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Safety Protocol


Student safety is of the utmost importance at ETBU. Please review the standard protocols implemented campus wide.


Active Shooter Protocol


Have an escape route and plan in mind for your location.

Leave all belongings behind.

Grab you cellular phone if it is easily accessible and will not keep you from escaping safely.

Hide Out

Hide in area out of the active shooters view.

Block entry to your area with heavy furniture, lock the door, silence all electronic devices, and turn off the lights. 

Take Action

Only when your life is in danger and the only option you have, then take action against the active shooter.

Use physical aggression against the active shooter, including any type of weapon you can utilize (fire extinguisher, computer screen, chair, etc.).

To view an active shooter response flyer click here.

Sexual Assault

To view ETBU Title IX Handbook click here. 

For more information click here.

Fire Safety

When students first move in:

  • Make sure the smoke alarms in the room, suite, apartment and floor are in place and working. If not, contact the resident assistant or resident director to have them installed.
  • Arrange furniture and decorations so that all automatic fire sprinkler heads are clear. Do not hang anything from fire sprinklers.
  • Keep furniture clear of windows and doors for quick exiting.
  • Never prop stairway doors open. Keep hallways clear.
  • Identify all emergency exits on your floor. In case of fire, elevators will not be in service.
  • Find the fire extinguisher and check that the pressure level is good. In off-campus housing, if there is no extinguisher, buy one and keep it in the kitchen.
  • Never overload electrical outlets. Do not staple, tape or nail extension cords or run them under carpeting. Use UL-listed electrical power strips and unplug appliances when not in use.

Throughout the school year:

  • Never ignore a fire alarm; fires can spread quickly. Evacuate immediately even when there is no smoke present. Have an escape plan and know evacuation routes.
  • Always identify two ways out of a building. The main entrance may be blocked.
  • If candles are allowed, store in appropriate containers and handle with care. Never place an open flame near curtains, posters or anything flammable. Keep candles away from fans, open windows or anywhere they can be knocked over. Never leave burning candles unattended.
  • Do not use portable grills or camp stoves inside.
  • ETBU is a non-smoking campus so smoking should not be taking place in the Residential Halls.  Smoking is one of the leading causes of residential fires.

To view 8 flyers about Fire Safety click here.

Missing Person Procedures

It is the policy of East Texas Baptist University to follow approved procedures and guidelines when a student is reported or declared missing.
In compliance with the Missing Student Notification Policy and Procedures established by H.R. 4137, Section 488, of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008, it is the policy of East Texas Baptist University to actively investigate any report of a missing student who is enrolled at the University.
Each resident will be informed regarding the Missing Student Notification procedures upon check-in at their residence hall. Each resident has the option to provide the name and contact number of an individual(s) that should be contacted in case of an emergency. Upon determination that a student is missing, the Vice President for Student Engagement will be notified immediately. The individual identified on the Residence Hall Student Information form will be contacted no later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined missing, in accordance with official notification procedures established by the University.
For any resident under the age of 18, who is not emancipated, the institution will notify a custodial parent or guardian no later than 24 hours after the time that the resident is determined to be missing by the University staff. When a member of the University community has reason to believe that a student is missing, all possible efforts will be made immediately to locate the student to determine his or her condition.
Once the Vice President for Student Engagement has confirmed that a student is missing, the following steps will be taken:
1. Notifies the President and appropriate staff and faculty that a student has been missing for more than 24 hours.
2. Files a missing person report with Safety & Security, who in turn notifies the Marshall Police Department.
3. Notifies the person designated as an emergency contact on the Residence Hall Student Information form.
4. If the student is under 18, and not an emancipated individual, the student’s custodial parent or legal guardian is notified.
Contact for Interpretation: Vice President for Student Engagement and Athletics

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