Emergency Response & Evacuation Procedures | Briar Cliff University

Emergency Response & Evacuation Procedures

Briar Cliff University makes the safety and security of all its campus members and guests an institutional priority. Even though the campus is not closed to others, it remains private property for use by the University community and invited guests. The Briar Cliff University security staff protects campus and its students, faculty, and staff. When appropriate, the University issues periodic reports warning the campus community of potential emergencies.


The Briar Cliff campus is monitored 24 hours a day. Campus Security staff strive to provide a safe campus by locking buildings, monitoring suspicious activity, enforcing parking regulations, and reporting emergencies to local authorities. Security staff may detain individuals for questioning. They have direct communication with local police and may call for assistance when needed.


The concept of “reasonable security” recognizes that there must be a balance between an accessible academic setting and a completely secure campus. We, as community members, must also do our part to maintain a safe and secure yet friendly campus environment.


To protect campus facilities, a specified locking schedule is followed. Students entering or leaving campus facilities after lock-up hours must secure the doors. Students may not prop open or alter a door so that it cannot lock. Students doing so will be subject to disciplinary action. Students should not admit unknown persons into locked buildings. Broken locks or propped doors should be reported immediately to Campus Security.


Dial 911. If calling from a campus phone, dial 9-911. Identify yourself, the type, and location of the emergency. Call Campus Security on the cell phone at 9-898-1888 or 712-279-5430. If calling from a campus phone, dial ext. 5430.

All incidents will be handled seriously and be thoroughly investigated. When necessary, local law enforcement will be informed and their assistance requested. Security personnel will assist emergency vehicles in locating the emergency and aid in crowd control. Inform security of the type and location of the emergency.


In the event of a tornado warning, report immediately to one of the following tornado shelters. Review maps for your area to have knowledge of your closest shelter.

The underground tunnels between Alverno and Heelan Hall, or between North Hall and Heelan Hall The hallway on the ground floor of Noonan Hall The ground floor of Alverno and Toller Halls away from windows The art gallery in the Stark Student Center In an extreme emergency, get under furniture or in a closet Stay away from glass windows and doors, place protection over your head, and lay as close to the floor as possible

Fire Alarms

All campus buildings are monitored by a fire alarm system that will automatically sound fire alarms in the building if conditions are appropriate. All individuals are expected to leave the building until the fire department allows reentrance. Any tampering with fire alarms or other safety equipment is considered a felony offense and violators will be prosecuted and/or be subject to disciplinary action.