Suspicious Mail

Any person who receives or identifies suspicious mail should leave the item alone and not move it.

Immediately contact Campus Safety and Security, ext. 2111.

Tips for identifying suspicious packages:

  • Stains or discoloration
  • Leakage
  • Unusual odor
  • Item has been opened and a suspicious substance is visible
  • Restrictive markings, such as confidential, personal, etc.
  • Excessive postage
  • Excessive securing material, such as masking tape, string, etc.
  • Handwritten or poorly typed address
  • Incorrect titles
  • Titles but no names
  • Misspellings of common words
  • No return address
  • Address to someone no longer with your organization or otherwise outdated
  • City or state in the postmark that does not match the return address
  • Excessive weight
  • Rigid envelope
  • Noise
  • Lopsided or uneven envelope
  • Protruding wires and/or tin foil
  • Other irregularities that arouse suspicion on the part of the recipient


Please remember that it is very unlikely that the college would be targeted for any type of adverse action such as this.
If you open an envelope or package containing a message indicating that you have been exposed to a biological threat such as anthrax (a crystalline or powdery substance that may not be seen or noticed), or if you open an envelope or package with the unexplained presence of a white powdery or crystalline substance, do the following:

  1. Remain calm.
  2. Immediately close and lock all doors and windows in the room. Turn off any area fans.
  3. Move away from the envelope or package and any suspected substance but do not leave the room. If others were in the room, they should remain as well.
  4. Call Campus Safety and Security, ext. 2111, and report the incident.
  5. Call Facilities, ext. 1146, to have the HVAC system turned off in the office and general vicinity.
  6. If you have been exposed to a powder or other substance, do not touch your face or attempt to clean up the desk or surface area. If a sink is available in your work area, wash your hands, arms, and face with soap and water.
  7. Wait for further instructions from emergency responders.