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Emergency Response Guide

 

This information is being disseminated to assist University employees and students in responding to a variety of emergency situations, which they may confront at Edinboro University while working, attending classes or events, or living on campus.

A printed copy of this manual should be maintained in an accessible area, information desks in residence halls and the University Center, or other areas where the guide will be readily available should an emergency occur. Employees and students are encouraged to bookmark this webpage for future reference.

Please become familiar with the contents of this guide. In the event of an emergency, it is designed to serve as a quick reference for effective action. New employees and students should be made aware of the manual during orientation. If there are any questions or comments regarding this manual, please contact the Director of Environmental Health and Safety at extension 2709.

The University Police are available seven days a week and 24 hours a day to respond to any emergency which may occur on the Edinboro University campus.

 


 

Emergency Phone Numbers

Fire – Police – Ambulance

911

Edinboro University Police

(814)732-2911

Edinboro University Facilities Office

(814)732-2826

EMERGENCY OPERATIONS LEVELS

Level 1 (Minor) Emergency: An incident which will not seriously affect the overall functional capacity of the University. This emergency can be handled using internal resources.  

Level 2 (Major) Emergency: An incident affecting an entire building or buildings, a major portion of the campus, or the entire campus, seriously impairing or halting University operations. Mass casualties and severe property damage may be sustained. This includes on-campus or off-campus emergencies that may require the evacuation of all or part of the University population. This level of emergency will disrupt the overall operations of the University and will most likely require assistance from outside emergency response agencies. Coordinated response efforts from campus support services as well as major policy considerations and decisions may be required to respond to the emergency.

Active Shooter Response Guidelines

This situation is a barricaded suspect(s) or an outdoor movement situation where the suspect(s) is actively discharging a firearm at Law Enforcement or Community members and or randomly firing into an area where it is reasonably expected that persons could be struck by the suspect(s) fire. These situations leave little or no time for proper planning and normally require first arriving Law Enforcement units to take immediate action to end the danger

IF YOU ARE INDOORS AND IN DANGER
EVACUATE, if you can do so safely. Notify anyone you encounter to leave the building immediately. Evacuate to a safe area away from the danger and take protective cover. Stay there until emergency responders provide instructions. When there is an active shooter, DO NOT activate the fire alarm to evacuate a building.

All persons NOT immediately impacted by the situation should take protective cover indoors, staying away from windows and doors. Follow the guidelines listed below.

If you cannot safely evacuate the building, the following guidelines are recommended:

  • Go to the nearest room or office.
  • Lock and barricade doors.
  • If the door has no lock and the door opens in, a heavy door wedge can be jammed between the bottom edge of the door and the floor, otherwise look for heavy furniture to barricade the door.
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds and stay away from windows
  • Cover windows, including windows on the door
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors
  • Stay calm, quiet, and out of sight
  • Take adequate cover/protection i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets (cover may protect you from bullets)
  • Silence cell phones
  • Place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons
  • Do not open the door- it may be the shooter
  • Remember, the shooter will usually not stop until they are engaged by an outside force
  • If you are trapped with the gunmen and he is not shooting, DO NOT draw attention to yourself with sudden body movements, statements, comments or hostile looks.

 

IF YOU ARE OUTSIDE
If you are outdoors and hear gunfire, stay alert and move away from the gunfire. Look for appropriate cover locations. Brick walls, large trees, retaining walls, parked vehicles and any other object which may stop bullets, should be used as cover.

WHEN POLICE ARRIVE
When police officers arrive on scene, move toward any Police vehicle when it is safe to do so while keeping your hands on top of your head. Do not carry anything in your hands that could be mistaken for a weapon. Do exactly and immediately what the Police tell you to do.

If you are still inside the building, DO NOT RUN. Drop to the floor, place your hands behind your head and remain still. Make no sudden moves that may interpreted as hostile or threatening.

Wait for instructions and obey all commands.

Do not be upset, resist, or argue if a rescuer isn't sure whether you are the shooter or a victim.

