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Thursday, February 22, 2024

UIC Conducts Exercise on Violence Prevention and Crisis Management Readiness

On Friday, Dec. 8, the Office of Preparedness and Response, in partnership with the Office of the Dean of Students, the Office for Access and Equity and Human Resources, conducted an announced tabletop exercise with UIC’s Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams. The primary objective of the exercise was to evaluate the university’s violence prevention and crisis management readiness when responding to a simulated threat of targeted violence impacting our campus community.

The exercise was a strategic initiative that assessed various components of UIC’s Violence Prevention Plan, examined its integration with UIC’s Emergency Operations Plan and scrutinized the roles and responsibilities assigned to our student and employee Behavioral Threat Assessment Teams and the Campus Violence Prevention Committee. Attendees evaluated the effectiveness of our existing protocols with a focus on strengthening our intracampus communication, fostering collaboration and refining resource management procedures. Beyond serving as a practical application to assess our capabilities against potential threats, the exercise was a valuable platform for learning and refinement.

In addition to the tabletop exercise, the university’s UIC ALERT emergency notification system undergoes a monthly drill, taking place on the first Tuesday of each month at 10 a.m. The test provides an opportunity to confirm the system’s efficiency and familiarize everyone with the diverse notification methods employed during emergency conditions or advisories. It’s important to note that UIC ALERT is the primary system used for communicating inclement weather and emergency curtailment of operations notices.

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