What is an emergency?

Do you know what to do if there is a fire of explosion in a campus building ? How about a power outage or chemical spill ? These are just some the emergency situations you could encounter anywhere, including campus. Any accidental or deliberate mishap or incident that could threaten the safety of people or property is considered an emergency.

Two things are needed to effectively deal with an emergency on campus: common sense and cooperation. Common sense comes from each individual. It's important to keep calm in an emergency. A coordinated effort of all campus resources, plus assistance from outside public safety agencies, is often required to control the situation.

The purpose of this brochure is to guide your actions in an emergency situation on campus. The most important thing to remember is to immediately contact the Xavier University Police at 513 745-1000. The department is located at 1648 Herald Ave, Flynn Hall.

Notification Procedures

Report all emergencies to the Xavier Police. These situations include:

  • Personal injury
  • Fire
  • Power outage
  • Broken water pipes
  • Explosion
  • Suspicious persons or package
  • Crimes

These are the questions you are likely to be asked when you call for help:

  • What is the nature of the emergency ?
  • Are people hurt ? If so, how many ?
  • What is the exact location of the situation ?
  • What type of emergency service may be needed ? (fire department, life squad, police. etc)
  • Your name, phone number, and role at the University.
  • Description of suspect and method and direction of travel.

Do not dial 911 to report an emergency. The University telephone network is not designed to interface with the county's 911 emergency communication system. A call to 911 will only lengthen the response time of emergency assistance on campus.

Campus Communications

Each building is assigned a building coordinator and a backup building coordinator. If there is a situation in your building or on campus that necessitates an evacuation, the dissemination of information or other emergency response, the building coordinator will receive and relay those messages.

The Xavier information desk 513 745-3201 staff will receive instructions from the Xavier Police Department. You can reach the Xavier Police at 513 745-1000  to obtain or pass along information about an emergency.

Any official information will be released through the office of marketing and public relations. Rumors and speculation can make a bad situation even worse. Marketing and public relations, in conjunction with the Xavier University Police, will coordinate the release of information to interested parties on or off campus. Marketing and public relations can be reached at 513 745-3331.