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Boston Manhunt Closes Harvard Business School, MIT Sloan, Cancels Sloan AdMIT Weekend

As a search for the second suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings continues, area business schools have closed and are urging students to “shelter in place” – that is, remain wherever they are – as instructed by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick early this morning.

Harvard Business School and MIT Sloan School of Management both have cancelled classes, and MIT Sloan has also cancelled its AdMIT weekend for accepted students, according to websites and Twitter accounts from each school.

In a message to HBS alumni, HBS Executive Director of External Relations Ralph James thanked alumni who have reached out in concern and communicated that the entire University is closed and all are staying put, as directed. “We are taking every precaution to ensure that everyone is safe and staying indoors,” he wrote, adding that regular updates are being posted on the Harvard University Emergency page.

In its official Twitter feed, MIT Sloan Admissions also announced that the school has cancelled classes and all activities. “AdMIT weekend has been cancelled,” the Twitter post added.

MIT Sloan had planned to host admitted applicants on campus this weekend for a range of activities, including speakers, class visits, panels, tours and more. A welcome reception and procession to the C-Function (Consumption Function), a weekly student-organized celebration to which admitted students had been invited, took place as scheduled last night. But a Tweet at 6:59 a.m. from MIT Sloan Admissions announced that further AdMIT weekend activities have been cancelled “Do [sic] to the current situation.”

Our thoughts go out to those at MIT Sloan and HBS and the larger Boston community as a whole. Stay safe.