CAMPUS THREAT UPDATE - 10:50 A.M. - Incident Concluded
After a thorough investigation conducted by officers from UT Tyler Police Department and investigators from UT System Police, it has been determined that the threats made to campus over the past few days are not credible.
They appear to have stemmed from a domestic dispute unrelated to the University.
Out of an abundance of caution, enhanced security measures will remain in place throughout Saturday's activities. The investigation is still ongoing and active.
The University gratefully acknowledges the work of the UT Tyler Police and UT System Police, as well as officers from Tyler PD, UT Health Northeast PD, UT Austin PD, UT Arlington PD, UT Dallas PD, UT Houston PD and other law enforcement agencies who quickly responded to ensure the safety of our students, faculty and staff.
TYLER (KYTX) - UT Tyler is boosting it's campus police presence after several threatening calls were made to the school.
Those threatening calls first started coming Thursday, and based on the calls, the threats seem to indicate some type of armed violence.
It's homecoming week at UT Tyler, but a dark shadow has started creeping into homecoming celebrations.
"I'm hoping it's a prank it's not a threat," said senior Mary Mendy.
Menday said, "Pretty much everything has been the same, students are going to their classes, people are still outside enjoying the beautiful weather."
Although Mendy hadn't heard about the threats and campus wide email alert was sent out regarding the threats.
Initially, the nature of the threats weren't clear. In the meantime, investigators are looking for a man they believe "is a person whom the university police believe may have information that would be valuable to the investigation."
"Our campus safety is the utmost important to all of us," said Marketing and Communications Director Beverley Golden.
Campus security has been beefed up and more will be around for the remaining homecoming activities.
" We have nothing to substantiate an imminent threat to the campus, but we're asking everyone to be aware of their surroundings."
University representatives haven't said if the fact it's homecoming week plays a role in the threat.
Update: University Police, with assistance from other agencies, are continuing the investigation into the calls received yesterday. The calls seemed to indicate the possibility of armed violence toward an unnamed individual or individuals.
Increased security from additional police officers is in place and will remain in place throughout the weekend or until this situation has been resolved. Cooperating police departments include UT Tyler, UT Health Northeast, UT System and City of Tyler.
Police are seeking assistance in determining the whereabouts of the individual pictured. Police believe this person may have information that would be valuable to this investigation.
Anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts is asked to contact police at 903.566.7300.
The campus community should remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to University Police at extension 903.566.7300 or by calling 911
TYLER (KYTX) - UT Tyler has increased their security after phone calls were received that suggested a possible threat to campus.
A spokesperson for UT Tyler says at this time we have nothing to substantiate an imminent threat to campus.
We are asking everyone to be aware of the surroundings. The calls seemed to suggest a possible threat involving a narrow timeframe that appears to end this weekend.
Campus police are increasing security at all campus events.
If you receive any suspicious phone calls, notice any suspicious activity or have any information regarding suspicious activity, please notify university police immediately by calling 911 or 903.566.7300.