Important Message from Rutgers-Newark Chancellor Nancy Cantor

Dear Rutgers University – Newark community members, 

I write to provide brief follow-up information about the arrest of former student Patrick Brian Kelly. Contrary to rumors circulating on social media, Mr. Kelly remains in custody. As reported earlier, Rutgers University Police Department apprehended him two weeks ago at an off-campus location in Newark, within 20 hours of when members of our community received potential threats from him. 

We fully appreciate the concerns being expressed on social media, but we would appreciate your help in directing relevant questions or information to us, via Senior Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs and Chief of Staff Peter Englot at

We will update the community as we learn further pertinent information. 

Nancy Cantor