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Message from DPS/CLT regarding tragedy in Florida

To the Gallaudet University Campus Community,

Our hearts go out to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School community and the rest of Parkland, Florida.  Members of our community who are affected by the tragic shootings are reminded of the resources available through CAPS (for students) and the EAP (employees).  Please consult with Student Affairs or Human Resource Services if Gallaudet can support your or your family.

In the wake of this recent shooting, the Department of  Public Safety (DPS) and the Crisis Leadership Team (CLT) have received inquiries about our campus readiness for an Active Shooter situation.  First and foremost, there is no current threat to our campus.  The role of campus safety falls on all of us to report signs of a possibly dangerous situation.  This includes behaviors or signed/spoken comments from a person who may be disturbed, agitated, or have made direct or indirect threats to our community.  DPS coordinates with other campus professionals through the Behavior Intervention Team (BIT) to consider and evaluate these concerns from the community.  Through a multi-disciplinary, professional lens, possible threats and solutions are considered and proper intervention is pursued to ensure campus safety and appropriate support for every person.  You can share concerns with the BIT using the link here for non-emergency issues.  Directly contact DPS (dps@gallaudet.edu or 202-651-5555) in an emergency situation.

Second, everyone on campus should register with the notification system, Blackboard Connect.  In the case of a campus emergency, DPS will send notifications through Blackboard Connect and the Alertus Emergency Notification system.  

Third, the DPS page on the Gallaudet University website includes guidance for an Active Shooter situation.  This page contains the Run, Hide, Fight video and information about what to do in case there is an immediate threat to campus.  It also details what to do when law enforcement arrives, which may be DPS, MPD, FBI or other agencies.  Regularly review this page, and other emergency guidance given by DPS through the website.  Supervisors should review emergency protocols with their departments so everybody knows what to do.  

Lastly, DPS has sponsored Active Shooter training for its officers and collaborating employees in the past, and it plans to offer a campus-wide training in the near future.  This volunteer training will be offered multiple times per year for faculty, staff, and students.  Please watch for announcements on the Daily Digest. 

Gallaudet University Department of Public Safety

Gallaudet University Crisis Leadership Team

Posted by B Mutisya Nzyuko | Posted February 16, 2018 at 2:38 PM

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