Recent national events have raised concern about how to recognize and handle suspicious mail or packages.
What is suspicious? Typical characteristics:
- Mail from someone unfamiliar to you. Know your sender.
- Has no return address, or one that cannot be verified as legitimate.
- Has unusual weight, is lopsided, is oddly shaped, and is oddly sealed.
- Has strange odors or stains.
- May be marked “Rush,” “Personal,” “Confidential,” etc.
- Shows a city or postmark that does not match the return address.
- If you think it is suspicious, treat it as suspicious.
Unopened mail that appears to be suspicious:
- DO NOT OPEN IT.
- Leave the package or letter where it is. Do not pass the letter or package to others. Call Public Safety immediately at ext. 6611. Off-campus, dial 911. Wash your hands with soap and water.
- Wait nearby for the Public Safety officer.
- The Public Safety officer will decide what further precautionary steps are to be taken, if any.
If you have opened mail that contains something suspicious:
- Do not try to clean up the contents (powder).
- Cover the spilled contents immediately with anything (e.g., clothing, paper, trash can, etc.). Do not remove this cover.
- Leave the room and close the door, or section off the area to prevent others from entering. Try to isolate yourself.
- Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any powder to your face. Do not touch eyes, nose or mouth.
- Call Public Safety immediately at ext. 6611. Off-campus, dial 911. Wait nearby.
- You will receive immediate directions and help.
- Remain calm. Do not panic.
The Department of Public Safety will coordinate with local law enforcement and fire officials.