The University is committed to ensuring that a safe, secure and healthful environment is provided for faculty, staff, students and visitors. Each department head and/or supervisor is responsible for assuring that employees and students are properly trained in safe working procedures; have safe equipment and tools, and knowledge to use them properly; routinely follow approved safety procedures, and that the work environment is as free as possible from safety and health hazards. Each individual has a personal responsibility to act in a safe manner by taking positive actions to minimize risks and prevent accidents; maintaining a conscious awareness of safety; carefully following University and departmental safety guidelines; and promptly reporting unsafe conditions. (Refer to Policy 01:145.)
University police officers are trained in basic first-aid and have access to emergency rescue units which are staffed by state-licensed paramedics and emergency technicians. Faculty should call UM police in any emergency situation.
The University Police Department should be notified of all injuries (especially on-the-job injuries) regardless of the severity of the injury, so that documentation of the incident can be recorded.
(Refer to Policy 01:120.)
If a bomb threat telephone call is received, faculty should note the exact time of the call and any pertinent facts about the caller–male or female, voice, accent, and background noises. If possible, faculty should obtain other information from the caller such as the location of the bomb, when it will go off, what it looks like, why it was placed. As soon as the caller hangs up, faculty should call the University police.
The University Police Department is responsible for maintaining campus security 24 hours a day and for providing a safe environment for campus life. The Department is staffed by uniformed officers who are trained in all aspects of law enforcement and have arrest powers. Public safety information, including the annual report on crime categories, is available on the University's web page. Upon request, this information is also available in a printed version.
Access to University offices, classrooms, and other areas is available to authorized personnel. To ensure that others do not unlawfully gain access to these areas, requests for opening locked areas will be regulated as outlined by University procedures. With the exception of certain spaces, facilities are scheduled through the Central Calendar Office. (Refer to Policy 01:020.)
If a fire or chemical accident is discovered, employees should evacuate the building after activating the local alarm system and then notify University police. In the event of a fire alarm, employees should immediately walk to the nearest exit and be alert for directions from the University police.
(Refer to Policy 01:110.)
After receiving signed authorization from a Department Chair, Dean, or other administrator, the University police will issue keys to faculty members at no cost. Upon receipt of keys, faculty must sign an individual signature key control card. All University keys must be returned to the supervisor upon termination of employment. Lost or stolen keys must be reported immediately to the supervisor and University Police.
University police monitor the National Weather Service Radio for severe weather bulletins. Upon receiving a tornado warning for the University area, the community will be alerted by a continuous three-minute siren blast. When the warning is sounded, faculty and students should go immediately to the lowest level of the building, take cover near interior walls or corridors, and stay away from windows and doors until the warning is lifted. The "all-clear" signal is three short siren blasts. A monthly test of the siren is conducted on the first Wednesday each month at 10:00 a.m. The test will be two 30 second blasts of the siren. The test is not a severe weather drill.
When classes are canceled due to snow, ice storms, or other severe weather, University officials will notify area TV and radio news media as soon as the cancellation decision is made. The same procedure applies when the President announces an administrative closing due to severe weather.
(Refer to Policy 01:125.)
Faculty who are involved in a traffic accident or are the victim of a crime on campus should call University police immediately. Officers will summon aid, as necessary, prepare appropriate reports and advise appropriate actions.
(Refer to Policy 01:140.)