Important Safety Information for the Spring 2013 Semester

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Important Safety Information for the Spring 2013 Semester

To: Vice Presidents, Deans, Directors, Department Heads, Faculty and Teaching Assistants


Chief Anthony Daykin, UAPD

Vice President Melissa Vito, Student Affairs

UACERT Chair; Vice President Allison Vaillancourt, Human Resources

Subject: Important Safety Information for the Spring 2013 Semester

Date: January 17, 2013

We often receive inquiries from members of the university community asking if there are specific policies and/or procedures in place for responding to and dealing with issues such as:

  • Disruptive behavior in classrooms
  • Threatening behavior by students and employees
  • Workplace violence
  • Bomb threats
  • An armed individual or active shooter

As the spring semester begins, we want to take this opportunity to provide you with a few resources and reminders.  We encourage faculty members and teaching assistants to take a few minutes to review this information with the students in your classes.  For vice presidents, deans, directors, and department heads, we encourage you to share this information with the people in your respective divisions and departments. 

As an important reminder, if you observe or experience a violent or hostile situation, please call 9-1-1 immediately or as soon as it is safe to do so.

We would also like you to know that the University of Arizona Police Department provides a number of crime prevention programs for students, staff, and faculty to enhance personal and workplace security.  To schedule a program with the Crime Prevention Unit, call 626-8007.

Disruptive Behavior

The Policy on Disruptive Behavior in an Instructional Setting defines “disruptive behavior” and outlines the procedures for responding to and reporting this type of behavior to the Dean of Students.  The policy can be found at:

Threatening Behavior by Students

The Policy on Threatening Behavior by Students defines “threatening behavior” and outlines the procedures for immediately reporting such behavior to the University of Arizona Police Department, the Dean of Students, and a supervisor or department head.  This policy can be found at:

Workplace Issues

The University’s Workplace Violence Policy prohibits any form of violence, including acts defined as “intentionally threatening; intimidating; physically injuring; stalking; damaging property; or referencing or using a weapon or firearm, unless the individual doing so is a certified law enforcement officer acting within the course and scope of his or her duties.”  This policy can be found on the Division of Human Resources’ website at  or
Report any concerns or observations of workplace violence to Human Resources when you experience or witness behavior that is threatening, intimidating, or bullying.  Individuals can reach a representative in Human Resources by calling 626-3116 or 626-2600 (Arizona Health Sciences Center) to make a report.  Human Resources will review the information provided and seek additional information and resources as needed to support individuals affected by workplace violence.

Response to Bomb Threats and Suspicious Packages

Although reports of bomb threats are rare on campus, there is always the possibility for such incidents to occur, or for suspicious packages to be discovered through the mail or by delivery.  The University of Arizona Police Department will respond to all reports of bomb threats and suspicious packages on the University of Arizona campus, Mt. Graham International Observatory and other areas routinely patrolled by this department. Bomb threats and suspicious packages on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus will be handled by the Phoenix Police Department. Incidents on the UA Sierra Vista campus will be handled by the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction. For all other remote UA properties, the law enforcement agency of jurisdiction will respond as necessary. See the UACERT website for information on how to respond to a bomb threat.

Response to an Active Shooter

Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Students, employees and visitors are likely to follow the directions of instructors, supervisors and administrators during an active shooter situation.


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind (take keys and phones only if it doesn’t delay your escape)
  • Keep your hands visible


  • Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors if possible


  • As a last resort and only when your life is in danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter



  • Location of the active shooter/s
  • Number of shooters, if more than one
  • Physical description of the shooter/s
  • Number and type of weapons possessed by the shooter/s
  • Number of potential victims and their locations at the incident scene

Sign Up for UAlert

UAlert is a free service that delivers emergency alerts to registered UA students, faculty, and staff—as well as their friends and family—via their cell phones, mobile devices, and/or email accounts during a campus emergency.

UAlert is often the most efficient and timely way to receive notifications about critical incidents affecting any of the University of Arizona campuses.

By signing up for UAlert, you'll receive any all-campus notifications that are sent to the UA community. If you are affiliated with the UA Sierra Vista or the Phoenix Biomedical campus, you can sign up to receive alerts specific to those campuses as well.

During a critical incident, a series of messages will be sent to notify the community about the situation and to provide important information and instructions. When the situation has been resolved, a final “all clear” message will be sent. UA students, employees, and their friends and family are encouraged to check the UA website and local media reports for other critical updates.

To sign up, go to the UA home page at and click on the UAlert icon on the bottom of the page.
Thank you for assisting in our ongoing efforts to keep our community updated on our emergency procedures at the University of Arizona by sharing this information.

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