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2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is committed to the safety and security of the campus community. As required by the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act), the university releases an annual report addressing a wide range of safety information and security procedures. The 2018 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is now available on the university’s Clery web page.

This report contains information regarding topics such as crime reporting, crime prevention and awareness programming, fire safety, a university police overview, emergency response, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The report also contains information for the three previous calendar years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the university, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

If you would like a copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, download the document online.

You can request a hard copy at the UT Police Department, 1101 Cumberland Avenue, or have a hard copy mailed to you by emailing

Take 5-Minute Emergency Management Survey, Enter to Win $50 Vol Shop Card

The Office of Emergency Management is trying to assess and improve the effectiveness of its awareness and training programs.

The survey focuses on awareness of the different resources available to the campus community to help them be prepared for emergencies.

The survey will be available through Tuesday, October 9.

Click this link to take this survey

Please take less than five minutes to participate in this survey and also enter to win a $50 dollar gift card for the VolShop.

If you would like to enter the drawing without taking the survey, simply scroll to the bottom of the page and enter your information.

If you have questions about this survey, contact Brian Gard, director of the Office of Emergency Management, at 865-974-3061 or

Test of UT Alert’s New ‘I’m Okay’ Feature Set for Friday

The Office of Emergency Management will test a new component of the UT Alert messaging service called “I’m Okay.” It is a polling feature that allows users to self-report their status. The test will occur at 1:10 p.m. on Friday, September 28.

You can respond to the poll by clicking the link in the text or the email. The system will only record one response per person.

Log in to your account and make sure your cell is up-to-date to receive text alerts.

The alert allows subscribers to reply to a poll if they are safe during an emergency. Accounting for the campus community during an emergency is extremely challenging and depends on members self-reporting their status. The goal is to be able to record and make accessible to family and friends through the UT Reconnect System information about who has reported they are safe.

Self-reporting is critical to campus emergency response and recovery. The demand for information following an emergency is overwhelming. For every person who self-reports, it reduces the number of phone calls and people coming to campus, which will help emergency responders focus on the most immediate needs.

If you have questions about the UT Alert polling, contact the Office of Emergency Management at 974-3061.

Environmental Health and Safety Welcomes New Director

Sandra Prior, new director of UT’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety

Sandra Prior, new director of UT’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety

Sandra Prior is the new director of UT’s Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

One of Prior’s priorities is to pinpoint ways the department can close communication gaps, be more efficient and broaden its service delivery across campus.

The department’s responsibilities include inspection of all UT research labs, identification of requirements for maintaining a building’s safety systems, hazardous waste management, fire safety, industrial and general safety oversight, environmental compliance, training and technical assistance for the vast array of UT’s safety programs.

The unit works with every academic and administrative unit on campus to ensure and promote the safety of students, employees, and visitors. Prior also serves as the safety officer for the UT Graduate School of Medicine, which has 41 labs.

As construction continues around campus, Prior envisions the Department of Environmental Health and Safety will be critical in that process.

“One of the things we’re trying to do is review drawings for new buildings or redesigns for what the buildings might need,” she said. “That way, we can anticipate the safety issues so they don’t get built into the buildings.”

Prior brings more than 35 years of experience in environmental health and safety program development and management with national, international, government, research, and academic organizations. Prior came to UT from the College of William and Mary where she served as director of environmental health and safety. Previously, she worked with the Department of Energy’s Jefferson Lab in Newport News, Virginia, and as an environmental science consultant with the U.S. Army.

She replaces Mark Smith who retired in the spring.

Prior supervises 13 employees in the Department of Environmental Health and Safety.

“They’re really a great team and are working hard,” she said. “I’m impressed with all they do given the limited resources they have and the limited tools of their trade.”

Of East Tennessee she said, “I like the camaraderie here. There is a strength of community in Knoxville and at the university.”

The Department of Environmental Health and Safety is housed under UT Public Safety. Public Safety also oversees the UT Police Department, the Office of Emergency Management and UT Clery Compliance.

Safety Tip of the Week: Have a Communication Plan

One of the biggest challenges during an emergency is getting word to friends and family. Cell service is likely to be quickly overwhelmed. That is why having a back-up plan for reaching loved ones is important. Here are some tips on how to make a communication plan:

  • Identify your emergency contact in case of emergency.
  • Write down on paper key phone numbers (not just in your mobile phone).
  • Predetermine a local and out-of-area location to reunite with family and friends.
  • Text instead of call when cell phone service is overloaded.
  • Reply to the “I’m Okay” poll from UT Alert and register on the Reconnect Site during a major disaster.

Visit the FEMA site for easy to use templates.

This week, UT will test a new feature of the UT Alert messaging service called “I’m Okay.” It is a polling feature that allows users to self-report their status. The test will occur at 1:10 p.m. on Friday, September 28. Be sure to participate by responding.

Being prepared for an emergency is easy:  Do one thing this week.

Gard Receives Advanced Emergency Management Designation

UT’s Brian Gard recently completed the National Emergency Management Advanced Academy, enhancing skills that will improve the university’s preparedness in responding to emergencies and disasters.

Gard, director of the UT Office of Emergency Management, was one of 32 graduates of the academy, which took place in Nashville at the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency and Williamson County Public Safety.

“The hazards and threats we face as a campus are constantly evolving,” Gard said.  Public safety professionals must remain committed to continued professional development in order to properly serve their communities. A stagnant program creates a vulnerable community and I want to make sure I am continually exposed to industry best practices and education that helps me perform my duties.”