Even if you are handcuffed and searched, DO NOT resist. Wait for the confusion to clear.

You will be taken to a safe area, where proper identification and status will be determined.

CONTACTING THE EDINBORO UNIVERSITY POLICE
Dial Emergency 911
Dial 814-732-2911 Emergency Number
Program EUP's 24-Hour Emergency number (814-732-2911) into your cell phone. Notify the police department as soon as it is safe to do so.

PROVIDING INFORMATION

  • Your specific location- building name and office/room number
  • Number of people at your specific location
  • Injuries- number injured, types of injuries
  • Assailant(s)- location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons(long gun or hand gun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc.

 

Bomb Threat

  • Bomb threats usually occur by telephone.
  • The person receiving the BOMB THREAT call should remain calm and attempt to obtain as much information as possible from the caller by using the checklist on the following page.
  • Call 911, giving your name, location and telephone number. Inform the dispatcher of the situation including any information you may have as to the location of the bomb, time it is set to explode, and the time you received the call.
  • Inform your supervisor or department head.
  • Campus authorities will be responsible for building evacuations.
  • DO NOT pull the fire alarm to evacuate the building.
  • If you should observe a suspicious object, package, etc., report it to the University Police, but under no circumstances should you touch it, tamper with it or move it in any way.
  • If instructed to evacuate, move a safe distance from the building (a minimum of 100 yards). If the weather is inclement, you may move to another building a safe distance away. Do not re-enter an evacuated building until instructed it is safe to do so by University officials.

 

Bomb Threat Checklist

    • If you receive a bomb threat, REMAIN CALM and write down the exact wording of the threat.

  • Keep the person on the line as long as possible and ask the following questions:

When is the bomb going to explode?
Where is it right now?
What does it look like?
What kind of bomb is it?
What will cause it to explode?
Did YOU place the bomb?
Why?
If not, how do you know about it?

CALL 911 IMMEDIATELY TO REPORT THE BOMB THREAT.
Give them your name, location and situation. If a bomb is alleged to be in your location, scan the area briefly for suspicious items, touch nothing, advise other occupants in the area to leave the area, BUT DO NOT use cell phones, DO NOT turn lights on or off, then leave immediate area and meet responding officer OUTSIDE the location.

UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES SHOULD YOU TOUCH OR TAMPER WITH A SUSPICIOUS ITEM.

After reporting the call, fill out a copy of the following report.

Bomb Threat Report

Bomb Threat Report -- To be completed by the person receiving the call.

Your name: 

Your Address: 

Date: 

Sex of caller:  Male Female      Age of caller:       Race/Ethnicity: 

Length of call:       What line was call received on? 

Description of Caller's Voice: (check all that apply)

 Calm   Laughing   Lisp   Disguised   Angry 
 Crying   Raspy   Loud   Accent   Excited 
 Normal   Deep   Slow   Distinct   Ragged 
 Stutter   Cracking   Familiar  If familiar, who did it sound like? 

Breathing:

 Soft   Nasal   Deep 

Background Sounds: (check all that apply)

 Street noise   House noise   Clear crockery/dishes   Motor   Static 
 Voices   Office machinery   Local   PA systems   Factory machinery 
 Music   Booth   Long distance   Animal noises    

Threat Language: (check all that apply)

 Well spoken (educated)   Foul   Irrational 
 Incoherent   Taped   Message read by threat-maker 

Remarks:

 

Crime in Progress

In the event you witness a crime in progress or are a victim:

  1. In the event of a robbery, DO NOT RESIST.
  2. In the event of a physical attack upon your person or that of a friend or family member, try to remain passive; defend yourself or others if necessary to protect a human life. Remember that sometimes submission is your only viable option. Resort to physical force only if absolutely necessary to save lives.
  3. As soon as possible, and when you feel safe, call 911. Be prepared to give them the following information:

    location of the incident;
    a description of the person or person's clothing and physical features; and
    observe the person's direction of travel and description of vehicle.
  4. While police are en route stay calm, render any assistance you are qualified to perform, locate and fill out this form before discussing the incident with anyone, and turn the form over to the University Police when completed.

