Lockdown Procedures

The campuses of Yeshiva University consist of numerous buildings spread throughout the city. If a major criminal incident is occurring on or in the immediate vicinity of the university, a campus wide Lockdown or Lockout might be implemented. Lockdown procedures are designed to protect our students, staff and faculty from the impact a criminal incident or other dangerous condition until law enforcement can respond to the scene and contain the situation. If you observe a major criminal incident which is occurring in the vicinity of one of our buildings, notify 911 and Security, and provide us with the following information:

  • Location of incident
  • Description and number of persons involved (clothing and physical features)
  • Injuries that have occurred
  • Description of any weapons involved
  • The suspect's direction of travel and vehicle description (if applicable)
  • Make sure that 911 and Security understand that the incident is in progress and in the vicinity of the campus.

Emergency Communication

Depending upon the severity of the incident, Security will advise you of specific instructions in one of the following ways:

  • Text message on the YU Update system
  • Email via YU Announce
  • Intercom announcements or
  • Portable loudspeaker announcements.

Lockdown Procedures

When an announcement is made to initiate a full lockdown, the Yeshiva University campus community may be advised in the following manner:

  • Proceed to an area that can be secured or locked.
  • All doors into the area should be locked.
  • If it is not possible to lock the doors, place furniture and equipment in front of the doors in order to barricade them. Some doors open out into the corridor. In this situation, use whatever means possible to try to restrict entry to the room, including placing furniture and equipment in front of the door, or using a belt or other item to tie the door handle to something stable.
  • Move to the point in the room that is most distant from a door entering the room from the outside or from a corridor/hallway. Do not huddle but spread out.
  • Close blinds and drapes for concealment.
  • Turn off lights. Put cell phones on vibrate, and silence other devices.
  • If communication is needed, use text messaging only.
  • Remain quiet and secure until the ALL CLEAR is given by Security or the Police.
  • Entrance doors to buildings may be locked by Security in order to keep the threat outside. If you are outside during a lockdown, you may not be able to enter a building. Get as far from the campus as you can and find a safe location. Wait for the ALL CLEAR before returning to campus.