Aurora police are investigating a bomb threat that was called into an Aurora University building at 9:15 a.m. Thursday. Police said that the building, in the 400 block of South Calumet Avenue was evacuated, and that numerous officers and specialized canine units are on the scene. According to Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli, no explosives have been found.
All Thursday classes held in the university's Institute for Collaboration have been cancelled, and the building is closed to students and staff.
Aurora University junior Dan Lowder was in the ICE building around 9:15 a.m. when a uniformed officer entered his classroom and told students to evacuate.
"I asked point blank if everything was okay, and they didn't say anything," Lowder said.
He said many students were upset at how the situation was handled. Emails and text messages were sent out to students about 30 minutes after the threat was called in, but only the ICE building was evacuated. Nearby buildings remained open for the day.
Also concerned were commuter students Haley Studebaker and Emily Hanson. Like Lowder, Studebaker, a freshman, was also in the ICE building Thursday during the evacuation. She said the whole scenario was scary.
"Nobody knew what was going on," she said. "I was freaking out."
She said the situation got worse when she realized she couldn't leave campus. Her car, parked in the ICE parking lot, was off limits. At 11 a.m., Studebaker and Hanson were still waiting to escape any danger.
"Even if I lived on campus, I'd still want to get away," Studebaker, a nursing major, said. "I don't know how they can say the other buildings are safe when this one isn't."