UA holds meeting over recent social media threats

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WIAT) — University of Alabama held a meeting Tuesday morning to address the ongoing situation regarding threats made over social media the last two days.

Below are some of the statements made from that meeting.

“The guiding principle at The University of Alabama is to promote the personal safety of students, faculty and staff, and UAPD continues to investigate and has been in contact with the FBI in identifying sources of the postings.

“Overnight, UAPD responded to messages sent to UA students that proved to be false. UAPD was able to identify a student who sent one of the prank messages.

“Although the ongoing social media conversation continues to fuel rumors and speculation and generate additional inaccuracies, the campus community is encouraged to continue its normal routine. Classes will continue as scheduled and UA will maintain normal operations. Faculty members should work with students who present concerns or fears related to these incidents.”

In addition to those remarks, Parents and students who have questions about recent events on the UA campus may contact the UA Call Center at 205-348-1001 and 877-408-1001.

Also released was message sent out to UA students early Tuesday morning:

“Students who need to talk with someone should contact The UA Counseling Center at 1000 South Lawn Office Building (1101 Jackson Avenue). The Center is open Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The center may be reached at 205-348-3863.

“Students who have concerns about their safety are encouraged to go to myBama and to sign up for Rave Guardian, an app that will immediately alert UAPD if a student becomes concerned about his/her safety. Additional information about safety can be found in the Safer Living Guide at http://police.ua.edu/slg.html.

Copyright 2014 WIAT 42 News

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