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Evergreen State College suspends operations due to 'potential disruptions'

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Evergreen State College in Olympia says it plans to suspend operations Thursday beginning at 3 p.m.

Access to campus will be limited after 3:15 p.m., Zach Powers, a college spokesperson says.

The decision was made "in light of potential disruption around planned demonstrations by off-campus organizations," Powers says.

It appears both protests and counter-protests are planned.

A conservative group, Patriot Prayer, plans a free speech rally at the campus at 5:30 p.m. A counter-demonstration by a group known as the Evergreen Anti-Fascist Community Defense Network is supposed to begin on campus at 3 p.m.

Troopers with the Washington State Patrol will be on campus working with Evergreen Police Services to ensure campus safety.

KOMO News has calls out to the college to get more information.

The college was shut down for three days in early June due to phoned in threats.

The college says someone called the Thurston County Communications Center claiming to be armed and on the way to campus. The call was made from an unknown telephone number to the communications center's regular business phone line and not their 911 lines.

Police searched and found no one posing a threat Powers said the closure was “a precaution ... due to a serious threat against the college.”

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