WCSU Covid-19 Information Fall 2021

Emergency Procedure Guides:

This Emergency Procedures Guide provides a quick reference for anyone in the Western Connecticut State University Community on the essentials to cope with most campus emergencies. Although the guide does not cover every conceivable situation, it does supply the basic guidelines for most incidents that are likely to occur on campus. For a printable PDF with all information, click HERE


  • Activate building alarm
  • call 911
  • evacuate building by walking quickly to nearest exit
  • close doors behind you
  • Alert others on your way out
  • Move at least 500 feet away from the building
  • DO NOT RETURN TO THE BUILDING until authorized by Fire or Police Department personnel
  • Individuals needing assistance should remain in an area of refuge and advise emergency responders of their location by dialing 911

Chemical or Hazardous Materials Release

  • Dial 911
  • Try to contain the spill
  • Vacate the affected area
  • Close doors behind you
  • When reporting a spill, be specific on nature of material involved
  • If contaminated by a spill, avoid contact with others
  • Showers/eyewashes are located in all chemical areas

Civil Disturbances or Demonstrations

  • Dial the University Police @ 837-9300
  • Avoid Location of disturbance/disorderly demonstrations
  • University Police will give directives if in your area

Utility Failure

  • Dial the University police @ 837-9300
  • Notify immediate supervisor
  • Wait for instructions
  • Cease from using all electrical Equipment
  • Do not use on/off light switches

Violent or Criminal Behavior

  • Dial 911 if immediate threat
  • Give nature of incident, location, any descriptions, weapons, injuries, or property damage
  • Avoid contact with person(s)
  • If gunfire occurs, take immediate cover in a locked room and stay until police give clearance

Bomb Threats

  • Dial 911
  • Attempt to keep caller on line
  • Notify immediate supervisor
  • Do not touch or move any suspicious item
  • The decision to evacuate will be made by the University Police

Medical And First Aid

  • Dial 911
  • Give name, loocation, nature of medical/first aid
  • Provide first aid care, if trained

Severe Weather

  • Dial WeatherAlert @ 837-8663
  • Click HERE to go to our weather page for specific weather hazard instructions

Explosion - Aircraft Crash

  • Dial 911 if possible
  • Take immediate cover upon explosion/crash
  • If in a building, pull alarm and evacuate

Psychological Crisis

  • Dial 911 if immediate threat or call the University Police @ 837-9300 if not immediate threat
  • Do not try to handle any situation you feel is dangerous on your own
  • Contact immediate supervisor, resident director, or resident assistant

Hostage Situation

  • Dial 911
  • If taken hostage, be patient and cooperative
  • Speak only when spoken to
  • Be observant
  • Try to rest
  • Wait for police instructions

Workplace Violence

  • Dial 911 if immediate fear of danger
  • If not immediate fear of danger, notify supervisor or Human Resources @ 837-8663