Campus Safety & Security Department

How to Respond in an Emergency

Emergency Flip Charts Brochure

Members of The John Marshall Law School (JMLS) community and visitors are encouraged to observe the following procedures during emergencies that may occur on campus. For a quick reference guide to Emergency Safety Procedures, please locate the flip chart (pictured at right) on the back of the door or near the closest phone in every classroom, office, conference room, and storage closet.


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.

An evacuation is implemented under conditions when it is no longer safe to remain in a building or a specific area in a building. This requires occupants to move out and away from a building to an area of refuge or out and away from a specific area within a building.


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


An environmental shelter-in-place is a procedure where the entire building population is moved to a single or multiple location(s) in a building. This is most commonly used during weather emergencies or when an extremely hazardous substance is released into the outside atmosphere.


Shelter-In-Place—Active Shooter

An active shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people. In most cases, active shooters use firearms, and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims. Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly.


If an active shooter enters your office or classroom

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