Non Work Related Injuries
In the event of an accident or serious illness to an employee or visitor in the ___________________ department/office:
A. Call 911 first and then the Department of Campus Safety (DCS) Emergency Line at 303-871-3000 (1-3000) to report
the injury or illness
B. Give the dispatcher the following information and stay on the line until the dispatcher has all the necessary
1. Building name
2. Building address
3. Floor or location of emergency
4. Any details available regarding the accident or illness.
C. A DCS Officer will immediately be dispatched to the scene.
C. DO NOT move injured or ill person. Try to make them comfortable.
D. Have someone meet DCS or other emergency personnel at the main entrance.
If qualified, provide First Aid as needed or find a qualified assistant.
E. Assist DCS with obtaining a full report of the accident or illness.
Work Related Injuries
When an injury occurs:
A. If life-threatening - Call 911 first and then Campus Safety Emergency 303-871-3000 (1-3000), for help.
B. For non-life-threatening injuries, contact Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 (1-3000)
C. Go to designated provider for treatment. You must be treated by the University of Denver provider in order for medical
costs to be covered under Worker’s Compensation law.
D. All injuries must be reported to Risk Management within 24 hours of when they occur. Contact the Loss Control
Manager’s Office at 303-871-2354 (1-2354).
D. Employees should not to transport an injured party unless given approval to do so by emergency personnel.
E. Designated providers:
F. Life-threatening emergency or after normal business hours:
1. Porter Adventist Hospital – located at 2525, South Downing, Denver, 303-778-1955
G. Submit the following documents to Risk Management within 24 hours of the injury:
1. Employee’s injury/accident report
2. Supervisor’s report of injury/accident
• Injury report forms are located on the Risk Management website-www.du.edu/risk (under services)
3. Fax completed report to Loss Control Manager at 303-871-4455 or (1-4455)
4. Contact the Loss Control Manager at 303-871-2354 or (1-2354) with questions.
• When to call:
-when any medical emergency happens or when emergency assistance is required.
• What to say:
-advise if an ambulance is needed
-your name and phone number, name of the ill or injured person(s)
-nature of the illness or injuries, location of the ill or injured person
• Stay on the phone if possible until the dispatcher has all the necessary information.
MAJOR NATURAL DISASTERS
Major Natural Disasters
Disasters and emergencies affecting large areas and many people can sometimes develop quickly. Flash floods
and earthquakes, for example, can strike with little or no advance warning. There are certain things you can do
that will help you get ready for, and cope with, almost any type of emergency.
• Perhaps the most basic thing to remember is to KEEP CALM. TAKE TIME TO THINK.
• Your State Office of Emergency Preparedness will activate warning signals in the affected areas.
Whenever a major storm or other peace-time disaster threatens, keep your radio or television set tuned
to hear weather reports and forecasts (issued by the National Weather Service) as well as other
information and advice that may be broadcast by your local government.
• Use your telephone only to report important disaster events to authorities and DCS. If you tie up the
telephone lines simply to get information, you may prevent emergency calls from being completed.
• Stay away from disaster areas.
• Follow the advice and instructions from your floor’s safety representative. Your floor’s safety
representative will direct you if evacuation is required.
Floor or Building Evacuation
In the event you are instructed to evacuate...remain calm.
• Close all doors and windows (if appropriate) as you leave.
• Proceed to the nearest practical fire stairwell and form a straight (evacuation) line.
• Follow the instructions of the safety representative on your floor and proceed down the stairwell. (Keep
to the right so that emergency personnel, etc., may use the stairwell).
• Follow procedures for assisting persons with disabilities and request help from emergency personnel.
• Do not return to the evacuated floor or building until so instructed by the Fire Department or authorized
Guidelines for Emergency Evacuation of Persons with Disabilities
Persons with disabilities may need assistance during an emergency evacuation. Departmental evacuation
procedures should include provisions not only for people using wheelchairs or other mobility assistive devices,
such as walkers, crutches, etc., but also for those who are deaf/ hearing impaired, blind/visually impaired, and
those who may have chronic health conditions that may preclude safe evacuation (an example may be someone
using portable oxygen).
• NEVER attempt to carry someone down stairs unless there is imminent threat of injury or death. The
use of improper carrying techniques can result in injury to persons involved.
• If a building has an accessible ground level floor (36” wide door with a flat surface or a compliant*
ramp to the outdoors), the accessible entrance shall be used to evacuate persons who are on the ground
floor when the emergency occurs.
• On floors that are not connected to the outdoors by a 36” wide door and a flat surface or ramp, the
person is to remain in place and wait for rescue assistance from the Fire Department. Do not
attempt to carry the person down the stairs or. Notify emergency personnel of the whereabouts of
the person in the building (i.e. suite and room number) immediately. It is imperative that there be
two-way communication available for the person to be in contact with emergency personnel until the
rescue is accomplished.
Other considerations to include as part of your evacuation plan for persons with disabilities:
• Persons who are profoundly deaf cannot hear alarms, nor are they always within viewing distance of
the flashing (strobe) alarms. If deaf persons are known to be in a specific area of a building, and no sign
language interpreter is with them, write on a piece of paper “FIRE DRILL OR FIRE – follow me”.
