Emergency Response, Fire Safety, False Alarm or Report, and Security

The Emergency number for the University is 903-566-7300. Specific information on what to do in case of a fire, medical or weather emergency, or a bomb threat can be found on the website for the Office of Environmental Health and Safety (http://www.uttyler.edu/safety). Additional information on programs dealing with health and safety can be found there as well.

Emergency Response: In the event of an emergency or natural disaster the campus community will be notified immediately through several means of communication. This includes Campus Alert E-mail, the University's website, campus and local media, text-messaging, Fire Alarm Systems, Indoor Warning System and Outdoor Warning System.

Fire Safety: The entire U.T.Tyler campus fire alarm system is monitored by the University Police and the Tyler Fire Department. For policies and procedures please visit http://www.uttyler.edu/safety.

False Alarm or Report: Pursuant to Sec. 41.06 of the Texas Penal Code a person commits an offense if they knowingly initiate, communicate or circulate a report of a present, past or future bombing, fire, offense or other emergency that they know is false or baseless. An offense under this section of the Penal Code is a Class A misdemeanor unless the false report is of an emergency involving a public primary or secondary school, public communications, public transportation, public water, gas or power supply or other public service, in which event the offence is a state jail felony.

Missing Student Notification: The purpose of the UT Tyler Missing Persons Policy is to establish procedures for the University’s response to reports of missing students as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008. This policy applies to students who reside in on-campus housing. For purposes of this policy, a student may be considered a “missing person” when he or she is absent from the University for more than 24 hours without any known reason. A student may also be deemed missing when his/her absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and/or unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances could include, but not be limited to, a report or suspicion that the missing person may be the victim of foul play, has expressed suicidal thoughts, is drug dependent, or has been with persons who may endanger the student’s welfare.

All residential students will have the opportunity to designate a confidential contact to be notified by the University no more than 24 hours after the student is determined missing. Instructions will be provided on how to register that person’s contact information. Residential students' contact information will be registered confidentially, will be accessible only to authorized UT Tyler officials, and may not be disclosed except to law enforcement personnel in furtherance of a missing person investigation.

All reports of missing students must be directed to the UT Tyler Police Department, which shall investigate each report and make a determination about whether the student is missing. In addition, no later than 24 hours after a student is determined missing, UT Tyler will notify the Tyler Police Department, unless the Tyler Police Department was the entity that determined the student to be missing. At that time, if the missing student is under the age of 18 and not emancipated, UT Tyler will also notify the student's custodial parent or guardian.