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Title: Bomb Threats Force Evacuations at 2 Universities
Publication: The Chronicle of Higher Education
Author: Nick DeSantis
Country: United States
Published Date:
September 14, 2012

Thousands of students at the University of Texas at Austin and North Dakota State University evacuated their campuses on Friday after university officials received bomb threats that do not appear to be related, according to news reports. No bombs have been found on either campus.

In Texas, the university received a phone call at about 8:35 a.m., local time, from a man claiming to be a member of Al Qaeda who said bombs he had placed all over the Austin campus would go off in 90 minutes, according to a university spokeswoman. The university issued an alert ordering all buildings on the campus to be evacuated and telling students to “get as far away as possible.” After the threat passed, the university canceled classes for the day but reopened campus buildings.

North Dakota State issued an alert at 9:49 a.m., local time, ordering students to evacuate within half an hour. Dean L. Bresciani, the university’s president, said at a news conference that the bomb threat there had not contained specifics, prompting campus officials to evacuate university property. The university later lifted the order and said classes would resume in the afternoon.

Valparaiso University also warned students on Friday that it had received an “unspecific threat” in a graffiti message, but it said that threat did not involve bombs and was “substantially different” from the threats against the other universities. Classes and other activities at Valparaiso continued as scheduled.


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