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Staying Safe on Campus

East Tennessee State University

Report Suspicious Activity

If you become aware of suspicious activity DO NOT:

  • Ignore your instincts
  • Take direct action
  • Confront the individual
If you become aware of suspicious activity DO:
  • Call 911 if there is a life threatening situation.
  • When reporting suspicious activity, it is helpful to give the most accurate description
    possible, including:
    • Notify the East Tennessee State University Department of Public Safety at
      439-4480 as soon as possible and describe observed events:
      • What is happening
      • Where
      • Weapons involved
      • Physical description
      • Vehicle description

If you see something, say something!
ETSU Public Safety


Bucs Report It
Bucs Report It is an online system of submitting an anonymous witness form. This system shares the information with the ETSU Department of Public Safety, and will stay confidential. If you choose to share your contact information, it will stay within the police department. If you are a victim of a crime, please call Public Safety at 423-439-4480, and 911 if it's an emergency.


8 Signs of Terrorism
Terrorist operations usually begin with extensive planning. You can help prevent and detect terrorism and other types of crime by watching out for suspicious activities and reporting them to the proper authorities. Be alert for the eight signs of terrorism!

1. Surveillance
Someone recording or monitoring activities. This may include the use of cameras, note taking, drawing diagrams, annotating on maps, or using binoculars or other vision-enhancing devices.

2. Elicitation
People or organizations attempting to gain information about military operations, capabilities, or people. Elicitation attempts may be made by mail, email, telephone, or in person. This could also include eavesdropping or friendly conversation.

3. Tests of Security
Any attempts to measure reaction times to security breaches, attempts to penetrate physical security barriers, or monitor procedures in order to assess strengths and weaknesses.

4. Funding
Suspicious transactions involving large cash payments, deposits, or withdrawals are common signs of terrorist funding. Collections for donations, the solicitation for money and criminal activity are also warning signs.

5. Supplies
Purchasing or stealing explosives, weapons, ammunition, etc. This also includes acquiring military uniforms, decals, flight manuals, passes or badges (or the equipment to manufacture such items) and any other controlled items.

6. Impersonation
People who don't seem to belong in the workplace, neighborhood, business establishment, or anywhere else. This includes suspicious border crossings, the impersonation of law enforcement, military personnel, or company employees is also a sign.

7. Rehearsal
Putting people in position and moving them around according to their plan without actually committing the terrorist act. An element of this activity could also include mapping out routes and determining the timing of traffic lights and flow.

8. Deployment
People and supplies getting into position to commit the act. This is the person's last chance to alert authorities before the terrorist act occurs.

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