The University may institute a partial or complete lockdown to help ensure the safety of the University community. Access is controlled through the University’s Emergency Communication Center. University Police will consider the circumstances of each event to determine whether to institute a lockdown.


WHAT: All exterior building doors are locked by University Police through the Emergency Communications Center. Access is not available through the use of a Royal card. 

WHY: A total lockdown may be activated upon confirmation of any significant emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of the University community. All classes and activities are suspended until further direction, individuals should shelter in place.

If you are in a safe location during a total lockdown:

  • If inside and in a safe location stay where you are. 
  • Move to a securable area (such as an office or classroom) and lock interior doors.
  • Close the window coverings.
  • Move away from the windows and get low on the floor.
  • Keep occupants calm, quiet and out of sight.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Remain in your secure area until further direction or the all clear is given.

  If you are unable to enter a building because of a total lockdown:

  • Leave the area and seek safe shelter off campus.
  • Return to campus only after the all clear is given.

ROYAL CARD ACCESS ONLY (Low to moderate danger)

What: All exterior building doors are locked. Access is only available through the use of a Royal card. 

Why: A precautionary measure to prevent a potential threat from gaining entry to University buildings.

  • This is not a Lockdown--There are no restrictions on movement throughout campus.
  • Classes and University business will continue under a normal schedule unless directed otherwise.


What: Shelter in Place is an occupant protection strategy that may be issued in response to a variety of incidences involving severe weather, violent behavior, outside chemical releases and other situations where it is safer for building occupants to remain in the sheltered area of a building.

  • If inside and in a safe location, stay where you are.
  • If outdoors, seek shelter in the nearest building.
  • Locate an interior room to shelter inside.
  • Close windows, vents, and close exterior doors. 
  • Stay in place until directed by ENS message and/or emergency personnel.
  • Building access may or may not be restricted based on the circumstances of the incident. 


An immediate evacuation of a building may be required for several reasons including fires and fire alarm activations, release of natural gas or other hazardous materials within or near a building, and violent situations (such as an active shooter). In situations that do not involve potential risk when exiting a building, proceed to the designated Evacuation Rally Point and await further instructions.

  • Always evacuate at the sound of the alarm
  • Collect your immediate belongings and exit by the nearest designated route
  • Support those that may need assistance
  • Persons requiring special assistance may be directed to the closest Area of Rescue Assistance then notify University Police or 911
  • Close but do not lock doors as you leave
  • Do not use elevators
  • Proceed to your designated rally point
  • Do not return to the building until directed
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