University of Iowa

UI Statement on Burge Residence Hall

At approximately 5:08 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15, the University of Iowa Police Department received a call from a student on campus who reported that he had received a text message from a friend about an emergency at Burge Residence Hall. The text message indicated there was an active shooter in the building, and directed the friend to call police. 

The UI Police Department immediately dispatched officers to Burge, where residents were in the process of evacuating the building upon their arrival at 5:10 p.m.

At 5:16 p.m., the same student called the UI Police Department back to say his friend had gotten back in touch with him to say that he was joking.

Upon determining there was no active shooter or threat to student safety, the UI Police Department began an investigation and brought both students in for questioning. The incident remains under investigation. No arrests have been made at this time. More information will be provided as it becomes available. 

Burge Hall is no longer on lock-down and students were permitted to re-enter the building at approximately 5:45 p.m.

We have received several inquiries as to why a Hawk Alert was not issued. 

Authorities quickly worked to determine whether the single text message was legitimate. UI Police responded within minutes and concluded the threat was not credible.