Penn State police tighten security at trustees meetings

Penn State police say there will be additional security for the Thursday and Friday meetings of the university board of trustees.

Police are requesting attendees going to the Penn Stater Conference Center and Hotel to “leave any large bags, backpacks or oversized handbags at home or in their automobiles.”

The additional security is reportedly in response to “several threats that were received by officials related to the January board meetings.”

Security also was increased at the November meetings, including a large police presence from nearby departments as well as university police. There were metal detectors used at the full board meeting.

Those precautions were not in place for the special meeting called by alumni-elected trustees in December.

Police say anyone attending the meeting with a bag will have their bag searched or be asked to leave. This means that entering the meeting may require more time than normal.