Campus Emergency Operations Plan and Procedure
It is the mission of the Coppin State University Police Department (CSUPD) to improve the human condition by providing a safe environment in which to learn, work, and visit. The CSUPD is committed to cultivating a relationship of collaboration and trust with our students, faculty, staff and visitors by maintaining open, respectful communication and partnerships while providing the highest level of customer service and protection to our Campus Community. We will maintain the highest level of professionalism and readiness while remaining open to critique. As the vision of public safety continues to evolve, we pledge to always keep the safety of our Coppin Campus Community as our top priority.
Are you concerned about your or another person's immediate safety? Dial 911 or call Campus Police at 410.951.3911.
Emergency Operations Plan
Coppin State University has an emergency operations plan. This plan details information, policies, and procedures for how Coppin manages and mitigates emergency situations. Our greatest priority in any emergency is protecting our students, employees, and visitors.
In an emergency, our emergency plan help us to:
- promote safety and security of students, staff, faculty, and visitors.
- minimize damage to University infrastructure and resources.
- minimize disruption of University programs.
- ensure University emergency response procedures are compatible with local and national emergency response standards.
- inform and assist the broader community as appropriate.
In any emergency, our highest priority is maintaining the safety and security of our campus community. Campus Police actively monitors the national threat level, as well as specific threats to the Coppin State University community. In the event of a safety or security concern on campus, Campus Police shares information and recommended campus actions with the Coppin community through all available means of campus communication, including but not limited to:
- Coppin email
- Text messages
- Campus-wide announcements
Based on current threat on the national and local level, Campus Police automatically implement the appropriate response protocols. The different response protocols activate various levels of operational and collaborative activities designed to keep the campus community safe.
Review of Preparedness Procedure and Protocols
Campus Police regularly reviews and revises preparedness procedures designed to address and respond to critical incidents that occur on campus. Any new policy or procedure includes:
- Establishing an emergency response based on federally designed Incident Command System protocols
- Implementing a Disaster Response Protocol model based upon an Incident Response Team comprised of high level campus administrators, an Emergency Operations Center comprised of major resource holders, and an Incident Command System team comprised of CSUPD officers trained to coordinate on-scene activities at major incidents
- Implementing an Early Warning System Emergency Program to provide instant notification of the campus community to imminent dangerous conditions. Upon activation of the Early Warning System Emergency Program, campus community members should:
- Seek shelter within the closest building;
- Seek information about the emergency from the following resources;
- + www.coppin.edu
- + (410) 951-3000 - Main campus line
- + (410) 951-3911 - Campus Police
Throughout any heightened threat condition, Campus Police engages in the following daily activities to enhance normal safety and security activities:
- Maintain an institutional liaison with local, state, and federal agencies to facilitate information sharing with the campus community and
- Provide increased uniformed police officer visibility at designated areas and during campus special events
Your Role as a Community Member
We need your help to keep our Coppin community safe. Please immediately report any suspicious campus activity by:
- Dialing X3900 from any on-campus phone
- Calling Campus Police (410) 951-3900 from a cell phone or mobile device
Your knowledge of campus buildings, public spaces, and other facilities mean that you're best suited to identify any out-of-place person or suspicious conditions.
Your help in alerting us to suspicious conditions, events, or persons is a critical component of keeping our Coppin campus safe and secure.
Campus Emergency Notification System
Coppin State University's state-of-the-art notification system sends messages instantly and simultaneously to all registered text-message capable mobile devices, as well as email. The service also posts these messages on the main Coppin website.
Additionally, the messages will "pop up" on the computer screen for anyone with Google, Yahoo, or AOL as their home page. We strongly encourage students, faculty, and staff to register—it only takes a few moments. This will be the surest way you'll receive critical safety and security notifications, as well as other campus information you may want to opt-in to receive.
In case of an emergency situation on campus, we strongly encourage you to keep your own 1-2 day supply of food and water in your office or dorm area. Also consider keeping additional items including:
- spare batteries
- portable radio
- other necessary personal supplies
In a campus emergency, we utilize all available state and federal disaster relief agencies such as Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) to provide food and water.
Providing information about all disaster scenarios is impossible given the variety of potential threats that might occur. Learn more about preparing for specific emergencies through these organizations:
- Maryland Emergency Management Agency (MEMA)
- American Red Cross Homeland Security Advisory System
- Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Questions? Reach out to Campus Police at (410) 951-3900.