Do not expect them to “lip read”. Fire officials will “sweep” the building including restrooms where
persons who are deaf may be located. If there is probability that there is a deaf person in the building
whose whereabouts is unknown, notify the Campus Safety Officer and other emergency personnel at
• Assistance dogs (for the blind, deaf, or mobility limited) may become disoriented or panic during an
emergency evacuation, especially if it is dark or smoky. Note that these animals have been trained to
cope with similar situations, but fear may over-ride training. Be aware that both the person and the
animal may need help, but always volunteer assistance rather than taking over immediately. If there is
imminent danger of serious injury or death, the person is the primary concern. Do not attempt to
evacuate an uncontrollable animal. Remember time is of essence – don’t spend allot of time
attempting to get the animal to comply. If possible, leave the animal in a room and close the door.
Let the Fire or Safety Department officials know the whereabouts of the animal, so they can initiate
• If someone experiences a sudden, acute medical condition that causes immobilization, such as a seizure,
heart attack, etc. during an evacuation, notify officials at once. Assistance may be given by person(s) at
the scene unless there is imminent danger of injury or death to the persons providing assistance. Once
Safety or Fire officials reach the immobilized person, the “assistant(s)” should evacuate the building
• There is an emergency evacuation procedure in effect for students with disabilities who live in residence
EMERGENCY FIRE SAFETY PROTOCOL
The purpose of the emergency FIRE ALERT system in a building is to:
1. Warn occupants of a fire
2. Prompt immediate action
3. Initiate evacuation movement
4. Allow sufficient time to escape
The emergency FIRE ALERT system can deliver signals through such devices as bells, horns, chimes or
voice warnings. These devices can emit either a continuous, pulsating, slow whoop or voice instruction.
You will notice that most building FIRE ALERT systems will emit a continuous horn sound.
When you hear a continuous FIRE ALERT signal (i.e. horn or voice instructions), you are required to
evacuate the premises immediately. Failure to evacuate when there is an audible fire alarm in a building is
against the law and University of Denver policy.
If you discover or suspect a fire do the following:
• Pull the building fire alarm system. If the alarm fails to operate, warn other occupants to evacuate the
building by shouting the warning.
• Even if the alarm sounds, call the DCS emergency number (1-3000) and provide as much information as
possible about the alarm. Don’t assume someone else has called or that the fire signal notified Campus
• Evacuate the building immediately and move at least 50 feet away from the building to a safe location.
If the Emergency Coordinator is out of their office location, they are responsible for delegating to another
employee evacuation procedures.
Any attempt to fight a fire should be limited to the discharge of one hand held fire extinguisher. In order to
use a fire extinguisher you must have the appropriate fire extinguisher training.
If the designated departmental Emergency Coordinator changes, please notify DCS immediately so that the
new ER Coordinator may be added to the Business Continuity Plan (BCP).
Your floor safety representatives’ names and evacuation route are posted in the middle of each floor.
Familiarize yourself with your evacuation route and the name of your floor safety representative.
• REMAIN CALM
• Immediately leave your area, closing all doors and windows (if appropriate) behind you using the
designated EXIT ROUTE.
• Immediately call 911 and Campus Safety at 303-871-3000 (1-3000) and follow local procedures.
Report the following information:
-Nearest cross street
-Any other pertinent information about the fire emergency
Any attempt to fight a fire should be limited to the discharge of one appropriate hand held fire extinguisher, if
How to use a Fire Extinguisher:
Fire spreads fast and there is not a second to waste. You must act now. There are 4 guidelines/procedures for
use of a fire extinguisher:
1. Size up the fire
2. Assess the immediate danger
3. Warn others
4. Call for Help
Know how to report a fire:
1. Call 911
2. Call DCS Emergency line at 303-871-3000 (1-3000)
Choose the right extinguisher
• A – Class fires - burn materials such as wood, paper, cloth & many plastics
• B – Class fires – burn gases, liquid, grease, and items contained in a barrel
• C – Class fires – involve live current from electrical equipment
• D – Class fires – involves combustible medals, such as magnesium, sodium & potassium.
Please note that all ratings are contained on the face plate of the fire extinguisher. If you decide to use a fire
extinguisher, always start the evacuation first by pulling the fire alarm.
Please follow the following guidelines developed by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA):
Use the PASS technique. PASS stands for:
• P – Pull
• A – Aim
• S – Squeeze
• S – Sweep
• Pull out the pin and remove the plastic locking ring
• Aim at the base of the fire
• Squeeze the handle to release the substance
• Sweep starting at base of the fire and then up.
1. Be prepared - know where your fire extinguisher is located and make sure you can pick up the fire
2. Know what to expect - make sure that your fire extinguisher is fully charged.
3. Know when to get out - if you have fully discharged the extinguisher, GET OUT.
Fire extinguishers are located (list the locations on your plan):
Fire smoke sensors in our buildings are located (list the locations):
• Your own common sense is the finest safety device ever developed.
Above all, remember to use your head!
• Employees should familiarize themselves with the alarm alert system. The alert system is distinctive
and might include a steady horn blast or a combination of horn and voice activation.
• Determine in advance where the nearest fire alarm pull stations are located. Note fire alarm pull stations
are typically located at the building exits. In the event of a fire, pull the fire alarm pull station as you
exit the floor.
• Determine in advance the nearest exit to your work location and the route you will follow to reach that
exit in the event of an emergency. Also establish an alternate route to be used in the event your first
route is blocked or unsafe to use. (Check the evacuation drawing.)
