UTICA, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – The situation at the Utica campus of MVCC has been safely resolved. Utica Police report that the campus is safe and secure.

The initial call came in at 8:33AM Tuesday for a menacing in progress. The report was for a suspect in Butterfield Residence Hall at the East Utica location. The campus was put on lockdown and responding police units began systematically evacuating dorms.

MVCC released the following statement regarding the incident:

UTICA, NY – Earlier today, Mohawk Valley Community College implemented a Shelter-in-Place notification at its Utica Campus as a precautionary measure in response to an emergency 911 call originating from the Residence Halls. The call indicated the presence of an individual with a weapon in the Residence Halls. The situation has been resolved and at no time were students, faculty, staff, or members of the community at risk.

Following the 911 call, MVCC promptly implemented a Shelter-in-Place order and initiating safety protocols in coordination with Utica Police. As part of these safety procedures, MVCC evacuated the respective dormitories and searched the campus to thoroughly inspect and ensure the safety and security of all residents.

After a comprehensive review and search of all dormitories, there was no evidence to substantiate the report. At this time, MVCC would like to assure the community that the Utica campus is secure, and there is no ongoing threat.

Classes and other activities at MVCC will resume as scheduled. 

We would like to express our appreciation to the members of the MVCC community for their cooperation and patience during this situation.

We are grateful for the quick and effective response by law enforcement, and we want to reiterate that at no point during this incident were students, faculty, staff, or the community at risk. MVCC remains committed to maintaining a safe and secure environment for all.

For counseling, please reach out to the Counseling Center at 315-792-5326 if you’re a student or to Human Resources at (315) 792-5636 if you’re an employee. We want to ensure that anyone in need of support during this time has access to resources.

MVCC Press Release

The Metro SWAT unit was seen at the school. The SWAT team brings in personnel from Utica Police, Rome Police, Oneida County Sheriff and State Police.

Being Election Day and MVCC is a polling location, the Oneida County Board of Election has moved the MVCC voting locations to the Utica Fire Department Station 3 at 1501 Mohawk Street. Voting will take place until 9:00PM.