 

 

Earthquake

  • Before the earthquake occurs, pick "safe places" in each room of your home, office or other buildings that you frequent. A safe place could be under a sturdy table or desk or against an interior wall away from windows, bookcases, or tall furniture that could fall on you. The shorter the distance to move to safety, the less likely you will be injured. Injury statistics show that people moving as little as 10 feet during an earthquake's shaking are most likely to be injured.
  • Drop, cover, and hold on! It is very dangerous to try to leave a building during an earthquake because objects can fall on you. Many fatalities occur when people run outside of buildings, only to be killed by falling debris from collapsing walls. In U.S. buildings, you are safer to stay where you are.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you are sure it is safe to exit. If you go outside after the shaking has stopped, move quickly away from the building to prevent injury from falling debris.
  • If you must leave a building after the shaking stops, use the stairs, not the elevator. Earthquakes can cause fire alarms and fire sprinklers to go off. You will not be certain whether there is a real threat of fire. As a precaution, use the stairs.
  • Expect aftershocks. Each time you feel one, drop, cover, and hold on! Aftershocks frequently occur minutes, days, weeks, and even months following an earthquake. Aftershocks following earthquakes can cause further damage to unstable buildings.
  • Fires are the most common earthquake-related hazard, due to broken gas lines, damaged electrical lines or appliances, and previously contained fires or sparks being released. If there is any danger, leave the building immediately. Stay out of damaged buildings. Return only when authorities say it is safe.
  • If you are outside during an earthquake, stay outside. Move away from buildings, trees, streetlights, and power lines. Crouch down and cover your head. Many injuries occur within 10 feet of the entrance to buildings. Bricks, roofing, and other materials can fall from buildings, injuring persons nearby. Hazards caused by earthquakes are often difficult to see, and you could be easily injured.
  • Use the telephone only to report life-threatening emergencies. Telephone lines are frequently inoperable in disaster situations. Phone lines need to be clear for emergency calls to get through.
  • Don't try to move seriously injured people unless they are in immediate danger of further injury.
  • Report damaged utilities or buildings to 911 or the Facilities Office at 2826.
  • Help persons who may require special assistance.

Reference: http://www.fema.gov/rrr/talkdiz/earth.shtm

Elevator Emergencies

  • If the elevator car stalls or stops between floors, STAY CALM. There is no immediate danger. The safest place is to stay inside the elevator car.
  • DO NOT attempt to force open the elevator doors or to leave the elevator car. Serious injuries or death could occur! Remain inside the car and wait for assistance.
  • If the elevator car stalls between floors, DO NOT attempt to leave the elevator car. Even if the doors are open, remain inside the car and wait for assistance. Serious injuries or death could occur!
  • DO NOT attempt to leave the car through the roof hatch. Serious injuries or death could occur! Remain inside the car and wait for assistance.
  • Use the emergency phone to contact the Edinboro University Police.
  • If there is no emergency phone, push the red emergency stop and the red emergency alarm bell buttons. You will hear an alarm bell ringing. Continue to push the alarm bell button until someone responds.
  • If you have a cell phone call the Edinboro University Police Emergency number by dialing 814-732-2911.
  • Provide the building name, elevator location and a description of the problem. Do not hang up. Stay on the phone with the dispatcher.
  • Remain inside the elevator car. Stay calm, be patient, and wait for emergency assistance.
  • Serious injuries or death could occur if you attempt to leave the elevator car while it is stalled.

If you are in a building and hear the elevator emergency alarm ringing:

  • Stay Calm - Verify that someone is trapped in the elevator.
  • Reassure the person(s) trapped in the elevator by telling them that help is on the way. Remain in constant communication whenever possible and provide reassurance.
  • Instruct the person(s) to stay inside the elevator car.
  • DO NOT ATTEMPT TO REMOVE PEOPLE FROM THE ELEVATOR CAR! WAIT FOR TRAINED PERSONNEL TO ARRIVE.
  • Notify the Edinboro University Police by dialing 911 from any campus phone. If you are calling from a cell phone call 814-732-2911
  • Report the problem by giving the name of the building and the location of the elevator. (Example: north end of building, second floor).
  • Continue to provide reassurance and wait for the University Police to arrive.