• This tip will be very helpful in the event you encounter heavy smoke. Remember, if you encounter
heavy smoke, often the smoke may camouflage the exit signs above the doors. If you know in advance
how many doors you will have to pass, you can then crawl or crouch low with your head below the
smoke (watching the base of the wall) and count the doors you pass so you will know when you reach
the exit door.
• If your clothing catches fire...STOP…DROP…ROLL
When a tornado watch is announced, this means that tornadoes are expected in, or near, your area. Keep your
radio or television set tuned to a local station (KOA AM 850) for information and advice from your local
government and the weather service. Also, keep watching the sky, especially to the south and southwest. If
you see any revolving, funnel-shaped clouds, report them immediately to 911 Emergency and DCS Emergency
When a tornado warning is issued, it means that a tornado has actually been sighted, or has been indicated by
radar, and this or other tornadoes may strike in your vicinity. Public warning will come over the radio (KOA
AM 850), TV, or by five minute steady blasts of sirens by the Civil Defense warning system.
Actions to take:
• Stay away from the perimeter of the building and exterior glass.
• Close drapes, blinds, etc., if time permits.
• Leave your office if located on the building perimeter - close door.
• Go to the center corridor of the building or basement, if possible.
• Sit down in the corridor and protect yourself by putting your head as close to your lap as possible, or
kneel protecting your head.
• Do not go to the first floor lobby or outside the building.
• Keep your radio or television set tuned to a local station for information.
• Do not use the telephone to get information or advice. This only ties up circuits.
• Follow the direction of your department floor representative. If you are trapped in an outside office,
seek protection under a desk. Keep calm.
Snow Storms (campus closure due to inclement weather)
In the event of inclement weather that requires closing the University, the University will provide the following
information regarding the closing through various outlets. You can obtain this information by:
• Listening to KOA (850 am) the official radio station for DU winter storm information.
• Tune into early morning TV newscasts. The Office of New and Public Affairs will contact the
appropriate media outlets concerning day, evening, or weekend closure(s) and re-opening information.
This information will also be placed on the DU homepage website.
• A recorded message for the University’s public access/information will be placed on the 303-871-2000
• Call Campus Safety non-emergency number 303-871-2334.
HOW LONG WILL IT LAST?
• The shaking may last only a minute or two.
• There may be after shocks (over several hours/days/weeks/months).
WHAT ARE THE DANGERS?
• Falling objects (pictures, items in cupboards and on shelves, ceiling tiles and fixtures, furniture, file
cabinets and bookshelves) may come crashing to the floor. You may notice broken swinging doors and
• Many things may stop working (lights, telephones, elevators, heat and air conditioning).
• Possible fires (from broken natural gas lines, electrical short circuits, or other causes).
• Electrical shock hazards (be aware of potential damage to electrical equipment).
• The motion may be severe; if you are standing you may be thrown to the ground.
DURING THE EARTHQUAKE:
• Remain calm.
• Take cover under a desk or table.
• Protect your head and neck from falling objects.
• Face away from the windows and get out of their proximity.
• Stay away from objects, which could fall on you.
• Stay where you are, do not run outside.
• Falling debris may cause injury.
• If outdoors, stay in an open area. Do not enter a building.
• If operating an appliance:
- Turn it off at the first sign of shaking, and then take cover quickly.
Do not be surprised if:
• The electricity goes out.
• If the sprinkler system goes on.
WHEN THE EARTHQUAKE STOPS:
• Follow the direction of your floor safety representative or local procedures.
• DO NOT USE AN ELEVATOR!
• Remain calm and in place.
• Follow direction of emergency personnel.
• If available turn on a battery powered radio to find out what is happening in your area.
• If you are familiar or assigned, go to your power box labeled emergency power and turn on the breaker
for emergency lights (list location of emergency boxes on your floor, etc.).
• Contact the DCS Emergency line at 303-871-3000 (1-3000).
• If available use your flashlight to assist with evacuation.
Floods are one of the most common hazards in the U.S. However, all floods are not alike. Rivrine floods
develop slowly, sometimes over a period of days. Flash floods can develop quickly, sometimes in just a few
minutes, without any visible signs of rain. Flash floods often have a dangerous wall of roaring water that
carries a deadly cargo of rocks, mud and other debris and can sweep away most things in its path.
• In the event of an overflow of water (flooding) of any kind, notify Campus Safety emergency number
• Notify the Facilities Management Department at x12200 (during business hours). Facilities will shut off
electricity, gas and water at the main switches and valves.
• Be aware of drainage channels, canyons and other areas known to flood suddenly. Remember flash
floods can occur without such typical warning signs as rain clouds or heavy rain.
• If a flash flood, do not evacuate the building, but move to higher an upper floor in the building.
• If the flood is caused by a broken water main or pipe in a building, then you need to evacuate the
• After a flood, do not attempt to cleanup the area until insurance investigators have visited the site and
given the approval to proceed with cleanup efforts.
Bomb Threat Procedures:
All bomb threats MUST be taken seriously. If the caller is familiar with the building and specific about the
location of the bomb, the call should be regarded with a high degree of urgency.
In the event of a bomb threat, the person receiving the call should do the following:
• Remain Calm
• Do not try to transfer the call
• Ask the caller:
• When is the bomb going to explode?
• Where is it right now?
• What type of bomb is it?
• What does it look like?
• What will cause it to explode?
• Did you place the bomb?
• What is your address?
