In the event of an emergency, Campus Security urges faculty, staff, and students to follow the procedures outlined below in accordance with our Campus Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP). Click on the links below for more information on what to expect and how to respond to each emergency type.

For Medical Emergencies


An evacuation is implemented under conditions when it is no longer safe to remain in a building or a specific area in a building. This requires occupants to move out and away from a building to an area of refuge or out and away from a specific area within a building. This procedure is most commonly used when there is a suspected fire, hazardous material spill, flooding, gas leak, or bomb or other threat in a building.

If you identify a fire, follow these procedures:

If you hear a fire alarm, follow these procedures:

If a building must be evacuated for other reasons, IRFM and Campus Security will coordinate the evacuations by giving directions about the emergency and next steps.


Lockdown procedures will be used when an external threat requires all outside doors to be locked immediately. The goal is to contain people in the buildings they are in until the threat is removed. In the event of a lockdown, listen for instructions from SAIC communication systems.

Faculty, students and staff should:


An environmental shelter-in-place is a procedure where the entire building population is moved to a single or multiple location(s) in a building. This is most commonly used during weather emergencies or when an extremely hazardous substance is released into the outside atmosphere.


Shelter-in-place—Active Shooter

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people. In most cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. The strategy is to decrease vulnerability if you cannot move from your current location or to move to a place of safe harbor.


Emergency Equipment

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General Guidelines for Persons with Disabilities

Students—Each term, or as needed, students should meet with the Disability and Learning Resource Center to identify themselves and their disability (mobility, visual, hearing, speech, or multiple impairments), and discuss emergency evacuation plans.

Employees—Annually or as needed, employees with disabilities should meet with Human Resources, and their department supervisor to discuss their disability (mobility, visual, hearing, speech, or multiple impairments) and evacuation plans.

Human Resources and the department supervisor or Disability and Learning Resource Center representative should discuss and determine the following information with students or employees:

Evacuation Procedures for Persons with Mobility Impairment

People who are able to go up and down stairs easily but have impairments of their hands or arms can be assisted by anyone. A viable plan to address this issue may be for the person with the impairment to be aware that he or she will need to ask someone for assistance with a particular door or device.

Other people with mobility impairments should seek multiple volunteers in advance to assist if an emergency develops.

Evacuation Procedures for Persons with Hearing/Speech Impairment

All buildings on campus are equipped with fire alarm strobe lights. Persons with hearing impairments may not hear audible emergency alarms and will need to be alerted of emergency situations.

The only standard building egress system that is limited to voice communication is the emergency phone in the elevators. Should a person with a speech/hearing impairment need assistance in the elevator, press the emergency call button. A Campus Security officer will respond.

Evacuation Procedures for Persons with a Visual Impairment

Most people with a visual impairment will be familiar with their surroundings and frequently traveled routes. Since the emergency evacuation route is likely different from the commonly traveled route, persons who are visually impaired may need assistance in evacuating.

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Emergency Reporting and Response Procedures

Emergencies that must be reported by faculty, staff, and students include, but are not limited to:


In the event of a fire:

Bomb Threat/Suspicious Items

In the case of a phone call:

When a suspicious item is found:

Suspicious or Disturbing Behavior

If you notice an individual is displaying suspicious or disturbing behavior:

Medical-Related Event


Faculty, Staff, and Student Workers:

Incident involving a weapon

If an individual armed with a weapon threatens to harm themselves or others:

Utility or power failure

In the event of a power failure:

Elevator Entrapment

In the event that an elevator stops operating for any reason while you are inside:

Chemical Spill

If chemical comes in contact with your skin or eyes:

A minor spill is when:

In the event of a minor chemical spill:

A major chemical spill is when:

In the event of a major or unknown chemical spill

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