Emergency Notification

Pursuant to the requirements of the Clery Act, the Department of Public Safety, or its designee, will immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus. In those instances, the Department of Public Safety, or its designee, 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 professional judgment of responsible authorities (including, but not limited to, the Department of Public Safety, San Diego Police Department, San Diego Fire Department, or emergency medical services), compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

Anyone with information believed to warrant immediate notification should promptly report the circumstances to the Department of Public Safety by phone at (619) 260-2222, in person at Hughes Administration Center, room 150, or by using an emergency phone on campus.

Once information constituting an immediate threat is received, the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety (Chief), or designee, in conjunction with other University administrators, local first responders and/or the National Weather Service, is responsible for confirming whether a significant emergency or dangerous situation exists and, if so, which segment or segments of the campus community will receive the notification depending upon whether the threat is limited to a particular building or segment of the community. The Assistant Vice President for Public Safety (Chief), or designee, is also responsible for activating the emergency notification procedures by developing the content of the message and initiating the notification system(s). The Chief will attempt to contact and advise the Vice President University Relations or other senior administrative designee, but will not delay notification if they are not immediately available.

The notification of the campus community will be done by activating the University's mass notification system. This content will be developed and initiated by the Assistant Vice President for Public Safety (Chief), or designee. The University’s mass notification system disseminates emergency information to the campus community via concurrent voicemail, text and email notifications. The outdoor notification system may also be used to immediately notify the campus community and is equipped to broadcast announcements and siren tones over outdoor and indoor speakers located throughout campus. the Department of Public Safety may also collaborate with Information Technology Services to post pertinent information on closed-circuit televisions and electronic marquees throughout campus and the University website. When possible, other notification methods may include campus-wide emails, physical posting on doors and bulletin boards, MySanDiego portal announcements, and/or the Department of Public Safety website and the University website. If any of these systems fail or the University deems it appropriate, in person communication may be used to communicate an emergency. University Communications will also coordinate, as appropriate and necessary, with local media to provide current and timely information for campus emergencies to the larger non-USD community.

When there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of the students or employees occurring on campus, The University of San Diego will provide appropriate follow-up information regarding the incident using the University’s mass notification system.