• What is your name?
• Call “911”
• Notify DCS at 303-871-3000 (1-3000)
• DO NOT TOUCH SUSPICIOUS OBJECTS
• Additional instructions:
• DCS will advise others on campus, as appropriate, that a bomb threat has been made on the
• Emergency instruction or the report of a false alarm will be phoned to (i.e. supervisor or
building manager) ________________________________________________
• Employees are not encouraged to leave their office except at the direction of DCS, the Police
or the Fire Department.
• If you are to evacuate, please take purses and briefcases out of the building with you to
facilitate the search for the unusual item.
• Follow the directions of your floor’s safety representative during the evacuation.
Bomb Threat Report:
• Time of call __________
• Exact words of caller
• Male ____ Female ____
• Length of call
• Number at which the call is received.
• Is the caller intoxicated?
• Is the voice familiar? Who did it sound like?
• Time call is terminated
• Callers Voice:
• Clearing throat
• Deep breathing
• Cracked voice
• Background Sounds:
• Factory Machinery
• PA System
• Office Machinery
• Street Noise
• Animal noise
• House noise
• Long distance
• Threat Language
• Well spoken (educated)
• Message read by threat maker
*Do not discuss a bomb threat with anyone other than DCS, or your supervisory personnel.
*DCS staff will assist emergency personnel in searching the area and determining it is safe for occupants to
return to the building.
Any person who holds as hostage any person(s) or by force or threat of force holds any person(s) against his or
her will commits a class 2 felony. Immediately report any hostage situation to Denver Police 911 and then to
DCS 303-871-3000 (1-3000).
A. Please provide the following information to the dispatcher:
• What happened
• What office(s) is affected by the hostage situation
• Are there any injuries, if so the nature and severity of the injuries
• Is the suspect still in the area
• Physical description of the suspect
• Location of the suspect in the building
• How many victims are held hostage and their location
• Is the suspect armed (i.e. gun, knife, bomb, etc.)
B. DCS will respond to the scene and support local authority (i.e. the Denver Police Department), who will
assume the leading role at the scene.
C. The Director of Campus Safety or designee will contact University officials and activate the Critical
Incident Response Team (CIRT).
D. The Campus Safety Team leader on scene will be the direct link between the police and the University
Unified Command Center.
E. DCS and the Denver Police Department will assist with the evacuation of occupants in the building to a safe
D. DCS will assist the Denver Police Department rope off the crime scene and maintain security of the area
until it is deemed safe for occupants to return to work.
“Shelter in Place”
Taking shelter is often a critical element in protecting yourself in times of a disaster. In-Place sheltering is
appropriate when an emergency condition requires that you seek protection in your place of employment or at
home when a disaster occurs. In the event of a hazardous material release, the university community will be
expected to remain inside or take shelter indoors on the campus in the closest residence hall; campus
apartment, or office building, etc. where toxic vapors and fumes are reduced or eliminated.
To “Shelter in Place” – means to take shelter inside the building away from windows and perimeter doors by
moving to an interior room. It may take time before local authorities or University officials arrive and advise
what to do next.
• Be prepared to “Shelter in Place”: If you have a radio, turn it on to a news station.
a. Do not attempt to contact family and friends, have a plan prepared in advance.
b. If possible, go to a room or corridor where there are no windows and few doors.
c. If there is time, shut and lock all windows and doors. (Locking windows may provide a tighter
seal against the vapors from chemicals).
d. Push a wet towel up against the crack between the door and the floor to seal it.
e. In the event of a chemical release, go to an above-ground level of the building; some chemicals
are heavier than air and may seep into basements even if the windows are sealed.
f. Turn of the heat, fans, air conditioning or ventilation system to avoid bringing in outside air.
g. Drink bottled, stored water, not water from the tap.
h. Call 911 and Campus Safety emergency number 303-871-3000 to report any life-threatening
• Maintain a 24-hour communications and safety watch. Take turns listening for radio broadcasts.
Watch for fires.
• Stay in your shelter until local or University authorities say it’s okay to leave. The length of your stay
can range from a few hours to a week or more.
Hazardous Material Attack
The University of Denver is an institution of higher learning, whose primary focus is to provide education and
training for its community. As with any community, the university has sanctioned various committees to assess
and implement procedures and protocols to ensure the safety of its community, safeguard the educational
process, and protect property. These committees include CORE Life-Safety, Critical Incident Response Team
(CIRT) and Critical Incident Management Plan (CIMP).
With hostilities in progress in the Middle East, and the on-going threat announced by the United States
Homeland Security, the University of Denver remains on a heightened-alert level. What this means is that DCS
has increased its vigilance on campus, in buildings and parking lots. In the event of a terrorist attack on or near
the campus proper, DCS Officers will assist with securing buildings, and will assist with movement of
occupants in the building to a safe area. The Director of Campus Safety or designee will make notifications to
key university officials; activate the Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT), coordinate assistance provided
by the Denver Police and the Fire Department.
During certain emergency occurrences, specifically biological, chemical or radioactive releases, the community
may be advised to “shelter in place” rather than evacuate the building. There is a natural instinct for people to
want to evacuate the building, but sheltering in place (staying put) is the best solution to survival until further
instructions are provided by a University official.
