Emergency Definitions


A lockdown may be necessary during situations such as the presence of a hostile or armed intruder on campus or in close proximity to campus. A lockdown requires locking doors and windows and barricading oneself to block entry to a campus facility, a classroom or an office until further information is received from Campus Safety.

Lockdown procedures:

  • Go to the closest room, close the door and lock it if possible. Blockade door with furniture or heavy items.
  • Close windows and blinds and turn off lights.
  • Remain silent.
  • Spread out.
  • Silence ringer on cell phones or any noise producing devices, but leave it on so you can receive messages from Campus Safety.
  • Remain in lockdown until it is safe to leave and/or you receive notice from Campus Safety.
  • Cooperate with rescuers.

Shelter In Place

To take immediate shelter where you are for protection from the elements outside (severe weather, chemical release, etc.). To effectively shelter-in-place, you must first consider the hazard and then choose to shelter in a building that is safe.