Even outside the communities on official lockdown, some colleges and universities are closed today as authorities search for a suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings. Regis College, Mass Bay Community College, and Wellesley College have all closed their doors.
A Wellesley College spokeswoman sent the following statement by email:
"At this point, there is no direct threat to the town of Wellesley or Wellesley College, but due to the continually changing nature of events that are unfolding today, the College made the decision to close," said Sofiya Cabalquinto in the email.
The Regis College website this morning advised those already on campus in Weston to stay on campus, which is in lockdown, and instructed those who have not already come in to stay away.
Mass Bay closed its three campuses in Ashland, Framingham, and Wellesley. The school’s service area covers 27 cities and towns, including most of those on lockdown, said Jeremy Solomon, spokesman for MassBay.
“In the interest of public safety for our campus community, we felt it would be best to close all three campuses at this time,” he said by phone.
Other schools outside the lockdown communities remained open but advised students who live in the lockdown area to stay put.
Such was the case with Babson College and Framingham State University.
Framingham State sent out an alert by phone or text message to students telling those who live in the locked down communities to stay where they are, according to Dan Magazu, university spokesman.
The Globe reported earlier that the following schools are closed: MIT, Harvard, Brandeis, BU, BC, Boston Conservatory, Bentley, Suffolk, Northeastern, Simmons, Berklee, Wheelock, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Tufts, Emmanuel, and Emerson have canceled classes today.