To insure the safety of the community, the following guidelines are recommended:
• Stay alert to your surroundings. If you see something that raises your concerns (i.e. unattended
bags, packages, backpacks and briefcases, abandoned vehicles, substances leaking from envelope,
etc.) contact the DCS Emergency line at 303-871-3000 (1-3000). Keep doors and windows locked
when buildings are closed for business.
• Suspicious Behavior – report any of the following suspicious behavior or circumstances to DCS
Emergency line at 303-871-3000 (1-3000):
a. People in buildings or areas who do not appear to be conducting legitimate business.
b. People monitoring various areas, buildings or entrances.
c. People requesting information with no apparent need for such information.
d. People taking photographs of critical facilities.
e. People dressed inappropriately for weather conditions (suicide bomber).
• When the “all clear” is announced:
a. Open windows and doors.
b. Turn on heating, air conditioning or ventilation system.
c. Proceed outside and wait until the building has been vented.
• COLOR OF SAFETY - the United States Department of Homeland Security developed a color-coded
alert system to correspond with the threat level as listed below:
a. RED (SEVERE) – further instruction from the University will be provided.
b. ORANGE (HIGH) – further instruction from the University will be provided.
c. YELLOW (ELEVATED)
d. BLUE (GUARDED)
e. GREEN (LOW)
The University will provide an official statement to the community as threat levels changes from High to
Severe. Continue your normal activity and enjoy your freedom but be watchful for any criminal or suspicious
activity that threatens the safety of our community. Report any suspicious activity to the DCS Emergency line
at 303-871-3000 (1-3000) immediately.
PERSONAL SAFETY PROGRAMS
Sexual Assault Prevention:
Don’t just worry about sexual assault think about it, and be “prepared” to the extent possible. Keep in mind
that rapist often “shop” for potential victims. Someone walking alone with a timid appearance and a
preoccupied mind may be considered an easy prey to a rapist. A lack of awareness to your surroundings can
allow someone to approach you without your knowledge.
The best defense is to always be aware of where you are and who and what is around you and to have an “action
plan.” Take a “self-defense” class, and think ahead about what options may be available should someone
approach you at any given time. Walk tall and purposefully. Send a message that you are not a potential
victim. Avoid “looking down” or away, which an attacker may think you are timid. Try to look directly at
others-both-to discourage potential attackers and to take notice of physical traits, should identifying information
be needed in the event of an assault. Don’t walk alone, take the DU Shuttle Service or use the buddy system to
get to and from your destinations.
In many cases, we rationalize away our fears, ignore instinctive warnings and become complacent. Learn to
trust your instincts in order to reduce your chances of becoming a victim. If someone makes you feel
uncomfortable, even if you know him or her, remove yourself from the situation. Assert yourself if your
“personal space” is invaded. Be cautious when someone you don’t know strikes up a conversation with you.
He or she may be trying to distract you or gain your confidence in order to take advantage of you. A possible
moment of embarrassment because you were somewhat rude is better than a lifetime of emotional anguish as a
result of being sexually assaulted.
NON-STRANGER SEXUAL ASSAULT
Studies have shown that 80% of all sexual assault victims know their attacker. Non-Stranger sexual assault is
the most common and the least reported type of sexual assault. The likelihood of becoming a victim of a non-
stranger sexual assault may be lessened if you remain aware, communicate clearly your expectations and
intentions and set limits in terms of alcohol consumption.
Make sure you let those you date know, clearly and firmly, what the limits of the date will be before you get
into a situation you cannot control. Leaving a party, concert or bar alone with someone you just met is risky.
It’s better to plan to meet again in the future. When dating someone for the first time, plan to meet where there
are other people, such as a restaurant, movie theater or mall. Going on a date with a group of friends allows
you to get to know your date in the safe presence of others. Utilize the “buddy system” when out with friends.
If you arrive at a party or other gathering, stick close to those you came with and make sure that you leave
together. Watching out for each other will reduce the chance of one of you being placed in a situation where an
isolated assault may occur.
What if you meet someone who clearly means to harm you? First and foremost, try to remain in control of
yourself. Panic will only hamper your ability to think at a time when you need to concentrate on surviving!
It is difficult to outline specific “action plans” to prevent sexual assault. What you will or can do depends on
the circumstances at the time of the confrontation. The most important thing to think about is how you can
safely escape the situation.
One option is the implementation of “passive resistance,” which involves stalling for time and attempting to
lessen the assailant’s desire to assault you. In trying to talk your way out of the situation, use your imagination.
Fake a convulsion or seizure, faint or say you’ve tested positive for a disease. All of these ideas, said
convincingly, have been used to successfully prevent a sexual assault.
“Active resistance” involves reacting immediately with some physical force, which may give you the
opportunity to ESCAPE. The assailant may have chosen you because he saw you as a vulnerable target.
Physical action on your part might be surprising enough to allow you to run away. There are a number or
physical actions you may choose to use, including kicking, punching, scratching or the use of some type of
object as a weapon (keys, pen, etc.) Keep in mind that the use of physical force is only to provide an
opportunity for escape. It should not be used to see who wins in a knockdown, drag out fight!
You must be sure that you will have a safe place to run once you have escaped. In addition, physical force may
anger the attacker and lead to an escalation of force on their part. Therefore, if you plan to use active resistance
as an option in the future, learn how and where to strike and kick a person in order to be effective. You must be
willing and able to injure your attacker enough to ensure your escape! This knowledge can be obtained through
self-defense classes offered by Campus Safety, RAAP, or other agencies/facilities. Remember that it takes time
and practice to learn how to fight back effectively.
