Austin College students welcomed family, friends and a few others to campus Friday. A prepared statement was posted to the college’s Facebook page informing students and others that agents from the FBI had been on campus Friday.
“Early this morning the FBI informed us that a current student may have information that will help them in a broader investigation. Please know that the campus is safe, and the FBI presence on campus was simply part of a routine investigation. Contrary to rumors that have been circulating, there are absolutely no devices anywhere on campus that would be destructive or harmful,” AC VP of Student Affairs Tim Millerick in a statement.
The FBI’s visit coincided with family weekend on the college campus ,which included a number of activities designed to show off the college to the families of its students. Those activities were going on as slated and were expected to continue into Saturday and Sunday.
Millerick urged students not to read anything into the FBI’s visit. “Social media makes it easy and tempting to send out public messages that do not convey the facts. We encourage students and others not to do this as it can cause unnecessary stress and can lead to unneeded additional FBI work. Austin College cooperated fully to assist the FBI in normal due diligence of their efforts. The agents have now left the campus and informed the College that there is absolutely no concern for safety or any other related issue. In addition, the College is in no way implicated or involved in the situation.”
Lydia Maese of the FBI’s Dallas field office did confirm that the FBI was on the campus Friday, but said she could not provide any additional information about what types of information the FBI sought or what type of situation they were investigating.