Northern Illinois University

NIU Office of Public Affairs

News Release

Contact: NIU Office of Public Affairs 
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April 17, 2008

NIU Police investigate bomb threat

DeKALB, Ill. — Police at Northern Illinois University responded to a bomb threat on campus Thursday afternoon, closing down the university’s Health Services building for two hours before issuing the all clear and resuming normal operations.

The threat which was written on a piece of paper, was found in a stairwell of the building, which is located on the east side of the campus along Lucinda Avenue, just east of Normal Road.

Upon responding, police immediately secured the area, and began evacuating 75 people from the building shortly after 2 p.m. In addition to Health Services other departments in the building – the Speech and Hearing Clinic, the telecommunications offices, and the Public Safety offices – were also evacuated. Occupants of nearby administrative buildings were asked to stay out off offices facing the Health Services and not to exit through doors on that side of the building. All pedestrian and vehicular traffic in the vicinity of the building was also temporarily rerouted.

Police officers searched the entire building room-by-room, twice, with the assistance of a dog trained in bomb detection. At 4:10 p.m. the university called off the alert and reopened the entire building.

As a precaution, the university posted news of the threat on its homepage and notified the campus community via email and telephone messages. Updates on the situation were posted on the university homepage until the all-clear was given.

All night campus operations (including classes) continued as scheduled, with the exception of Student Counseling Services, which extended its hours until 8 p.m. should any students require assistance.

Police continue to investigate the matter.