During any attack, try to concentrate on the assailant’s physical characteristics in order to provide an identifying
description to Campus Safety and the police. Memorize facial features, clothing, speech mannerisms, height,
weight and any weapon displayed. Also look for specific identifying marks, such as moles, tattoos or scars.
“Sexual Assault …it can’t happen to me.”
Many have felt this way before they were sexually assaulted. Statistics have shown that one out every ten
women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime.
AFTER AN ASSAULT
Due to the trauma associated with being sexually assaulted, you should get help! Additionally, because many
rapists repeat their assaults on numerous victims, you should seriously consider reporting the incident. This
may result in deterring the assailant from further attacking, at a minimum, and may result in the arrest and
prosecution of the assailant.
The names of the victims reporting sexual assaults will not be disclosed. DCS encourages reporting of sexual
assaults in order to assist the victim in getting counseling and other assistance, to provide alerts to the campus
community, to facilitate appropriate sanctioning of a student/University affiliated offenders, and to help report a
sexual assault CONFIDENTIALLY for counseling, referrals, and for inclusion in crime statistical data, etc.,
that can be done to either Campus Safety or to various Campus Safety Authorities, such as an RA, athletic
coach, Dean, etc. Such confidential reports will not be investigated.
Reporting to DCS or the police department does not automatically mean that the case will be prosecuted or that
you have to cooperate with an official law enforcement investigation. The emphasis will be on satisfying your
needs from having been sexually assaulted, and much of what occurs thereafter will be for you to decide.
The RAAP program is a pioneer in treating and counseling the sexual assault victim. There is a 24-hour
Hotline phone number is (303) 322-7273. They have trained counselors on duty 24 hours per day 7 days a
week. Additionally, the DU Health and Counseling Center can assist you. A counselor-on-call is available at
any time. During regular business hours, call extension (303) 871-2205 (1-2205). During non-business hours,
contact the DCS Emergency line at (303) 871-3000 (1-3000) or the non emergency line at (303) 871-2334 (1-
2334) to request the on-call counselor. Students may also contact the DU Sexual Assault Response and
Prevention Coordinator 303-871-3853 (1-3853).
Another helpful resource is the Denver Police Department’s Victim Assistance Unit (VAU). While a VAU
team member will normally follow-up after an official police report is made, or will meet you at the hospital if
you have elected to go to hospital to have evidence collected, a VAU team member can be contacted directly by
you. The number for DPD’s Victim Assistance Unit is 720-913-6035. A team member on scene may be the
best person with whom to discuss what might happen if you choose to follow-through with an investigation and
prosecution of your assailant.
If you choose to go to a hospital, a physical examination will be performed to insure your physical well being,
treat any injuries you may have sustained and provide support for you during the crisis. During the exam,
evidence will be collected from you and your clothes, which will be held in safekeeping until you are better able
to make a decision regarding prosecution. Even if you feel that you do not want to pursue prosecution, it is
possible that you may change your mind at a later date. Therefore, it is important that you do not shower,
bathe, change clothes or, if possible, disturb the location of the attack. Furthermore, you may decide to report
the assault and follow-through with the investigation at the University level. (This will coincide with a criminal
investigation and prosecution, if that is the case.) Regardless of whether or not a police investigation occurs, or
whether or not the District Attorney’s office prosecutes the case, a complaint of sexual misconduct involving a
University affiliated assailant, the University will take action. Counseling services will be offered, changes to
your academic, work assignment and or if a student living arrangements will be offered and provided if the
victim desire these accommodations. Escorts by DCS are offered, if you are afraid, so that you don’t have to
walk alone around campus.
You may decide not to report the attack. This is your decision to make but please talk about the assault to
someone. A friend, relative or trained counselor may be able to help you sort through some of your options so
that you can decide what you need and want to do.
The Department of Campus Safety Victim Services Coordinator can also offer assistance, support, and explain
some options to you, no matter what your decision may be regarding reporting the assault. The Victim Services
Coordinator will talk to you, confidentially or anonymously, if you wish and offer some referrals to other
agencies/departments for counseling. If you decide to report the incident to the police, our Victim Services
Coordinator may be available during the interview, if you desire.
• 25% OF all college women will be the victims of a sexual assault or an attempted sexual assault during their
four years in college.
• Sexual assault is a crime of violence and control, not a crime of passion.
• Offenders choose their victims based upon vulnerability, not on the basis of behavior, manner of dress,
• Offenders are all ages and come from all backgrounds.
• Victims of sexual assault are all ages, and come from all backgrounds.
• 55% of all women involved in a sexual assault had been drinking or using drugs prior to the assault.
• 75% of all men involved in a sexual assault had been drinking or using drugs prior to the assault.
• Only 5% of sexual assault victims report their assault to the police.
• Over 80% of all sexual assault victims knew their attacker.
• Non-Stranger Sexual assault could be committed by a date, friend, coworker, relative, or casual
Stalking is legally defined as “willful, malicious and repeated following and harassment combined with the
credible threat intended to make the victim fear death or serious injury.” Experts estimate that one in twenty
women will become stalking targets at some point in their lives. Men are also victims of this type of
There are two categories of stalkers:
1. “Love Obsession Stalkers” – these stalkers develop a love fixation for another person with whom they
have never had a personal relationship.
