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North Dakota State University Bomb Threat: Students, Employees Told To Evacuate

09/14/2012 11:52 am ET | Updated Sep 14, 2012

North Dakota State University has ordered an evacuation of its campus following a bomb threat, NBC News reports.

All employees and students at the Fargo university were ordered off campus in a security alert posted at 9:49 a.m., central time:

"NDSU is requiring all employees and students to leave campus by 10:15, including residence halls, downtown buildings and agricultural facilities. NDSU received a bomb threat, prompting this evacuation. Updates will follow. Do not call local emergency numbers to permit emergency lines to remain open for emergency calls."

The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead reports that two other bomb threats were reported this week in the region, closing Hector International Airport in Fargo. The other was reported at the Grand Forks airport.

This morning, a bomb threat was also reported at the University of Texas, Austin.

UT Austin's public affairs department released a statement at 9:45 a.m. local time, which said that it had "received a call from a male with a Middle Eastern accent claiming to have placed bombs all over campus." According to the statement, the caller claimed affiliation with Al Qaeda and said that the bombs would "go off in 90 minutes."

09/14/2012 3:20 PM EDT

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09/14/2012 1:54 PM EDT

Classes Resume At NDSU

From NDSU:

NDSU campus police have reopened campus as of 1 p.m. Classes and full operation will resume at 2 p.m. Over the next hour, university police will be unlocking buildings. As always, students, faculty and staff may choose not to return if travel is a concern.

09/14/2012 1:31 PM EDT

Why The Long Delay?

Reporters questioned why there was such a long delay between the moment when the call came in and when the notice of evacuation was released.

Powers defended the school, saying they were evaluating and working with city, state and federal officials, and felt confident in how they handled things. Powers also gave a slightly longer time frame, saying the threat was something would happen within 90 minutes to 2 1/2 hours.

"If the threat had been something's going off in 5 minutes, then you don't have the time to evaluate, you have to pull the switch," Powers said.

"We know a great deal of detail about the nature of this phone call," Powers emphatically stated.

-- Tyler Kingkade

09/14/2012 1:28 PM EDT

PRESS CONFERENCE "We could not assure ourselves that this was not a credible threat"

After investigating a bomb threat at the University of Texas this morning, the university is "confident" the campus is safe.

However when the threat was called in, the university "could not [be] assure[d]" it was "not credible."

"We got to the point where we thought that the prudent thing to do was to clear our buildings," University of Texas President Bill Powers told reporters in a press conference.

"The buildings were cleared very expeditiously."

Texts were sent out to 69,000 people, Austin Police Chief Robert Dalhstrom told reporters.

"Through a variety of sources, we are confident our campus is safe," Powers said.

A suspect has not been identified and not been arrested.

09/14/2012 1:10 PM EDT

NDSU Campus remains closed

NDSU just posted an update on their Facebook page:

The following message was just provided on Notifind:

University officials are continuing to work with authorities, and campus remains closed. We anticipate another update within the hour.

Do not call local emergency numbers for further information in order to permit emergency lines to remain open for emergency calls. Updates to this announcement will be made when information becomes available. This message is authorized and transmitted by the University Police Communications Call Center.

09/14/2012 1:07 PM EDT

No Bombs On Campus

@ AP :

UPDATE: No bombs had been found on the campuses of either #UT or #NorthDakotaState: http://t.co/r3a5dMYk

09/14/2012 12:44 PM EDT

Valparaiso University issues alert for unspecific threat to campus

Valparaiso University issues alert for "unspecific threat to campus:"

BE ON ALERT! An unspecific threat to campus was made through a graffiti message alluding to dangerous and criminal activity alleged to be carried out during the chapel break period on Friday. The broad threat provided no details with respect to location or type. Please be on alert and report any suspicious activity to VUPD immediately by calling 911 or 464-5430.

Please be advised that additional security presence will be on site and visible at this time. If necessary, please comply with security personnel direction and requirements.

09/14/2012 12:44 PM EDT

PHOTO: Campus is Quiet At UT

@ robertmcmurrey :

A quite #UT campus as people leave for the day. Students say classes have been cancelled. http://t.co/NfpUBVSD

09/14/2012 12:43 PM EDT

UT Classes Will Resume At 5p.m.

@ UTAustin :

All activities except classes will resume at 5 p.m. Buildings may be reentered at noon. Today's classes are cancelled.

09/14/2012 12:30 PM EDT

"I have no idea what is going on. They’re not telling us much."

Students at UT don't have much information to go on after they were evacuated in response to this morning's bomb threat:

From the Waco Tribune, who interviewed UT student Alec Sanchez:

"They blocked campus off. They aren’t letting anyone back in," Alec Sanchez said.

He said there isn't a formal police line, but administrators are standing guard at the edge of campus and not letting students enter.

In fact, he hasn't seen any formal police presence, he said.

"They’re just standing there. I watched people try to get back on campus but the faculty/administration is guarding campus."

Students are waiting for more updates but haven't gotten any lately.

"I have no idea what is going on. They’re not telling us much."

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