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20.21 / Emergency Response and Evacuation

Purpose:
The purpose of this statement is to set forth University policy with regard to emergency response and evacuation procedures.

Preamble:
The Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008 requires that certain universities establish and implement emergency response and evacuation procedures.

Policy Statement:

1.  If a member of the University's Executive Policy and Decision Team, or a member's designee, is advised of a significant emergency or dangerous situation that presents an immediate threat to the health or safety of University students, staff and/or faculty in or on property used by the University in support of, or related to, the University's educational purpose, the Executive Policy and Decision Team member, or the member's designee, shall, consistent with the University's Emergency Operations Plan, authorize the forwarding of an immediate advisory to the University community; provided, however, that notification may be delayed for as short a time as possible, if there is a professional determination by law enforcement that issuing a notice would put the University community at greater risk.

2.  The above advisory notification will be forwarded, consistent with the University's Emergency Operations Plan, using all or as many of the appropriate redundant communications systems as possible under the circumstances, i.e., email blasts; text messaging; utilization of the digital communication systems (message boards); the Emergency Preparedness website; KMUW-FM; Channel 13; and the Campus Communication System.

3.  The University shall communicate the availability of its redundant communication systems on a regular basis.

4.  The University shall provide for testing and regular maintenance of its redundant communication systems at least annually.

Implementation:
This policy shall be included in the WSU Policies and Procedures Manual and shared with appropriate constituencies of the University.

The General Counsel shall have primary responsibility for publication, dissemination and implementation of this University policy.

Effective Date: 
January 20, 2009

(See also Crisis Management Planning and Preparedness at Section 20.02 of this manual.)

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