Emergency Preparedness Policy

Emergency Preparedness

Office of Emergency Management

Be ready to take action in the event of an emergency at Suffolk University. The Office of Emergency Management has established specific procedures for various emergency situations.

Emergency Contact Information

All Suffolk University students are required to submit (or confirm) current emergency contact information each semester, and when such information changes. This will ensure that the University has current and accurate information in the unfortunate event of a student or campus emergency.

Contact information provided will be recorded in Rave, the University’s emergency notification system. In the event of an emergency on campus, or a school closing due to weather or other event, you will be notified via one or all of the following ways, depending on the event and the information you have provided: home phone, cell phone, text message, and email.

It is the students’ responsibility to maintain accurate and up-to-date contact information with the University.

Shelter in Place

Shelter in Place is a protective action to stay inside a building to avoid external hazards such as severe weather, a hostile intruder, or a hazardous material release. Shelter in Place is implemented as a measure to protect the safety and welfare of our students and staff. When Shelter in Place is warranted, you will be appropriately advised via the emergency notification system or other appropriate means.

General Steps to Shelter in Place

  1. Stay where you are or go into the nearest room with a door
  2. Close the doors and lock them if possible
  3. Close any windows and blinds or curtains
  4. Silence all audio equipment and cell phones
  5. Wait for the "all-clear" message from authorities

Emergency Evacuation

Important fire safety information and evacuation procedures are provided to all students at the beginning of each semester. Since the procedures that must be followed vary slightly for each University building, students are required to familiarize themselves with the evacuation procedures for each building that they have classes in or occupy. Evacuation plans and means of egress are posted in all classrooms and most elevator lobby areas. All building occupants are responsible for becoming familiar with and adhering to the emergency evacuation procedures and for evacuating the building when an evacuation tone is sounded on their floor. Follow the instructions of the Suffolk University Police Department personnel or other emergency officials at all times.

General Procedures

If an emergency situation results in the alarm system being activated, occupants of the building will hear the following:

  • An initial alert (pre-signal) tone will sound
  • Following the pre-signal round, the system will come on with a pre-recorded message that will state:
    "Attention please, the signal tone you have just heard indicates a report of an emergency in this building. If your floor evacuation signal sounds after this message, walk to the nearest stairway and leave the floor. While the report is being verified, occupants on other floors should await further instructions."
  • This message will be repeated twice. If an evacuation signal follows the message, it will sound like a "slow whoop" tone. All individuals hearing this "whoop" on the floor where they are located must evacuate the area/building immediately.
  • Use the closest available exit stairwell to evacuate the building.
  • Do NOT use elevators.
  • When exiting the building, use sidewalks and walk away from the building to allow for access by the Boston Fire Department and emergency personnel.
  • Go to the designated assembly area located on Bosworth St, at the corner with Chapman Place (this is the area between the Beantown Pub and the Nine-Zero Hotel).
  • Information on assembly areas for all Suffolk University buildings can be found here.
  • Do not re-enter the building until the Boston Fire Department or other emergency personnel have given the all clear.

How To Report a Fire

Persons discovering a fire, smoky condition, or explosion should:
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm/pull station. This will notify the Boston Fire Department that there is a fire in the building. Fire alarm pull stations are located next to the interior stairwell doors.
  • Walk to the nearest stairway or exit and leave the building. Do not use elevators during a fire.

Fire Extinguishers:

  • Fire extinguishers should be used by trained personnel only. The safe evacuation of the building is the number one priority.

Procedures for clothing on fire:

  • Roll the person around on the floor.
  • Pull the nearest fire alarm/pull station. This will notify the Boston Fire Department that there is a fire in the building. Fire alarm pull stations are located next to the interior stairwell doors.

To obtain medical attention if you believe you have an emergency

  • On campus - First, dial 911 from a campus phone or non-campus phone. Then, notify Suffolk University Police at extension 8111, or 617-573-8111, that you have called for an ambulance and provide the location where the medical emergency exists. Suffolk University Police will guide the EMTs to the correct location as well as come to the location to offer assistance.
  • Off campus - dial 911.