2. “Simple Obsession Stalkers” – these stalkers differentiated from the Love Obsession Stalkers in that
they have had a personal or romantic relationship with their victim before the stalking began.
1. Notify the stalker to stop. You or your attorney can send a registered letter to the stalker requesting the
2. File for a Temporary Restraining Order (TCO) through the court.
3. If the problem persists, file a report with the Police and the DCS emergency line at 303-871-3000 (1-
4. Tell everyone you know what is going on. Give a description or picture of the stalker and vehicle that
he or she drives.
5. Document everything carefully. Take pictures of destroyed property or any injuries for evidence. Save
answering machine messages. Log dates and times of all unwanted contacts.
6. Very your behavior, don’t follow the same routine everyday. Changing your driving route and times.
Limit or eliminate walking or jogging alone. Try to stay in public places.
7. If you move don’t leave a “paper trail” by having mail forwarded to your new address.
8. Consider talking to someone in the EAP office.
Whistle Stop Program:
“Blow the Whistle on Crime”
The Whistle Stop Program “Blow the Whistle on Crime” attempts to provide an added sense of security for
students on campus. It is a way for you to invest in your personal security and the safety of others. The Police
say a loud noise is one of the best deterrents against crime. The simple blowing of the whistle can create a
diversion and enable you to run to safety. In addition, people within audible range will be drawn to your
When should the whistle be used?
The whistle should be used only in emergency situations. If you’re held up don’t resist, don’t take risks, and
blow the whistle only after you are out of danger. Blow the whistle to assist someone else, if you observe that
they are in danger. Do not blow the whistle for fun. This could cause confusion when a legitimate emergency
is at hand.
What to do if you hear a whistle:
Call DCS at 303-871-3000(1-3000) and give your name and the location where you heard the whistle. If you
feel comfortable, gather a group of people and go to the location where the whistle was blown. If you are in
sight of the victim in danger and the victim cannot continue to blow their whistle, blow your whistle to attract
security personnel to the scene. Do not attempt to intervene in the situation. Stay at a safe distance and direct
security personnel to the location. Whistle drills may be held periodically to enable students to practice the use
of whistles in emergency situations.
Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) program:
Campus Safety has endorsed a personal safety program called R.A.D. (Rape Aggression Defense). The R.A.D.
system is a program of realistic self-defense tactics and techniques designed specifically for women. The course
teaches awareness, prevention, risk reduction, risk avoidance, and basic hands-on defense training. The course
is 12 hours long, and is conducted over three class sessions. The cost for the class, materials and a lifetime of
self-defense refresher course is $25 per person. For additional information, please see
http://www.du.edu/campus-safety/rad.htm and http://www.rad-systems.com or contact Tyrone Mills, R.A.D.
Systems Coordinator at 303-871-3132 (1-3132).
DU Shuttle Service:
As a service to the University community, Campus Safety and Parking Services facilitate the operation of the
DU shuttle service. The DU shuttle operates on a fixed route circulating throughout the campus, stopping at
high-traffic destinations utilizing a small fleet of passenger vans. Anyone with a DU Pioneer Card may use this
service at no charge to safely travel about campus. For a listing of shuttle routes, times, and additional
information please see http://www.parking.du.edu/saferide.asp or contact the DU Shuttle Service Coordinator at
Emergency phones can be used for contacting DCS/DPD Police assistance, fire alert, motorist aid, medical help,
or other Campus Safety services and emergency information.
To use the HOT LINE phone (with receiver) you simply pick up the receiver and you will automatically be
connected with Campus Safety Dispatch. No dialing is necessary. The HOT LINE phones are identified with a
BLUE LIGHT at the top of a cranberry color stanchion.
When to call:
Call when you discover or observe any actual or suspected criminal activity, when any medical emergency
happens or any other emergency assistance is required on campus.
What to say:
• Advise if an ambulance is needed
• Your name and phone number
• Nature of the emergency
• Location of the ill or injured person
• Nature of the illness or injuries
• Name of the ill or injured person(s)
Stay on the phone if possible until the dispatcher has all the necessary
PROPERTY PROTECTION TIPS
1. Always use bicycle racks. Bicycle racks are provided throughout the campus for your use.
2. The University requires that everyone who parks a bicycle on campus must use U-Locking device,
casehardened chains to secure their bicycle.
3. All bicycles parked at campus bike racks should be registered with the Transportation Center. Registration is
FREE and can be accomplished at the Transportation Center. For more information on the bicycle program
and the hours and operation of the Transportation Center visit www.du.edu/transcenter or call 303-871-7433
4. Keeping your bill of sale and a color photograph of your bicycle is also helpful.
You can decrease the risk of thefts from cars by following these simply steps:
1. Remove all valuable personal property from sight (watches, textbooks, purses or wallets, tape deck, radar
2. Secure all doors and windows.
3. Install an audible security alarm system on vehicle.
4. Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area.
5. Never hide a key on the exterior of your car. We recommend that you tape an unmarked car key to the inside
bottom of your purse or backpack.
6. Always keep your keys in a secure place.
7. Mark the last four digits of your Social Security number on your car somewhere out of sight (wheel well or
8. Always look inside and around your car before getting into it.
9. Report any suspicious or abandoned cars to DCS immediately.
10. Report any theft or tampering to DCS immediately. Be prepared to give your vehicle registration
information as well as any other details that might help determine the time the incident occurred.
