Students at the University of Colorado may have had a glimmer of hope that their spring break had been extended after receiving a fishy email on Sunday.
The note, sent through Gmail, was made to look like a message from the email account of Deb Coffin, vice chancellor for student affairs on the Boulder campus.
The subject line read: "ALL CLASSES CANCELLED - Extended Spring Break."
CU spokesman Ryan Huff said the email went out to a few hundred people and there was no breach of email security.
Unfortunately for students, Huff also said the email was fake.
Classes resumed Monday as planned.
"It's not valid," he said. "It's a fake email."
The email explained that students had been granted extra time to review "important material" about recent developments around life and death.
"All classes on Monday (3/31) and Tuesday (4/1) have been canceled due to recent developments in the revealing of the truth about life and death. All students are being granted extra time to review this important material," the email's authors wrote.
"The document in reference is rumored to have been submitted to The Truth Contest (truthcontest.com) by CU Boulder students. Google 'Truth Contest' if you prefer to not click on links in emails. On the website homepage, click the top entry, The Present."
"This is much more important than class, so take these days off to seek and learn the truth of life to start anew after spring recess. All of your professors have been notified."
The email's authors signed it with CU President Bruce Benson's name.
Huff said the email had all the typical signs of spam, including being sent from a Gmail account rather than an official colorado.edu email address.
The university sent out a follow-up message to the students who were targeted by the spam email, Huff said.
He said that in the event of a genuine campus closure, students would be notified by email and the closure would be posted on social media, the university website and in other places.
Huff said he didn't know how common fake emails informing students about cancelled classes or campus closures were on the Boulder campus, but added that the Office of Information Technology blocks countless spam emails each day.
"You can imagine when you have close to 40,000 email accounts that a lot of spam goes through on a daily basis," he said. "A lot of that is blocked due to good spam filters."