Saint Louis University

Policy On Emergency Notification

General information about the emergency response and evacuation procedures for Saint Louis University (SLU) is publicized as part of the SLU’s Clery Act compliance efforts and that information is available on the Department of Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness (DPSEP) web site.

DPSEP has the responsibility of responding to, and summoning the necessary resources, to mitigate, investigate, and document situations that may cause a significant emergency or dangerous situation. In addition, DPSEP has a responsibility to respond to such incidents to determine if the situation does in fact, pose a threat to the community. If that is the case, federal law requires that the institution immediately notify the campus community or the appropriate segments of the community who may be affected by the situation.

DPSEP receives information from various departments on campus, such as the Office of Environmental Safety and Services. If DPSEP or the Office of Environmental Safety and Services confirms that there is an emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all members of the SLU Community, DPSEP, the Office of Environmental Safety and University Communications will collaborate to determine the content of the message and will use some or all of the systems described below to communicate the threat to the SLU community or to the appropriate segment of the community, if the threat is limited to a particular building or segment of the population. DPSEP and University Communications will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless issuing a notification will, in the judgment of the first responders (including, but not limited to: DPSEP, St. Louis Metropolitan Police, St. Louis Fire Department), compromise the efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

In the event of a serious incident that poses an immediate threat to members of the SLU community, the University has various systems in place for communicating information quickly. Some or all of these methods of communication may be activated in the event of an immediate threat to the SLU community. These methods of communication include network emails, emergency voice and text messages that can be sent to a phone, and electronic signage. Students are required to register cellular phone numbers and email addresses to receive emergency messages. A student may also register a parent’s phone number or email address. Faculty and staff are strongly encouraged to register a phone number/email address in order to receive emergency messages.

The emergency notification system is tested at a minimum, on an annual basis. A copy of the Emergency Operations & Communications Policy is available at

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