Bomb Threats

If you receive a threatening call warning of a bomb or other physical harm, do not hang up.
Have another person call 911 while you try to obtain information. Engage the caller in a conversation as long as possible and note what you hear.

If you see a suspicious object, DO NOT move, jar or touch it or anything attached to it. Notify University Police.

If You Receive a Bomb Threat:

  • Don't rely on memory; take notes
  • What's the specific threat?
  • Is the voice familiar in any way?
  • Is the caller male or female? Young or old?
  • Tone of speech: calm, angry?  Is there an accent, stutter, etc.?
  • Are there any background sounds?
  • Record the caller's words, if possible
  • Ask the following:
    • When will the bomb explode?
    • Where is it located?
    • What does it look like? What kind is it?
    • Is there more than one?
    • What will cause it to explode?
    • Who placed the bomb?
    • Why was the bomb placed?
    • Try to get the caller's name and address.

University Police will determine whether to evacuate based on the information and circumstances surrounding the threat.

If You're Instructed to Evacuate:

  • Follow police directions and remain calm. 
  • Walk to the nearest exit, and make sure others are evacuating.
  • Evacuate 200+ yards from the area which may contain the bomb.
  • Be alert for anything unusual on the evacuation route.
  • If you see something that appears suspicious, DO NOT move, jar or touch the object or anything attached to it. Notify University Police.