UConn: Shelter in place due to bomb threat
UPDATE — UConn says classes should be expected to resume after 12:30 today.
In a text message sent to students at 9:37 a.m. this morning, UConn officials told students there was an active bomb threat at the Tasker Building at the Storrs Campus.
The Tasker Building is also known as the school’s admissions building.
The full text alert read:
“UConn Alert: There is a bomb threat at the Tasker Building, A.K.A. Admissions. If you are in or near this location evacuate now. Go toalert.uconn.edu [for information]“
Update: Second alert sent out at 10:06 a.m.
10:06 a.m. – UConn has updated their previous text alert, sending a new alert at 10:06 a.m. telling all Storrs-campus students to ‘shelter in place.’
The second text alert reads:
“UConn Alert Update: Shelter in place at Storrs campus. Do not make independant decision to evacuate buildings.”
Update: All students and faculty traveling to campus told to stop
10:10 AM — University of Connecticut staff are advising all faculty, staff and students who aren’t already on the main campus to stay off campus until the bomb threat at one of the buildings in Storrs is cleared.
The following message was sent out 20 minutes ago:
“Update: At 9:50am, all faculty, staff and students who are travelling to Storrs campus or plan to travel to campus, are advised to stay off campus at this time until further direction is provided.”
UConn’s Tasker Building.
The Tasker Building
According to the UConn website, the Tasker Building is a hub for admissions at the school.
“All undergraduate applications are reviewed by the Admissions staff working in the Tasker Building (TSK),” the University’s maps site says.
The building is located near the North Parking Garage, and is proximate to the Student Union building, as well as the student gym , field house, and UConn Foundation building.
Few students would commonly use this building, unless they were employed by the University Admissions department.
The University of Connecticut is a public, co-ed college located in Storrs, CT. It is home to some 18,000 students, including graduate and undergraduate students.
It was founded primarily as an agricultural school in the late 19th century, but has since become one of the top public universities in the country, regularly placing among the top-20 public schools as ranked by U.S. News and World reports.
Both its men’s and women’s basketball teams are currently playing in the NCAA tournament. Both the men’s and women’s teams have reached to Final Four this year.