Rice University researchers study cutting-edge science and technologies, often including sensitive information others may want to acquire and use maliciously. It is thus vital to look out for and report any suspicious or out of the ordinary activity, trespassers, or objects that seem out of place.
What to Do
Be aware of your surroundings and alert to anything out of the norm.
If you SEE something, SAY something! Report suspicious activity to your local law enforcement (713-348-6000 or 911) and describe who or what you saw, when you saw it, where it occurred, and why it's suspicious.
If you find a suspicious item:
Do not touch, tamper with, or move the item
Immediately report the item to law enforcement
If you receive a phone threat:
Do not hang up
Copy the number and or letters on the phone's display, if possible
Write down the exact wording of the threat
Record the call, if possible
Keep the caller on the line for as long as possible and use the Bomb Threat Checklist to gather as much information as you can
If you receive a verbal threat:
If the perpetrator leaves, note the direction they went
Write down/record the threat exactly as it was communicated
Be ready to provide a detailed physical description of the perpetrator to authorities (name if known, race, gender, body type, clothing, hair and eye color, distinguishing features, voice characteristics, etc.)
If you receive a written threat:
Handle the document as little as possible
Rewrite the threat exactly as is on another sheet of paper and note the following:
Date/time/location document was found
Situations/conditions surrounding the discovery
Full names of any persons who saw the threat
Secure the original document; do not alter in any way
Follow all law enforcement instructions. Evacuate in the direction they come from, unless otherwise instructed.
Consider seeking professional counseling to cope with the long-term effects of trauma. Rice University's Wellbeing & Counseling Center provides wellbeing and mental health counseling for all Rice students. Counseling services for faculty/staff are available through Human Resources' Employee Assistance Program.