Buildings cleared, classes resume tomorrow

WOOSTER, Dec. 7, 2015 – Here is the latest update on the bomb threat situation.

Police and canine units have completed their sweeps of Taylor and Kauke halls and found nothing. Classes remain cancelled and academic buildings closed for the remainder of today.

Tomorrow morning, classes will resume and all buildings will reopen at their usual times. The last week of classes and final exams will proceed as scheduled. Access to all campus buildings for all faculty, students and staff will be by card swipe only until further notice.

The Wooster Police Department will continue to maintain a presence on campus, and their investigation of these incidents continues. According to Chief Matt Fisher, the detective bureau is following up on several leads. A statement from the Wooster PD follows:

Statement from Wooster Police Department (12.7.15, 3 p.m.):

“Since the early morning hours of Monday, December 7, the Wooster Police Department has responded to the College of Wooster for two separate bomb threats. It is believed that the two threats are related. The second threat specifically mentioned two academic buildings on the campus, Taylor Hall and Kauke Hall, both of which were searched with the help of bomb-sniffing dogs from the Summit County Sheriff’s Department, Canton Police Department and The Ohio State University.  Nothing has been found, and the time given in the threat has passed without incident.

“The Wooster Police Department Detective Bureau continues to investigate this matter and is following up on several leads.

Chief Matt Fisher of the Wooster Police Department commented: ‘The safety and security of the college community is something we take very seriously, and we will continue to investigate this matter until it is fully resolved.  We will use every tool at our disposal to bring to justice the person or persons responsible. This event has utilized multiple resources, and we sincerely appreciate the cooperation from the college, and our local and federal law enforcement partners.'”

Anyone with any information that might be related to these bomb threats should contact Security and Protective Services at x2590, or the anonymous tip line at x2337.

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