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1.1 General Purpose Statement

The purpose of this Campus Emergency Operations Plan is to provide guidance and direction to University personnel in the event of an emergency or crisis situation in order to effectively respond to any emergency situation on University property that could cause death, injury, disruption of operations, or physical or environmental damage.

An “emergency” is any situation creating imminent danger to: lives, health, or safety;public and private property; or the ability of the University to reasonably carry on normal operations.

Since not every emergency scenario can be predicted, an emergency response plan must be able to quickly adapt to events as they unfold. This Plan, therefore, designates areas of responsibility and defines a framework to respond to emergency situations.

The University will employ the following guidelines to assess the level of emergency and direct an appropriate response at both its Loop and Lincoln Park campuses. Location specific emergency guidelines have been developed for the University’s suburban campuses and international locations incorporating the terms and conditions of leased space agreements.