Non-specific bomb threat brings increased law enforcement presence to campus

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Late Wednesday afternoon, the University sent a campus-wide email alerting students they will see an increase in law enforcement for the next few days because of a bomb threat.

UT spokeswoman Cindy Posey said the bomb threat is non-specific and no campus building evacuations would be made immediately. She also said the threat was made anonymously and there is no information that indicates the threat is credible.

She could not say how the bomb threat was made or any other details of the investigation. Posey did say the UT Police Department is searching campus buildings right now, and if an evacuation is made, students will be alerted through the emergency text messaging system. Students can register to receive emergency text messages online at utexas.edu/emergency

“We’re asking the campus community to be very diligent and report any suspicious activity or objects to UTPD at 512-471-4771,” Posey said. 

Posey said UT’s police department will work with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, the Department of Public Safety and the Austin Police Department to investigate the bomb threat. 

Last fall, UT evacuated campus buildings on Sept. 14 because of a bomb threat. Campus leaders faced criticism for the delay in the evacuation. The caller of the Sept. 14 bomb threat said bombs would “blow up all over campus” around 10:05 a.m. UT sent out text messages and started evacuating buildings at 9:50 a.m.