MARQUETTE (WWJ) – Northern Michigan University in Marquette and surrounding public schools remain closed as of Wednesday, as police investigate a threat.

Northern Michigan University, Wednesday morning, sent out the following text message alert to students and staff:  “Northern Michigan University is closing for the day due to a serious threat that it has received.  This includes essential personnel.  Information to folo.”

A school spokeswoman tells WWJ that, shortly before the school opened at 8 a.m., there was a telephone call about an email threatening students and staff.   She wouldn’t confirm the contents of the email. 

No one has been hurt, and the campus is locked down as a precaution.  Students are now allowed to leave their residence halls to go to the dining area but need to carry their ID’s on them. Officials also ask that anyone who does not NEED to come to campus, stay away.

No word on the specifics of the threat or when the campus will be reopened

Sophomore Eric Kiska of Grosse Pointe Woods, who lives two blocks from camps, said he and his roommates are making the best of an unexpected day off.

“Yeah, we’re just listening to music, hanging out.  We’re just making sure nothing bad happens. Not one us want to go on campus right now, so we’re just staying in a safe place,” Kiska said.

Nearby Marquette Senior High School is also on lockdown.

NMU will be posting regular updates on their website at:


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