On Friday, Nov. 6, Ohio University Police Department (OUPD) Chief Andrew D. Powers reported in an e-mail to the university community that several officers and custodial staff responded to a security threat affecting Baker University Center.
According to Chief Powers, "We received information about a bomb threat to the Baker Center at approximately 1 a.m., after the building was closed, and immediately searched the building."
"During the building search, nothing was found that posed an immediate threat, but there will be heightened security measures in place over the next several days as a precaution."
He went on to say that, "At this time, we're not planning any changes to Baker Center operations. We've reached out to state and federal law enforcement resources and will be continuing to investigate and evaluate the potential for any ongoing threat to the building."
In the event of an imminent threat, the university has several emergency communication methods in place, including an outdoor notification system, alerts through CATVision, emergency messaging via the Web as well as e-mail and text messaging that can be deployed rapidly.
"We're asking that the university community continue to be vigilant and watchful. Remain alert to what's going on around you. Be aware of your surroundings, suspicious people and packages," said Chief Powers.
If you believe you have information about this situation, contact OUPD. Report anything you may hear or see that is suspicious to OUPD by calling 740-593-1911 or 911 immediately.