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Emergency Protocols, Policies and Procedures

Emergency Protocols

Different Responses for Different Crises - The following emergency protocols have been developed to assist the University community in handling emergencies. Please read through these protocols and note the appropriate office to contact in case of emergency.

Situation What To Do
Blood and Body Fluid Exposure (PDF) Contact with blood or body fluid should be avoided if possible. Exposure means any specific eye, mouth, mucous membrane, or non-intact skin contact with blood or other potentially infectious materials.
Bomb Threats (PDF) All bomb threats are to be taken seriously. The majority of threats are made with the intent of disrupting normal business. However, every bomb threat must be considered real until investigated. Check the Bomb Threat Checklist (PDF).
Catastrophic Emergency (PDF) In the event of an accident, illness, or act of violence resulting in the unexpected death of a member of the Pace community, the designated University administration, once contacted, will begin the notification process.
Communicable Diseases (PDF) Pace University is committed to protecting and promoting the health and safety of all of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors while pursuing our educational mission. The purpose of this protocol is to guide our actions to prevent and/or limit the introduction or spread of communicable illnesses onto our campus and surrounding community.
Crisis Communication (PDF) The basic Crisis Communications outline is designed to provide information on how to respond to inquires in situations and in connection to controversial issues.
Demonstrations and Rallies (PDF) Pace University believes that members or groups within the Pace community have the right to express their views on a particular issue or cause. Demonstrations and rallies, however, should not interfere with the operation of the institution.
Drought Emergency (PDF) In the event that a Drought Emergency is declared the University will fully comply with all regulations promulgated by local, state or federal authorities having jurisdiction.
Emotional Distress (PDF) The Counseling Center provides counseling for all members of the Pace community and for all levels of emotional distress.
Fire Emergencies - Non-Residential Facilities (PDF) All fire alarms are to be taken seriously. Evacuation of the facility is mandatory until the signal to re-enter has been given by the fire department or security.
Fire Emergencies - Residential Facilities (PDF) If you get caught in a fire situation, survival is your top priority. University policy requires building occupants to evacuate in the event of a fire alarm activation or during any other emergency that requires evacuation. However, there may be emergency situations in which you may be required to decide on a course of action to protect yourself and the other members of your room or apartment.
Hazardous Materials Those who respond to incidents involving hazardous substances should begin by calling the Buildings and Grounds Office or Security and follow their directions.
Lock Emergency (PDF) The Security Department Locksmith and Security Coordinators will assist when a door is not securable as a result of a lock malfunction.
Major System Failure (PDF) This includes electric, heat, central air conditioning, gas leaks, and water/sewer. All reasonable efforts will be made to provide temporary service until permanent repairs are made. If the safety of the building occupants cannot be assured, senior management will be consulted for the relocation of occupants.
Network or System Outage for ITS To inquire about outage call the ITS Helpdesk at x33333.
Nuclear Emergency in Westchester County (PDF) If you hear a 3 to 5 minute siren, you are being notified of an emergency in your area. Assembly areas have been designated where the Emergency Alert System (EAS) will be broadcast announcing the most timely and accurate instructions concerning the emergency.
Psychological Emergency (PDF) The Counseling Center handles both residential and non-residential psychological emergencies. The entire Pace community shares a responsibility to respond to a person in a psychological emergency and to protect that individual and/or the community.
Security Transportation for Medical Emergencies (PDF) The Safety and Security Department will transport a person to a local hospital or the Health Care Unit when requested in the event of a minor injury or illness. Security will not determine if a specific case is serious enough to require transport.
Violence or Criminal Behavior on Campus (PDF) The entire Pace community shares the concern that our campuses be safe and secure. You should be alert to suspicious situations and promptly report threatening, violent or criminal behavior to the Security Office.
Violence in the Workplace (PDF)