An campus police officer stands guard outside the Keathley University Center following a Sept. 18, 2013, bomb threat while authorities search building, located at MTSU in Murfreesboro, Tenn. (TMP Photo/M. Kemph)
The Keathley University Center at Middle Tennessee State University was evacuated Wednesday for about two hours after an employee inside the dining hall reportedly heard a student making "suspicious comments" regarding a bomb, according to officials.
"A staff member heard something suspicious in reference to a bomb and followed proper protocol by notifying campus police," said Andrew Oppmann, vice president of MTSU News and Media Relations. "The staff member did exactly the right thing because we take any type of threat very seriously."
Officers with the MTSU Office of Public Safety sent out an alert to MTSU students and faculty just after 2 p.m. warning them about a possible bomb threat and instructed them to leave the area until further notice. An MTSU police officer also pulled a fire alarm in order to evacuate the building in a timely manner.
Following nearly a two-hour search and investigation into the incident, Oppmann said authorities believe "this was not a credible threat."
The Keathley University Center was reopened to students at about 4 p.m.
University officials said the students involved in the incident have been questioned. However, no one has been arrested or charged in connection with the incident, and the the matter remains under investigation.