PORTLAND -- A Portland State University graduate student feels the school overreacted to reports that he'd made threats.
I have never, ever made any threats to anyone at PSU, said Henry Liu in an exclusive interview with NewsChannel 8.
In late April, Liu's name and photo appeared on a campus-wide advisory.
It's really disturbing and sad to know how much my reputation has been hurt, says Liu.
The 33-year old, who studied conflict resolution, can't go back to school. He's been banned from campus.
Liu claims his life was turned upside down on April 20, when police showed up at his off-campus apartment. Investigators were told he'd made threats. They wanted to know about Liu's weapons.
A daily campus security log shows officers found four guns. The police report also shows officers found several hundred rounds of ammo, water, rations, spare clothing, blankets and clot packs, neatly contained in several military style backpacks.
Liu says they are all legally-owned firearms, and he cooperated by voluntarily handing over the guns to police.
He went to Oregon Health & Science University for a psychiatric examination. After days of testing, Liu says doctors cleared him and declared he was mentally fit. He claims officers suggested no charges would be filed.
Soon afterward, the university sent out a bulletin to more than 35,000 students and staff warning about Henry Liu.
This situation took me by surprise. I was completely blindsided by it, says Liu.
Liu still isn't clear what prompted the campus wide advisory. He speculates it may have been something said in passing to a classmate about his weekend plans.
I said I was going to go shooting at the range to blow off some steam, Liu says.
PSU Chief of Campus Public Safety suggests the threats were more serious.
We would not have taken the actions that we took if that were merely what he had said. That would not be considered a threatening statement, said Chief Phillip Zerzan.
The police report suggests Liu told another student he intended to shoot two faculty members. One of Liu's instructors explained, This wide response has been triggered by verbal threats that may only amount to aggressive venting, Rob Gould, chair of the PSU Conflict Resolution Department posted on his personal blog.
I have never made threats to anyone, either directly or indirectly, says Liu.
The university is prohibited from disclosing specific information about the case, and Portland Police decline to release any reports because it is an ongoing investigation.
Zerzan explains officials must balance student privacy with campus safety. Federal law, known as the Clery Act, requires the university to notify students and staff about potential threats.
There was a lot of thought that went into this, he said, and I'm confident that the decisions that were made were the right decisions.
Liu argues the university went too far. The former City of Portland intern had been accepted to law school. But now, he claims those offers are in jeopardy.
It's pretty much screwed up my life. Period, Liu says.
Background: Weapons recovered in PSU investigation