 

Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities

  • The first aspect of evacuating a person with a disability is to determine what their need for assistance is and the nature of the emergency. Persons who can evacuate a building with little or no assistance should be directed to the nearest exit. Persons with significant mobility impairments should be directed to an elevator if the integrity of the building is not compromised (severe weather, bomb threats, medical) or to stairwells if the building is or may be compromised (fire, explosion, earthquake).
  • For persons directed to stairwells, evacuation assistance will be provided by the fire department or other trained personnel. If another person can wait with the person who is mobility impaired, that is helpful in maintaining order. It is imperative that arriving rescue personnel know the number of persons and their location so that appropriate evacuation assistance can be initiated.
  • In the event that immediate evacuation is necessary, it is helpful to ask the person with a disability how it would be best to effect the evacuation. Some persons may need to be carried while others may need some assistance walking. In any event, this should be a last resort and used only when an immediate threat is determined to be present.
  • It is helpful to notify building users how to proceed during an emergency evacuation. Knowing the location of exits, stairwells and emergency telephones will greatly enhance your ability to safely evacuate persons with disabilities.
  • For further information, please contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at 732-2462.

 

Fire Alarms

Do not re-enter the building until told to do so by University officials.

  • If you discover a fire, remain calm.
  • If possible, close the door to the room where the fire is located.
  • Activate the nearest fire alarm pull station.
  • Once the fire alarm is activated, ALL persons MUST leave the building!
  • Call 911 from a safe location.
    Provide your name
    Building name
    Nature of the emergency
  • Do not hang up until you are instructed to do so by the dispatcher. Evacuate immediately! Use the nearest exit. Never allow the fire to get between you and the exit. Always keep your means of escape open.
  • Alert other occupants who may not have heard the alarm or who are not responding to the alarm to immediately evacuate the building.
  • The fire alarm may not sound continuously; continue to evacuate even if the fire alarm stops. Warn others who may attempt to enter the building after the fire alarm stops.
  • Leave the lights on and do not lock the doors.
  • If the door is hot, do not open it. Call 911 for help. Seal up cracks around the door with damp towels, sheets, etc. Signal rescuers by hanging a sheet or other object from the window.
  • Do not use elevators if the fire alarm is activated or in the event of an actual fire.
  • Report to the designated evacuation area. Move a minimum of 100 feet from the building. Keep roads and sidewalks clear for emergency responders.

 

Fire Preparedness

  • Participate in University fire drills.
  • Pre-plan your escape.
  • Know the locations of exits and emergency equipment before the fire.
  • The complexity and detail of the resulting spill will depend upon the volume of materials being handled, the flammability of the materials, potential toxic effects and the potential for release to the environment.
  • Immediately notify the Facilities Office at 2826 if a chemical spill occurs during regular working hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday).
  • Immediately notify 911 if there is potential danger to building occupants or if the chemical spill occurs after hours, on the weekend or holidays.
  • Provide your name, building, location in the building (room number, etc.), and the type of emergency. Do not hang up until instructed to do so by the dispatcher.
  • The responsible person on the site should evacuate the affected area immediately and seal it off to prevent further contamination. Shut down hazardous operations and turn off ignition sources and ventilate the area if possible.
  • If in the judgment of the person or persons responsible for such materials determines the spill presents any danger to themselves or the other building occupants, the building fire alarm should be activated to alert the building occupants to evacuate.
  • When the fire alarm sounds, all persons must leave the building and follow established evacuation procedures.
  • Do not re-enter the affected area until directed to do so by University officials.
  • If the identity of the chemical spilled is unknown, treat it as a hazardous material.
  • If the identity is known, a copy of the Material Data Safety Sheet (MDSS) will provide specific hazard information to emergency responders regarding hazardous properties of the spilled material and clean-up guidelines. Generally, these are available in the housekeeping rooms within buildings.

