Campus Safety & Security Department

Building Life Safety

The Safety & Security Department strives to keep the campus safe from any and all hazards. Items such as a building sprinkler system, fire extinguishers, public address system, house telephones, and stairwells that unlock during building alarms are just a few of the safety installations at The John Marshall law School. Building evacuation drills are regularly performed in April and October. John Marshall also has a mass notification system called "e2Campus" to quickly communicate with our community any valuable messages or instructions. Please consider registering at if you haven’t already done so.

The information below will help you to navigate should certain emergencies arise.

Evacuation Guide


The purpose of this document is to describe the procedure for the safe evacuation of The John Marshall Law School (JMLS) facility in the case of an emergency. This is accomplished by everyone learning how to exit the building quickly and calmly, ensuring unobstructed exit paths, appropriate emergency lighting, prompt evacuation, allowing immediate access for emergency response personnel and identifying designated personnel to assist in the evacuation.


It is the policy of JMLS to take reasonable steps to protect the safety and health of every student, faculty, staff, contractor, guest, and visitor. Evacuation of the building may be required for a number of reasons including fire or smoke, utility failure, chemical spill, explosion, bomb threat or gas leak. This plan describes the evacuation procedures for the JMLS buildings and the responsibilities of all personnel involved in the evacuation.


JMLS has a Fire Safety Plan, a Building Evacuation Team (Floor Wardens, Sweepers, and Elevator Monitors), smoke detectors, fire extinguishers, alarm pull stations and evacuation routes. Scheduled building evacuation drills will be held twice per year.

In case of fire on campus, dial 9-911, then Security at ext. 501.

  1. Learn the locations of fire extinguishers, fire exits, and alarm pull stations in your area and know how to use them. Fire extinguishers are usually near the elevators or stairwells.
  2. If a minor fire appears controllable IMMEDIATELY contact the fire department (9-911) and security (501). Then pull the fire extinguisher from the wall and promptly direct its discharge at the base of the flame, sweeping back and forth. . Begin at a safe distance (6-8 feet), and never let a fire get between you and your exit. Even if you are able to completely extinguish a fire, the fire department still needs to be notified for an inspections.
  3. If an emergency exists, activate the building alarm.
  4. For large fires that do not appear controllable, IMMEDIATELY notify the fire department by calling 9-911. Give the address, floor, and nature of the emergency. Do not enter a room with fire; close all doors to confine the fire and reduce oxygen. DO NOT LOCK DOORS. Pull the fire alarm if the alarm is not already going off.
  5. If you hear the building alarm, or are instructed to evacuate, walk quickly to the nearest marked exit and alert others to do the same.
    In-class Faculty members are responsible for directing students to the nearest exit and confirming that all students have exited. If you are not in a classroom when an alarm sounds, evacuate the building via the nearest interior staircase. An open staircase is a better choice than a closed staircase. Fire drills will be conducted semiannually; to help building occupants learn their escape routes. Evacuation maps are posted near the elevator lobbies on each floor.
  7. Remember that elevators are reserved for disabled persons. DO NOT USE AN ELEVATOR IN CASE OF FIRE. STAY CALM. KEEP OTHERS CALM. Many building occupants do not recognize their own need for assistance. Encourage your friends and colleagues to identify themselves, if you think they may need specific assistance during an emergency. Let people know that while self-identification is voluntary, you can ask that the information be kept confidential and that it only be shared with those who have responsibilities for emergency response.
  8. Once outside, move to the designated meeting area, which is in the park just south of the 304 Building.
  9. Follow the directions of faculty and Building Evacuation Team members until you are outside and at the meeting point. Building Evacuation Team Members can be identified by a neon-orange arm band labeled "Evacuation Team."
  10. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless told to do so by an authorized school official.
    Note: If you become trapped in a building during a fire and a window is available, place an article of clothing (shirt, coat, etc.) outside the window as a marker for rescue crews. If there is no window stay near the floor where the air will be less toxic. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews of your location.

Utility Failure

  1. In the event of any building-wide loss of power or water, all students, faculty and staff are to evacuate the law school immediately and efficiently.
  2. Use the interior stairs to evacuate the building. If you hear someone trapped in an elevator, please inform security as soon as possible. Ask persons who are disabled how you can best assist them in the evacuation.
  3. In the event of a power loss, emergency lighting will provide sufficient illumination in corridors and stairs for safe exiting for a short time, though elevators will not function. Everyone must evacuate the Law School if a power loss occurs.
  4. Once outside, move to the park just south of the 304 Building (the "designated area"). Keep the walkways, fire lanes and hydrants clear for emergency crews.
  5. DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING unless told to do so by an authorized school official. Information about the evacuation and possibility of reentering the building will be announced in the designated area.