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Document Number: EMER--102d Revision #: 1.0
Document Owner: Executive VP Date Last Updated: 12/17/2013
Primary Author: Executive Director of Facilities and Safety Status: Approved
Date Originally Created: 02/10/2012


Types of Emergencies

a. automotive assistance

b. blood and body fluid exposure

c. bomb threats

d. catastrophic emergencies

e. communicable diseases

f. crisis communication

g. demonstrations and rallies

h. drought and flood emergency

i. emotional distress

j. fire emergencies--non-residential facilities

k. fire emergencies--residential facilities

l. hazardous materials

m. lock emergency

n. major system failure

o. network or system outage for IT

p. nuclear emergency

q. psychological emergency

r. security transportation for medical emergencies

s. sexual assault

t. violence or criminal behavior on campus


Automotive assistance

University Safety and Security will assist any person on campus who needs a battery boost.



Blood and body fluid exposure

Contact with blood or body fluid should be avoided if possible. Exposure means any specific eye, mouth, mucous membrane, or non-intact skin contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.



Bomb threats

All bomb threats are to be taken seriously. The majority of threats are made with the intent of disrupting normal business. However, every bomb threat must be considered real until investigated.  Check the bomb threat checklist.



Catastrophic emergency

In the event of an accident, illness, or act of violence resulting in the unexpected death of a member of the University community, the designated University administration, once contacted, will begin the notification process.



Communicable diseases

The University is committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of all of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors while pursuing our educational mission. The purpose of this protocol is to guide our actions to prevent and/or limit the introduction or spread of communicable illnesses onto our campus and surrounding community.



Crisis communication

The basic Crisis Communications outline is designed to provide information on how to respond to inquiries in situations and in connection to controversial issues.



Demonstrations and rallies

The University believes that members or groups within the University community have the right to express their views on a particular issue or cause. Demonstrations and rallies, however, should not interfere with the operation of the institution.



Drought and flood emergency

In the event that a drought or flood emergency is declared, the University will fully comply with all regulations promulgated by local, state or federal authorities having jurisdiction.



Emotional distress

The University Counseling Center provides counseling for all members of the University community and for all levels of emotional distress.



Fire emergencies--non-residential facilities

All fire alarms are to be taken seriously. Evacuation of the facility is mandatory until the signal to re-enter has been given by the fire department or security.



Fire emergencies--residential facilities

If you get caught in a fire situation, survival is your top priority. University policy requires building occupants to evacuate in the event of a fire alarm activation or during any other emergency that requires evacuation. However, there may be emergency situations in which you may be required to decide on a course of action to protect yourself and the other members of your room, suite, or unit.



Hazardous materials

Those who respond to incidents involving hazardous substances should begin by calling the Buildings and Grounds Office or Security and follow their directions.



Lock emergency

Residence Life (in the case of residential rooms) and Security (for all academic and residence buildings) will assist when a door is not securable as a result of a lock malfunction.



Major system failure

This includes electric, heat, central air conditioning, gas leaks, and water/sewer. All reasonable efforts will be made to provide temporary service until permanent repairs are made. If the safety of the building occupants cannot be assured, senior administration will be consulted for the relocation of occupants.



Network or system outage for IT

To inquire about outage call the ITS Helpdesk at x1240 or submit an IT Helpdesk request.



Nuclear emergency

If you hear a 3 to 5 minute siren, you are being notified of an emergency in your area. Assembly areas have been designated where the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be broadcast announcing the most timely and accurate instructions concerning the emergency.



Psychological emergency

The Counseling Center handles both residential and non-residential psychological emergencies. The entire University community shares a responsibility to respond to a person in a psychological emergency and to protect that individual and/or the community.



Security transportation for medical emergencies

University Security will transport a person to a local hospital or the Health Care Unit when requested in the event of a minor injury or illness. Security will not determine if a specific case is serious enough to require transport.



Sexual assault

For students who are victims of sexual assault, the University offers emotional support and access to legal information. All University services and procedures provided to sexual assault victims are confidential, insofar as possible.  The University adheres to all federal mandates regarding sexual assault, sexual violence, harassment, and other forms of discriminatory behavior.



Violence or criminal behavior on campus

The entire University community shares the concern that our campuses be safe and secure. You should be alert to suspicious situations and promptly report threatening, violent or criminal behavior to the Security Office.


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