Emergency Procedures and Communication Protocol
Rowan University is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment. From time to time, however, emergencies occur which are beyond the control of the University. What you do during those times can help resolve the situation quickly and safely.
Please familiarize yourself with the following emergency procedures. Call Dr. Timothy Michener, director of Public Safety, at 856-256-4566, if you have any questions or concerns.
In the event of an emergency such as fire, explosion, hazardous materials/waste spill or leak, or personal injury accident, call 911 and do the following:
If the emergency cannot be immediately contained:
Proceed to the nearest exit. Do not use elevators. Keep low or as close to the floor as possible if smoke is present at or near your eye level.
Building captains assist in evacuating buildings in emergency situations. They meet with public safety officials every semester to discuss safety issues.
The Emergency Response Team would order the general evacuation of the campus in cooperation with the local, county and state civil authorities. Be prepared to follow the directions provided through the Text-Message Alert System and by police and security officers.
In the event of an emergency, when 911 is called, Rowan police or security officers will be the first to arrive to the scene. Once the officer assess the situation, he or she will notify Rowan's dispatcher who will then notify the director and other needed personnel. The director, in turn, will notify the President's Office, which will begin relaying information to a team or responders and to the University community.
There are situations that the director of Public Safety will have the discretion to contact the University community without consulting the president or the Emergency Response Team. The public's safety is the single most important determining factor in influencing which communication protocol is chosen.
Always call 911 if you are involved in or are witnessing an emergency. If the situation deems it necessary, Rowan will update the University community via: