What Should You Do With A
Suspicious Letter or Package?
- Immediately call the University Police at 2300.
- Don't handle or open the letter or package.
- Don't shake, smell, or taste any substance on or within the
letter or package.
- Isolate the letter or package. If you already have touched it,
place it inside a plastic bag and seal it. If no bag is available,
cover the letter or package with a wastebasket, towel, paper,
or other item.
- Thoroughly wash your hands with soap or water.
- If a substance has spilled from the letter or package onto a
desk or other area, cover the material with a wastebasket, towel,
paper or other item.
- Lock and secure the room/area where the letter or package is
located. Wait outside the room/area for the arrival of the University
- Keep others out of the area until the arrival of the University
- Assist University Police as directed. This may include providing
a list of all persons who may have come in contact with the suspicious
letter or package.
What Are The Characteristics Of A Suspicious
Letter or Package?
- Powdery substance on the outside or inside.
- Excessive postage.
- Handwritten or poorly typed addresses.
- Incorrect titles.
- Title, but no name.
- Addressed to someone no longer with your organization, or otherwise
- No return address or one that cannot be verified as legitimate.
- Oily stains, discolorations or odor.
- Excessive weight.
- Lopsided or uneven envelope.
- Protruding wires or aluminum foil
- Excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc.
- Visual distractions.
- Ticking sounds.
- Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as "Personal"
- Shows a city or state in the postmark that does not match the
- Letter or package is unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to
If you are unsure whether a letter or package is suspicious contact
the University Police. An officer
will respond and make a threat assessment with your assistance.
Questions should be directed to the University
Police at 465-2300
For Further Information Concerning Terrorist
Threats, Click on these links to the following sites:
US Postal Service
Center for Disease Control