This is a very prescient topic. We had our first lockdown drill last week. It raised a number of issues. We were instructed to lock the doors turn out the light and monitors and hide.
Well, fire code requires that chem labs have emergency lighting that is on a UPS system and remains lit when the room lights are turned off. Chemistry labs are designed so that instructors can see students at all times. There is no place to hide. One suggestion being that we get down on the floor. I did not think this a good idea in a lab. Perhaps the most important issues is that in chemistry labs we have solvents (fuel + oxygen + ignition source) When there are fire arms this is not going to end well. Ad administrator suggested that we hide in the flammable storage room adjacent to the lab. A student commented that we were being asked to hide in a potential bomb. The flammable storage room is adjacent to the lab with access through the lab.
I think we have a ways to go here and an very interested in what others contribute to this thread.
I would prefer that a science building be a no gun zone.
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If you are currently in a state which allows "campus carry", could you please share with me your policies on which rooms/labs/areas are exempt?
How did you determine which rooms/labs/areas are exempt?
Thank you very much,
Barbara L. Foster
College Safety Officer
Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
West Virginia University
DCHAS Fellow - American Chemical Society
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