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Police find 'nothing suspicious' after Aurora University bomb threat

Published: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 12:35 p.m. CDT • Updated: Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:28 p.m. CDT

AURORA – Aurora police didn't find anything suspicious after doing a building-to-building search of the Aurora University campus after the school received more than one bomb threat Wednesday morning.

"Nothing suspicious has been found," Aurora police spokesman Dan Ferrelli said. Aurora University campus classes remain canceled for the day.

Resident students can return to campus and campus activities will be held as scheduled. Tonight's Arts and Ideas lecture will proceed at 7:30 p.m. in Crimi Auditorium as planned.

Ferrelli did not specify how many threats AU received. Aurora University President Rebecca Sherrick announced the university was offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to the identification and apprehension of the person or persons responsible for today's threats.

"The university has significant capacity to investigate threats such as those received this morning as do our law enforcement partners," Sherrick said in a message on AU's website. "We regard a bomb threat as a very serious criminal matter and intend to seek full redress for the costs and inconvenience incurred. To email or phone a threat of this kind is an act of domestic terrorism that all of us as Americans must work together to stop."

Sherrick urged anyone with information to contact AU's Campus Public Safety at630-844-6140.

Aurora University had announced on its Twitter feed that it had received a generic bomb threat that it was treating as real. The threats came by e-mail, Ferrelli said.

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