STU and UNB closing effective immediately

    A Fredericton Police Force cruiser is seen on Windsor Street in this photo from 2020. (Aaron Sousa/AQ)

    Around 1 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 10, St. Thomas University announced campus would be closing immediately. All students on campus were instructed to leave until further notice.

    Residence students were told to shelter in place and not leave until given the all-clear.

    This announcement came shortly after the Fredericton Police Force said it was investigating a file at the University of New Brunswick. A more recent announcement said UNB Fredericton was evacuating with police on the scene.

    An evacuation notice was then issued for all UNB campuses, including Saint John and Moncton. A notice for evacuation was also issued for New Brunswick Community College Fredericton.

    In a brief correspondence, Jeffrey Carleton, vice-president communications at STU, said all media are being referred to the Fredericton City Police.

    The Aquinian contacted the Fredericton City Police for comment but were informed there are no updates other than what is reflected on their Twitter.

    Around 3:30 p.m., UNB tweeted the investigation remains ongoing and all campuses were evacuated out of precaution. They added all campus events are cancelled and access to campus is restricted until further notice. At the time, Fredericton Police said there is no immediate threat.

    Shortly after 6 p.m., STU notified students that Fredericton Police and UNB Campus Security will be patrolling campus and continuing their controlled access throughout this evening. Students will be informed when campus is reopened, said STU’s president, Dawn Russell, in the email to students.