Because of recent national and international events, we must take certain precautionary measures when handling mail to ensure our personal and community safety. Your increased awareness and use of the following precautions with suspicious mail will help maintain a safe and secure campus. Postal inspectors have found that the following characteristics may identify suspicious parcels:
- Unexpected package or sender is unknown
- Addressed to someone no longer with your organization or otherwise outdated (e.g., improper title)
- No return address or an address that cannot be verified as legitimate
- Of unusual weight, given its size, or lopsided
- Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as "Personal" or "Confidential"
- Protruding wires, strange odors or stains
- A city or state in the postmark that doesn't match the return address
If you receive a suspicious parcel in the mail:
- Do not try to open the parcel; they are usually designed to withstand handling while in the mail and to explode when opened or when an item is removed.
- Set the parcel aside.
- Call Campus Police (911).
If you open a parcel that appears to be contaminated, wet, and/or powdery, do not move the parcel and call University Police (911).