Saturday, November 01, 2014

OU ‘threat’ prompts evacuation

By The Herald Staff | 1/29/2014

A comment made by an Ottawa University student that was perceived as “threatening” in nature prompted OU officials to evacuate Brown Hall for about 2 1/2 hours Wednesday afternoon, the university said.

The residence hall, where the student resides on the campus, 1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa, was evacuated around 2:50 p.m., and OU Student Affairs administrators and local police officials interrogated the student. Students were allowed back into the hall about 5:35 p.m., Paula Paine, manager of public relations and publications for the university, said.

A comment made by an Ottawa University student that was perceived as “threatening” in nature prompted OU officials to evacuate Brown Hall for about 2 1/2 hours Wednesday afternoon, the university said.

The residence hall, where the student resides on the campus, 1001 S. Cedar St., Ottawa, was evacuated around 2:50 p.m., and OU Student Affairs administrators and local police officials interrogated the student. Students were allowed back into the hall about 5:35 p.m., Paula Paine, manager of public relations and publications for the university, said.

“OU students were allowed back into the evacuated residence hall at approximately 5:35 p.m., and it has been determined by the authorities that no threat related to the former incident exists at this time,” the university said in a statement issued about 5:40 p.m. Wednesday.

An e2campus alert was released at 2:54 p.m. on the Ottawa University residential campus, alerting students to a possible threatening situation, an OU news release said.

“The student was overheard making what he now claims was an offhanded comment that was perceived as threatening by a fellow student,” a news release from the university said. “The [second] student reported the comment to administrative personnel per policy. As a precautionary measure, the residence hall where the student resides was evacuated,” the release continued. “As always, our first priority is the safety of our students, faculty and staff.”

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