MU Student Center and Memorial Union evacuated due to reported bomb threat

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COLUMBIA - The University of Missouri has evacuated the Student Center and Memorial Union due to reports of a bomb threat.

Mary Jo Banken of the MU News Bureau told KOMU 8 News that MUPD received a bomb threat to the "student union coffee shop."

Banken said MUPD did not initially know if the threat was located at the coffee shop in the student center or in Memorial Union. In response, Banken said the university evacuated both out of extreme caution.

MU has re-opened the Student Center after the Jefferson City Police K-9 Unit cleared the area. Memorial Union is clear, but will remain closed and reopen on Wednesday for normal business hours.

Despite student reports, Banken said MU has not evacuated Ellis Library.

Banken said there was no text alert or call from MU Alert because the threat was isolated.

MU Alert only calls or texts students when the entire campus is at threat, according to Banken.

Banken also said MU Alert did not want to alarm students.

[Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest information.]

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