say the college received threats from a man claiming he was armed with a weapon around 11 a.m. Police said they have not found any evidence of an active shooter or shots fired at the campus.
Just after noon, armed officers started escorting people from campus buildings.
Armed uniformed officers will be clearing buildings as soon as possible. Comply with all law enforcement instructions. If you are sheltered in place, you will be evacuated and escorted to a safe location. Please stay where you are until directed by law enforcement.— Utica College (@uticacollege) March 5, 2018
Utica City Schools and New York Mills Union Free School District were each placed on lockout because of the situation at the college as a precautionary measure, according to officials from those districts.
The college announced later Monday afternoon that all afternoon and evening classes, as well as events, athletic practices and activities had been canceled for the rest of the day. A tweet from the administration advised everyone to continue sheltering in place.
Utica College has cancelled all afternoon and evening classes, events, athletic practices and activities for the rest of today. Please continue to shelter in place.— Utica College (@uticacollege) March 5, 2018