Dear Embry-Riddle community –

Early Tuesday morning, Prescott Campus Safety and Security responded to reports of a loud noise outside on-campus residential housing. Prescott Police was notified, and it was determined that a small explosive had been set off in the parking lot of Quail Hall dorms.

After receiving an anonymous tip from a student, authorities searched the room of student James Levine. It was during this search that authorities discovered items resulting in him being taken into custody. Three dorm rooms in the vicinity were evacuated while police conducted an investigation, and the residents were allowed back in after police said the area was safe and there was no threat.

No students, staff, or faculty were injured as a result of the incident, and there was no damage. Police have said the campus is safe. And that is our priority.

Mr. Levine, per the university’s Student Code of Conduct, is on interim suspension. We will continue to cooperate 100% with Prescott authorities in the days ahead.

I want to assure all students, parents, alumni, faculty, and staff, that we are here if you have any questions or concerns. We are committed to a safe place for our students to learn and live, and our team to work and mentor.

Dr. John P. Johnson,
President, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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