Rogue CC evacuated due to 'credible threat' that referenced UCC

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Rogue Community College Riverside Campus is under evacuations orders.

According to a press release by the college, they had received an anonymous written threat around noon on Thursday.

For the safety of both students and faculty, they were sent an email to take their personal belongings and to leave the college immediately. Those off campus were asked to stay away.

Rogue Community College Public Information Officer Grant Walker tells KTVL's News 10's Mike Marut, that they received a credible threat against the college and referencing Umpqua Community College.

"It was the kind of threat that we felt credible enough to take action, but beyond that we haven't established who wrote it," Kirk Gibson, the Vice President for Instruction at the Riverside campus, said. "We simply don't know. and in those cases we would much rather err on the side of being very cautious and safe."

Gibson said this was the first time the campus had been fully evacuated. Whenever the school does drills throughout the year, administration will typically only evacuate one building in order not to disrupt the entire day.

Gibson says the threat was found in Building G and not in the middle of the campus. Building G borders the downtown shops.

The campus is closed for the day and administration expects to resume regular hours on Friday.

This week is finals week for the Riverside campus, so students who were evacuated during exams may either get re-dos or extensions on their finals, depending on the professor.

All other RCC campuses remain open.

The Medford Police Department has taken lead over the investigation.

According to the Medford Police Facebook page, after conducting a sweep of the grounds they have determined there were no threats found. It is not clear when the note was received as no date or time was referenced in the threat. The case is being investigated at this time. MPD have also consulted with the FBI. Anyone with information is urged to call Medford Police at 541-774-2230.

This is a developing story and will be updated as more information becomes available.

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