Other tips to protect your property
1. Record serial numbers, account numbers, model numbers, brand names, and descriptions of valuables, credit
cards, etc. Keep a duplicate copy in a separate location.
2. Personal property, purses, briefcases, etc., should never be left unattended, not even for a short time. Wallets
and purses should be locked in a desk or drawer when not carried.
3. Always lock your office when you leave.
4. Never loan equipment, property, or keys to people you don’t know well or to people who have no right to use
5. Leave expensive items at home.
6. Never keep large amounts of cash or checks in your office. Put them in the bank.
7. Report stolen property immediately to DCS.
8. Join Operation Identification by calling 303-871-3019 (1-3019).
When to call:
• When you discover or observe any actual or suspected criminal activity or other emergencies on
What to say:
• Your name and phone number
• location of incident
• if there are any injuries
• if the perpetrator is still there
• where the victim of the crime can be located
• a description of the suspect
• suspect’s last known direction of travel.
University of Denver Resources
Department of Campus Safety
Victim Services 303-871-3019
Crime Prevention 303-871-3019
Other Campus Resources
Sexual Assault Response Coordinator 303-871-3853
Health & Counseling Center 303-871-3853
Housing & Residential Education 303-871-2246
Risk Management 303-871-2354
Facilities Management 303-871-2717
DU Parking Services 303-871-3210
DU Shuttle Service 303-871-3842
Denver Community Resources
Denver Sheriff (Jail) 303-375-5629
Rape Crisis Hotline 303-322-7273
Suicide Help 303-860-1200
Poison Control Center 303-739-1123
University of Denver
Emergency Telephone 303-871-3000 (1-3000)
Department: Building name:
Coordinator: Telephone #:
Alternate: Telephone #:
Purpose: To provide guidelines and procedures to evacuate in event of an emergency
-Post evacuation plan -Train residents
-Schedule and perform evacuation drill -Create special plan for disabled persons
A. Fire F. Earthquake
1. Pull fire alarm 1. Take cover under table/desk
2. Call 911 and DCS - 303-871-3000 2. Move with table, hold legs
3. Close doors, windows, exit 3. If outdoors, stay in open space
4. Do not use elevator
B. Tornado G. Work Place Violence
1. Go to basement or interior room 1. Call 911 and DCS – 303-871-3000
2. Move away from windows 2. Locate ‘safe’ area
3. Do not exit building until 3. Warn other occupants
the warning siren stops 4. Stay calm - Do not confront aggressor
C. Bomb Threats
1. Call 911 and DCS – 303-871-3000
2. Coordinate with DCS to search premises
3. Complete bomb threat report
D. Gas leak/chemical release
1. Call DCS – 303-871-3000
2. Evacuate the building
1. Do not leave building
2. Move away from windows
3. If outside, look for cover
BUILDING NAME: _______________________________________
Time fire drill began:
Time fire drill completed:
Completion time: (Max. time is 11 minutes for Hi-Rise
buildings and 7 minutes for medium
size buildings and 4 minutes for all
The following criteria will be observed and graded for all fire evacuation drills:
1) TIME – was time considered in the evacuation? ______
2) ELEVATORS - did elevators open at the correct floor? ______
3) EVACUATION – was the evacuation orderly and smooth? ______
4) DISTANCE FROM BLDG. - did every one move at least 50 feet away from the buildings? ______
5) FIRE EXITS – were all fire exits clear and free from safety hazards (i.e. boxes, brooms, bikes, etc.)? ______
6) DOORS/WINDOWS – were all interior doors and windows closed? ______
7) Did everyone evacuate the building? ______
8) Did staff follow Department evacuation procedures? ______
PASS ______or FAIL ______
Just like having a working smoke detector in your home, having emergency supply kits will put the tools you may need at
your fingertips. Be prepared to improvise and use what you have on hand to survive for at least three days, maybe
longer. Plan to store items in an easy-to-carry bag, such as a large duffle bag, or a plastic container with wheels on it.
Water – store one gallon of water per person per day for drinking and sanitation in clean plastic containers.
Food – store food that is non-perishable. Include protein or fruit bars, dry cereal or granola, canned foods and juices,
peanut butte, dried fruit, nuts, nuts, crackers, etc. Remember to pack a manual can opener, cups and eating utensils.
Clean Air – many potential terrorist attacks could send tiny microscopic material into the air. Be prepared to improvise
with what you have on hand to protect your nose, mouth, eyes and cuts in your skin. Anything that fits snugly over your
nose and mouth, including any dense-weave cotton material, can help filter contaminants in an emergency.
Have a heavyweight garbage bag or plastic sheeting, duct tape and scissors in your kit.
EVACUATION KIT – WHAT SHOULD IT CONTAIN?
• Bottled water
• Dry snacks ( i.e. dried fruits, foods that are non-perishable) or MRE’s
• 2 - Flashlight (with extra batteries)
• Battery powered radio (with extra batteries)
• First Aid Kit (w/extra gauze, hydrogen Peroxide, Alcohol Swabs/band aids)
• Ample supply of toilet articles (towelettes for sanitation)
• Ample supply of Tylenol medicine
• 2 – rolls of duct tape
• 2 - packs of 8’x36” heavy duty plastic sheets
• 1 – box of plastic gloves
• Sheets, Blankets, Disposable Pillows & Pillow Covers
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask or cotton t-shirt to help filter the air
• Tools (wrench or pliers)