Bomb Threats

If you receive a bomb threat

The receiver of the call should remain calm, and make every effort to converse with the caller. Try to gather enough information to fill out the Telephone Bomb Threat Checklist and follow the instructions listed below.

Action to take immediately after call

  1. Call the Safety and Transportation Department at 417-836-5509. Forward the information.
  2. The person receiving the call will fill out the Telephone Bomb Threat Information Form. This form should be provided to the investigating officer.
  3. The investigating officer will evaluate the situation and determine whether to evacuate or not to evacuate.
  4. The on-duty Safety and Transportation Department supervisor will direct the following notifications to be made:
    • Director, Safety and Transportation
    • Assistant Director of Safety and Transportation
    • Vice President for Administrative Services
    • Fire Department
    • Maintenance Department
    • Custodial Department


Bomb threats are often made to get people into a more vulnerable location. Should it become necessary to evacuate a building the decision to evacuate will be made by the following individuals in the priority indicated:

Administration and academic buildings

  1. Vice President for Administrative Services
  2. Associate Vice President of Administration
  3. Director, Safety and Transportation Department
  4. Fire Marshall
  5. Provost (Academic Buildings)

Residence Hall

  1. Director, Safety and Transportation Department
  2. Vice President for Administrative Services
  3. Fire Marshall
  4. Vice President for Student Affairs
  5. Director of Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services

Hammons Student Center/Robert W. Plaster Stadium

  1. Vice President for Administrative Services
  2. Director, Safety and Transportation
  3. Fire Marshall
  4. Chief of Staff
  5. Director, Hammons Student Center/Plaster Stadium

Bomb search procedures

  • If the time of detonation given was in excess of 30 minutes from the time the call was received, the investigating officer in charge will initiate a search of the building.
  • The search will be suspended 30 minutes prior to the reported detonation.
  • The search will be resumed 30 minutes following the reported detonation.
  • If no time of detonation was given by the caller, the search will be conducted at the discretion of the investigating officer.
  • The investigating officer will make the decision if persons should or should not return to the building if no explosive has been found.

Bomb threat safety precautions

Over the past few years, the University has received numerous threatening calls regarding the placement of explosives in our campus buildings. The timing of these bomb threats always occurs around mid-term exams and finals week. In anticipation of similar events this year, we are providing information regarding action your staff and employees should take if they receive a bomb threat. Also included are procedures and activities the Safety and Transportation Department is undertaking to deter these interruptions to the University campus.

Most of these threats have been made by telephone, although one was made in writing. In the past, two students were suspended for making one or more bomb threats. One of the two persons received a sentence of imprisonment in addition to a rather large fine. Under State of Missouri Revised Statutes Section 575.090, making a false bomb report is a class D felony.

The Safety and Transportation Department is using several different strategies to deter these activities:

  • Display telephones that indicate the on-campus number and location from which a call is being placed.
  • Telephone switch will signal by the ring if the call is an outside call or a campus call. A single ring indicates an on-campus call; a double ring indicates an off-campus call.
  • The University has installed a PBX telephone switch feature called MCT (Malicious Call Trace). This feature will identify on campus calls, seizing the caller's telephone line until law enforcement authorities apprehend the caller.
  • The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives will respond if an explosive device is located during a bomb threat search.
  • The University will prosecute to the fullest extent possible under law any persons placing any threat to students, faculty, staff and campus facilities.

College Deans and Department Heads could assist in this process to deter any further bomb threats by:

  • Selecting alternate classrooms for testing in another building if a bomb threat is made in the regularly scheduled classroom where tests are scheduled.
  • Remind students in classes the week prior to mid-term exams and finals of the points above under the Safety and Transportation Department operations to deter such bomb threats.