Webster University temporarily closes Scott Air Force Base campus due to safety concerns


This story was updated at 10:55 a.m. Jan. 23, 2014 to reflect the campus’s reopening.

Webster University’s Scott Air Force Base campus reopened as of 10:50 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23. The base’s educational facilities were temporarily closed at 9:15 a.m. that morning due to a safety concern. Webster Director of Public relations Patrick Giblin said the Air Force asked the university to close down its educational facilities at the base, but could not give specific details as to why.

“We’re hoping that it is something as simple as a broken condenser on a heater, but we will try to keep people updated as we learn more information ourselves,” Giblin said.

Giblin said the university is keeping in close contact with the base.

Webster and the U.S. Defense department teamed up in 1974 and the university began offering military-friendly graduate programs at Fort Sheridan in Chicago. Soon after, the university started offering programs at Scott Air Force Base near St. Louis, according to Webster’s website.



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