Earlier this morning, Eastern Illinois University received a very general and unspecified threat via a cell phone call to a local crisis hotline. That action initiated an immediate investigation by EIU and local police forces, who worked together to determine the threat’s origin and credibility. Following an investigation, law enforcement agencies have determined that this morning’s potential threat is no longer a concern.
During this investigation, a subsequent report of a firearm in Douglas Hall was determined to be unfounded by the EIU Police Department.
Nonetheless, because the safety and security of EIU’s students, employees, and campus communities are the university’s top priorities, an alert message was issued to students, employees, and community members via EIU’s Alert system as a precautionary measure, and for the purposes of overall campus safety and general awareness.
Please know EIU takes a balanced and measured approach to determining the credibility of any and all threats to campus and its campus communities.
At any time had this or any other future threat appeared imminent or actionable, the EIU Alert system would have provided detailed information and instructions for students, employees, or community members to take urgent actions for their safety. Those messages would include any combination of EIU Alert texts, emails, website and social media alerts, on-campus loudspeaker announcements, and radio and television broadcasts.
EIU encourages its students and family members, its employees, and its neighbors to sign up for EIU Alerts at https://www.eiu.edu/alert/notified.php.
Thank you for playing an important role in keeping our students and our campus communities safe.