Feb 012011
 
Authors: Allison Sylte

Text messages and e-mails notifying the CSU community Monday of an “unsubstantiated, general threat” pertaining to the university caused confusion and panic among many CSU students.

“I thought that it was kind of weird when I got the text message,” said freshman chemistry major Cody Palumbo. “It must be pretty serious if the FBI got involved. It freaked me out a bit.”

University officials said the emergency notifications were simply precautions, with no tangible threat perceived. The messages warned students of an “unsubstantiated, general threat” that required the help of a division of the FBI to investigate.

Students were notified of the threat in an 8:45 a.m. text message ande-mail sent by the Public Safety Team. Despite the fact that the threat was rendered “non-imminent”, students were told to stay vigilant and to report anything suspicious by calling 911.

The second message, sent out Monday afternoon just before 1 p.m., said officials did not believe there was a “present or imminent threat.”

No additional facts regarding details of the alleged threat were known the time of publication.

“With an ongoing threat it would frankly be inappropriate to release more information than is pertinent,” said CSU Vice President of External Relations Tom Milligan.

It was said, too, that no further details could be released due to the need to preserve the integrity of the investigation.

“We don’t want to cause alarm, but the administration needs to maintain safety, and let people know to be vigilant,” Milligan said.

CSU was notified of the possible threat by the FBI’s Internet Complaint Center, a partnership between the FBI and the National White Collar Crime Center to serve as a vehicle to receive, develop and refer criminal complaints regarding cyber crime to appropriate authorities.

Heeding advice to stay alert, all offices and university facilities remained open on Monday, despite an ongoing investigation by the Public Safety Team and the FBI over the course of the day.

The Public Safety Team reports to Tony Frank and coordinates disaster preparation and response.

“Past threats have been more specific than this, but I don’t recall anything of this nature in recent history,” said university spokesman Brad Bohlander.

Senior Reporter Erin Udell contributed to this report.
Assistant News Editor Allison Sylte can be reached at news@collegian.com.

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