A “lockdown” is a temporary sheltering technique utilized to limit civilian exposure to imminent threat of violence. A lockdown will be made only if there is a serious risk of danger to staff, faculty and students. The general purpose of a lockdown is to convert a building into a large “Safe Room.” The decision to initiate building lockdown procedures may be at the discretion of University officials or in response to a request by local law enforcement officials.
Responsibilities of Public Safety
In the event of a situation requiring the initiation of building lockdown procedures, Public Safety Officers will perform the following tasks to the extent possible:
- Declare and initiate the lockdown directive;
- Activate appropriate emergency notification systems;
- Immediately respond to the scene;
- Contact and coordinate with the Chicago Police Department;
- Provide security for the scene;
- Advise Facility Operations staff to switch to the Public Safety radio channel;
- Lock and secure perimeter building doors with assistance from Facility Operations staff, custodians and maintenance personnel as needed;
- Post pre-printed signs on all lobby doors; and
- Attempt to discourage building occupants from exiting the building.
Lockdown involving a Traditional Residence Halls
During a lockdown involving a traditional residence hall, all Resident Education staff in the residence hall are to report to a pre-determined area to assist with lockdown and communications, as follows:
- Lock and secure perimeter building doors and, if possible, electronically disable student access cards;
- Post signs on all doors indicating that the building is locked down and that no one will be permitted to enter;
- Evacuate the lobby desk;
- Notify building occupants of the lockdown; and
- Discourage students from exiting the building.