 

Hazardous Materials Spill

  • Take precautions not to step in the spilled material. If toxic chemicals come in contact with your skin, immediately flush the area with clear water; remove clothing from the affected area. Do not breathe fumes or vapors. Move to a safe location away from the spill.
  • Provide assistance to persons with a disability. Elevators can be used for evacuation purposes if there is no fire. Note: elevators are recalled to the first floor when the fire alarm is activated.

 

Hostage Situation

If you hear or see a hostage situation:

  • Immediately remove yourself from any danger.
  • Immediately notify Edinboro University Police Department at 911 or 732-2911.
  • Be prepared to provide the following information:
    Location and room number of incident.
    Number of possible captors.
    Physical description and names of the captors, if possible.
    Number of possible hostages
    Any weapons the captors may have.
    Your name
    Your location and phone number
     

If you are taken hostage:

  • Remain calm, be polite and cooperate with your captors.
  • DO NOT attempt escape unless there is an extremely good chance of survival. It is safer to be submissive and obey your captors.
  • Speak normally. DO NOT complain, avoid being belligerent and comply with all orders and instructions.
  • DO NOT draw attention to yourself with sudden body movements, statements, comments or hostile looks.
  • Observe the captors and try to memorize their physical traits, voice patterns, clothing or other details that can help provide a description later.
  • Avoid getting into political or ideological discussions with the captors.
  • Try to establish a relationship with your captors and get to know them. Captors are less likely to harm you if they respect you.
  • If forced to present terrorist demands to authorities, either in writing or on tape, state clearly that the demands are from your captors. Avoid making a plea on your own behalf.
  • Try to stay low to the ground or behind cover from windows or doors, if possible.

In a rescue situation:

  • DO NOT RUN. Drop to the floor and remain still. If that is not possible, cross your arms, bow your head, and stand still. Make no sudden moves that a tense rescuer may interpret as hostile or threatening.
  • Wait for instructions and obey all instructions you are given.
  • Do not be upset, resist, or argue if a rescuer isn't sure whether you are a terrorist or a hostage.
  • Even if you are handcuffed and searched, DO NOT resist. Just wait for the confusion to clear.
  • You will be taken to a safe area, where proper identification and status will be determined.

 

Medical Emergencies

Whom to call:  911

DO NOT HANG UP UNTIL INSTRUCTED TO DO SO BY THE DISPATCHER!

What to do:

  • Do not attempt to move a person who has fallen and appears to be in pain.
  • If possible, provide the following information to the officer/dispatcher:
    Your name
    Your location
    Description of medical emergency
    Description of symptoms
    Allergies
    Medications
    Major medical history (heart condition, asthma, diabetes, etc.)
    The name(s) of the ill/injured person(s), if known
  • Enlist help and stay with the injured person until help arrives.
  • Do not unnecessarily expose yourself to hazards including fire, electricity, chemicals, or bodily fluids.
  • While waiting for help, ask for proper medical procedures by phone. Render appropriate first aid for which you have been trained.
  • Remain at the scene after emergency personnel have arrived to provide information.
  • Non-acute injuries are not "medical emergencies."
  • On-the-job injuries should be reported to a supervisor and the Director of Environmental Health and Safety immediately. Worker's Compensation reporting procedures and the panel of physicians are available on the Human Resources and Faculty Relations web page. Copies may be obtained by contacting the Director of Environmental Health and Safety.
  • Emergency protocols should not be initiated for non-acute (non-emergency) situations; personal physicians should be consulted for questions dealing with a medical problem or transport to a medical facility.

Tornado

Tornado Watch:  Conditions are right for a tornado to develop. Continue with normal activities, but continue to monitor the weather.

Tornado Warning:  Radar or weather spotters have identified a tornado. The EUP Alert System will activate if there is danger in the University Community.

Emergency Notification:  During a period of tornado warning, a public warning will be signaled by the Edinboro Volunteer Fire Department siren. The warning is a three-minute up-and-down tone. The all clear signal is a long, even tone. 

