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Annual Security Report and the Annual Fire Safety Report

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures

Saint Xavier University maintains an All-Hazards Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that contains provisions to provide immediate response and evacuation in an emergency situation. This plan provides that if there is an immediate threat to the health and safety of students, employees and visitors occurring on the campus, the University, given the circumstances, should follow the EOP (Annex F: Evacuations, Shelter in Place and Lockdown, Annex B: Communications) notification procedures. The EOP also implements the usage of mass notification systems, which allow for immediate notification of the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on campus.

The University will, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to or otherwise mitigate an emergency. Public Safety will utilize the emergency alert functions as means of communicating emergency situations to students and employees. Additionally, a voice over tone public address system may be used. Once the alert is processed, the Office of University Relations immediately updates the University web page and digital signage. The assistant vice president of Information Resources and Technology will also ensure updates are sent to the campus community via voicemail messages.

This emergency notification requirement does not replace the timely warning requirement. They differ in that the timely warning applies only to Clery reportable crimes, while the emergency notification requirement addresses a much wider range of threats (i.e. gas leaks, tornadoes, contagious viruses, etc.). An institution that follows its emergency notification procedures is not required to issue a timely warning based on the same circumstances, but must provide adequate follow-up information to the community as needed.

Emergency alert notifications can be initiated by the following responsible authorities:

The Office of University Relations will provide a University Representative to work in conjunction with the local media and government officials. Public Safety will provide external law enforcement agencies with updates to properly disseminate emergency information to the larger community.

In accordance to the Illinois Campus Security Enhancement Act, the University annually exercises the EOP and documents such exercises. Also, the University has published and distributed an Emergency Guide which provides emergency response and building evacuation procedures specifically for students, faculty and staff.

Evacuation Procedures 

Electrical Outage

Gas Leak/Unusual Odors


Flooding/Plumbing Failure

All hazards evacuations procedures can be implemented by the following responsible authorities: