safety on campus:


Emergency Planning:


The University has a very comprehensive Emergency Response Plan and Crisis Communications Plan.  These plans are living documents that are continually being up-dated and revised.  In addition, we have an Emergency Response Team with protocol, policies and procedures for responding to a variety of emergencies.




Public Safety has the ability to initiate a campus wide email that would reach every computer within fifteen minutes.  We use the University Web Page and the Public Safety Web Page for emergency announcements.  Additionally we use telephone trees, Public Television, Public Address systems and email to local media.  At Northern, we pride ourselves on the openness and effectiveness of our inter-departmental communications.


Building Security:


Using the fire/security computer system at Public Safety we can lock the majority of our exterior doors remotely in a matter of minutes.


Law Enforcement:


As a direct report, the Director of Public Safety has immediate access to the University President 24 hours a day. The significance of immediate unfiltered sharing of information cannot be overstated.  Public Safety has several emergency response policies, including an Active Shooter Policy.  The officers receive scenario based active shooter training in conjunction with other area departments on an annual basis.  The Public Safety Department is a participating member of the county wide mutual aid agreement.  Public Safety is also a member of the Marquette Co unty Central Dispatch system on the statewide 800 MHz system and has access to a dedicated emergency channel.  The Public Safety web page contains a wide variety of emergency related information.  Two examples are attached for your information.


emergency prepardness


At Northern Michigan University an emergency is defined as a sudden, unexpected occurrence or set of circumstances which has the potential to significantly disrupt the mission of the University, and requires immediate action.


In planning for an emergency we have developed a set of Emergency Response Guidelines and a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan.  The guidelines set the framework for declaration of an emergency and identify the duties and responsibilities of various staff members.  The Emergency Response Plan is a series of documents specific to a particular emergency situation.  For example the plan covers: Natural Disasters, Disease/Epidemic/Mass Casualty, Operational Disruptions (Facilities & Utilities) and Operational Disruptions (Disturbances/Criminal/Terrorist). 

Within our guidelines there are provisions for plan development and review as well as training.  For example we are currently working on a comprehensive Pandemic Response Plan.


On aspect of the guidelines is the establishment of the Emergency Response Team which has the responsibility for management and coordination of all resources and activities relative to our response.  Each team member has a designated alternate and contact information (normal and after hours) is maintained by Public Safety.  The team is comprised of the following personnel:


Emergency Response Team:

President Les Wong – Emergency Director

Public Safety Director Ken Chant – Emergency Coordinator

Provost Fred Joyal – Academic Affairs Issues

Associate Provost Bill Bernard – Student Affairs Issues

Vice President Mike Roy – Finance and Administration Issues

Human Resources Director Art Pickering – Staff Issues

Associate VP Carl Pace – Facilities & Business Service Issues

Director of Communications Cindy Paavola – Public Information Issues

Associate Director Public Safety Dar Gager – Environmental & Safety Issues


Resource Members:

Mr. James Bradley – Risk Management & Insurance

Mr. David Maki – Technical Services

Ms. Felecia Flack – Support Services

Dr. Thomas Schacht, M.D., - Medical Services

Ms. Cathy Dehlin – General Counsel

Mr. Mike Bath – Training & Plan Development





Northern Michigan University

Public Safety and Police Services

Response Guidelines for an

Active Shooter









Secure immediate area:

Lock and barricade doors

• Turn off lights

• Close blinds

• Block windows

• Turn off radios and computer monitors

• Keep occupants calm, quiet, and out of


• Keep yourself out of sight and take

    adequate cover/protection i.e. concrete

    walls, thick desks, filing cabinets (cover

    may protect you from bullets)

• Silence cell phones

• Place signs in exterior windows to

    identify the location of injured persons


Contacting Authorities:

• Use 911 (Dialing 911 from a campus phone

    will connect with NMU Public Safety.

•         Dialing 911 from a Cell phone will connect

    with Marquette County Central Dispatch.

    Make sure to give the dispatcher your

    exact location.

• 227-2151 NMU Public Safety

   (Non-Emergency Line)


Be aware that the 911 system will likely be

overwhelmed. Program the NMU Public Safety and Police Services administrative line (227-2151) into your cell phone for emergency use.


Un-Securing an area:

• Consider risks before un-securing rooms

• Remember, the shooter will not stop

   until they are engaged by an outside


• Attempts to rescue people should only

    be attempted if it can be accomplished

    without further endangering the persons

    inside a secured area.

• Consider the safety of masses –vs. - the

    safety of a few

• If doubt exists for the safety of the

    individuals inside the room, the area

    should remain secured


What to Report:

• Your specific location- building name and

    office/room number

• Number of people at your specific location

• Injuries- number injured, types of injuries

• Assailant(s) - location, number of suspects,

    race/gender, clothing description, physical

    features, type of weapons (long gun or

    hand gun), backpack, shooters identity if

    known, separate explosions from gunfire,



Police Response:

• Objective is to immediately engage

   assailant(s) and neutralize the threat.

• Evacuate victims

• Facilitate follow up medical care,

   interviews, counseling

• Investigation