What if there is violence or a threat?

Workplace Violence

Incidents of violence in the workplace may include verbal or written threats, harassment, bullying, physical intimidation or assault. All incidents of workplace violence should be reported and will be taken seriously. If you are subject to workplace harassment or if threats have been made against you, immediately contact Security at 453-4830, security@unb.ca or visit the Security and Traffic office located at the Wu Centre.

Bomb Threat

A bomb threat is a type of anger-motivated violence that is typically conveyed by telephone message, but can also be communicated in writing. Most bomb threats are typically devised to create panic only. Nonetheless, all such threats must be taken seriously. If you receive a bomb threat, notify Security as soon as possible at 453-4830 or by email.

The Dean, Chairperson or administrative head of the department, in cooperation with UNB Security and police, is responsible for coordinating a response to any threat or act of violence.

Procedures to follow if you receive a bomb threat (by telephone):

  1. Note the telephone number on call display; or when the call ends, hang up and dial 9*57 (from office phones) or *57 (from Residence, cell or wireless phones) to initiate call trace.
  2. Be calm, courteous and listen carefully.
  3. Do not interrupt the caller; try to keep him/her talking.
  4. Note the following:
    • Exact wording of threat
    • Date, time and duration of call
    • Any background noise or familiar sounds
    • Gender of caller
    • Approximate age
    • Tone of voice (soft or loud) and any detectable characteristics, such as speech or accent
    • Manner (calm, emotional, aggressive or vulgar)
    • If caller’s voice familiar to you
    • Caller’s knowledge of campus
  5. Notify Security at 453-4830.
  6. If instructed to evacuate, follow procedures for Fire or Explosion and without compromising your own safety, search your immediate area.
  7. Unlock drawers, cabinets, etc., for the search crew and identify any unusual or unfamiliar objects.
  8. Take your personal property with you (briefcase, purse, lunch container, etc.).
  9. Evacuate the building and move 200 meters from the entrance.
  10. Do not re-enter the building until instructed to do so by Security personnel or by Police.

Procedures to follow if you observe a suspicious package:

  1. If you observe a suspicious object, package or device, contact Security at 453-4830 or by email.
  2. Inform your supervisor.
  3. Under no circumstances should you touch, tamper with or move any suspicious object.
  4. Follow above procedures to evacuate the building.

Crimes of Violence

A random act of violence or crime-related violence is usually sudden and unpredictable. There may be few or no warning signs. In the unlikely event a violent incident occurs on campus, your personal safety is paramount. Anger-motivated violence, such as an intruder, a person with a weapon or an active shooter in a campus building, requires an immediate response by law enforcement officials to control and eliminate the threat.

If an intruder has entered the area and has uttered threats or has begun shooting

  1. Exit the building immediately if you are able to do so without endangering yourself.
  2. Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.
  3. Go to a safe location away from the scene of the shooting.
  4. Alert Fredericton police at NB 9-1-1.
  5. Alert UNB Security at 453-4830 that urgent assistance is required.
  6. Provide police and Security with the following information:
    • Your name and your location
    • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
    • Number of shooters (if known)
    • Identification of the shooter (if known)
    • Description of the shooter (if known)
    • Number of persons who may be impacted

If your safety is directly impacted and exiting the building safely is not possible:

  1. Take refuge in a secure location such as the nearest office or room.
  2. Close and lock the door.
  3. If there is a glass in the door, cover it.
  4. Remain quiet and act as if nobody is in the room.
  5. Do not answer the door.
  6. If able to do so, alert Fredericton police at NB 9-1-1.
  7. If able to do so, alert UNB Security at 453-4830 that urgent assistance is required.
  8. Provide police and Security with the following information:
    • Your name and your location
    • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
    • Number of shooters (if known)
    • Identification of the shooter (if known)
    • Description of the shooter (if known)
    • Number of persons who may be involved
  9. Wait for Fredericton police to assist you to exit the building. For additional information on personal safety, refer to the Security & Traffic website.