If you receive or discover a suspicious package or device:
Do not touch it, tamper with it, or move it!
Immediately call the UIS Police 6-7777 OR 911 from a campus phone, or the UIS Police 206-7777 or 911 from a cell phone* or off campus phone
*Do not use a cell phone within 300 feet of the suspicious package.
What constitutes a suspicious letter or parcel?
Some typical characteristics which should trigger suspicion include letters or parcels that:
- Have a powdery substance on the outside.
- Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
- Have excessive postage.
- Handwritten or poorly typed addresses, incorrect titles or titles with no name.
- Misspellings of common words.
- Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.
- Have no return address or have one that can’t be verified as legitimate.
- Are of unusual weight, given their size, or are lopsided or oddly shaped.
- Have an unusual amount of tape.
- Are marked with restrictive endorsements, such as “Personal” or “Confidential.”
- Have strange odors or stains.
What to do if you receive a suspicious package or parcel:
- Handle with care. Do no shake or bump.
- Isolate it immediately.
- Don’t open, smell, touch or taste.
- Treat it as suspect. Call the UIS Police immediately.