The University has aggressively taken steps to maintain a safe and secure campus environment. However, criminal activity is notoriously unpredictable and opportunistic. All students, faculty, and staff must take an active role in assuring personal and campus safety. As the “eyes and ears” of Campus Safety, they should immediately report all crimes, incidents, suspicious persons or events, and unusual situations. When in doubt it is better to report these events than to ignore them.  In many cases these events may be innocent; however it is always better to error on the side caution.

Reporting Emergencies
On-campus phone: dial *911 or 3945
Non-campus phone or a cell phone: dial 911

Southfield Police non-emergency: 248.796.5500
Southfield Fire Department or EMS non-emergency: 248.796.5650

When reporting an emergency

1. Try to speak calmly.
2. Explain the nature of the emergency.
3. Give your name and a call back number.
4. Do not hang up until instructed to do so by Campus Safety.

ICE on Cell Phones
It is good policy to enter ICE, "In Case of Emergency"  numbers into your cell contact list. In the event that you are unconscious or are in need of emergency medical treatment first responders to accidents and emergencies are trained to look for ICE numbers in your cell phone address book.

Example: "ICE Home" 248.000.0000, "ICE1 (Spouse) Work" 248.000.0000

General Evacuation Procedures
1. All students, faculty, and staff should know the location of the exits and exit routes in the buildings they frequent.
2. If the fire alarm sounds or when directed to evacuate by a Campus Safety officer or emergency coordinator, leave the building immediately. Always exit down.
3. Notify first responders of the location of persons with disabilities who could not evacuate.
4. In the case of fire, do not use the elevators.
5. Once outside, move to the designated Rally Site and remain there. Check in with the emergency coordinator.
6. Do not hinder or get in the way of emergency personnel.
7. Do not re-enter the building unless instructed to do so.

Procedures in the Event of a Fire
1. Pull the fire alarm. Evacuate and close doors without locking them.
2. Always exit down.
3. Notify first responders of the location of persons with disabilities who could not evacuate.
4. Do not use the elevators.
5. Walk into the wind and away from the building, staying at least 200 feet away. Do not hinder or get in the way of emergency personnel.
6. Move to the designated Rally Site and remain there. Check in with the emergency coordinator.
7. Do not re-enter the building unless instructed to do so.
8. If trapped, attempt to locate a phone, press *911 or 3945, and describe where you are. Stay low to the floor. Feel doors to see if they are hot before attempting to open them. If the door is hot, do not open it. Seal cracks if possible.

Procedures in the Event of Tornado Warnings/Severe Weather
1. During periods of severe weather, listen to local TV or radio stations or check Internet weather reports:

Severe Weather Warning Definitions
A tornado or severe thunderstorm WATCH means that the storms may produce large hail and/or damaging winds. All severe thunderstorms are potential tornado producers, but a severe thunderstorm watch does not mean that a tornado is imminent.

A tornado or severe thunderstorm WARNING means that a tornado or thunderstorm is imminent or has actually been sighted. 

Tornado “Watch”
1. Stay inside if possible.
2. Locate the Fire and Severe Weather Instruction placard in the building. All buildings on campus have these placards posted.
3. Determine the closest “safe area” to you.
4. Be ready to proceed to the “safe area” in the event that conditions worsen, a tornado “Warning” has been issued, or the campus severe weather alarm is activated.

Tornado “Warning
1. If outside, immediately enter the closest building.
2. Locate the Fire and Severe Weather Instruction placard for the building. All buildings on campus have these placards posted.
3. Determine the closest “safe area” to you and go to it immediately.
4. Avoid rooms or areas that have glass, move away from all windows or glass-enclosed areas. The safest area is the center of the building as close to the basement or ground floor as possible.
5. DO NOT PANIC.  Calm, orderly action is the best way to insure the safety of all concerned.
6. When the warning is terminated, everyone on campus will be notified, and normal university activities will resume.

