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Stanford Report, October 22, 2001
Updated at 5:45 p.m.

A letter from Provost John Etchemendy

On Monday, late in the morning, a staff member in Stanford's Risk Management Office received a piece of mail containing a suspicious substance and a threatening letter. Stanford police and Palo Alto fire officials were immediately called to 651 Serra, and the building was evacuated. The three staff members in the immediate vicinity were attended to by the university's Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

The substance in question is being tested, and we expect to have results by late Tuesday afternoon. At this point, we have no reason to believe that the substance poses any health risk. Once we receive the test results, we will take whatever measures are appropriate to ensure the health and safety of anyone who was in the building Monday morning.

The building will remain closed until we receive the test results. Staff members who work in the 651 Serra Building should work from home Tuesday; if it is absolutely essential to work on campus, you should report to the lobby of 655 Serra between 8 and 9 a.m. and someone there will assist you in finding workspace.

All other employees should report to work as usual.

John Etchemendy

More information will be posted on this website as it becomes available.