Evacuation of a classroom or area may be ordered by faculty or staff, University Police, or local public safety agencies, The purpose is to move occupants away from potentially threatening situations that do not require full building evacuation.
Evacuation of a building is used to move occupants out of the building by a pre-designated route (if usable) to avoid a potentially threatening situation that involves the entire building.
Orders to evacuate the building may be issued by University Police or local public safety agencies.
Go immediately, in a calm and orderly manner, to the designated evacuation assembly area.
Remember to take your class roster with you.
Consider special-needs occupants that may need assistance evacuating.
When leaving a room, feel the door with the back of your hand before opening it. Do not open any door that feels hot.
If smoke is present, stay low. The best quality of air is near the floor.
If your primary route is blocked or unusable, use your secondary exit route.
Do not take personal items with you.
Close doors behind you while exiting.
Walk, do not run.
Do not go into the restrooms.
Do not use the elevators.
Once you have reached the designated area, assist in accounting for all occupants and immediately report any missing occupant to University Police.
Remain at the designated evacuation assembly area until directed by University Police or an All Clear has been announced.
The decision to lockdown a school rests with the University Police. A lockdown consists of getting all staff and students into a secured room/area and locking all interior and exterior doors and windows.
Cancel all outside activities and direct students and staff to get into the building.
Commence the lockdown immediately by closing and locking all interior and exterior doors if possible.
Close all windows and keep all blinds and curtains open.
Keep quiet and stay away from doors and windows.
Maintain a calm environment through calm leadership. Reassure occupants that everything possible is being done to return the situation to normal.
If a gunshot or an explosion is heard, get everyone on the floor.
Contact 9-911 immediately.
Conduct frequent roll call of all students and immediately report any missing student to University Police at ext. 4141.
Lockdown is to remain in effect until cancelled by University Police and an All Clear is announced.
Intruder in the School
If an intruder/unauthorized person enters the building call 9-911 or University Police at ext. 4141.
Prepare to lockdown or start to lockdown your area.
Do not unlock your doors until you hear the All Clear announced.
Hostage Situation Procedures
Call 9-911 immediately.
Move everyone away from the hostage situation as rapidly and quietly as possible.
Listen for instructions to evacuate the area or activate lockdown procedures.
Gather all the facts regarding the situation for the police, Gather detailed descriptions of the suspects and victims, including clothing, location and weapons. Keep notes on times, any communication from the person holding the hostages and other witness information.
Obtain as much information as possible regarding the assailant including a physical description and clothing information (e.g., age, gender, height, weight, hair color, eye color, color of shirt, pants, coat, medical status, if appropriate, etc).
Protect the crime scene as much as possible.
Try to prevent the victim from using the shower or bathing as they could destroy vital evidence.
Stay with the victim until police arrive on the scene.
Assess the level of threat. DO NOT PUT YOURSELF AT RISK if you think an altercation could occur.
Time and distance are important - the more time you have, the more time you will be able to prepare yourself. Keep a distance of at least an arms length between you and the individual, Call for assistance, if needed.
Try to de-escalate the situation:
Listen to the person
Empathize with the person and be respectful - do not shame, blame, or judge
Use a clear, calm, strong voice
Keep body language non-threatening
Do not use words that threaten or intimidate
If you are unable to de-escalate the situation, call for assistance immediately.
Time and distance are important- the more time you have, the more time you will be able to prepare yourself. Keep a distance of at least an arm's length between you and the individual.
If an Altercation Occurs
If an altercation is taking place, DO NOT PUT YOURSELF AT RISK.
Call 9-911 immediately.
Try to call for assistance of a nearby faculty or staff member.
After the altercation has occurred, if safe to do so, move any victim to a private office/area. Ensure the victim is in a safe place and assist in making him/her comfortable.
Do not leave the victim alone.
Be prepared to give as much of the following information as possible to a university employee and the Police:
Your name and location
Victim's name and age
Location of victim
Description of the assailant
Location of the assailant or direction of their escape
If the victim(s) requires medical attention, see the information tab regarding Medical Emergencies.
Remain calm and reassure students that all possible actions are being taken care of for the injure person and the protect others.