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Suspicious Mail or Packages

Distribution Services is responsible for processing all official University mail sent and received by faculty and staff based at the Loop and Lincoln Park Campuses. However, business and academic units occasionally receive mail and/or packages directly, particularly by courier. They are advised to be wary of envelopes or packages delivered to their office that display one or more of the following characteristics:

  • No return address;
  • Misspelled words;
  • Envelopes or packages sealed with excessive tape;
  • Poor type or illegible/unusual handwriting;
  • Incorrect name, address or title;
  • Powder or other substance seeping through packaging;>
  • Excessive postage;
  • Protruding wires;
  • Strange odors emanating from the item;
  • Oily stains, crystallization or other discolorations on packaging material.

Should a piece of mail or a package that displays the above-listed characteristics be received and there is suspicion the item may contain an explosive, chemical, biological or radiological threat:

  • Isolate the item immediately;
  • Do not open, move, smell or taste the suspicious item;
  • Leave the immediate area and warn others in the area to do the same;
  • Call Public Safety for further instructions and assistance.
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