Sunday night August 7 at around 10:30 PM, the Dubuque County Emergency Communication Center received reports of a threat of violence that was posted on social media and directed at Clarke University, 1550 Clarke Dr.  Dubuque Police and Clarke University officials began investigating the threat and found it was posted by a former student.  Clarke University officials locked down their facilities out of an abundance of caution while Dubuque Police continued to investigate the incident and obtained a warrant for the former student’s arrest.

The suspect, in this case, was identified as, 23 year old Rashaud Colbert, with no known address.  Colbert was located this morning in Darien, IL, and was arrested by the Darien Police Department on a warrant charging Threat of Terrorism.

Threat of Terrorism is a Class “D” Felony.  Class “D” Felonies are punishable by confinement for no more than five years and a fine of at least $750 but not more than $7,500.

Normal operations and activities have resumed at Clarke University.


According to the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, a Dubuque university campus is currently locked down because of a social-media threat.

According to the TH, Clarke University's website says Clarke University is closed due to “an active social media threat to the Clarke community,” The website states that the closure is effective “until further notice.”

In an email sent to the school’s students and employees, the university states that officials “are aware of threats toward the university made on social media.”

University administration and the Dubuque Police Department are investigating the threats, according to the email.

The email advises employees to remain at home or return home, except for the school’s campus security.

On-campus students are advised to remain in the building in which they live with the door locked and shades closed.

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