DePaul University Newsline > Sections > Campus and Community > Stay alert this fall: Review safety procedures
By Cheryl Hover /
September 21, 2022 /
Posted in: CAMPUS AND COMMUNITY /
As DePaul advances through the fall term, Public Safety would like to remind the community about several university policies and procedures that help keep the campus safe.
Emergency notification systems
DePaul would alert the campus community to an on-campus emergency in a number of ways:
Evacuate a building immediately upon hearing a fire alarm. Use interior stairwells if safe to do so, meaning no smoke or fire, and use exterior fire escapes as a last resort. Persons with disabilities may need assistance to evacuate a building. Visit the
Public Safety website for more information.
In-building emergency speakers
All university-owned buildings have speakers that allow for audible announcements of emergencies (not related to smoke/fire).
DPU Alert: text, email, and voice calls
DPU Alert can notify the DePaul community simultaneously in up to three different ways: telephone, e-mail and text message.
DePaul will send DPU Alerts in emergencies only. Be sure to verify your contact information for DPU Alert in Campus Connect. More information on DPU Alert can
be found online.
Act of violence
Public Safety encourages you to contemplate a number of options for how to respond to an act of violence in various locations both on and off-campus. Please visit the
Public Safety website to view "Shots Fired On Campus" video and a short video demonstrating how door barricades are used in classrooms. We encourage all faculty members especially to practice using door barricades in the classrooms where they teach. Knowing how to use these devices BEFORE an emergency is critical.
If you hear gunfire, shouting, screams or commotion, react immediately.
The following actions are recommended:
We recommend you first call 911 in an active shooter situation. Then call Public Safety at the Loop Campus (312-362-8400) or the Lincoln Park Campus (773-325-7777).
More safety tips while on- and off-campus
Cheryl Hover is the assistant director of emergency management for Public Safety.