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This plan outlines the overall process and procedures the University will use when responding to an emergency. However, an effective response to an emergency requires comprehensive planning from all levels of campus personnel.
To help facilitate this, the University has developed the following emergency programs to improve its overall response to an emergency:
- Emergency Reference Guides – Located in each building near the elevators, these guides outline vital information to assist and actions to be taken by students, faculty, staff, and visitors in the event of an emergency while on campus.
- Building Emergency Response Plan ‐ Designed to provide assistance during campus emergencies, each facility has a Building Coordinator trained to work with first responders during certain emergencies. Each facility also has Emergency Wardens on each floor to assist the Building Coordinator should shelter-in–place or evacuation be necessary.
- Emergency Evacuation Plan – Each campus facility has a plan that provides specific directions on evacuation during an emergency. Emergency Wardens are selected for each floor of campus buildings to assist during an emergency. The Wardens are trained in their duties and responsibilities and report to the University Fire Marshal.
- Emergency Communication Plan – The campus emergency communication plan outlines emergency notification and communication procedures for communicating with the campus and local community, external stakeholders, and the media.
- Response and Assessment Coordination Policy – The University Threat Response and Assessment Coordination Policy promotes a safe environment for all University students, faculty, staff, volunteers, visitors, and affiliate employees. The policy establishes a zero-tolerance philosophy for threats and acts of aggression or violence; guidelines for conduct; the requirement to report threats and acts of aggression or violence; and the requirement to be sensitive to and consider reporting warning signs of threats and acts of aggression or violence. The policy establishes a Threat Response and Assessment Coordinating Team (TRACT) that coordinates responses to reports of threatening, aggressive, or violent behavior. The TRACT also is responsible for providing the campus community information and training on the Threat Response and Assessment Coordination Policy and appropriate information sharing concerning distressed or disturbed members of the campus community. The TRACT coordinator and/or designated members will conduct training on an annual basis.