Section 4.2: Bomb Threat
In the event of a bomb threat it is important to remain calm and gather as much information as possible to pass along to the authorities. If the threat is sent to you as an e-mail, text, or voicemail please contact Campus Safety immediately to share the message.
Should you become actively engaged in conversation with the person making the threat it is important to first listen to them and not interrupt. Be courteous and attempt to draw out the conversation. Do not be the person to end the conversation and if it was a call try to keep the line open for as long as possible.
Once you begin engaging them try to find a way to get someone else’s attention (ex. using a note) so they can begin to contact Campus Safety. While talking with the person making the threat be sure to ask them who they are and why they’re doing this. If they don’t reveal their identity please try and record the following information:
- Phone number if you have caller ID
- Time the call/contact was received
- Approximate gender and age of person making threat
- Background sounds or noises you hear
- Any unique speech characteristics including but not limited to;
- An accent, lisp, stutter, or other unique speech pattern
- Exact wording used by the person making the threat
It’s important to try and get as much information as you can about the bomb itself. Some questions you should ask are:
- Where is the bomb located? (Specific building, room or floor?)
- What time will the bomb detonate?
- What type of bomb is it?
- What does the bomb look like?
- What will cause the bomb to detonate?
- Who are you trying to hurt?
- Are you aware that it may hurt other people besides who you intend?
After you’ve reported the situation to Campus Safety be sure to contact your ADRL or the Director of Residence Life to update them on the situation.