Reacting to a threat phoned into campus police shortly before 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, Northern Illinois University evacuated and closed all university buildings.
At this time, the threat appears to be a hoax and one of a series of bogus bomb threats called into a number of colleges and universities across the region. However, to ensure the safety of students, police are conducting a building-by-building search before allowing anyone back into buildings.
“We are taking no chances with the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” NIU President Doug Baker said. “We apologize for the inconvenience but clearly must err on the side of caution.”
All evening classes were canceled, as were all campus events, with the exception of the NIU basketball Midnight Madness at the Convocation Center. That facility was the first building swept and cleared so that students had a place to wait out the closures.
Because the nature of the threat was not specific, university officials also closed all of its branch campuses until they too could be searched and cleared.