Faculty and Staff Precautionary Tips
and Emergency Procedures
- Be aware and alert.
- Watch for and report unusual
circumstances or behaviors such as:
- People who appear out of place or “casing the
- People who seem unusually distracted, have a dazed appearance,
are openly agitated, nervous or hostile.
- Packages, backpacks, etc. that seem to have been abandoned or
are noticeably out of place.
- Vehicles that are parked in restricted or unusual areas or
appear to have been abandoned.
- If you notice an individual who seems suspicious:
- Get a good mental picture of the subject or, if possible, write
down a description.
- Remain calm and try not to agitate the individual.
- Observe any suspicious packages or bags the person may be
- Try to engage in small talk to ease the tension.
- Do not handle any suspicious packages or items left in your
- Create a special code word for your office that lets people
know the police should be called.
- If receiving a phone call, try to get as much information as
possible (especially if a threat is involved).
- When in doubt on how to handle a suspicious incident, call the
MU police at 573-882-7201.
- Report as
much information as you can to the police. They need to know all
you can tell them in order to determine the best course of
- Try to remember not to jump to conclusions based on media
events, ethnicity, speech, manner of dress, etc.
- Know the location of the emergency exits in your building and
the name and number of your building or hall coordinator.
- Have a plan in place for contacting your family if an emergency
occurs while you’re on campus.
- Remember it is everyone’s job to keep the University
In the event of a campus emergency, remain calm. Use common
sense and assist others as necessary without endangering
- Evacuate buildings immediately if requested by authorities,
upon hearing an alarm or when you sense that remaining inside may
be dangerous. Your building
coordinator can advise you of the evacuation plan.
- In emergencies, do not use the MU telephone system except to
report the emergency situation.
- Do not use elevators.
- Do not risk your life or the lives of others by reentering a
building to save personal or University property.
- Do not cross Police barriers without permission.
- Do not exceed your training or knowledge in attempting to
provide first aid.
- Use your cellular phone as the University phone services may be
down or overloaded.
- Contact a family member or a friend to let them know
you’re safe once you have reached a secure location.
- If an emergency occurs while you are off campus, please do not
drive to campus unless advised to do so.
- Tune in to a local
media outlet or this Web site for current information regarding