UTEP Campus Reopens After Evacuation

The University of Texas at El Paso campus reopened at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, however, buildings will remain closed until Wednesday when staff returns. All classes will resume on Wednesday.

 

UTEP Residence Life officials notified students living in campus housing units that they could return to their residence hall apartments via email shortly after 4 p.m. Those who left their vehicles on campus were notified via the University's main website, utep.edu, and UTEP social networking sites that they could retrieve them at 7 p.m.

The campus was closed at 2 p.m. due to an anonymous bomb threat.

UTEP Police Chief Cliff Walsh said the evacuation of the campus went as planned once the campus was notified just before 2 p.m. through its emergency “Miner Alert” system of the anonymous threat.

All students are automatically registered to receive Miner Alerts when they register for classes. UTEP staff and faculty can also sign up for the emergency notification system by going tohttp://mineralert.utep.edu.

UTEP cancelled all of its Tuesday afternoon and evening activities as a result of the anonymous threat. Details of the threat will not be released due to the ongoing investigation.

4:45 p.m.

Due to an anonymous bomb threat, The University of Texas at El Paso closed its campus at 2 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. Campus police were inspecting all buildings and were expected to give full clearance to the campus later Tuesday evening.

All classes will resume on Wednesday.

“I can say that the campus is safe,” UTEP Police Chief Cliff Walsh told assembled media Tuesday afternoon.

Walsh said the evacuation of the UTEP campus went as planned once the campus was notified just before 2 p.m. through its emergency “Miner Alert” system of the anonymous threat.

All students are automatically registered to receive Miner Alerts when they register for classes. UTEP staff and faculty can also sign up for the emergency notification system by going to http://mineralert.utep.edu. 

“The evacuation of the campus was done in a calm and timely manner,” Walsh said.

Students who live in campus housing units will be allowed back into their rooms later Tuesday. Anyone who left their vehicles on campus will be able to return to campus Tuesday evening to get their vehicle.

UTEP cancelled all of its Tuesday afternoon and evening activities as a result of the anonymous threat.

4:10 p.m.

Campus police are working on clearing all campus buildings. Look for updates here to find out when it is O.K. to return to campus to retrieve your vehicles and belongings.

3:45 p.m.

Classes have been cancelled for the rest of the day. Normal operations will resume Wednesday morning. Those students who reside in Miner Village and Miner Heights will be able to return to their rooms later today.

2:26 p.m.

Due to an anonymous threat, The University of Texas at El Paso will close today at 2 p.m.

Faculty, staff and students should evacuate the premises in an orderly fashion as soon as possible. Please do not remain on campus. Administrative operations and classes for this evening are cancelled. Normal operating hours will resume on Wednesday.

Media staging area will be located at Mundy Park at 1299 West Yandell Dr. At 3 p.m. UTEP Police Chief Cliff Walsh will provide media with an update at that location.

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Due to an anonymous threat, The University of Texas at El Paso will close today at 2:00 p.m.  Faculty, staff and students should evacuate the premises in an orderly fashion as soon as possible. Please do not remain on campus. Administrative operations and classes for this evening are cancelled. Normal operating hours will resume on Wednesday.