UPDATE: Nov. 30, 2022, 6 p.m. — Muscatine Community College will reopen tomorrow (Dec. 1) following the ongoing investigation of a potential threat. As stated in a previous release, the college received an email including a threat this morning, which led to the campus being closed to assure the safety of everyone.

College officials working with the Muscatine Police Department have determined there is no ongoing threat and it’s safe for college classes and operations to resume as normal on Thursday, Dec. 1.

“We recognize this has been a stressful situation for students and employees,” the college said late Wednesday. “To help ensure everyone feels safe and supported, students and employees can expect increased security measures as well as an on-site counselor who will be available to provide services and support.”

“We appreciate the cooperation of our students and staff in their willingness to immediately follow our request to secure the campus,” the release said. “It certainly showed our shared commitment to caring for one another in times of a potential emergency.”

MCC will continue to keep students, faculty, staff and the community informed as updates become available on its website, eicc.edu.

For additional questions, please contact Lt. David O’Connor with the Muscatine Police Department at 563-263-9922 ext. 608 or doconnor@muscatineiowa.gov.

EARLIER: This morning, Muscatine Community College (MCC) received an email including a threat to the college. Immediately upon getting the email, college leadership notified police and chose to close the campus to ensure the safety of students and employees, MCC announced Wednesday.

Notifications were sent out to all employees and MCC students, in addition to emails, website and social media posts.

Everyone is safe and police are currently on-campus investigating, the college release said. All buildings have been cleared and locked. Student housing access is also restricted to residents only and the campus will remain closed for the rest of the day.

This is an ongoing investigation. As updates become available, they will be shared on the college website HERE.

If anyone has any information that may be helpful to the investigation, contact Lt. David O’Connor with the Muscatine Police Department at 563-263-9922 ext. 608 or doconnor@muscatineiowa.gov.