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California university lets students take exams off-campus after shooting threats

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A university in California is permitting students to take their final exams off campus after it received two shooting threats in one week.

Dianne Harrison, the president of California State University, Northridge, said in a statement that finals on Wednesday will be offered in an “alternative format.”

For finals scheduled for Thursday through Tuesday of next week, faculty at the school “will provide alternative exam format options and accommodate students who are not comfortable coming to campus,” Harrison added.

“While law enforcement does not believe there is an imminent threat to campus, I recognize the extreme stress and anxiety the recent threats of violence have caused our community,” Harrison also wrote in the statement.

Harrison wrote in a separate statement on Tuesday that the university had discovered a handwritten note in an academic building that “threatened violence.” That came after threats of a mass shooting were written on walls of academic buildings last week, Harrison added.

“Hate has no place on this campus, and we are working to bring any perpetrators of these cowardly acts to justice,” the president added in her statement Wednesday. “We are resolute in our duty to not allow these threats to derail our students’ education. We make these accommodations entirely in the interest of our students and their success.”

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