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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency call boxInclement weather
Kansas weather varies widely from season to season and may result in class cancelation, particularly during the winter and spring months.  In the event of inclement weather that could create hazardous traveling conditions for students or employees, the Provost will make a decision on canceling classes by 5:30 AM and alert the regional news media and the Information Center, and a message will be placed on the inclement weather line (785) 864-SNOW and the KU Information Center line (785) 864-3506.

Violence in the workplace
In order to ensure the safety of all its employees and students, the University of Kansas adheres to the State of Kansas Violence in the Workplace Policy, which states that any threatening or violent actions committed on state property against state employees or members of the public will not be tolerated, and could result in dismissal, arrest or prosecution. The policy says that state employees are responsible for alerting their institutions about “any threats which they have witnessed, received, or have been told that another person has witnessed or received.”  At KU, employees should contact the director of Human Resources and Equal Opportunity, Ola Faucher, at ofaucher@ku.edu, or call (785) 864-4946.

Although the chances of a school shooting occurring at KU are statistically slim, it is still important to be aware of the warning signs for potentially violent students or employees. The KU Human Resources web site has a link to a report by the Virginia Tech Review Panel that lists warning signs for potentially dangerous individuals.  Knowing how to identify these signs, such as violent content in writings and art or a fascination with weapons or previous shootings, could lead to early intervention and saved lives.

Emergency resources
The following web sites are great resources for emergency preparation:

For emergencies:
Emergency Procedures & Programs

For inclement weather:
KU Inclement Weather Policy

For violence in the workplace:
Workplace Violence


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