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Aug. 28, 2007

UI Police Investigate Latest Bomb Threat

University of Iowa police were investigating another on-campus bomb threat Tuesday, but now believe that the recent spate of threats are likely hoaxes.

"We've heard from campus law enforcement agencies across the country and many of them report they are also receiving bomb threats, some almost identical to threats we've received recently," said Charles Green, assistant vice president for the UI Department of Public Safety. He said other schools including the University of Alaska, Middle Tennessee State, Oregon State University, Princeton University and Carnegie-Mellon University have all received similar threats in recent days.

"The threat at the University of Alaska was nearly identical to the one we received Sunday that threatened Jessup Hall," said Green. "For now it appears this is someone just trying to scare university students, faculty and staff across the country at the start of the new academic year."

The latest threat against UI was made Tuesday morning in e-mails to two employees of the Hardin Library for the Health Sciences. Green said the e-mails did not specifically name a building, but claimed an explosive device was hidden in a book.

UI police officers performed a floor-by-floor sweep of the Hardin Library Tuesday with Aro, the department's bomb-sniffing dog, but found nothing. The building was not evacuated or closed.

Green said his office is continuing to work with the university's Information Technology Services group to investigate the source of the e-mails.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Service, 300 Plaza Centre One, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500

MEDIA CONTACT: Charles Green, assistant vice president, UI Department of Public Safety; Steve Parrott, director, University Relations, 319-335-0552, steven-parrott@uiowa.edu