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Lockdown drills – October 30 and 31

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The University of Ontario Institute of Technology and Durham College are committed to maintaining a safe campus environment. As part of this commitment, the Office of Campus Safety will conduct a series of lockdown drills on:

  • Tuesday, October 30 at 9:45 a.m.: the university’s and college’s shared campus location in Oshawa, including Campus Corners and the Software and Informatics Research Centre.
  • Wednesday, October 31 at 9:45 a.m.: the university’s downtown campus location.

Lockdown drill description:

  • A campuswide voicemail message will be sent to all faculty and staff office phones as a reminder of the drill prior to 9:45 a.m.
  • A drill advisory warning message will be broadcast on the campus public address (PA) system at 9:30 a.m. This message will be repeated several times prior to the start of the drill.
  • Upon hearing the announcement of the commencement of the drill, students, faculty and staff will follow the procedures listed below. These procedures can also be found on the Office of Campus Safety website, the Emergency Guideline posters found on campus, and the flyers distributed the morning of the drill.
  • Once the drill is complete, the all-clear will be given over the PA system and the campus will return to normal activities.

Lockdown procedures:

The lockdown announcement will be made over the PA system.

Once a lockdown is announced, follow these instructions:

  • Remain in or go to the nearest room.
  • Close, lock or barricade the door.
  • Turn off the lights and stay out of sight.
  • Remain quiet and turn off cellphone ringer.
  • Account for everyone in the room.
  • Wait for further instruction.
  • Do not open the door for anyone.
  • Do not use cellphones or safety phones unless you have information about the threat.

If the fire alarm sounds during the lockdown:

  • Assess your area for signs of fire.
  • If no sign of fire, remain in lockdown.
  • If signs of fire, evacuate if safe to do so.
  • If you choose to evacuate, use the safest exit.

The university and college realize an exercise of this nature can be an unwanted distraction; however, it is necessary to maintain the highest level of safety and security for students, faculty, staff and visitors. We also understand this experience may be unsettling for some individuals. Faculty and staff can access counselling services through the Campus Health Centre after the drills.

The campus will close during the drills and traffic will not be permitted to enter or leave the premises. Please keep this in mind when scheduling meetings with internal or external parties during this time frame.

The Office of Campus Safety will also use the Campus Incident Response Emergency Notification System (CIRENS) to notify faculty, staff and students during the lockdown exercise. Students should follow the university on Twitter to receive CIRENS messages, not only for this exercise, but for all emergent situations on campus.

Students can also provide feedback on the drill itself at uoit.ca/lockdownfeedback.