Edinboro University will activate the Campus Emergency Alert System, which may include any or all of the following, e2 Campus Alerts, mass e-mail, broadcast voice mail, desktop pop-ups to network accounts. Additional updates will be provided as necessary. The all clear will be sent when it is safe.

If Indoors

  • All persons should seek shelter, preferably in a basement if one is available. If a basement is unavailable, interior corridors and small rooms on the ground floor or lowest floor should be used.
  • Avoid windows if at all possible, as well as auditoriums, gymnasiums and other wide, free span areas with large expansive roofs.
  • The best shelter area will normally be the north/east side of the building as most storms approach from the south or west. The area selected for shelter should always be on the sides away from the approach of the storm.
  • Get under a desk or a table.
  • Be careful removing debris that has fallen around you.
  • Remain calm in a protected area until the threat has ceased or the danger has a passed and the all clear is announced.
  • Call the University Police at 911 or extension 2911 to report injuries or damage. 

If Outdoors

  • Try to seek shelter indoors, if you cannot;
  • Try to get to a protected or safe area away from buildings, windows and glass, telephone or light poles or any place where there could be falling debris.
  • Persons caught outside who cannot reach shelter safely should seek a nearby ditch or depression and lay flat, shielding their head with their arms.
  • Be careful removing debris that has fallen around you.
  • Call the University Police at 911 or extension 2911 to report injuries or damage.

 

Selecting a Shelter Area:

The greatest dangers from high winds (tornado, hurricane, thunderstorn, downburst, etc.) are:  1) roof failure, 2) breaking glass, and 3) flying debris.

The most dangerous locations are generally large rooms with large expansive roofs such as cafeterias, gymnasiums, and auditoriums. The collapse of the room's load-bearing wall may lead to the failure of the entire roof. Roofs tend to rely on gravity to keep them attached. When strong winds act on a structure, pressure differences are created causing outward pressure forces acting to lift the roof. Avoid rooms with large windows that may shatter from being struck by flying debris, or from pressure stresses.

Small interior rooms, bathrooms, and windowless, interior hallways that are away from exterior doors offer the best protection. Interior load-bearing walls (with short roof spans) provide better protection than temporary or non-load-bearing walls and structures. If your building has more than one story, evacuate the upper level of the building. The lowest level is always the safest.

Below is a list beginning with the highest probability of failure. Avoid seeking shelter in these areas:

  1. windows on exterior walls;
  2. rooms with large or long roof spans; mobile classrooms;
  3. exterior walls of upper level; roof;
  4. interior walls of upper level; exterior walls of lower level and interior glass; or
  5. interior, lower level, non-lead-bearing walls.

 

Water Leaks and Water Damage

  • Serious water damage can occur from a number of sources: broken pipes, clogged drains, broken skylights or windows, sprinkler head being knocked off, etc.
  • If you discover a water leak, remain calm.
  • If the leak occurs Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.:

    Notify Facilities at 2826. Provide as much information about the leak as possible: building, exact location, severity of the leak, possible cause. Indicate whether any valuables, art collections or books, such as the library areas, are involved or are in imminent danger.
  • If the leak occurs after regular working hours or on the weekend:

    Notify the University Police at 2921. Provide as much information about the leak as possible: building, exact location, severity of the leak, possible cause. Indicate whether any valuables, art collections or books, such as the library areas, are involved or are in imminent danger.
  • If possible, notify your supervisor or RA of the exact location of the leak.
  • If there are electrical appliances or electrical outlets near the leak, use extreme caution. If there is any possible danger, evacuate the area immediately.
  • If you know the source of the leak and are confident that you can stop it by turning off a faucet or unclogging a drain, do so cautiously. At no time should you place yourself in danger in order to stop the leak.
  • Take only essential steps to avoid or reduce immediate water damage. For example, move small objects out of the danger area or, if possible, cover larger objects with plastic sheeting, etc.

