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Campus Safety

Campus Safety and Information


It is a top priority to make sure the Cooley Law School community is healthy and safe. Please go to CORONAVIRUS UPDATE or TITLE IX INFORMATION for more details. 

Annual Campus Security and Crime Report

Many of the Law School's safety policies and procedures as well as detailed information about safety and crime activity around its campuses can be found in the Annual Campus Security and Crime Report, which is filed with the U.S. Department of Education. You can find the Annual Campus Security Report for LANSING here and the Annual Campus Security Report for TAMPA BAY here.


Reporting Emergencies

Any life-threatening emergency is to be reported to local authorities by dialing 911. All students, faculty and staff are required to immediately report criminal actions or other emergencies which occur on Law School property to the Building Access Control Officer or Cooley Law School personnel.

A school official will complete the appropriate incident report form to be delivered to the Director of Safety and Environmental Services and others as appropriate. Information concerning victims of a crime or bystanders reporting crimes will generally be kept confidential.  You may also speak to Campus Associate Deans, Campus Assistant Deans, the VP of Operations & Finance, or the Associate Dean of Students & Professionalism.  Contact information can be retrieved through our directory or by contacting the switchboard operator.  Criminal information will be documented through Access Control.

Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Policies

The law school has a comprehensive plan for addressing reports of Harassment, Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, Dating Violence and Stalking Prevention and Response. Read the Harassment, Sexual Assault, and Domestic Violence Policies

Notifications of a Closing, an Emergency or a Disaster

Cooley has a variety of methods to provide emergency, disaster, and weather closing information to students, employees, and the public.

Hurricane Safety

When the National Weather Service issues a hurricane watch or warning, take the following precautions:

  • At least 48 hours before landfall, secure all valuables and important items.
  • If the local authorities do not require an evacuation, prepare for possible flooding and wind damage. Avoid areas with windows and doors that lead directly to the outside.
  • If the local authorities do require an evacuation, leave area following designated state routes.
  • Notify Access Control of any problems.

Download Hurricane Preparedness Guide Here


Local Media

The Associate Deans coordinate notifications to major radio and television stations and other media outlets as warranted in the event of campus closings, emergencies, or disasters. Because circumstances may be unique to each campus, Cooley students and employees should monitor the following stations:


  • WILX-TV 10
  • FOX-TV 47

Tampa Bay:

  • WFLA TV & web
  • WHNZ Radio
  • WGUL

Telephone from Cooley to Internal Voice Mailboxes

A system-wide message may be placed to the telephone voice mailbox of all Cooley telephone extensions in appropriate circumstances.

Telephone to Cooley: The Auto-Attendant

The following telephone numbers may provide a pre-recorded message about weather closings, emergencies or disasters on campus:

  • Lansing: (517) 371-5140
  • Tampa: (813) 419-5100

Warning Sirens

The National Weather Service warning sirens located in the communities surrounding Cooley’s campuses will sound in the event of a tornado warning. The sirens are tested on the first Friday or Saturday of most months, at noon or 1:00 pm, depending upon the community.

Building Evacuation Alarms

Cooley’s buildings have an evacuation alarm, as well as a voice PA system by which instructions can be given by Building Operations and Access Control.

Cooley Web Site and Cooley Connect Portal

The Law School may post to the public website and to the internal Cooley Connect portal for students and employees pertinent information and instructions in the event of a closing, emergency, or disaster.

E-mail Transmission

A mass e-mail may be sent to the Cooley campus community with pertinent closing, emergency, or disaster information or instructions.

Text Notification System

Cooley has a third-party notification system, Blackboard Connect, to send a mass text notification to students and staff.  All students and staff should make sure they have properly registered to use this system by signing on to the Blackboard Connect link found on the Cooley Connect portal.

Emergency Response and Evacuation Testing Procedures

Cooley’s Emergency Procedures designate responsibility for responding to and reporting an emergency. Cooley has a plan for evacuation or sheltering, as the case may be, and for notifying and assisting public service personnel (police, fire, etc.) if an emergency occurs. Designated members of Cooley’s Operations Department and its Access Control Officers have training on how to implement the evacuation and sheltering plans.

Evacuation and sheltering drills are conducted routinely, typically without prior notice to students, faculty, and staff. All persons inside Cooley buildings are expected to comply with alarms sounded during drills. Certain Cooley employees and Access Control Officers are assigned specific duties to make sure floors are cleared, the locations of persons with disabilities are noted, and other similar duties.

Your first priority is to make sure you are safe.


Evacuation and Sheltering Procedures

People are responsible for their own safety and should familiarize themselves with the following building evacuation and sheltering procedures and the location of designated shelter areas as posted in each building.

Tornado/Severe Weather Alarm

When a Severe Weather Warning alarm sounds, take the following precautions:

  • Do not use elevator.
  • Do not attempt to exit the building.
  • Evacuate to the nearest designated shelter area.
  • Avoid areas with windows and doors that lead directly to the outside.
  • If possible, assist people with mobility difficulty.

Fire Alarm

When a fire alarm sounds, take the following precautions:

  • Exit the building promptly and in an orderly manner by using the stairways only.
  • Once outside the building, move away from building.
  • If possible, assist people with mobility difficulty to a fire safe stairwell (not applicable in Tampa).
  • Report the location of the individual to the Access Control.
  • Do not use elevators in an emergency (not applicable in Tampa).

Active Shooter on Campus:  Run, Hide, Fight to Survive


If you find yourself in the middle of an active shooter event on campus, your survival may depend upon whether or not you have a plan.  The plan doesn't have to be complicated.  There are three things you can do that can make a difference.


  • If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate.
  • Leave your belongings behind and help others if possible.
  • Prevent others from entering the area and call 9-1-1 when you are safe.


  • If you cannot get out safely, you need to hide.
  • Lock and blockade the door and silence your cell phone.
  • Stay quiet and out of the shooter's view.
  • Be aware of your surroundings and try not to trap or restrict your options for escape.  


  • As a last resort and only if your life is in danger, you need to attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Work in unison if others are with you.
  • Act with physical aggression and use improvised weapons (e.g., chair, fire extinguisher) if able.

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security released a video on what to do if you find yourself in an active shooter situation.

Click here for the DHS video