Patriots Day Events and Campus Closing

J. Keith Motley, PhD, UMass Boston Chancellor | April 16, 2013

Yesterday’s bombings near the finish line of the Boston Marathon are deeply disturbing, and on behalf of the entire university community, I extend my deepest sympathies to those who were injured or whose lives were touched with tragedy.

I am pleased to say that according to the reports I have gathered so far, members of our campus community who were involved with the marathon are safe. We had a number of students who were running the marathon to raise money for GoKids and Camp Shriver, and a number of our students from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences volunteered to help provide medical services to the runners. They acted valiantly in this terrible time of crisis, helping to assist with the care of those who were injured by the bomb blasts.

Yesterday, on the advice of public safety officials, we closed the campus to assist federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies in their investigation of an incident at the JFK Library and Museum, which occurred near the time of the downtown explosions. Authorities are investigating whether the incident is connected with the downtown events.

Officers conducted sweeps of the campus and all buildings, and determined that there is no threat to students, staff, and faculty in our facilities. We made the decision to keep the campus closed today to facilitate the ongoing investigation at the JFK Library. Information about evening classes and events today will be posted on our website by early afternoon, at

I ask that you bear with us as we respond to this tragic event in a way that supports the efforts of law enforcement. Please contact Customer Service at 617. 287.4000 or if you have any questions or concerns.