University of Winnipeg probing possible security threat

The University of Winnipeg has shut down its campus Wednesday evening — postponing some exams as a result — to investigate a possible security threat.

Campus closed on Wednesday evening, but expected to reopen Thursday

Signs posted at the University of Winnipeg's downtown campus indicate that classes and exams will not be held on Wednesday night. (Bouchra Ouatik/CBC)

The University of Winnipeg has shut down its campus Wednesday evening — postponing some exams as a result — to investigate a possible security threat.

The campus was closed at 4:30 p.m. and is expected to reopen at Thursday morning, officials stated on the university's website.

The overnight shutdown came after the Winnipeg Technical College received what the U of W called a "non-specific security threat" earlier in the day that made references to the university.

A preliminary search of the campus did not turn up anything suspicious, according to the university, which added that the overnight closure is a precautionary measure to allow staff to conduct a more thorough search.

The campus closure means classes scheduled for Wednesday evening have been cancelled, while exams that were supposed to start at 6 p.m. will be rescheduled for Thursday.

The security threat also named Red River College, but officials there say no classes or exams will be cancelled at this time.

In a security bulletin posted online, Red River College said a bomb threat came in the form of a telephone recording that was called into the technical college at around 1 p.m.

The technical college's Erin Street campus was evacuated for part of Wednesday afternoon as police and security officers searched the premises.