April 24, 2007
UI Reopens Two Buildings After Bomb Threat
The University of Iowa locked down two buildings on campus Tuesday morning for about three hours after receiving a bomb threat on its health campus. Hardin Library on the Health Sciences campus was evacuated and locked down at about 8 a.m. after UI police were notified that a series of threatening emails had been sent to the library.
Subsequently, Jessup Hall, the administration building on the UI Pentacrest, also was locked down. Chuck Green, associate vice president and director of UI Police, said there was no imminent threat to Jessup Hall, but the decision was made to lock it down because it is the campus “nerve center,” has been targeted in the past, and there had been a request by an administrative office within the building for the lockdown.
Green said that UI police officers who responded to the Hardin Library threat included a UI bomb technician, who searched the building floor-by-floor with the department’s explosives detection canine.
The Iowa City Fire Department also responded, and waited near Westlawn so its personnel could assist, if needed.
Both Hardin Library and Jessup Hall were re-opened at about 11 a.m.
There were no threats to other campus buildings, and the investigation into this morning’s incident continues, according to Green.
“We constantly analyze our safety and security response systems,” he said. “In the wake of the Virginia Tech incident, we are putting a much higher priority on those efforts. I am sure that there are lessons to be learned from today’s incident as well.”
STORY SOURCE: University Relations, 101 Jessup Hall, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1000.
MEDIA CONTACTS: Steve Parrott, email@example.com, phone 319-335-0552, cell 319-530-6972; Charles Green, associate vice president and director of UI Police, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org, 319-335-5026.