UPDATE: The lockdown at Kent State University has been lifted.
The Ashtabula Campus at Kent State University has been placed on lockdown this morning due to unspecified police activity in the area.
The university announced the lockdown on Twitter, asking for students and staff to “wait for further updates before traveling to campus.”
Speaking to WKYC, Kent State University spokesman said “police advised the lockdown as a safety precaution after a loud noise was heard a few blocks away from campus.”
It is currently unclear exactly what the noise was, how loud it was, or how it was caused.
At this time, there is no indication that any Kent State University students or staff members are in danger.
Police or KSU school officials have yet to provide any further information about the situation.
The reports of a lockdown at Kent State University’s Ashtabula Campus comes just one day after two people were killed and four people were injured in a mass shooting at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.
Kent State University, located in Kent, Ohio, is a public research university with approximately 39,000 total students and over 9,000 staff members.
The school, which was founded on September 27, 1910, is one of the largest universities in the state of Ohio, trailing only Ohio State University and the University of Cincinnati in terms of student body population.
The reports of a lockdown at Kent State University’s Ashtabula Campus is just the latest in a string of lockdowns, code reds, bomb threats, and active shootings that have plagued schools and universities in the United States over recent years.
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