Policy Title

Bomb Threats


To provide accurate and timely information relative to the proper response to a bomb threat.


Winthrop University community, faculty, staff, students, and guests.

Policy Number:6.2.2
Effective Date:01/01/2005
Date Reviewed: 10/01/2016
Last Review Date:
Responsible Official: Campus Police
Responsible Office: Residence Life
Contact Information:



Landline - 3333

Cell phone - 803/323-3333

Call box - Push button for

   Campus Police


  LINE: 803/323-2222



1.0 Specific meanings of bold terms seen throughout this policy can be found within the University's policy definition glossary by following the link below.

1.1 http://www.winthrop.edu/policy-definitions-glossary


In the event a bomb threat occurs in the residence halls, Residence Life staff will work with Campus Police to provide information or identify any suspicious packages or items construed to be of an explosive nature.


Immediate communications will be made through the ALERTUS or WU Alert notification systems whenever possible. Other notification systems may be employed as well.

The Residence Life "Crisis Communication Plan" will be activated.

Residence Life, 803/323-2223

Responsibility and Control:

Emergency responders will have total control of the scene. Residence Life staff will respond as requested.

Emergency and Training Plans:

Review and be familiar with the Residence Life "Building Evacuation Plan" and "Crisis Communication Plan."

Expectations for Employees and Students:

In the event of a bomb threat Residence Life staff should respond according to the information provided by the ALERTUS Emergency System (building beacons and computer monitor pop-up messages).

If a Residence Life staff member or student receives the actual bomb threat by phone:

  1. Remain calm and attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller.
  2. Possible questions to ask the caller include:
  3. When is the bomb going to explode?
  4. Where is the bomb located?
  5. What kind of bomb is it?
  6. What does it look like?
  7. Why was the bomb placed there?
  8. Also, note the sex, ethnic background, and age of caller, if possible. Be aware of the caller's voice and any background noises.
  9. After all possible information has been obtained; call Campus Police at 323-3333.
  10. Do not use the Residence Life radio system. Call Campus Police on a land line only not a cell phone to minimize the likelihood of activating a bomb. 
  11. Inform the dispatcher of the situation, including any information you may have obtained from the caller.
  12. Evacuate the building when instructed by Campus Police using "Building Evacuation Plan."
  13. Await further orders from Campus Police or the ALERTUS Emergency System.

If a Residence Life staff member is informed of a bomb threat:

  1. Make a casual inspection of your area for suspicious objects. If you see a suspicious object, to not disturb it.
  2. Use a land line, not a cell phone, to call Campus Police immediately at 323-3333.
  3. Evacuate the building per the "Building Evacuation Plan".

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