Bomb threat called into 22nd floor of 55 E. Jackson on DePaul’s Loop Campus


Jonathan Aguilar | The DePaulia

CPD car parked outside 55 E. Jackson as police investigated a bomb threat called into the 22nd floor, where the president’s office is located.

All offices in 55 E. Jackson on DePaul’s Loop Campus were evacuated just before 3:30 Thursday afternoon after an unconfirmed bomb threat was called into the 22nd floor, where DePaul’s executive offices including that of President A. Gabriel Esteban are located. After roughly 40 minutes, Chicago Police searched and cleared the building, allowing staff to re-enter.

According to evacuees waiting and watching across the street, staff was alerted via email at 3:23 that an unconfirmed bomb threat had been called into the 22nd floor and were instructed to evacuate immediately. DePaul Public Safety, Allied Universal Security Service and Chicago Police were all on the scene.

After the initial evacuation the sidewalk in front of the building and across the street was teaming with evacuated staff and curious pedestrians. The street was never closed down or evacuated during CPD’s investigation.

DePaul has notified students, faculty and staff that all classes and events will go on a scheduled.

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