EKU Public Safety releases new statement after threat

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RICHMOND, Ky. (WTVQ)- Public Safety officials at EKU released a letter to students, faculty and staff Saturday regarding the threat made to campus.

The following is a copy of that statement:

Background

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On February 3, 2015, The Eastern Kentucky University Police Department issued a public safety alert after receiving information about a terroristic threat in the form of bathroom stall graffiti, which read, “Bringing gun to here. 2-11-15. Dead students.”

Public Safety Update for February 7, 2015

An anonymous on-line tip form has been created as a means for individuals to notify the Police of information that can be used to identify the responsible individual.  This on-line form can be found at http://www.police.eku.edu/eku-tip-reporting.  EKU Police can also be contacted at (859) 622-1111.

The threat contained is this graffiti poses a great challenge for all of us at EKU. Across campus and in EKU family homes here and abroad, important discussions are taking place right now about how best to respond to this threat. While we have no plans at this time to close campus or cancel classes, this does not mean our faculty, staff and students are limited in the steps they can take in adjusting class times or meeting spaces as they feel appropriate. We encourage all members of the campus community to join in a campus-wide effort to face this challenge with unity, resolve and ingenuity.  Now is the time for creative solutions that respect what is a very real threat but still allow the EKU living and learning experience to continue.

The EKU Police Department asks that all members of the campus community allow our trained law enforcement professionals to provide for the safety of all of us. Individual private protection efforts by well-meaning people will impede our efforts to investigate this case and provide comprehensive security protection in the days ahead. Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to call EKU Police at (859) 622-1111. 

What you can do right now

We encourage all members of the campus community to be vigilant in ensuring the safety of themselves and their fellow Colonels. Take the extra time necessary to learn how to be prepared for any emergency situation on campus and off. Here are a few Actions you can take today:

Work with your faculty, staff and student colleagues to adjust schedules in the coming days as you think appropriate.

Share any information you might have about this case with EKU Police at (859) 622-1111.

Register and receive RAVE Mobile Safety messages on your communications devices

•     Members of the EKU Campus Community:

o     If you have not done so already, please register your personal communication devices with the RAVE emergency communication system from your EKU Direct account. This will allow you to have the most current information on campus safety alerts. Click https://web4s.eku.edu/prod/twbkwbis.P_WWWLogin to register with RAVE via EKU Direct.

•     For Others Interested in Receiving EKU Emergency Messages:                                                 

o     Go to the Eastern Kentucky University account on the RAVE web page (http://www.getrave.com/login/eku).

o     Click the Register button in the upper right hand corner.

o     Register your information and select to receive text, voice, and/or email messaging.

This series of daily updates will continue until further notice.