CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo., Jan. 13, 2009 — Over the past few years, college campuses across the nation have experienced unparalleled violence and threats to security, the most high profile of which occurred at Virginia Tech University. In light of these unfortunate events, Southeast Missouri State University officials are planning a drill for Wednesday, Jan. 14, to test the readiness of staff members across the campus, including those on the executive staff, the Department of Public Safety, Residence Life, Facilities Management, Telecommunications, Information Technology and many others in responding to a critical incident.
The drill is scheduled for 8 a.m. to noon. During this time, Crisp Hall of Nursing, Carnahan Hall, the south side of Brandt Hall of Music and the pedestrian area on the east side of Academic Hall will be locked down and barricaded off while University staff members work through the drill. Faculty and staff members will not be permitted to enter or leave this area of campus during the drill and lockdown. In addition, Cheney Drive and parking lot 2-16 immediately north of Crisp Hall and parking lot 3-1 east of Brandt Hall of Music will be inaccessible from 8 to noon.
During the scenario, law enforcement and emergency personnel and their vehicles will be present in this area of campus, including on or near Pacific Street and Alta Vista Drive. Residence halls will be locked down, however these procedures will not impact student residents since they do not begin moving back into the residence halls for the spring 2009 semester until Jan. 16.