 

Utility Failure

If there is a power or utility failure, you should do the following:

During regular working hours (8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday), immediately notify the Facilities Office at 2826. The Facilities Department will verify the cause of the failure and the approximate duration of the failure.
  • If there is potential danger to building occupants or the utility failure occurs after hours, on the weekend or holidays, notify 911 or the University Police at 2911.
  • Power failure may also result in phone service interruption.
  • If an emergency exists, activate the building fire alarm and follow established evacuation procedures. Once outside, move 500 feet from the affected building. Keep walkways, fire lanes and parking areas clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • If the fire alarm fails to activate, report the emergency by dialing 911 from any telephone on campus and provide your name, telephone number, location and the nature of the emergency.
  • If a power failure occurs during daylight hours, open window draperies to allow natural light into the building. If you are in an unlighted area, proceed cautiously to an area that has emergency lights or emergency power.
  • Notify the University Police if people are trapped in an elevator. Instruct trapped persons to remain calm and to stay in the elevator car until help arrives. If you are trapped in an elevator, stay calm. Use the intercom if available or press the emergency button. Do not attempt to leave the elevator car.
  • Provide assistance to persons with disabilities, other students, visitors and staff in your immediate area.
  • Do not return to the building after it has been evacuated unless you are instructed to do so by University officials or emergency personnel.

 

Workplace Violence

Threats, threatening behavior, acts of violence against Edinboro University faculty, staff, administrators, students, and/or visitors within the Edinboro University community, or willful damage to property will not be tolerated. Violations of this policy may lead to disciplinary actions up to and including suspension, dismissal, arrest and prosecution.

  1. If you are faced with threatening or violent behavior:
  2. Everyone is asked to assist in making each campus a safe place by being alert to suspicious situations and promptly reporting them.
  3. If you are a victim or witness to any on-campus offense, AVOID RISKS and contact the University Police immediately.
  4. Notify the University Police by calling 911 or the Police Emergency Number 814-732-2911. Report the incident, including the following:

    nature of the incident
    location of the incident
    description of the person(s) involved
    description of the property involved

 

Your actions may help calm a potentially violent situation, or they may escalate the problem. Always try to behave in a manner that helps to calm a situation:

  • Stay calm. Don't be in a hurry.
  • Be empathetic. Show you are concerned.
  • Try to have the other person and yourself sit down. Sitting is a less aggressive position.
  • Try to be helpful. For example, schedule an appointment for a later time.
  • Give positive-outcome statements, such as "We can get this straightened out."
  • Give positive feedback for continued talking, such as "I'm glad you're telling me how you feel."
  • Stay out of arms' reach.
  • Have limited eye contact.
  • Take notes.

Avoid the following behaviors:

  • Do not patronize.
  • Do not yell or argue.
  • Do not joke or be sarcastic.
  • Do not touch the person.

If someone becomes agitated:

  • Leave the scene immediately, if possible. Call the Edinboro University Police from a safe place. Dial Emergency 911 or the Police Emergency Number 814-732-2911
  • Or try to alert a co-worker that there is a problem; e.g., by calling and using an agreed-upon code word to indicate trouble.

Practice preventive measures:

  • Discuss and agree on circumstances and situations in the workplace that everyone should watch out for. Have procedures, signals and code words in place to deal with threatening situations.
  • Avoid scheduling appointments for times when no one else is in the area. Alert your colleagues in advance about a difficult meeting, and keep the door to the room open, or meet in a public area.
  • Try to avoid working alone after hours. If you have to work late, advise a colleague, friend or family member.
  • When working after office hours, keep doors locked and do not open the door unless you are expecting someone.
  • Report any strange or unusual activities in and around your workplace immediately to your supervisor and the police.
  • Do not leave money or valuable belongings out in the open. Purses should be locked in a desk or cabinet.
  • Lock your office and/or lab doors when these areas are not in use, even when you are leaving for "just a moment."
  • Always walk in well-lit areas and know your surroundings. If you think you are being followed, do not go home; go where there are other people. Call the Edinboro University Police as soon as you are in a safe place.
  • Report to Facilities any workplace locks, windows or lights that are in need of repair or attention.