Shelter in Place and Emergency Break Glass Devices

Shelter in Place and Emergency Break Glass Devices

In the event of an emergency, the university may issue a shelter in place directive. In that event, you are to find an area that you deem safe at the time and some place that you can secure.

Most internal rooms on campus have the ability to be secured either with standard door hardware or using other mechanical devices. It is important to note that anyone can use the security hardware, when inside of a space. You do not need any special keys or cards in order to lock a space when on the inside of the area. It is also important to understand that there is always free egress out of an area, so even if you have secured the door from the inside, you may always open the door to leave as needed.

Classrooms that are equipped with standard door hardware, may be locked using the push button, thumb-turn device on the inside of lockset. Classrooms that are equipped with card readers have Break Glass Emergency devices located on the inside of the room. These devices lock the door (when the door is closed) and send a silent alarm to the University Police Department.

A video for use of break glass devices may be found at: https://www.wcsu.edu/westconnect/facility-access-security/#Security%20Break%20Glass

It is our hope that we never have to use these devices, but the university takes emergency preparedness very seriously and wants to equip our community with the resources should they need them.

Emergency Events

The University also uses an emergency notification system. In order to receive alerts please sign up at: https://www.wcsu.edu/ens/

Office of Emergency Management

For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit the Office of Emergency Management website.