INFORMATIONAL: Update on event at area public school


Our public safety has been notified that Plympton Elementary School, about 2 miles from campus, was one of a number of public schools in Massachusetts and New Hampshire receiving robo-call bomb threats. The school was evacuated, but subsequently no bomb was found and students have returned to class. We have received no such calls at Brandeis, but want to remind you of the information below that was sent out two weeks ago, and reassure you that our campus police continues to work closely with area law enforcement in response to these ongoing issues.

Andrew Flagel
Senior Vice President for Students and Enrollment

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From: Edward M. Callahan <>
Date: Wed, Jan 18, 2017 at 3:06 PM
Subject: INFORMATIONAL: Procedures to handle suspicious phone calls

Dear Members of the Brandeis Community,

In recent weeks, a number of Jewish community centers around the country have received telephoned bomb threats; none of the threats have been found to be credible. Brandeis has not received any such calls, but we want to remind the community of the procedures in place should these kinds of calls occur.
Anyone on campus who receives a suspicious call should note as much information as possible, including:

• time of day
• incoming number
• whether the caller sounds male, female or recorded
• as much information as can be gleaned from the caller

For more detailed instructions on how to document a call, please see this federal checklist.
As soon as the phone call is over, call Campus Police at 781-736-3333 and relay any information you have. From there, Campus Police and university administration will determine next steps and work with local law enforcement. Campus Police and administration developed our policies for such incidents using national best practices, and we remain in touch with local, regional and national law enforcement to stay up to date on developments.


Edward Callahan
Director of Public Safety