Emergency Procedures

Please use the procedures below when confronted with any of the following emergencies:

Active Shooter

  • Evacuate. Have an escape plan.
  • Hide out of view. Lock your doors when possible.
  • Call 911 or 3949 when safe to do so.
  • Remain out of view until clear.

Bomb Threat

  • Get as much information as possible about reported location of bomb, the caller, etc.
  • Call 3949.
  • Be available to meet with responding officers.
  • Do not use cell phone.


Call 3949 or 911 and give exact location and description of activity in question.

Elevator/Person Trapped

  • Call 3949. Campus police will notify Facilities, Residence Life, or elevator company, depending on location and time of day.
  • Stay near elevator to reassure those within.

Fire or Gas Leak

  • Pull nearest fire alarm box or call 911 (or 3949).
  • Proceed 100 feet from building. Assist disabled persons. Do not use elevators.
  • Stand by to update officers and receive instructions.

Medical or Psychiatric

  • Call 911 (or ask another person to call).
  • Stay with injured/ill/distressed person.
  • Administer first aid until police arrive.
  • Stand by for responding officers.

Motor Vehicle Accident

  • Call 3949 (or 911, if injuries).
  • Give exact location and whether injury exists.

Power Outage

Call 3949. Campus police will notify Facilities, power plant, and/or Residence Life.

Suspicious Package or Device

  • Call 3949.
  • Do not touch it, tamper with it, or move it.
  • Do not use cell phone within 300 feet.
  • What constitutes a suspicious package or device? Typical characteristics include:
  • A powdery substance on the outside
  • Unexpected or from someone unfamiliar to you
  • Excessive postage, handwritten or poorly-typed address, incorrect titles or titles with no name, or misspellings of common words
  • Addressed to someone no longer with the institution or otherwise outdated
  • No return address or has one that cannot be verified
  • Unusual weight, given the size; is unbalanced or oddly shaped
  • An unusual amount of tape
  • Marked with restrictive endorsements, such as “Personal” or “Confidential”
  • Strange odors or stains

What to do if you receive a suspicious package or device:

  • Handle with care. Do not shake or bump.
  • Isolate it immediately.
  • Do not open, smell, touch, or taste.
  • Treat it as suspect.
  • Call 3949.

Threatening or Harassing Phone Call/Email

  • Save voice mail/email message.
  • Call 3949.
  • Be available to meet with responding officers.