It will be a tense day at UC Santa Cruz, as students and faculty return to class after the long weekend. Concerns have been raised about a threat of violence, posted anonymously in a bathroom in the Social Sciences building in December. Though there was no indication of what form the violence would take, many students have announced their intentions to stay home today. The Student Union Assembly canceled a meeting and a small number of professors have canceled classes.
The administration is taking the threat seriously and is coordinating efforts between the campus police, the Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office, and the Santa Cruz Police Department. A mass e-mail cautioned students to be vigilant today, and training sessions were held for students and faculty on how to react to violence if it occurs. “We erred on the side of caution,” said university spokesman Jim Burns.