Shelter In-Place: All Areas
When faced with severe weather conditions such as tornados, designated areas within campus buildings or residence halls provide protection from the effects of high winds and flying debris. Moving personnel to these protected interior areas is referred to “shelter in-place.” Generally, these areas are: away from windows, away from glass doors, interior rooms (or closets) without windows, and are at the lowest possible level within the structure. When notified by Residence Life staff or other authority to shelter in-place, seek shelter immediately within the nearest building and await further instruction regarding the pending danger. Do not venture out to determine if the tornado conditions have subsided—designated staff will alert you that conditions have improved or are all clear.
Procedures for Tornado Warnings
Students residing on campus should utilize the following designated storm shelters in the event a serious storm or tornado warning is issued for our immediate area:
General Public and students in other locations:
Basement spaces are available in Old Main, the Science Building, the Library, and the Campus Center.
While not the only reason for a building evacuation, the most obvious and frequently occurring reason would be the sounding of the Fire Alarm.
Students who become aware of a fire should activate the building fire alarm in buildings equipped with a manual fire alarm system; shout a warning and knock on doors to advise others, and evacuate the building. Call the Fire Department (911) from a safe location.
If you discover or suspect a fire:
When calling 911:
(1) When the emergency operator answers, ask for the fire department and give as much specific information as possible. State that you are calling from MSU and include the proper name of the building and room number, floor or other specific area.
(2) Do not hang up until released by the dispatcher.
A fire emergency exists whenever:
Evacuation Procedures: Campus buildings shall be evacuated whenever the building evacuation alarm is sounding.
The evacuation procedures shall be as follows:
It is required by law that all persons exit the building during a fire alarm. Residents cannot re-enter a building until permitted to by hall staff. In the event of limited or poor evacuation, Resident Directors are authorized to direct hall staff to enter student rooms to ensure evacuation. Any violations of evacuation procedures by residents will be handled through student conduct proceedings.
Mayville State University employs an emergency notification system (ENS). This system allows the campus to contact students and others rapidly during an emergency. The ENS draws contact information from Connect ND and that contact information is used by authorized campus administrators to announce to student, employees, (and/or) community members about the existence of a qualifying emergency.
Students have the ability to add and update their information in the Connect ND portal. The portal will allow students to enter campus phone, cell phone, email, texting information, and home phone. The system will periodically remind students to review their information. In addition, students have the option to receive emergency notifications from other campuses depending on their class location. Students can "opt-out" of the emergency notification system in the Connect ND portal.
Full policy: University Policy Manual M1902