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Building Evacuation

Benedictine University has posted evacuation maps in each classroom and office on campus. These maps are intended to provide many different options for escape during an emergency.

In Case of Emergency

  • Remain calm and don't panic;
  • Provide assistance to those around you if needed;
  • Proceed to the nearest exit; and
  • Meet at the buildings preliminary designated assembly area.

What to do if outside during a building evacuation:

  • Do not enter the building being evacuated;
  • Get to the Evacuation Assembly Area for the building being evacuated;
  • Listen for specific directions; and
  • Do not re-enter a building until the 'All clear' has been given by an authorized person.

What to do if inside during a building evacuation:

  • In the event of an alarm, such as a fire alarm or an evacuation announcement, leave the building quickly and safely using the nearest exit;
  • Aid those needing assistance;
  • When evacuating the building, leave your belongings in the classroom or office.  Stopping to collect them only delays your evacuation and could cause others to potentially be harmed;
  • In case of fire, do not use elevators;
  • If there is a mobility impaired individual still in the building, notify the first reponders on-scene of their location;
  • Once outside, proceed to the Evacuation Assembly Area;
  • Listen for specific directions; and
  • Do not re-enter a building until the 'All clear' has been given by an authorized person.

Evacuation of the mobility restricted and mobility impaired:

Mobility Restricted Individuals

Mobility restricted individuals are those with disabilities who might impede rapid building evacuation.  Examples include those who are blind or deaf, or whose mobility is restricted by use of walkers or crutches.  Assistance can be provided by guiding them to the refuge area in the stairwell.  Proceed out of the building notifying the Building Captain, Emergency Response and Recovery Team, or first responders on-scene of the person's location.

Mobility Impaired Individuals

Mobility impaired individuals are those with disabilities who require the use of wheelchairs.  To assist those individuals, proceed as follows:

  • Move the impaired individual to the refuge area in the stairwell and proceed out of the building notifying the Building Captain, Emergency Response and Recovery Team, or first responders on-scene of the person's location.
  • If the hazard becomes life-threatening, move the individual into a room and close the door.  Inform the Building Captain, Emergency Response and Recovery Team or first responders on-scene of the person's location.

Campus Evacuation

Should it become necessary to evacuate the entire campus, the decision to implement these procedures rests with the Chief of University Police.  In situations requiring immediate action, the Lisle Police or Fire Department can also order a local area evacuation.

In all cases when the decision has been made to evacuate, the following procedures will be followed:

  • The campus will be evacuated in stages, beginning with the areas that are in the immediate vicinity of the threat;
  • Other areas may then be evacuated, depending on the nature of the threat;
  • Do not re-enter a building until the 'All clear' has been given by an authorized person; and
  • In all cases, evacuees would be directed away from the vicinity of the threat.

Campus Evacuation Map

Alcohol and Drug Policy

Description: Guidelines regarding the use, sale, delivery, possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages in or on any property owned or controlled by the University.

Violence Prevention Initiatives

Description: Information about our policies and initiatives related to preventing and responding to incidents of gender based violence (sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, and sexual harassment)

Title IX
It is the policy of Benedictine University to comply with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, which prohibits discrimination based on sex (including sexual harassment and sexual violence) in the University’s educational program or activity, employment, and admissions. Title IX also prohibits retaliation for asserting or otherwise participating in or refusing to participate in the investigation of claims of sex discrimination. If you have any questions contact Dr. Tammy Sarver, Title IX Coordinator, Scholl Hall 228L; 630-829-6473; (tsarver@ben.edu), or in Arizona, Dr. Julie Cowgill,  Gillett Hall 230; 480-878-6703; (jcowgill@ben.edu), Deputy Title IX Coordinator. Additional information about reporting sexual harassment on campus and Title IX can be found at www.ben.edu/compliance/title-ix.cfm.

Title IX Policy and Reporting Title IX Policy