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William Jewell College to resume classes Wednesday after credible threat closed campus

William Jewell College
Posted at 8:42 PM, Feb 28, 2023
and last updated 2023-02-28 22:15:46-05

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — William Jewell College will resume classes Wednesday after what police called a credible threat forced the college to cancel in-person classes Tuesday.

The first warning came in an email about 7 p.m. Monday with a photo of a former student at the college.

The email urged students to call campus security if they saw the man on campus.

A few hours later, an email informed students in-person classes and activities would be cancelled Tuesday at the campus in Liberty, Missouri.

An e-mail sent Tuesday night by Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, Ph.D, and president of the college, explained why university officials and police believe they have plans in place to keep the campus safe.

Below are some of the safety precautions from the email:

  • In-person classes will resume.  However, Jewell’s faculty will be ready to provide virtual access to regular class sessions for students, should they feel more comfortable, for the rest of this week.
  • In addition to law enforcement officers and Campus Safety officers present throughout campus, Campus Safety will be available to escort students from the Commuter Lot and the Residential Triangles.
  • All buildings will remain locked 24/7.  Students, faculty, and staff can access buildings using their Jewell IDs.
  • Athletic and co-curricular activities will resume under heightened security and with certain safety measures added to maximize student and staff safety. 
  • The Dining Hall will resume normal hours, and Achievement Day activities for students will occur as planned.  Please note that the Union will be staffed with several law enforcement and Campus Safety officers throughout the day and into the evening.

All of these safety measures will remain in place until law enforcement believes that the threat has been nullified.
I want to remind all members of our community to stay in communication with Campus Safety if you see or hear of any suspicious activity; carry your Jewell IDs at all times; and be vigilant about not propping doors on campus.