Campus Security and Emergency Services

Campus Security and Emergency Services

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Bomb Threats or Suspicious Items

All bomb threats are considered valid until proven otherwise.

If you receive a bomb threat

Most bomb threats are made directly by telephone. If you receive a bomb threat, follow these procedures:

  1. Listen to what the caller is saying
  2. Be calm and courteous
  3. Do not interrupt the caller or hang up
  4. Obtain as much information as you can. Suggested questions are listed below.
  5. Do not put caller on hold.
  6. If possible, signal a co-worker to dial extension 36111 (external 613-533-6111), or dial it yourself when the call is finished.
  7. If you have call display, record the number.

Ask these questions:

  1. When will it explode? ________ am/pm
  2. Where is it? Classroom, office, hallway, stairwell, garbage pail, other
  3. What does it look like?
  4. Where are you calling from? (Check your call display if you have one.)
  5. What is your name?
  6. Why did you place the bomb?

Record this data:

Date: __________________ Time: ________ am/pm

Exact wording of threat:


Characteristics of Caller: (circle most appropriate responses)

Sex: M / F

Estimated Age:

Accent: English / French / Asian / Middle-Eastern / Spanish / Italian / Other (describe)

Diction: Deliberate / Rushed / Clipped / Slurred Lisp / Nasal / Other

Manner: Calm / Emotional / Threatening / Vulgar

Other identifying information:

Background Noise: Traffic Horns / Children's Voices / Television / Animals / Other

Was caller familiar with area? Yes No

Who took the call:

From which department:

Call Campus Security at extension 36111 immediately (external 613-533-6111) after completing the call. Do not call the police; a suspicious package must be found before the Bomb Disposal Unit Will be detached.

What to do if a bomb threat has been received

Campus Security will evaluate any bomb threat received and decide on a plan of action.

Search Procedures

  • You may be asked to participate in a search - but you are under no obligation to do so.
  • Identify any suspicious package, briefcase, etc., if your area is being searched.
  • If searching - you will be teamed up with Campus Security and specific instructions given.
  • Limited searches include:
    1. broad search of such areas as washrooms, lobbies, stairwells, corridors, and hallways
    2. thorough search of key and critical areas such as mechanical and computer rooms etc.
    3. detailed search of specific area, if indicated by the threat

If you are not searching:

  • Identify any suspicious package, briefcase, etc., if your area is being searched.
  • Assist in the evacuation of students, if one is ordered by Campus Security
  • Exit by a route previously cleared by Campus Security.

Report any suspicious mail or packages immediately to the Queen's Emergency Report Center at 613-533-6111.