Information for On-Campus Students

Precautionary Tips for Students

  • Be aware and alert.
  • Watch for and report to Public Safety or Residential Life staff* any unusual circumstances or behaviors such as:
    • People who appear out of place or “casing the area.”
    • People who seem unusually distracted, have a dazed appearance, are openly agitated, nervous or hostile.
    • Packages, backpacks, etc. that seem to have been abandoned or are noticeably out of place.
    • Vehicles that are parked in restricted or unusual areas or appear to have been abandoned.
    • Know the location of the emergency exits in your Residence Hall and classroom buildings.
    • Have a plan in place for contacting your family if an emergency occurs on campus.

*Note: Please report all threats and emergencies directly to Public Safety. Direct only non-emergency questions and comments to Residential Life staff.

General Tips for Emergencies

In the event of a campus emergency, remain calm. Use common sense and assist others as necessary without endangering yourself.

  • Contact the nearest Truman staff member for information, instructions or assistance.
  • Evacuate buildings immediately if requested by authorities, upon hearing an alarm or when you sense that remaining inside may be dangerous.
  • In emergencies, do not use the campus telephone system except to report the emergency situation.
  • Do not use elevators.
  • Do not risk your life or the lives of others by reentering a building to save personal or University property.
  • Do not cross Police barriers without permission.
  • Do not exceed your training or knowledge in attempting to provide first aid.
  • Use your cellular phone as the University phone services may be down or overloaded.
  • Contact a family member or a friend to let them know you’re safe once you have reached a secure location.
  • Visit the trualert.truman.edu website for current information regarding an emergency.

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