Emergency Procedures

In keeping with this commitment and in light of current international issues, we want to remind all campus community members of the University's policy that each person is required to possess a valid USD identification card while on campus.

Safety First

Additional university safety information can be found in the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report.

Should the national threat level be increased to "severe" (red), Public Safety will implement a number of additional security precautions throughout the campus. One such measure may include verifying a legitimate affiliation with USD by our Public Safety Officers by requesting to see a USD I.D. card. All campus visitors will be identified through other identification measures and the nature of their visit confirmed accordingly. Another increased security measure may involve proof of USD affiliation prior to boarding our trams at all off-campus locations.

Emergency Definitions

Lockdown: A lockdown may be instructed or necessary during situations such as the presence of a hostile or armed intruder on campus or in close proximity to campus.  A lockdown requires locking doors, windows, and barricading oneself to block entry to a campus facility, a classroom, or to an office until further information is received from Public Safety.

Lockdown Procedures:

  • Go to the closest room, close the door and lock if possible. Blockade door with furniture or heavy items.
  • Close windows, blinds, and turn off lights.
  • Remain silent.
  • Spread out.
  • Silence ringer on cell phones or any noise producing devices.
  • Remain in lockdown until it is safe to leave and/or you receive notice from Public Safety.
  • Cooperate with rescuers.

Shelter-In-Place: To take immediate shelter where you are for protection from the elements outside (severe weather, chemical release, etc.).  To effectively shelter-in-place, you must first consider the hazard and then choose to shelter in a building that is safe.

Run/Hide/Fight: Run/Hide/Fight may be instructed or necessary during an emergency situation such as an active shooter. Make a decision, trusting your instincts, to take action to protect yourself to survive the situation.  

  • Run
    Have an escape route and plan in mind.
    Leave your belongings behind.
    Keep your hands visible.
  • Hide
    Hide in an area out of the shooter's view.
    Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
    Silence your cell phone and/or pager.
  • Fight
    As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
    Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
    Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter.

Emergency Management Program

USD has a well-developed Emergency Management Program. All threats to our community can be divided into two categories, those that require immediate evacuation of buildings and those that require seeking shelter within the buildings. Evacuation of the buildings will be signaled by activation of the fire alarm evacuation systems. The assembly locations have been predetermined and were practiced during evacuation exercises each year.

In the event an emergency occurs which dictates safety be sought within University buildings, appropriate information will be announced over Department of Public Safety patrol vehicle public address systems and portable public address systems throughout the community. The announcement will be preceded by a siren alert tone. All students, faculty and staff will be instructed to remain within their classrooms, office areas, residences or other indoor locations. Additional updated instructions will be made available to all community members via mass e-mail, voice mail and the USD web site.

We ask for your support of these and other important security measures should they become necessary to implement in the future.