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Statement from Chancellor Hank Foley

December 15th, 2015

Story Contact: Christian Basi, 573-882-4430,

Yesterday, MUPD was alerted to a post on Yik Yak that was perceived as a threat to University of Missouri campus security. MUPD immediately began an investigation and issued a search warrant to Yik Yak. As a result, MUPD identified and arrested an individual.

We will not tolerate any threat to our campus; I’m once again extremely grateful for the fast work of the MUPD. This is the second time in two months that they have identified an individual who has threatened the peace of our campus.

The safety of the campus is our No. 1 priority. It is important to note that even though MUPD took swift action and was able to arrest an individual, at no time was the threat ever perceived to be credible. However, that does not negate the significance of finding and effectively bringing to justice those who make such threats.  It is imperative that our students, faculty, staff and visitors know that when they visit Mizzou, we are doing everything possible to ensure a campus that is welcoming and safe. We will do everything in our power to identify and prosecute individuals who threaten that safety.