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Emergency Situations

Emergency:

An incident that threatens human life, health, or safety, or University property, including: 
  1. Natural disaster such as weather (tornado, flooding or snow) and biological (epidemic or pandemic)
  2. Manmade disaster including fire, explosion, building collapse, hazardous material spill, shooting, terrorist act, riot or protest

Seek Shelter/Stay in Place:

Seek Shelter/Stay in Place is the first phase of building security.  It will be initiated very early on in an emergency, once it has been determined that an emergency exists or there is a reasonable probability that a life-threatening emergency exists.  Members of the Duquesne community that may be affected by the emergency will be notified.

Generally, a notification will be initiated by the Outside Warning System immediately, followed by a DU Alert.  At this early phase, the Campus Police will alert individuals of potential danger.  The individuals must rely upon their own common sense to evaluate their surroundings and circumstances and remove themselves from any danger they can immediately recognize by moving to an area of safety.  When it is determined by the Campus Police that the building is safe, an “All Clear” DU Alert message will be sent.

Card Access Only:

When it has been determined that building security would require limiting access (usually to prevent entry by a non-affiliated person) into a building that is open at the time of the emergency, the building will be secured and restricted to card access only by previously authorized card access holders that may seek shelter inside. When it is determined by the Campus Police that the building and the area is safe, the building will be reopened based on normal hours.

Closing:

When an emergency exists, it may be determined that for the safety and security of individuals in an area, a building be secured (including card access doors) to deter entry by everyone, including those who have been previously authorized for card access.

The Duquesne University community will be notified by the DU Alert System of any closing of a building during an emergency (other than for a fire/fire alarm where audible and visual alarms are universally recognized as an order to leave and stay out of a building).  When it is determined by the Campus Police that the building and the area is safe, an “All Clear” DU Alert message will be sent and the building will be reopened based on normal hours.

Evacuation:

Evacuation is the phase of building security which involves the mandatory exiting and removal of all persons that are non-essential to rectifying or mitigating an emergency, from a building.  A DU Alert message will be issued when a building has been evacuated for any emergency, other than a fire or fire alarm.  When it is determined by the Campus Police that the building and the area is safe, an “All Clear” DU Alert message will be sent and the building will be reopened based on normal hours.

Review procedures for these various Emergency Situations: