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Response to a Suspicious Package

Call: Public Safety Department: 276-6611 or 911 from a campus phone.

Note: Dialing 911 from a cell phone will not connect you with Public Safety

What to Know:

Identifying a Suspicious Package: 

A suspicious letter or parcel might have some of the following indicators: 

  • Origin – Postmark or name of sender is unusual, unknown, or no further address is given
  • Postage – Excessive or inadequate postage
  • Balance – The letter is lopsided or unusually thick
  • Weight – The letter or package seems heavy for its size
  • Content – Stiffness or springiness of contents; protruding wires or components; oily outer wrapping or envelope; feels like it contains powdery substance (When checking, do not bend excessively)
  • Smell – Particularly almond or other suspicious odors
  • Writing – Handwriting of sender is not familiar or indicates a foreign style not normally received by recipient.  Common words or names are misspelled.
  • Rub-on block lettering

What to Do:

Handling a Suspicious Package:

  • Do not excessively handle or open a suspicious package.
  • Immediately segregate it in an unused room or space.
  • Attempt to verify the sender and/or the legitimacy of the package (i.e. ask the recipient if he/she was expecting a package that matches the suspected package’s size and shape.)
  • If the letter or parcel remains suspect, call Public Safety at x6611
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