Eastern Michigan University police investigate bomb threat, find no suspicious items

YPSILANTI —  A bomb threat at Eastern Michigan University this afternoon (April 9) was investigated and found not to be legitimate. The threat resulted in the evacuation of several residence halls as EMU Police searched the buildings. The University first issued an alert to campus community at 12:38 p.m., and the "all clear" message was sent at 2:38 p.m. 

"Out of an abundance of caution, EMU Police responded quickly to the possible threat," said Walter Kraft, Eastern Michigan University vice president for communications. "The safety and security of our campus community is our number one priority. EMU Police worked quickly to help evacuate and search the buildings. We greatly appreciate the cooperation of our students who also responded quickly and efficiently to the evacuation notice, which helped police do their job in a timely fashion. 

"The source of the threat remains under investigation and we are being assisted by local and national agencies in that process." 

Eastern Michigan University provided the campus community with several updates after the initial report:

April 9, 2024, 2:38 p.m.

EMU Critical: ALL CLEAR. EMU Police have cleared all buildings. No suspicious items found. Please return to normal operations.

April 9, 2024, 1:48 p.m.

EMU Critical - Update: EMU Police have completed the search of two of the three residence halls (Wise, Buell and Putnam) and found no evidence of a threat. The other buildings referenced previously (Walton, Phelps, Best, Downing, Eateries and DC1) were included as a precaution. The third building is currently being searched. Further updates will be provided.

April 9, 2024, 1:19 p.m.

EMU Critical - Update: EMU Police continue to investigate a bomb threat at several residence halls. Evacuations are underway. Further updates will be provided as more information is learned. 

April 9, 2024, 1:03 p.m.

EMU Critical - Update: A bomb threat has been reported in several residence halls. Building evacuations are underway as police investigate.

April 9, 2024, 12:56 p.m.

EMU CRITICAL. Emergency reported in [Walton, Phelps, Best, Downing, Eateries, DC1]. Please evacuate the building immediately. Use nearest exits and stairways.

April 9, 2024, 12:38 p.m.

EMU CRITICAL. Emergency reported in [Wise, Buell, Putnam]. Please evacuate the building immediately. Use nearest exits and stairways.

This and other information can be found on the University's Emergency Notification page

About Eastern Michigan University
Founded in 1849, Eastern is the second oldest public university in Michigan. It currently serves more than 13,000 students pursuing undergraduate, graduate, specialist, doctoral and certificate degrees in the arts, sciences and professions. In all, more than 300 majors, minors and concentrations are delivered through the University's Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Engineering and Technology; Health and Human Services; and its graduate school. National publications regularly recognize EMU for its excellence, diversity, and commitment to applied education. Visit the University’s rankings and points of pride websites to learn more. For more information about Eastern Michigan University, visit the University's website. To stay up to date on University news, activities and announcements, visit EMU Today.

April 09, 2024

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