The University of Houston Department of
Public Safety (UHDPS) has developed a “Bomb
Threat Checklist” to be used in the event
that someone places a bomb threat against
any property owned, leased or otherwise
controlled by the University of Houston.
Copies of this checklist have been
distributed campus wide, and UHDPS
recommends that a copy be kept by all office
phones. A copy of the checklist can also be
If a bomb threat is received, simply use and complete the checklist when speaking with the caller. After the caller hangs up, immediately report the threat to UHDPS by calling 911. Remain by your desk until the officer(s) arrive. Please give the completed checklist to one of the responding officers. A supervisory officer shall, as soon as possible, notify the person in charge of the threatened building and provide adequate information in order to allow for informed decisions.
Search of Buildings
All searches shall be conducted by UHDPS Officers with the assistance of the senior manager of the threatened building and with the aid of those Faculty / Staff members familiar with the building and its contents.
Evacuation of Buildings
The decision to evacuate a building upon receipt of a bomb threat is made on a situational basis – i.e. how credible is that particular threat. Buildings may be evacuated immediately at the discretion of the Chief of Police in concert with the senior management official within the threatened building (if available). Additionally, each individual police officer has full authority accorded them by the President's office to cause the evacuation of any University building under exigent circumstances. Once the decision to evacuate has been made, UHDPS Officers responding to the location will direct you to safe locations away from the building.
UHDPS is responsible for all notifications upon receipt of a bomb threat.
The University’s response to all press inquiries regarding Bomb Threats shall be coordinated through University Media Relations.