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Students are likely to rely on your leadership and anticipate that you will know what to do if an emergency arises.

  • Provide your classes with general information about evacuation and shelter-in-place options at the start of the semester. 
  • Remind students to update their emergency contact information or sign up for Alert VU at Make sure your own AlertVU contact information is up-to-date.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
    • Know your room and floor layouts.
    • Know where building exits are located.
    • Know alternate routes to reach exits.
    • Know where you can shelter in place.
  •   Know how to report an incident from your classroom or lab.
  • Determine how the door(s) might be secured and barricaded.
  •   Identify furnishings or other items that might be used as shields, or, if it comes to it, projectiles or weapons.
  •   Assure that students with disabilities have the assistance they may require during an incident.
  • At the conclusion of an “active shooter” event, you should let your department chair or dean’s office know where you are so that everyone can be accounted for. 

Have questions or need assistance with planning ahead for your particular building or classroom? Contact VUPS at