To: Students, Faculty and Staff
From: Robert Bruininks, President
I'm pleased to report that the eight buildings evacuated earlier in the day have been thoroughly searched and nothing unusual was located. We're grateful that everyone is safe. The buildings will remain closed and under surveillance this evening. Without further incident, the buildings will reopen tomorrow morning at their normal time and classes will resume.
The University is grateful for the support of all of the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies that assisted in this effort. We are particularly appreciative of the work of our own University of Minnesota Police Department for their professionalism and commitment to our safety.
Obviously, this is a stressful time for our community. The safety of our students, faculty and staff was our first priority and we appreciate your cooperation throughout the day.
Given the events of the past week, people might feel the need for support and counseling. The University has free, confidential counseling resources available to assist during this time. More information can be found at http://www.mentalhealth.umn.edu.
Also, to learn more about the University's safety, security and emergency preparedness resources, visit http://www.safety.umn.edu/.
Unquestionably, today's event was unsettling for many of us. Rest assured that appropriate plans are in place, professional emergency management staff is on duty, and this University is committed to protecting the safety of our students, faculty, staff and visitors. Thank you for your patience and support during this time.
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