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Emergency Procedures


Emergency planning at Greenville University is looked upon as a continual, ongoing responsibility, and with that in mind, the below information is being provided for the campus community.

This is intended to give users quick and easy access to basic information on the recommended response to a variety of potential emergency situations. Please recognize that no single set of instructions can anticipate all potential emergencies and that this information is provided only as a guide.

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Medical Emergency

In the event of a medical emergency, immediately call 911 for emergency medical services and an ambulance. Provide the location of the medical emergency, including which room as well as the nature of the emergency.

  • Notify the campus response line at ext. 7777 (664-7777 from a cellular phone).
  • If someone else is available, have them meet the ambulance personnel outside the building to guide them to the emergency.
  • Do not provide first aid assistance unless you are trained to do so and have permission from the individual (if they are able).
  • Do not move the person unless he/she is in immediate danger.

If the person is unconscious

  • DO NOT try to give fluids.
  • DO NOT attempt to awaken by shaking.
  • DO loosen tight clothing, especially around the neck if breathing is restricted.
  • DO begin CPR if the person is not breathing and you are trained to do so.

If the person is conscious

  • Get as much information as possible (i.e. type injury/sickness, age, medical conditions, medications, allergies, etc.).
  • Reassure the person that help is on the way.
  • DO NOT let the person drive home or to a hospital.

If the person is having a seizure, DO NOT restrain him/her. Move any objects or desks away to prevent the person from being injured.



Federal law requires colleges and universities to establish a missing student notification policy. The policy states, among other things, that student's must be given the option to provide confidential emergency contact information in the event that he/she is reported as missing. If that occurs, Greenville University will use the information on the emergency contact form for the following purposes;

1) Notify the missing student's identified emergency contact
2) Notify a student's parent or guardian if the student is under 18
3) Notify the appropriate law enforcement officials in the event no contact information is supplied.

Greenville University Missing Student Notification Policy

If a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student who resides in on-campus housing is missing, he or she should IMMEDIATELY notify Campus Safety at 618.664.7777 (ext. 7777 from an on-campus phone). Campus Safety will generate a missing person report and initiate an investigation.

After investigating the missing person report, should it be determined that the student is missing and has been missing more than 24 hours, Campus Safety will notify the Greenville Police Department and the student's emergency contact no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing. If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the University will notify the student's parent or legal guardian immediately after it has been determined the student has been missing for more than 24 hours.

In addition to registering an emergency contact, students residing in on-campus housing have the option to identify confidentially an individual to be contacted by Greenville University in the event the student is determined to be missing more than 24 hours. If a student has identified such and individual, the University will notify that individual no later than 24 hours after the student is determined to be missing.

The Missing Student Emergency Contact Notification information may be completed as part of an online form. Completion of the form is voluntary and all information provided will be kept confidential.

Completed forms will be kept by Community Life and the Office of Campus Safety, for emergency use only. We request that you keep the Office of Community Life or Campus Safety informed of any updates to your contact information while you are a Greenville University student. In the meantime, if you have any questions or concerns, do not hesitate to contact Campus Safety at 618.664.7118 or by sending a message.

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1. Avoid or Escape from the Area if Possible

a. Only attempt to escape if you are sure you can do so safely/without crossing paths of the shooter.
b. Take others with you, if they are willing to leave the area and you are sure it is safe to do so.
c. If you cannot escape or are unsure that you can escape safely, then you should consider option 2.
d. If you are not in the area, then avoid the area.

2. Lockdown or Secure Immediate Area:

a. Lock and barricade doors
b. Turn Off Lights
c. Close Blinds
d. Block Windows
e. Turn off radios and computer monitors
f. Keep occupants calm, quiet, and out of sight
g. Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets (cover may protect you from bullets, concealment will only hide you)
h. Silence cell phones
i. If reasonably safe to do so, place signs in exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons.
j. Stay in a safe place until instructed by a police officer or University official that it is safe to leave.
k. While barricaded/hiding, you should be preparing to defend yourself or escape if the shooter gains access to the area you are hiding.

3. Defend self and others (last resort)

a. If found, you can no longer Avoid or Hide.
b. You should do all you can to defend yourself and others.
c. Work together.  

4. Contact Authorities:

a. If you have new information or location information about the suspect, then call 911.
b. Report your information.
c. Do not call 9-1-1 for updates in emergency situations, because the dispatch center may become overwhelmed."  



A fire may include visible flames or strong odors of burning. The appropriate emergency action is for persons to evacuate the building quickly and safely and call 911 and the campus response number at 7777 (664-7777 from a cell phone).

Immediate Action

  • If you are the person who discovered the fire, extinguish it only if you can do so safely and quickly.
  • Use an appropriate fire extinguisher to control the fire only if you have had fire extinguisher training, the fire is confinable, and your personal safety is not placed in jeopardy.
  • If the fire is extinguished, call Campus Safety at 7118 or extension 7777.

If the fire cannot be extinguished

  • Confine the fire by closing the doors.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm.
  • Alert others.
  • Exit the building, assisting anyone who needs help in the evacuation.
  • Call 911
  • Call the campus response line at extension 7777 (664-7777 from a cell phone).
  • Meet the Fire Department when they arrive.

Evacuating a Building

  • Close the doors to your immediate area.
  • Feel closed doors from top to bottom. If it is hot, DO NOT proceed, go back.
  • If the door is cool, crouch low and open the door slowly. Close the door quickly if smoke is present so you do not inhale it.
  • If no smoke is present, exit the building via the nearest stairwell or exit.
  • If you encounter heavy smoke in a stairwell, go back and try another stairwell.
  • EVACUATE the building via the nearest exit. Assist others in exiting the building.
  • DO NOT use elevators.
  • Avoid smoke-filled areas.
  • If exiting a smoke-filled area, stay low to the ground and crawl to the nearest exit.
  • If your clothes catch fire DO NOT RUN. STOP...DROP...ROLL.


If you receive a bomb threat (typically received via telephone)
Obtain as much detail as possible about the bomb and its location.
• The exact location of the bomb.
• The time set for detonation.
• What the bomb looks like.
• What type of explosive the bomb contains.
• Why the bomb was placed.

Immediately notify Campus Safety (618-664-7777) providing as much information as possible.

Be alert for suspicious items or packages. Visually inspect areas of your room or office. If you noted anything suspicious report them to authorities.
If the threat is received by letter do not handle it after it has been opened; preserve for authorities.

Be prepared to evacuate the area if ordered to do so.

If ordered to evacuate, faculty and staff shall assist with an orderly exit from the building. People evacuated should be moved at least 500 feet from the evacuated

Doors to all evacuated areas of the building shall be left open on exiting the area.

Wait for further instructions.

DO NOT call Campus Safety or authorities during the incident unless you have information related to the situation or a life-threatening emergency.



During an earthquake, remain calm and quickly follow the steps outlined below:

  • If INDOORS seek refuge in a doorway or under a desk or table. Stay away from glass, windows, shelves and heavy equipment.
  • If OUTDOORS, move quickly away from buildings, utility poles and other structures. Caution: Always avoid power or utility lines as they may be energized.
  • After the initial shock, evaluate the situation; and if emergency help is necessary, call 911 or Campus Safety. Report any injuries and the location.
  • Damage to facilities should be reported to Physical Plant / Facilities Services.

If there is a strong odor of natural gas, please relay this information to Campus Safety and evacuate the building

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