Admissions


Matthew Sandefur
Chief of Police/Security
423.869.6700 (O)
423.489.7394 (C)
matthew.sandefur@LMUnet.edu


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Our security team is committed to achieving the highest standards of professional ethics, performance, and excellence while supporting an environment where academic values are allowed to develop.

Safety, Campus Police and Security



To contact Security: | 423.869.6411 | 423.869.7911



All LMU students must subscribe to the University's E2Campus notification system. If you have not subscribed to the service, do so immediately by following this link http://www.lmunet.edu/curstudents/emergency/ or by going to www.lmunet.edu and clicking on the E2 Campus/Emergency Info tab in the top navigation bar.

All emergencies, including fire, hazardous materials spills, police emergencies or any condition that threatens imminent harm to people must be reported to the LMU Campus Police and Security Office at 423.869.7911 or 423.869.6411 or 911.

If you observe such an emergency, as soon as you can safely do so, call LMU Campus Police and Security Office or 911 and provide the following information:

  • Your Name
  • The number you are calling from
  • The type of emergency
  • The location of the emergency (Building and Room Number)

Lockdown



A lockdown is an emergency procedure intended to secure and protect occupants who are in the proximity of an immediate threat. This procedure is used when it may be more dangerous to evacuate a building than stay inside.

If there is an emergency on campus or adjacent to campus which threatens the safety of the University community, a lock-down notice will be sent through the University's E2Campus text notification as soon as possible. A notice will also be placed on Pathway and designated campus officials will notify building occupants directly if safety allows. When the University places the campus on lockdown or if you hear gunfire, you must immediately seek cover.

If you are in a dorm or other campus building:

  • Lock all doors in the area. If it is not possible to lock the doors, place furniture and equipment in front of the door to barricade. Use whatever means possible to restrict entry to the room.
  • Remain calm
  • Turn off the lights
  • If possible and without risking your safety, close blinds and window treatments for concealment.
  • If possible and without risking your safety, cover any windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into the hallway.
  • Put cell phones on vibrate, and if communication is needed, use text messaging only.
  • Remain quiet and do not enter hallways.
  • Unless you observe a fire, do no sound the fire alarm to evacuate the building. People may be placed in harm's way when they are attempting to evacuate the building.
  • If a fire alarm does go off during a lockdown, do not evacuate unless you smell smoke.
  • Move to the point in the room that is the least visible from doors and windows.
  • Stay in the classroom or dorm room until an all clear is advised by E2Campus, a law enforcement officer, or a campus official.
  • Be aware of alternate exits if it becomes necessary to flee.
  • ┬áLOCK EXTERIOR DOORS (if possible).
If you are outside:

  • If it is safe to do so, run into the nearest building and follow the above lockdown instructions.
  • If it is not safe to run into a building, hide behind a large heavy object (i.e. Vehicle, tree).

Building Specific Plans



Each semester, every dormitory shall develop a specific "Lockdown" procedure for their building. The LMU Campus Police and Security Office will assist in the development of these plans. The "Lockdown" procedure for each dormitory shall contain the following:

  • The name of the Resident Assistant and their alternate, including contact information
  • Emergency telephone numbers
  • Roles and responsibilities for building lockdown team, including contact information and identification of posts and designation of individual to provide status updates to LMU Campus Police and Security Office
  • A current list of residents
Each semester, a copy of each dormitory's lockdown procedures shall be filed with the LMU Campus Police and Security Office.

Each semester, academic buildings shall develop a specific lockdown procedure. The LMU Campus Police and Security Office will assist in the development of these plans. The lockdown procedure for each academic building shall contain the following:

  • The name of the building emergency leader and their alternate, including contact information
  • Emergency telephone numbers
  • Roles and responsibilities for building lockdown team, including contact information, identification of posts and designation of an individual to provide status updates to LMU Campus Police and Security Office
  • If students are in class during a lockdown, procedures for the instructor to compile names and keep attendance to make sure everyone remains present and accounted for
  • Identification of areas or classrooms that can be secured to provide maximum safety for students, faculty, and staff during an emergency.
Each semester, a copy of each academic building's lockdown procedure shall be filed with the LMU Campus Police and Security Office.

