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Public Safety Update 4:30 p.m. 11/16/10

Public safety officials have completed searches of two of the four Ohio State University campus buildings that were named in a bomb threat this morning. Searches of McPherson Chemical Lab and Smith Laboratory have been completed and no devices were found. Those buildings will re-open at 5 p.m. this evening, and all activities and classes related to these buildings will resume at the regularly scheduled times. Students with questions about specific classes should contact their instructors.

Scott Laboratory is scheduled to re-open at 6 p.m. The William Oxley Thompson Memorial Library is scheduled to re-open at 9 p.m.

Personal property left at the library will be gathered up and placed at the west security desk and may be picked during regular library hours. Any personal items left in McPherson, Smith or Scott may be retrieved at Blankenship Hall (901 Woody Hayes Drive) between 8 - 11 a.m. and noon -2 p.m. on Wednesday (11/17).

“The university puts the highest priority on the safety of our students, faculty and staff,” said Vernon Baisden, assistant vice president and director of public safety. “Throughout the day our public safety forces have meticulously checked the affected buildings to insure that our students continue to have a safe learning environment.

“No additional details are available as the investigation continues,” said Baisden.