Negar Mortazavi Bomb Threat (University of Chicago Police Department)

Matthew Petti filed this request with the University of Chicago Police Department of Illinois.
Multi Request Negar Mortazavi Bomb Threat


From: Matthew Petti

To Whom It May Concern:

Pursuant to the Illinois Freedom of Information Act., I hereby request the following records:

- Records created as a result of an investigation into the reported threat against the University of Chicago Institute of Politics (IOP) on October 18, 2022.
- Emails between your department and IOP staff related to the aforementioned threat.

Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi had been scheduled to speak at a panel hosted by the IOP, titled “Taking it to the Streets: the Power of Iranian Women Now.” The morning of October 18, the IOP received a "bomb threat" related to the event. and law enforcement officers brought "bomb-sniffing dogs" to the IOP offices, according to the Chicago Maroon:

The Chicago Maroon report states that the threat was sent via email. If you have a copy of that email, please include it in the documents.

Please include any files attachments to the emails as well.

I understand that portions of these documents may be exempt from disclosure under the law. If so, please redact the exempt sections, and release the rest of the documents.

The requested documents will be made available to the general public, and this request is not being made for commercial purposes.

In the event that there are fees, I would be grateful if you would inform me of the total charges in advance of fulfilling my request. I would prefer the request filled electronically, by e-mail attachment if available or CD-ROM if not.

Thank you in advance for your anticipated cooperation in this matter. I look forward to receiving your response to this request within 5 business days, as the statute requires.


Matthew Petti

From: University of Chicago Police Department

Good morning Mr. Petti,

I am writing in follow up to your request seeking information associated with UCPDI #22-01042. The University of Chicago maintains and makes publicly available a daily crime/fire log, which may be accessed at: The incident about which you seek information is reflected in the University’s daily crime/fire log. The University shared additional information about this incident on its website: The University also makes considerable additional data publicly available, which can be found at: To the extent you are seeking additional records under the Freedom of Information Act, please note that FOIA applies to public bodies, and the University of Chicago is a private institution. Access to records maintained by the Chicago Police Department may be requested from the City of Chicago directly.
Best regards,
Robert Mason


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