Fire



Residential Staff are trained to respond to fire and emergency situations. Should a resident smell smoke, hear or see fire immediately sound an alarm or otherwise alert authorities and vacate the building.

  • Report fire to Campus Police and Security at 423.869.7911 or dial 911
  • Remain calm
  • Location (building and floor and room number)
  • Type of emergency (fire pull station, smoke detector, unknown)
  • Staff should proceed to help evacuate the building and wait for the proper authorities
  • Staff should never silence an alarm
  • Once outside the building, please restrain residents from re-entering unless approved by Fire Chief or Campus Police and Security

Fire Alarm and Drill Report



Each semester, every dormitory shall practice fire alarm drills at the beginning of each semester and randomly throughout the semester. Fire alarm drills are to be taken seriously and procedures followed as if it were an actual emergency. Residential Life Staff are trained at the beginning of the semester and the staff member on site will be responsible for following procedures.

  • Each time a Fire Alarm is sounded in your building a Fire Alarm and Drill Report should be completed
  • This report must be e-mailed to the Senior RD, the building RD, and the Director of Residential Life within 24 hours of the alarm.

Tornado Emergency Plan



Once University Officials are notified of a tornado warning, the implementation of the Tornado Emergency Plan is the responsibility of all members of the University community.  The LMU Campus Police and Security Office Staff has the following additional roles and responsibilities.

  • Obtaining information in the event the National Weather Service issues a tornado warning for the campus community
  • Notifying high risk facilities of the tornado warning
  • Receiving information about confirmation of tornado
  • Warning pedestrians of dangers while monitoring and reporting any indications of confirmed tornado
  • Issuing the E2Campus alert

Procedure



If a tornado watch is issued for the campus area, an alert will be broadcasted over the NOAA public alert radio and local TV and radio stations.  There is no City of Harrogate emergency siren. 

If a tornado warning is issued for the campus area, the LMU Campus Police and Security Office will notify the University community.  The University community will be notified via E2 campus or other appropriate modality.  The LMU Campus Police and Security Office will make a special point to notify representatives at each high risk facility by contacting the designated person for high risk facilities.  The information given shall pertain to the type of warning, a time of when the warning will expire, and any further directions.

The LMU Campus Police and Security Office will issue an all clear once the warning/watch has been lifted.

Response Actions



During a tornado warning, follow the procedure listed below.

Inside Buildings:
  • Stay away from all windows and doors
  • If time permits, go to the interior hallway on the lowest floor
  • Move to an interior corridor away from windows
  • Stay away from lobbies, walkways, atriums, and other large glassed-in areas, and large open areas with a long roof span
  • If available, take cell phone, radio and flashlight
  • Crouch down along the wall and protect your head with your hands from possible debris
  • Remain at the sheltered area until given the all clear by LMU Campus Police and Security Office
  • At the beginning of each semester a designated evacuation location will be assigned to residential students
Outside of Buildings:
  • When instructed or conditions warrant, seek shelter in the nearest building
  • Stay away from all windows and doors
  • Move to an interior corridor away from windows
  • Stay away from lobbies, walkways, atriums and other large glassed-in areas, and large open areas with a long roof span
  • If there is no shelter available, lie in a ditch or other earthen depression; and never attempt to outrun a tornado
Once an all-clear has been given, follow the procedure below:

If the building was not affected by incident, return to your previous location; and if your building was affected by the incident, attempt to safely exit the building.  If unable to do so, seek help by calling the LMU Campus Police and Security Office at 423-869-7911.  If no telephone is available, try to get the attention of outside personnel by making noise, such as yelling.

LMU Campus Police and Security Office personnel will patrol campus following the incident to assist those affected and to dispatch additional emergency response teams if necessary.