Steve Golding

Steve Golding

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West Union Street Office Center evacuation update

Employee released from hospital after evaluation

VPFA Stephen Golding emailed this update to the campus community on Thursday afternoon about the West Union Street Office Center evacuation 

Dear campus community,

Earlier today, the east end of the West Union Street Office Center (WUSOC) and Peoples Bank were evacuated as a precaution after an employee reported receiving an envelope containing a white powdery substance. At this time, Smith Street is closed and the area is barricaded.

The employee who opened the envelope has been released from the hospital and the Ohio University Police Department is working with an Ohio National Guard WMD team from Rickenbacker Air Force Base and the FBI, who is handling the criminal investigation.

There is nothing conclusive to report about the substance at this time and the investigation is ongoing. The police believe this incident to be isolated to the east end of WUSOC and no further action is required at this time by Ohio University faculty, staff, or students.

Ohio University expects both buildings will open tomorrow and operate during normal office hours.

Please continue to monitor for further updates.

Best regards,

Stephen Golding

Vice President for Finance and Administration