Emergency Procedures

STU Alert Emergency Notification System

General Campus Safety Tips

  1. Avoid working or studying alone in a building at night.*
  2. Avoid walking or running alone at night near dark or wooded areas.*
  3. Avoid using stairs in remote sections of a building.
  4. Keep personal belongings in view while in class, the library, or labs.
  5. When in an elevator, position yourself next to the controls. Having a stranger in control of the emergency stop switch could be dangerous.

*An Escort Service is Available for all students/employees 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Please call ext. 6500.

Sexual Assault

  1. If you are a victim or witness of a sexual assault- GET HELP QUICKLY! 
  2. Go to a safe place, dial 911 or 6500 immediately!
  3. Information to give the officer: Who, What, Where, & When
  4. Do NOT disturb anything in the area where the assault occured
  5. Seek medical treatment and call someone to go with you. You should not go alone.
  6. Contact the Sexual Treatment Hotline for information concerning counseling, 305.858.7273.


Fire & Residence Hall Evacuations
If the fire alarm sounds:


  1. Leave the building as quickly as possible- watch for weakened floors, stairs, & faling debris.
  2. Do not stop to retrieve personal possessions or make phone calls.
  3. Use the evacuation route according to posted building evacuation plans.
  4. If debris falls around you, get under a sturdy table or desk until it stops.
  5. Close doors behind you.
  6. Move at least 500 feet away from the building after you evacuate.
  7. Immediately contact Public Safety after you have evacuated the building.


If there is a fire:

  1. Pull the fire alarm closest to you.
  2. Stay low to the floor and exit the building as quickly as possible.
  3. Cover your nose and mouth with a wet cloth.
  4. When approaching a closed door, use the back of your hand to feel the lower, middle, and upper parts of the door.
  5. Never use the palm of your hand or fingers to test heat: buring of these areas could hamper your ability to escape a fire, i.e., ladders or crawling.
  6. If the door is NOT hot, open slowly to ensure fire and/or smoke is not blocking your escape. If your escape route is blocked, shut the door, and use an alternative escape route, such as a window. If that route is clear, leave immediately. Be prepared to crawl. Smoke and heat rises. The air is clearer and cooler near the floor.
  7. If the door IS hot, do not open it. Escape through a window. If you cannot escape, hang a white or light colored sheet outside the window, alerting fire fighters to your presence.
  8. Heavy smoke and poisonous gases collect first along the ceiling. Stay below the smoke at all times.


ATM Safety

  1. If possible, have another person accompany you when using your ATM or making a night deposit.
  2. After dark, use an ATM/night deposit that is well lit. Try to use a drive up or one inside a supermarket, when possible. When at a drive-up ATM, lock your vehicle doors. Take your keys when you leave your car.
  3. Be alert and cautious of anyone loitering around the ATM/night deposit.
  4. Always have an emergency plan of action in your mind. And stay alert to everything that is going on around you.
  5. Complete your transaction quickly, put your money away and leave immediately. Always take your receipt as it has your account number on it.
  6. Protect the Personal Identification Number (PIN) that you use with your ATM. Do not write it on the card. 
  7. Stand in front of the ATM machine when entering your PIN so no one can see it.


Personal Safety in your Car
  1. Always keep your car doors locked.
  2. Never give strangers a ride, even if they claim to be students.
  3. Check the backseat before entering the car.
  4. Keep your vehicle properly maintained, and try to always have at least a quarter tank of gas.
  5. Put valuables in the trunk, not on the seats.
  6. Always carry enough change for a phone call.
  7. Be sure that you have a good spare tire and a jack.
  8. If you break down, wait with your vehicle and ask a passerby to call AAA or the police. DON’T accept a ride with a stranger.
  9. If you feel that you are being followed, reroute your directin of travel toward a well-lit public are, preferably to a police station.
  10. Keep a copy of your vehicle registration in your vehicle; keep the original at home.