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Security and Emergency Procedures

St. Lawrence College is committed to providing a safe place for our community members to study, work, live and visit.

Each of our campuses have a dedicated team of Security professionals on site who are able to assist you with any security concerns or general inquiries. Through a combination of guard patrols and CCTV monitoring, this team works proactively to address issues before they become a problem.

Get the SLC Safe App from the Apple Store or Google Play. One more way to keep you informed at SLC. Anyone returning to campus is required to download the SLC Safe App. The app will send you important safety alerts & provide instant access to campus safety resources. 

It is important to remember however, that the pursuit of Safety and Security must be a team effort. Each one of us needs to assume a certain amount of responsibility for our own personal safety. To that end, there are a number of steps that we can take every day, in order to maximize your safety while on Campus.

  • Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Don’t leave personal property unattended.
  • Know the location of the emergency exits for your area.
  • Have the number for Campus Security programmed into your cell phone.
  • Use the Lone Worker Program.
  • Lock your vehicle and do not leave items of value in plain sight.
  • Ask the Security staff for an escort to your vehicle.

Emergency Procedures

Find details regarding COVID-19 protocols on campus, vaccination and mandatory mask policies, requirements for accessing campus, and more here.

In general:

  • Report all fires, no matter how small, to Campus Security
  • Report the smell of smoke of undetermined origin to Campus Security
  • Attempt to extinguish the fire only if you can do so safely
  • Familiarize yourself with the location of pull stations, fire exits, and fire extinguishers in your area

How to contact Campus Security:

  • Mobile: dial extension 5555 (Kingston: 613.544.5400, Brockville: 613.345.0660, Cornwall: 613.933.6080)
  • Landline: dial 5555 from any campus phone

Upon discovery of a fire:

  1. Stay calm to ensure a safe and orderly evacuation
  2. Alert other occupants and activate the nearest fire alarm pull station
  3. Turn off all electrical and open-flame equipment only if you can do so safely
  4. Leave the fire area immediately
  5. Close, but do not lock, all doors behind you as you leave
  6. Immediately evacuate the building using the nearest exit to prevent “bottlenecking” at main exits 

When you hear a fire alarm:

It is MANDATORY for campus buildings to be evacuated during any fire alarm.

  1. Do not assume the fire alarm is a drill
  2. Stay calm to ensure a safe and orderly evacuation
  3. Turn off all electrical and open-flame equipment only if you can do so safely
  4. Immediately evacuate the building using the nearest exit to prevent “bottlenecking” at main exits
  5. Close, but do not lock, all doors behind you as you leave
  6. Do not use the elevators
  7. If you encounter smoke on your way down the stairs, do not continue; leave the stairway onto the closest available floor area and proceed to an alternate stairway
  8. Never go to the roof; smoke rises (doors to the roof are locked and you could become trapped)
  9. Stay low to the ground if you are in a smoke-filled environment
  10. Once outside stand well clear of the building in order to allow emergency responders to have clear access for their vehicles and to enter the building
  11. Await further instructions and do not re-enter the building until the all clear has been given

Fire Emergency Procedures for Mobility-Impaired Persons:

When the Fire Alarm sounds, do the following:

  1. If on the ground floor, exit by the normal means
  2. If above or below the ground floor notify Campus Security. Mobile: dial extension 5555 (Kingston: 613.544.5400, Brockville: 613.345.0660, Cornwall: 613.933.6080. Landline: dial 5555 from any campus phone.
  3. Tell Campus Security that the fire alarm is sounding and you are mobility impaired and cannot leave your floor area. If you smell smoke, or are in immediate danger, inform the security dispatcher.
  4. Give your exact location, including wing, floor level and room number. Your information will be relayed to emergency response personnel who are en route or on scene. Fire Services will facilitate your evacuation if your safety is compromised.
  5. Remain by the phone. If the conditions at your location deteriorate (any increased danger or hazard), call Campus Security immediately with an update.

Take precaution to avoid fires:

  • Do not store combustible material in unapproved spaces such as stairwells, electrical rooms and mechanical rooms
  • Do not leave fire and smoke barrier doors wedged open or left inoperable
  • Be sure to properly store flammable gasses and liquids
  • Be sure to properly dispose of oily rags
  • Remain calm
  • Stop all activities (meetings, teaching, etc.)
  • Follow instructions given to you by college officials
  • Exit the building via the closest safe exit
  • Do not block roadways or doorways
  • Wait outside, away from the building, for the “All Clear” announcement
  • Dial ext. 5555 – college security (Kingston: 613.544.5400, Brockville: 613.345.0660, Cornwall: 613.933.6080)
  • Remain at the scene until help arrives (security, ambulance, fire, etc.)

During periods of inclement weather, it may be necessary for the College to cancel classes and services. That decision will be based on the ability of the College to ensure that our parking lots, roadways and walkways can be suitably cleared in order to permit safe entrance and egress from our buildings. Both the availability of public transportation and the travel and driving risks posed by the weather to the members of the College community may also influence the decision to cancel classes. Every attempt will be made to communicate the notice of cancellation to radio outlets and social media sites by 6:30 am and by 3:00 pm in the case of cancelled evening classes.

To report an accident or injury on-campus visit the Campus Security Office or call ext. 5555 from any campus phone.  You can also complete an online report which can be located through SLC.ME or on the "SLC SAFE" app.

If you require an alternative version of this information to meet your accessibility needs please contact dawright@sl.on.ca or ext. 5555.