Police Investigate Reports of Man Soliciting ISIS Donations at Harvard

AP Photo/Elise Amendola
AP Photo/Elise Amendola

Harvard faculty and the local police were alerted to the activities of an unidentified man allegedly soliciting donations last week for a charity connected to ISIS at the Kennedy School of Government, a graduate division of Harvard University.

The man evidently has not reappeared, but the dean of the Kennedy School issued a warning to the school community on Thursday, according to The Boston Globe.

CBS News in Connecticut and the Associated Press say Harvard’s internal email described the individual as a “man in his late 20s or early 30s” who “identified himself as a Harvard student,” although no actual affiliation with the university has been confirmed. A statement from Harvard on Friday said there does not appear to be an imminent threat to the community.

A spokesman for the Kennedy School told The Harvard Crimson that the man “has not been seen on campus since, and there does not appear to be a threat to the community at this time.”

Local police are continuing their investigation, and the FBI is also reportedly “assessing the incident.” Left unresolved in any of these reports is whether the man succeeded at soliciting funds for the Islamic State.