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Lockdown Procedures

Emergency Response Guidelines


To aid in the safety and protection of students, faculty and staff, The University of Winnipeg has identified two types of lockdowns: partial and full. 


Partial Lockdown

  • A partial lockdown is the securing of all exterior doors of all facilities of The University of Winnipeg.
  • The exterior doors of the main campus, Duckworth Centre, Helen Betty Osborne building Canwest Theatre building, Wesley Hall and Sparling Hall can be secured remotely.
  • In facilities that cannot be secured remotely, a representative from these buildings will be contacted and requested to secure the exterior doors manually
  • A partial lockdown can also be used to secure a particular area of the University where an incident has occurred that could affect the safety of the students, faculty and staff. 
  • During a partial lockdown all are able to leave buildings when an evacuation is ordered.


Full Lockdown

  • A full lockdown is the securing of all exterior doors and the locking or barricading of classrooms, offices and conference rooms.
  • Students, faculty and staff must remain in these rooms until advised that it safe to leave.
  • Students, faculty and staff who are in public areas when a full lockdown is declared must proceed to a room that can be locked or barricaded and remain until advised that it is safe to leave.
  • A full lockdown is only used when a violent incident has or may occur that could impact the safety of students, faculty and staff.


Notification of a Partial or Full Lockdown

People on campus may be notified in a number of ways: by the public address system, staff emails,  Twitter and personal contact when a full or partial lockdown is ordered.


Personal Actions During a Full or Partial Lockdown

  • Stay clear of exterior doors.
  • Do not let unauthorized persons into the building.
  • During a full lockdown barricade your room.
  • Get to a room that can be locked or barricaded
  • Stay away from doors and windows.
  • Remain quiet and turn off cell phones.
  • One person should contact Winnipeg Police (911) and campus Security 8.204 786. 6666 advising them of your location and the number of people in the room. 
  • Do not enter the hallways unless advised to do so by the 911 Operator, Emergency Services personnel or Security Services.
  • If the fire alarm sounds stay where you are unless you smell smoke or are advised to leave by the 911 Operator, Emergency Services or Security Services.


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