Normal campus operations resumed at 5 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. Food services were available at Dobbins Dining Hall, and representatives of the Personal Counseling Office were at Dobbins to meet with students.
University and state police have swept and secured all campus buildings. No evidence of danger has been found.
Emergency precautions were taken after Erie police and campus officials received a series of specific threatening calls, one of which mentioned Bruno’s Café, in the Reed Union Building. The building was immediately evacuated and secured. Two bomb dogs searched the building but found nothing.
Students, faculty members and staff in other buildings were asked to shelter in place while police investigated. Buildings were evacuated in a calm and orderly manner.
“We appreciate that everyone cooperated and remained calm as we secured the campus,” Chancellor Don Birx said. “In these situations, we respond with an abundance of caution. The safety of our students, faculty members and staff is and always will be our first priority.”
The police investigation of today’s threats continues. Anyone with information about the calls should contact Police Services at 898-6101.Threats of this nature are always taken seriously, Birx said, and communications that even hint of danger or violence are considered a terroristic threat that will be fully investigated and could result in criminal charges being filed.
As always, students should be vigilant: Any concerning behavior should be reported by calling 911 or contacting the Behavioral Threat Management Team at [email protected].