Campus Safety & Security Department

How to Respond in an Emergency

Emergency Flip Charts Brochure

Members of the UIC John Marshall Law School community and visitors are encouraged to observe the following procedures during emergencies that may occur on campus. For a quick reference guide, please download the Emergency Safety Procedures or 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 the Law School to take reasonable steps to protect the safety and health of every student, faculty, staff, contractor, guest, and visitor. Evacuation of the Law School 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 Law School 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.

Shelter-in-Place: Environmental

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

Try to remain calm. Dial 911, if possible, and alert police to the shooter's location. If you can't speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can listen to what's taking place. Normally the location of a 911 call can be determined without speaking. If there is absolutely no opportunity for escape or hiding, it might be possible to negotiate with the shooter. However, attempting to overpower the shooter with force should be considered a very last resort; after all other options have been exhausted. If the shooter leaves the area, proceed immediately to a safer place and do not touch anything that was in the vicinity of the shooter.

No matter what the circumstances, if you decide to flee during an active shooting situation, make sure you have an escape route and plan in mind. Do not attempt to carry anything while fleeing; move quickly, keep your hands visible, and follow the instructions of any police officers you may encounter. Do not attempt to remove injured people; instead, leave wounded victims where they are and notify authorities of their location as soon as possible.

Police Response

Police are trained to respond to an active shooting incident by entering the building as soon as possible, and proceeding to the area of the shooter(s). They will move quickly and directly. Early on in an incident, they may not be able to rescue people, because their main goal is to get to the shooter(s) and disarm them. Try to remain calm and patient during this time, so as not to interfere with police operations. Normally, a rescue team is formed shortly after the first responding officers enter the building. They will be the cfficers who will search for injured parties and get everyone safely out of the building.

Elevator Emergencies

Elevators are one of the safest modes of transportation; however, on occasion they do malfunction. In case of an elevator emergency, please follow these procedures.


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