Brian Gard, right, with Patrick Sheehan, director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Brian Gard, right, with Patrick Sheehan, director of the Tennessee Emergency Management Agency.

Additionally, Gard increased his network of industry leaders that would help and support the university during a major disaster. The discipline of emergency management recognizes that no one agency or organization can be expected to have all the resources and expertise needed to address complex emergencies, he said.

Higher education emergency management officials must be able to understand the operations and strategies of local, state and federal public safety entities, Gard said.

“The academy allowed me to learn from a group of experts who are filling diverse roles across the spectrum of emergency management,” he said. “I was able to broaden my understanding of where the university emergency management program fits into the overall picture”

Safety Tip: Learn to Use ‘Stop the Bleed’ Kits

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has joined the nationwide effort to empower bystanders to help save lives in bleeding emergencies before professional help arrives.

In the critical minutes between the 911 call and the arrival of emergency responders, the average person can make the difference between life and death. Campus officials are providing trauma kits to be used by the campus community during this critical time.

Here is what you need to know:

  • Kits are located within automated external defibrillators (AEDs)
  • Some larger wall units are located in large gathering areas
  • The kits are designed to treat life-threatening bleeding wounds
  • Easy to follow instructions are inside

Emergency preparedness is easy: locate the AED and trauma kit nearest you.

Emergency Preparedness Tip: Join Listservs for Buildings You Frequent

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has 112 different building listservs available to students, faculty and staff.

These building listservs are important because they are used to notify building occupants of outages and possible emergencies. When smaller incidents do not warrant activation of the UT Alert messaging system for campus, building level alerting is done and listservs are part of that process.

Anyone can subscribe to a UT listserv and a full list can be found on the Facilities Services website. Listservs can be accessed by entering the listserv name followed by

Emergency preparedness is easy:  Do one thing today!

Safety Tip of the Week: See Something, Say Something

If You See Something Say SomethingSeptember 11 marks the anniversary of one of the most horrific days in American history. The terrorist attacks drastically altered daily norms for many Americans and made increased vigilance a way of life.

At UT, the best opportunity we have to prevent violence on campus is to encourage Volunteers to pay attention to their surroundings and reach out to law enforcement when they observe suspicious activity.

If you see something that doesn’t feel right, say something by reporting it. Trust your instincts and share information that seems suspicious or just out of place. Call the UT Police Department or text a tip using the campus safety app.

Some indicators to look for:

  • Individuals in places they don’t belong, acting suspiciously, avoiding eye contact, or departing quickly when seen or approached
  • People loitering for no apparent reason
  • Someone overdressed for the type of weather
  • Someone expressing an unusual interest and asking probing questions
  • A strong odor coming from a bag or vehicle
  • A vehicle that appears overloaded or has a fluid leak that doesn’t seem to be from the engine or gas tank

If you are concerned about the behavior of someone you know, call 865-974-HELP (4357) for students or 865-946-CARE (2273) for faculty and staff. These resources provide UT community members with the assistance they need in times of crisis.

UT Spotlights Campus Safety Awareness with September Events, Giveaways

UT will commemorate National Campus Safety Awareness Month this September with events that highlight ongoing efforts to curb campus crime and promote safety.

From Red Zone pop-up installations and flu shots at the Rock to seminars on responding to an active shooter and a self-defense program for women, Volunteers will have numerous opportunities to explore and participate in various initiatives.

National Campus Safety Awareness Month coincides with National Preparedness Month, which focuses on being equipped to respond when a natural disaster strikes.

Campus partners will present events to highlight campus safety awareness and preparedness. Many events will include snacks and giveaways. The events include:

Torchbearer Tuesday: The Office of Title IX in collaboration with the UT Police Department will be at the Torchbearer statue to promote sexual assault awareness and personal safety resources from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, September 4.

UT Alert test: The Office of Emergency Management will test the emergency messaging service that keeps students, faculty, and staff informed during an emergency on campus at 1:10 p.m. on Wednesday, September 5. Log in to your account and make sure your mobile number is up to date to receive text alerts. UT Alert messages are automatically sent to your email account whether or not you are subscribed to receive text messages.

Red Zone pop-up installation: The Red Zone is the time period in fall semester between the start of school and Thanksgiving break, when students are statistically more at risk for sexual assault. Installations include a 150-yard red canvas, which members of the UT community can sign as a pledge to speak up against sexual violence. Events will take place September 4, 10, 17, and 24. Check the Center for Health Education and Wellness website and social media for times and locations.

Active Shooter and Stop the Bleed seminars: The UT Police Department and the Office of Emergency Management will discuss how to respond in an active shooter incident. Participants will be taught how to use the Stop the Bleed kits located in campus automated external defibrillator locations. The kits can help save lives in an emergency situation by providing bleed control equipment such as tourniquets, pressure dressings, and gauze bandages. Lunch with be provided. The seminar will be held from 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, September 19 and Tuesday, September 25.

Flu Shots Rock!: Get prepared for flu season by getting your flu vaccine! The Student Health Center in collaboration with the Center for Health Education and Wellness will be offering flu shots at the Rock from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday, September 21.

Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) Course: Registration is open for the UT Police Department’s September Rape Aggression Defense (R.A.D.) course. Women are encouraged to participate in the three-day course, which teaches easy-to-learn proven and effective physical tactics. Dates for the course are Monday, September 24, Wednesday, September 26, and Friday, September 28.

Safety Day: Programming will emphasize vehicular safety with devices such as distracted driving simulators and virtual reality goggles. It will take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, September 26, at Gate 21 Plaza.


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