Dear MCAD Students, Faculty and Staff,
In light of the recent mass shooting incidents that have occurred in our country, I would like to remind the campus community of resources made available by the Public Safety Office.
One of the best actions you can do, before confronted with any serious incident, is to take a moment to prepare yourself ahead of time. Whether at MCAD or out in public (e.g., grocery stores, restaurants), take a moment to consider your surroundings and think about what you would if a violent gun incident were to occur. Ask yourself:
- Where is the nearest exit? Secondary exit?
- What is the closest solid object (e.g., cement pillar or brick wall) to take cover behind?
- What can I use to defend myself? A bookbag, briefcase, fire extinguisher, chair, or table?
Once you notice the initial sound of a gunshot, which may sound like fireworks, decide on how to respond. That may be any of the following:
- Running – leave the building/area immediately and get away as far as you feel safe to call 911; report what you heard or saw.
- Hiding – lock and/or barricade doors. Most classrooms in Main and Morrison can be locked from the inside with push button locks or turn latch.
- Fighting – use all items at your disposal, i.e., bookbag, briefcase, fire extinguisher, metal thermos, chair, dinner plate, silver wear, etc.
Your assessment and decision on how to respond but must be done quickly. A training video is available that goes deeper into consideration for each of these situations. For Faculty and Staff, this training will be assigned to you through Paylocity as a refresher.
I encourage all MCAD community members to sign up to receive the emergency text messages that allow MCAD to share information quickly to our community. Per MCAD policy, firearms are not allowed on campus by student’s, staff or faculty.