If you receive or discover a suspicious package or device:

  • Do not touch, move, or tamper with it.
  • Call the University Police immediately at 205-348-5454.
  • Do not use a cell phone within 300 feet of the suspicious package.

What constitutes a suspicious letter or parcel?
Suspicious Package Poster (pdf)

Letters or packages that have the following characteristics ought to trigger suspicion:

  • Have powdery substances on the outside.
  • Are unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you.
  • Have excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed address, incorrect titles or titles with no name, or misspelling of common words.
  • Are addressed to someone no longer with your organization or are otherwise outdated.
  • Have no return address or have one that can’t be verified as legitimate.
  • Are of unusual weight, given their size, or are lopsided or oddly shaped.
  • Have an unusual amount of tape.
  • Are marked with restrictive endorsements, such as “Personal” or “Confidential.”
  • Have strange odors or stains.