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Classroom Safety

WSU Classroom Safety Information

At Washington State University, the safety of our students, faculty and staff is paramount. We strongly encourage you to do all you can to prepare for emergencies, and believe the resources provided will help us keep our campus safe in the case of an emergency.

The syllabus statement below has been approved by the President and Provost and should be included in syllabi University-wide. Individual campuses may want to include additional instruction based on their needs.

The Emergency Guide can be printed out, and should be available in each classroom for quick reference. On the first day of class for the semester, please make a special effort to review this information and your classroom-specific emergency plan.

If you have questions regarding emergency preparedness and/or classroom safety, please contact the police department or office of campus safety at your location.

  • Pullman: (509) 335-8548
  • Vancouver: (360) 546-9001
  • Tri-Cities: (509) 372-7234
  • Spokane: (509) 358-7995
  • North Puget Sound at Everett: (425) 388-9990

Syllabus Statement

Classroom and campus safety are of paramount importance at Washington State University, and are the shared responsibility of the entire campus population. WSU urges students to follow the “Alert, Assess, Act,” protocol for all types of emergencies and the “Run, Hide, Fight” response for an active shooter incident. Remain ALERT (through direct observation or emergency notification), ASSESS your specific situation, and ACT in the most appropriate way to assure your own safety (and the safety of others if you are able).

Please sign up for emergency alerts on your account at MyWSU. For more information on this subject, campus safety, and related topics, please view the FBI’s Run, Hide, Fight video and visit the WSU safety portal.


Prepare for an emergency by using these tips:

Campus-Specific Information

  • Global Campus: Safety is the responsibility of every member of the campus community and individuals should know the appropriate actions to take when an emergency arises. In support of our commitment to the safety of the campus community, the University has developed a Campus Safety Plan. It is highly recommended that you visit the Office of Emergency Management website to become familiar with the information provided as well as the site for your specific campus, if applicable.
  • Pullman: Washington State University is committed to enhancing the safety of the students, faculty, staff, and visitors. It is highly recommended that you review the Campus Safety Plan and visit the Office of Emergency Management for a comprehensive listing of university policies, procedures, statistics, and information related to campus safety, emergency management, and the health and welfare of the campus community.
  • Spokane: The WSU Spokane Campus Safety Plan contains a comprehensive listing of university policies, procedures, statistics, and information relating to campus safety, emergency management, and the health and welfare of the campus community. Please visit this site to become familiar with the campus safety and emergency information provided. All faculty, staff, and students should go to the MyWSU portal and register their emergency contact information for the Crisis Communication System (CCS). Enter your network ID and password and you will be taken to the MyWSU portal page. Look for the Spokane Emergency Information box on the left side of the page and click the update link to be taken to the registration page where you can enter your cell, landline, and email contact information as well as arrange for emergency text messages to be sent to your cell phone.
  • Tri-Cities: In order to receive notification regarding campus emergencies (including campus closures), all faculty, staff, and students register their emergency contact information for the Crisis Communication System (CCS) through MyWSU.  Click Update Now! under Tri-Cities Emergency Info to register for notification by text message, e-mail, telephone, or any combination of the three. Providing multiple contact methods will help ensure you receive notifications in a timely manner, and your information will NOT be used for any other purpose. Messages regarding campus emergencies will also be distributed through local media. Please also review the Campus Safety Plan, which contains a listing of emergency contacts, and university policies, procedures, statistics, and information relating to campus safety and the health and welfare of the campus community.
  • Vancouver: WSU has made an emergency notification system available for faculty, students, and staff. Please register at MyWSU with emergency contact information (cell, email, text, etc.). You may have been prompted to complete emergency contact information when registering for classes at RONet. In the event of a building evacuation, refer to the map at each classroom entrance, which shows the evacuation point for each building. Finally, in case of class cancellation campus-wide, please check local media, the WSU Vancouver website and/or the FlashAlert Newswire. Individual class cancellations may be made at the discretion of the instructor. Each individual is expected to make the best decision for their personal circumstances, taking safety into account. For additional safety plan information, please click here.
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