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Additional Information Regarding the Sept. 28 "Shelter in Place" Drill

College community,

As we prepare for our upcoming “Shelter in Place” drill (to be held at approximately 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 28), you will notice some small posters appearing on bulletin boards across both campuses. These companion posters provide information on how to respond in the event of an emergency, and what to do in the event of an active shooter scenario.

A “Shelter in Place” directive similar to the one we’ll practice next week does not necessarily mean that the ongoing event involves an active shooter. It is important to know the response similarities and differences. It is also helpful for you to recognize the various methods that the College will use to notify you of an emergency, and to follow the instructions as presented.

Keep in mind that during next week’s drill, all interior and exterior doors that have automatic lock features will be activated from the Safety and Security Office, essentially initiating one large lockdown instantly. All other exterior doors should be locked by a Safety and Security officer. Interior doors should be locked manually from the inside. Those employees on campus who are working in offices at the time of the drill will be expected to participate by closing/locking their doors and following all necessary safety protocols.

Students in public spaces will be expected to seek shelter in an interior room or inside the nearest building. Students outside of buildings may also evacuate to their vehicles if they wish.

Any students, staff or visitors who may find this emergency drill to be emotionally distressing are encouraged to avoid the campus or remain in their cars during the drill from 10 to 11 a.m. on Sept. 28. The entire campus community is welcome to access the support services of the Wellness Center if they need to for any reason on that day. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at 341-4934 or via email at


Ed Kiely
Safety and Security