Procedures in the Event of a Chemical Spill or the Release of Hazardous Vapors or Fumes
1. Pull the fire alarm to evacuate the building if the spill is a large one. Exit the immediate area regardless of the size of the spill or substance.
2. Do not re-enter the spill area and do not attempt to clean up the spill.
3. Report any injuries, burns, dizziness, or disorientation immediately to Campus Safety at *911 or 3945. Advise the officer that a chemical spill has occurred and, if possible, indicate what substance has been spilled. Give as much detail as possible.
4. If it has been determined that the entire building does not need to be evacuated, stay near the spill and prevent others from entering the area.
5. The individual who reported the spill should identify him/herself to the first responders.
6. Do not leave until instructed to do so by Campus Safety, fire personnel, or the responders to the spill. 

On-Campus Resident Safety
1. All residents must take responsibility for their own safety, well-being, and property as well as that of their fellow residents.
2. Please comply with guest check-in procedures. They are in place to protect all residents from people with ill intent.
3. Do not lend out or obtain a duplicate key or access card for others.
4. Do not allow strangers access to the residence halls. Do not hold open the door for a stranger.
5. Do not prop open or unlock exterior access doors; doing so could allow someone off the street to enter the residence halls.
6. Lock your room door, even if you leave to go down the hall for just a few minutes.
7. If you are in a part of your suite where you cannot see someone who enters, lock your door.
8. Do not leave valuables in plain sight; if possible, consider a room safe.
9. Immediately report all suspicious persons or occurrences to Campus Safety.
10. Do not ignore fire or severe weather alarms. 

Personal Safety Precautions
1. If you feel you are being stalked or are receiving harassing phone calls or emails, notify Campus Safety.
2. Advise Campus Safety if you obtain a Personal Protection Order, restraining order, or an injunction against a threatening individual.
3. Do not give out personal or unnecessary information while at work or on the phone.
4. When moving about campus at night, stick to lighted pathways.
5. If you are going to be working late, notify Campus Safety.
6. Do not tell others you are alone. Keep your door(s) locked.
7. If you are being pursued in a building and cannot reach a phone, pull a fire alarm.
8. Have an escape plan.
9. If you are in a vehicle and feel threatened, drive to Campus Safety Central in the Art and Design Center and call for a Campus Safety officer.
10. Remember that Lawrence Tech policy forbids the possession of offensive or defensive weapons on campus, regardless of whether or not you are legally licensed to possess such weapons.

Personal Property Protection
1. If it has a lock on it, use it.
2. Immediately report suspicious persons or occurrences to Campus Safety.
3. Do not leave valuable items in plain sight, even if they are behind locked doors or in a locked vehicle.
4. If you believe the locks to your office, desk, or file cabinets are faulty or that keys to them have been made without authorization, notify Campus Facilities at extension 3800.
5. Do not leave wallets in unattended suit coats or purses or in unlocked rooms or desk drawers.
6. Keep records of the make, model, color, and serial numbers of any valuable property.
7. Do not leave valuable items in common areas.
8. Report missing items immediately to Campus Safety.
9. If you share an office or area with others, do not assume that they will lock the space. Take valuable items with you when you leave.
10. In the case of a theft, please file a police report with the Southfield Police Department if requested to do so by a Campus Safety officer. This will enter the serial numbers of certain stolen items into a national database.
11. Do not admit persons unknown to you into locked buildings or offices.

Parking Lot Safety
1. Be aware of your surroundings and the people near you, especially at night.
2. Avoid dark places. Park in a lighted area and as close to the building as possible.
3. Trust your first instinct. Do not dismiss or rationalize feelings of danger.
4. Travel in groups, if possible, and have an escape plan.
5. Do not get lured into having a conversation with a stranger, especially in a confined or dark area.
6. If you are being pursued on foot, head toward lighted buildings and people. Scream and draw attention to yourself.
7. Buy a whistle. Keep it on your key chain and don’t hesitate to use it.
8. If you have a cell phone, use it after you escape danger. Focus on escape first.
9. Do not get into a stranger’s vehicle. If your vehicle breaks down, do not accept assistance from a stranger. Call Campus Safety.
10. Avoid parking next to vans or large vehicles, especially if they have tinted windows that obscure the interior.
11. Always lock your vehicle and make sure all the windows are closed.
12. Have your car keys in hand when approaching your vehicle and always check the passenger compartment before entering. Be mindful of your surroundings while doing so.
13. Place valuable items in your trunk before you arrive on campus. You don’t want to be observed placing valuables in your trunk after you park.