SAR’s Academic Freedom Monitoring Project investigates and reports attacks on higher education with the aim of raising awareness, generating advocacy, and increasing protection for scholars, students, and academic communities. Learn more.

Date of Incident: September 21, 2022

Attack Types: Killings, Violence, Disappearances | Other

Institution(s):Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos

Region & Country:Americas | Mexico

New or Ongoing:New Incident

More than three thousand people were evicted from the Champila campus of Universidad Autónoma del Estado de Morelos, after a bomb threat that culminated in the detonation of two explosive devices. 

An unidentified individual reportedly called in the threat to a university office around 10:30 am on the morning of September 21, 2022, after which the university was ordered evacuated. Two bombs were then located in buildings on campus, and detonated safely. As of this report, no suspects have been identified in connection with the act.

Scholars at Risk is concerned about targeted, violent, attacks on higher education spaces and communities. Such acts undermine academic freedom and university autonomy. Law enforcement and university authorities should take reasonable steps to respond to and prevent such attacks, including by investigating and holding perpetrators accountable. In addition to the harm to the targets, such threats undermine academic freedom and democratic society generally.