Bomb Threats

If you receive a bomb threat 

Remain calm, and make every effort to converse with the caller. Try to gather enough information to fill out the telephone bomb threat checklist

Actions to take immediately after call 

  1. Call safety and transportation and forward the information. 
  2. Fill out the telephone bomb threat checklist and give it to the investigating officer. 
  3. The investigating officer will evaluate the situation and determine further steps. 

The safety and transportation supervisor will notify: 

  • Director 
  • Assistant director 
  • Vice president 
  • Fire department 
  • Maintenance department 
  • Custodial department 

Bomb search procedures 

  • If the time of detonation is more than 30 minutes from the time of the call, a search will begin. 
  • The search suspends 30 minutes before the reported detonation. 
  • The search resumes 30 minutes following the reported detonation. 
  • If there is no time of detonation, the search will continue at the discretion of the officer. 
  • If there is no explosive found, the officer will decide if people should return to the building. 

Bomb threat history 

The university has received threatening calls about explosives placed in campus buildings. The timing of these bomb threats always occurs around mid-term exams and finals week. Most of these threats are by telephone, although one was in writing. 

In the past, two students were suspended for making one or more bomb threats. One of them received a sentence of imprisonment and a large fine. Under State of Missouri Revised Statutes Section 575.090, making a false bomb report is a class D felony. 

What we are doing to prevent threats

Strategies to deter these activities: 

  • Telephones that show the on-campus number and location from the call. 
  • Telephone switches that signal 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. 
  • Installation of a PBX telephone switch feature called MCT (Malicious Call Trace). It identifies campus calls, seizing the caller's telephone line until law enforcement authorities apprehend the caller. 
  • The Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives responds if an explosive device is located during a bomb threat search. 
  • Prosecution to the fullest extent possible under law for anyone placing a threat to students, faculty, staff and campus facilities.