Police were investigating a general security threat made on social media Monday (Oct 12) against staff and students at the University of New South Wales (UNSW) in Sydney.
“We are treating this incident seriously and have been liaising with the NSW Police through the anti-terrorism and security group and Local Area Command,” a statement from the university read.
“Police are advising this is a general, not a specific or direct threat. The campus has not been evacuated at this stage and classes are continuing as normal.”
One student told Fairfax Media that the campus was “swarming” with police.
The university confirmed that any students who wished to leave the campus could do so and would not be penalised.
The threat was posted on the anonymous message board 4Chanm, prompting an email circulated by UNSW reminding students to ‘remain vigilant about security”.
They were also urged to download a security app, which provides emergency contacts and resources.
The university said that students would be updated as more information was gathered.