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EKU cancels classes through the week to investigate threatening graffiti

Richmond, Ky. – In light of threatening graffiti written in a bathroom on the EKU campus, university officials released an alert today canceling classes through the end of the week.

The release from the Division of Public Safety is as follows:

To allow law enforcement to conduct a thorough investigation of the continuing threat and ensure the safety of our campus community, all Eastern Kentucky University campuses will cancel classes beginning today, October 7th, 2015, at 10:00 AM and will close Thursday, October 8th and Friday October 9th, 2015. Essential services will remain open, and police presence around the campus will continue to be increased. Some special events may continue as planned with increased security presence. A message will be coming from the Office of the President providing more details.

The EKU Police Department continues to follow up on tips issued from the community and is actively investigating the threat in conjunction with other Federal and State Law Enforcement agencies.

Background

On the morning of October 5, 2015, the Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a Public Safety Alert after receiving a report about graffiti with threatening language. The graffiti, found in a bathroom in the Powell Building, states, “KILL ALL BY 10/8/15 THIS BU OOP.”

Public Safety Update for the Morning of October 7th, 2015

The EKU Police Department, in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies, continues to actively investigate this incident and provide increased patrols. They are interviewing individuals that have been identified through community issued tips.  The University is offering a $10,000 reward for the identification leading to the arrest and conviction of the responsible person or persons.

The EKU Police Department, through its investigative processes, has been unable to substantiate a specific threat against a specific building. Anyone having firsthand information relative to a specific threat or message should contact EKU Police at (859) 622-1111 or via the online form at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting. Please be aware that knowingly making a false police report is a criminal offense.

Please rely on official communications from the President’s Office and the Division of Public Safety, as opposed to unsubstantiated social media posts.  We will continue to communicate in as timely and transparent a fashion as possible, within the context and constraints of an ongoing investigation. The latest information is also posted at http://emergency.eku.edu/public-safety-alerts-updates-0.

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