Evacuation of Campus Buildings or Entire Campus

The evacuation of campus buildings or the entire campus may be required due to emergency situations occurring on or near the campus. Campus emergency planning facilitates evacuations are conducted in a systematic, controlled, and planned manner.

The building evacuation plan for California State University, Stanislaus consists of a partnership between University Police Department, Facilities Services and individual volunteer building "Building Marshals" and "Evacuation Monitors".

Specific Instructions to Building Occupants

  • Safely walk to the nearest exit and go to an evacuation gathering area away from the building then wait for further instructions.
  • Stay out of the way of emergency personnel and vehicles and follow instructions.
  • Immediately notify University Police Department or other emergency response personnel if you know of a disabled or injured person needing assistance.

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Campus-Wide Evacuation

When it is necessary to completely evacuate the campus due to emergency conditions, a systematic and controlled approach will be used. When campus buildings are deemed safe for occupancy, personnel will be held at their current locations pending evacuation. Where campus buildings are deemed unsafe the Gathering area will be used. Following the decision to order the evacuation of the Stanislaus State campus, the University President or his/her representative shall notify:

  • The Chief of University Police or his/her representative of the need to evacuate.
  • The University Communications Public Information Officer or their representative of the need for information broadcasts asking all persons to stay away from campus.

The University Police, with the assistance of the Building Marshals, Monitors and Facilities Associates, shall be responsible for coordinating the evacuation process. Where the campus has been ordered closed and no campus facility is under eminent danger the evacuation of the campus will take place as described below with an appropriate amount of time between each area.

Localized Evacuation

In some situations, it may become necessary to evacuate one or more building on campus due to a localized emergency situation. When this occurs the University Police will coordinate the evacuation with the Building Marshals and Monitors. The decision to evacuate will be based on the totality of the circumstances and, whenever possible, following consultation with the President and ranking Dean or Facility Manager. When evacuations are due to an overriding concern for University Police Department it may not be possible to make such consultations. In those instances the appropriate Dean or Facility Manager will be notified of the evacuation as soon as is practical.


University Police Department

The University Police Department is responsible for the overall campus evacuation procedure and serves as the focal point in any emergency for assistance and coordinating outside services as delineated in the Emergency Operations Plan.

University Police Department serves as the recipient of the evacuation status of each individual building as reported by individual Building Marshals. They will direct assistance in search and rescue of outside services as required.

Facilities Services

Facilities Services associates are trained to respond during emergency situations and assist University Police Department with security and communication at University perimeter entry/exit points. Associates may assist with the dissemination of printed information relating to an emergency, assist with facility maintenance needs, and provide ongoing support for recovery efforts.

Building Marshal

These individuals are responsible for obtaining the evacuation status of their buildings in terms of assistance needed, building status, or any other critical informational needs. Building Marshals station themselves in pre-assigned locations to obtain information from their Evacuation Monitors. As soon as the status of their evacuation is known they forward this information to University Police Department. Their primary responsibility is the evacuation of people from their buildings and the reporting of this information to University Police Department. They are not responsible for active search and rescue or any form of building remediation.

Evacuation Monitors

These individuals are responsible for the timely and orderly evacuation of their buildings occupants. They direct occupants to the proper exit and redirect occupants to secondary exits as necessary. They are responsible for making quick checks of rooms and reporting any assistance needs to the Building Marshal upon exiting. These individuals are not responsible for search and rescue or other related tasks, but serve to provide needed information to their Building Marshals.

Evacuating People with Disabilities


Evacuation of people with disabilities will be given high priority in all emergencies. In an emergency situation, it is important that you are familiar with your needs during evacuation. You are encouraged to convey these needs to your instructor at the beginning of each semester. While attending class, try to position yourself near a doorway for an easier exit. Become familiar with the building and its exits. Follow signs to exits. The following guidelines are important to follow:

  • Establish a buddy system and alternate for each class. People with disabilities should prepare for an emergency ahead of time by instructing a classmate, instructor, supervisor, or co-worker on how to assist in the event of any emergency.
  • If assistance is not immediately available, disabled people should remain near the stairwell landing or in the elevator lobby. Rescue personnel will first check all exit corridors and stairwells for those trapped. S/He should continue to call for help until rescued.
  • People who cannot speak loudly, or with voice / speech impairments, should carry a whistle or have other means of attracting attention of others.
  • Be familiar with alarm signals.
  • Leave school materials in the room to avoid wasting time.
  • Wait for rescue and remain calm.
  • DO NOT re-enter a building until permitted by emergency personnel.

If you suspect a fire is behind a door; cover your hand to provide protection, first and then test the door by touching it. If it is hot then DO NOT use the door as an exit. Try to find an alternate route for an exit. A cautionary note on elevators: DO NOT use elevators unless authorized to do so by police or fire personnel. Elevators could fail during a fire, earthquake or flood.

Wheelchair Users

Wheelchair users should prepare for emergencies, in advance, by instructing a University official or employee. Move toward the nearest Emergency Exit. When a wheelchair user and/or other disabled person reaches an obstruction, such as a staircase, they should request assistance from others in the area. If assistance is not immediately available, the wheelchair users and/or other disabled person should stay visible in an exit corridor or on an outdoor landing. They should continue to call for help until rescued. Persons who cannot speak loudly should carry a whistle (provided free by the UPD) or have other means of attracting the attention of others. Special evacuation chairs (Evacu-Trac) are available in multi-story buildings to evacuate a disabled person DOWN stairs. The chairs are typically located near main stairways with instructions inside the cabinet. Contact the University Police Department for training.