Office of Security and Safety

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Objective

In the event of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus, Bethel University will immediately determine if and how an emergency notification should be sent to faculty, staff, and students. The only time a notification would not be issued is if, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, it would compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

These are the procedures for responding to and notifying the campus community about emergency or dangerous situations on Bethel’s campus.

Responsible Parties

It is the responsibility of Bethel University’s Chief of Security and Safety, Director of Communications, or their designees to ensure that these procedures are carried out.

Internal and external agencies that may be involved include but are not limited to:

§ Bethel University Administration

§ Bethel University Student Life

§ Bethel University Health Services

§ Local, State, and Federal Law Enforcement

§ County and State Health Professionals

Notification

Upon receiving a report of a significant emergency or a dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health and safety of those on campus, the Responsible Parties will work without delay to:

1. Confirm that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation;

2. Determine the appropriate segment(s) of the campus community to receive notification of the event;

3. Determine the content of the notification; and

4. Initiate the notification system.

The notification system may be any combination of the following systems: audible and visual fire alarms, public address systems, or the Bethel Alert phone/text/email notification system.

Bethel University’s Chief of Security and Safety, Director of Communications, and/or their designee(s) will be responsible for directing and disseminating any emergency information to the larger, non-campus community.

Testing

Bethel University will test their notification procedures on at least an annual basis. Tests may be announced or unannounced including publication of its emergency response and evacuation procedures.