MCB 301
Experimental Microbiology
School of Molecular and Cellular Biology
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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University Information on Student Safety

Active Threats:

  • General Emergency Response Recommendations (Emergency Response Guide):
  • Security Threat. The Department of Homeland Security and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Office of Campus Emergency Planning recommend the following three responses to any emergency on campus: RUN > HIDE > FIGHT
  • Only follow these actions if safe to do so. When in doubt, follow your instincts - you are your best advocate!


    RUN-Action taken to leave an area for personal safety.
    • Take the time to learn the different ways to leave your building before there is an emergency.
    • Evacuations are mandatory for fire alarms and when directed by authorities!  No exceptions!
    • Evacuate immediately.  Pull manual fire alarm to prompt a response for others to evacuate.
    • Take critical personal items only (keys, purse, and outerwear) and close doors behind you.
    • Assist those who need help, but carefully consider whether you may put yourself at risk.
    • Look for Exit signs indicating potential egress/escape routes.
    • If you are not able to evacuate, go to an Area of Rescue Assistance, as indicated on the front page of this plan.
    • Evacuate to Evacuation Assembly Area, as indicated on front page of this plan. 
    • Remain at Evacuation Assembly Area until additional instructions are given.
    • Alert authorities to those who may need assistance.
    • Do not re-enter building until informed by emergency response personnel that it is safe to return.
    • Active Threat: IF it is safe to do so, run out of the building. Get as far away as possible. Do NOT go to the Evacuation Assembly Area.
  • HIDE-Action taken to seek immediate shelter indoors when emergency conditions do not warrant or allow evacuation.
    • Severe Weather:
      • If you are outside, proceed to the nearest protective building.
      • If sheltering-in-place due to severe weather, proceed to the identified Storm Refuge Area or to the lowest, most interior area of the building away from windows or hazardous equipment or materials.
    • Active Threat:
      • Lock or barricade your area.
      • Get to a place where the threat cannot see you.
      • Place cell phones on silent.
      • Do not make any noise.
      • Do not come out until you receive an Illini-Alert advising you it is safe.
  • FIGHT-Action taken as a last resort to increase your odds of survival.
    • Active Threat: If you cannot run away safely or hide, be prepared to fight with anything available to increase your odds for survival.

Sexual Harassment:
Title IX makes it clear that violence and harassment based on sex and gender are Civil Rights offenses subject to the same kinds of accountability and the same kinds of support applied to offenses against other protected categories such as race, national origin, etc. If you or someone you know has been harassed or assaulted, you can find the appropriate resources here:

University Police Department, Emergency, 9,-911; Non-emergency, 217.333.8911
Counseling Center, 110 Student Services Bldg., 610 E. John St., 217.333.3704
McKinley Health Center, General Information, 217.333-2701
McKinley Mental Health Center, 1109 S. Lincoln, 217.333.2705
Dean of Students, 300 Turner Students Services Bldg, 610 E. John St., 217.333.0050
Local Sexual Assault Center, RACES, 217.384.4444
Women’s Resources Center, 703 South Wright Street, 2nd Floor, 217-333-3137