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No Hawk Alert for dorm evacuation, UI officials explain

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) - The first day of classes is over for students at the University of Iowa, and the school year has already seen three crime-related issues on campus.

A sexual assault, attempted armed robbery near campus, and a dormitory evacuation in just a matter of three days

"It's a busy weekend, if there was a going to be a weekend, it makes sense to be this one," said UI student Michael Gemtro.

Gemtro lives in Slater Hall and says he never received a "Hawk Alert," but he did know why they had to leave their dorms.

Although university leaders are firm in notifying students about potential threats on campus, they say the "Hawk Alert" was not sent Sunday night about Slater Hall being evacuated.

David Visin, the associate director of public safety on campus, says most times his officers will arrive on scene to confirm an emergency before a "Hawk Alert" is sent out.

"Hawk Alerts will typically be sent when it affects potentially the entire campus," said UI spokesperson Tom Moore.

He says Sunday's incident was no threat to anyone other than those in Slater Hall, and they were notified.

"The evacuation of the building that was where my dorm room, and that was really smooth," said Gemtro.

Moore said a "Timely Warning" is issued when a potential threat is ongoing, but may not be an eminent threat.

"That is how I get the information about everybody and how to keep safe," said UI student Mosely Li.

Both the "Hawk Alerts" and "Timely Warnings" are used to Notify students and staff of campus-wide threats to physical safety in emergency situations.

Campus officials say they are very strategically in issuing any alert and safety of students and staff is their main priority.

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