The University of New Mexico evacuated three buildings as a precaution at 8:20 this morning after receiving a bomb threat. UNMPD blocked off several streets from through traffic. Albuquerque Police bomb squad canine units checked Mitchell, Ortega and Popejoy Halls, found nothing and cleared the buildings by 10:15 a.m.
UNM’S registrar estimates about 1890 students were impacted by the closure of classes in those three buildings. Performances of the Nutcracker scheduled for 10:15 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. at Popejoy were cancelled so that busses bringing students and attendees would not arrive on campus prior to buildings being cleared and reopened.
UNMPD’s investigation is continuing. The Dean of Students advises that if a student is found responsible for the bomb threat, it could result in suspension, expulsion and prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.
UNMPD appreciates the cooperation of the campus community in following the precautionary evacuations and the media in keeping the community informed of the changes.