Suspicious Package

For Suspicious Unopened Envelopes or Packages Marked with Threatening Messages:

  • Do not shake or empty the contents of any suspicious envelope or package.
  • Place any suspicious envelope or package in a plastic bag or other type of container to prevent the contents from leaking.
  • If you do not have a container, cover the envelope or package with anything (e.g., clothing, paper, trash can, etc.) and do not remove this cover.
  • Leave the room and close the door or section off the area to prevent others from entering (i.e., keep others away).
  • Wash your hands with soap and water to prevent spreading any substance to your face.
  • Report the incident to University Police at (404) 413-3333 and notify your building officials or an available supervisor.
  • If possible, list all people who were in the room or area when the envelope or package arrived. Give this list to responding authorities.

How to Identify Suspicious Envelopes or Packages
A suspicious envelope or package might include the following:

Excessive postage
Handwritten or poorly typed address
Incorrect title
Title without name
Misspelling of common words
Oily stain, discoloration, or odor
No return address
Excessive weight
Lopsided or uneven envelope
Protruding wires or aluminum foil
Excessive security material such as masking tape, string, etc.
Visual distractions
Ticking sound
Restrictive endorsements, such as “personal” or “confidential”
City or state in the postmark that does not match the return address