Officials: white substance found at Stanley was harmless

BY DI STAFF | JULY 17, 2012 6:30 AM

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Tests performed Monday by the State Hygienic Laboratory in Coralville revealed no harmful substance in a white, powdery substance sent to Stanley Hall via U.S. mail.

UI police, Johnson County Ambulance, and the Iowa City Fire Department were called to Stanley after a UI student and Upward Bound counselor called law-enforcement officials about the foreign white, powdery substance. The substance was received via mail that was opened by a counselor.

The laboratory conducted tests to identify substances that would pose a chemical threat, and the sample has been sent to an Ankeny facility for further verification.

After not feeling well, the counselor was taken out of Stanley on Monday afternoon wearing a HAZMAT suit. The counselor was taken in an ambulance to the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

UI spokesman Tom Moore said the substance had been retained by the counselor.

As a precaution, officials at Stanley Hall closed off a shower area, the counselor's room, and mail areas.

The counselor was treated and released by the UIHC, Moore said.

Stanley houses Orientation guides and incoming freshmen for summer Orientation; however, no incoming students were staying at the residence hall on Monday.

Approximately 47 students and staff involved in the Upward Bound program were notified of the incident. Officials from Upward Bound had not returned phone calls from The Daily Iowan as of Monday evening.

— by Amy Skarnulis

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