Threats force closure of TRU visual arts department

April 19, 2012

Claims of threats amongst students have prompted Thompson Rivers University to close its visual arts department and postpone a year-end exhibit until summer. That affords TRU time to conduct a threat assessment by interviewing faculty members and students, says a university spokesman. He did not speculate on what might be behind the alleged threats, but told the CBC that the decision to close the department was made with students' safety in mind. A third-year arts student says 2 others in the program have been harassing and intimidating others. He says he does not believe the incident is connected to a previous case involving a student's photography project, but the tension amongst some fourth-year students has been escalating over the past few weeks, artwork has been vandalized, and some students have had to seek counselling. Kamloops Daily News | CBC