Ottawa University back open after suspicious package incident outside residence hall

OTTAWA, Kan. - Officials reopened Ottawa University just before 10 a.m. Thursday morning after a suspicious package incident outside a dormitory.

Afternoon classes will go on as planned, school officials said. Classes will resume at 1 p.m.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Department said a call came in at about 5:45 a .m. Thursday The caller reported a brown oddly-shaped canvass package with black electrical tape was found in front of the residence hall, which is near Tauy Jones Hall.

The residence hall was evacuated and the campus closed.

A university spokesman said authorities checked several packages and nothing suspicious was found.

Law officers are still searching the residence halls to make sure there are no other packages or problems, the spokesperson said.

Tauy Jones Hall is Ottawa University's oldest building, according to the Kansas Historical Society. Completed in 1869, it has twice been damaged by fire, but was rebuilt both times.

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