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Classes canceled as students were evacuted at the University of Iowa

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

Classes were canceled and at least one hundred students missed class on the first day of school, as Jessup Hall was evacuated at the University of Iowa.

The evacuation was due to a suspicious package that was left near the President's office.

University officials told us a male student who was originally at  Phillips Hall was acting erratic.

The student then went to Jessup Hall and left his backpack near the President's office.

For over three hours the building was on lock down.
"I mean the minute that person acted suspiciously or erratically, they immediately called U of I P.D.(University of Iowa police department) and they immediately began evacuating the building so you know it was an abundance of caution, student safety is our primary concern," said Jeneane Beck, a spokesperson for the university.
The Johnson County Bomb Squad was on scene with a robot.
At the time of the evacuation people left so fast, they left everything inside.
 "All of our offices and pretty  much everything we own including most of our keys and cell phones and everything else are upstairs currently," said Jeffrey Gepper who works in Jessup Hall.
"All my stuff is in there, luckily I don't have any classes or anything today but there are professors who have classes and their material for their classes are in there so they're going to have to cancel," said Cody Hodson, who works in Jessup Hall.
As classes were canceled and the building was taped off, students were not allowed anywhere near it.
The emergency warning was hard for some to take seriously at first, as I'm told the word emergency has been used on campus before.
 "Oh yeah tons of times, well it's a campus environment and a lot of weird things happen, I mean it's anything from like somebody pulled a fire alarm, but they just don't know, and so you get used to these types of things happening on a university campus and I'm  going to be  totally honest you,  just stop taking them as seriously as you normally would," said Gepper.
The scene was clear around 2:30 this afternoon, and Jessup Hall was re-opened.
University official told us the bomb squad did not find anything dangerous inside of the backpack.
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