Bomb threats will not cancel final exams at Kansas University this semester.
"Under no circumstances should an exam be canceled because of a bomb threat," said David Shulenburger, associate vice chancellor for academic affairs. "We have a variety of ways to deal with bomb threats; we will get all exams in."
The campus received its 24th bomb threat since Sept. 11 at 10:55 a.m. today.
Shulenburger said exams will be relocated or postponed if bomb threats occur during finals. He said it would be unfair to faculty, staff and students to let one person disrupt final exams, which begin Dec. 12.
"If we have to have exams in the hallway, we'll get them in," Shulenburger said.
In the event of a bomb threat during an exam, police will serve as the contact person for faculty, said Lt. John Mullens, a community affairs officer with the KU police department. He said police will give faculty instructions about where exams should be relocated if evacuation is necessary.
Mullens last week said that this has been a record semester for bomb threats.
There were three bomb threats during September, six during October, 14 during November and one so far in December. Five bomb threats have been made to Wescoe Hall, four each to Haworth Hall and the Helen Foresman Spencer Museum of Art, two to the Kansas Union, and one each to the Dole Center, Malott Hall, JRP Hall, Fraser Hall, Summerfield Hall, Hoch Auditorium and Spencer Research Library.
In addition, single bomb threats targeting two buildings have been made. On Tuesday, a bomb threat was made to Hoch Auditorium and Malott Hall, and on Thursday, a threat was made to Hoch and Lindley Hall. Most of the calls have been made in the morning.
According to a report released today by Mullens, 18 of the callers were male, three were female, and the gender of three callers is unknown.
In an effort to get information about bomb threats and other crimes, KU has established a Crime Stoppers Hotline, 864-8888. Anyone with information about bomb threats is encouraged to call the hotline.