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April 19, 2007

Campus police continue to work with Norfolk police to trace and identify the individual who made the threatening call to campus yesterday. University officials will keep the campus informed and let you know when additional information becomes available. In the meantime, please be mindful of the following security issues.

1. Procedures:
A Security Alert represents a threat, a non-specific danger. We want you to be aware of possible danger and to call security (683-4000) if you notice any suspicious behavior. For Security Alerts, we will send e-mails, post a note on the Web and place flyers at the entrances and exits of all buildings.

A Security Alarm signals imminent danger. Please listen for instructions. If indicated, exit from the building in an orderly fashion. If asked to remain in place, please stay in your present location. You will be notified by sirens and megaphones, as well as e-mails and Web announcements.

2. Counseling
Please be as sympathetic as possible to your fellow students and colleagues. A group session will be held tonight, April 19, at 8 p.m. in the Board of Visitors Room in Webb University Center. Professionals from the Office of Counseling Services will led students, faculty and staff in a discussion of feelings and ways to cope with them.

Individual help is also available. Please call the Office of Counseling Services at 683-4401 for an appointment.

3. Security Measures
The Old Dominion University police force is a fully accredited unit that collaborates on a daily basis with the Norfolk City Police and, when necessary, with the FBI, state police and military police.

4. Communications
As indicated in the section on procedures, the university will use variously e-mail, Web postings, telephone messages, sirens and megaphones as appropriate. Please note: word of mouth can be effective, but it is also flawed as rumors and exaggerations can rapidly replace fact!

This article was posted on: April 19, 2007

Old Dominion University
Office of University Relations

Room 100 Koch Hall Norfolk, Virginia 23529-0018
Telephone: 757-683-3114

Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution.