Emergency Planning & Violence Prevention

Emergency Response Teams

Campus Emergency Planning Team (CEPT)

The Campus Emergency Planning Team (CEPT) is a multi-disciplinary team of professionals formed to oversee the planning and coordination of the Campus Emergency Operations Plan (CEOP). The CEOP was developed in accordance with National Incident Management System Standards (NIMS).

Membership of the CEPT shall include:

  • Senior Vice President for Student Services – Co-Chair
  • Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer -  Co-Chair
  • Academic Associate to the Provost
  • Dean of Student Services
  • Chief of Police
  • Deputy Chief of Police
  • Associate Vice President Graduate & Adult Recruitment
  • Associate Vice President for Office of Technology
  • Director of Residence Life
  • Director of Health Services
  • Director of Counseling Services
  • Associate Vice President for Facilities
  • Executive Director of Marketing & Communications
  • Director of University Communications
  • Director of Media Relations
  • Director for Meetings, Events and Conferences
  • Faculty Representative

The CEPT will facilitate and implement all training, drills and exercises related to the CEOP. They meet on a quarterly basis, or as needed.

In the event of a campus emergency, the CEPT will lead the activation of the Campus Command Center (CCC) in accordance with NIMS principles.

To enhance our emergency, prevention and response systems, the following teams have also been established.

Campus Violence Prevention Committee (CVPC)

The Campus Violence Prevention Committee is an additional resource to provide support, assistance, research and policy review in regard to violence prevention on campus.  Membership of the committee shall include (as needed) representatives from the Office of Student Services, Business & Facilities, Campus Police, Office of Human Resources, The Center for Health & Counseling Services, Residence Life, Regional Campuses, Marketing & Communication and other departments, units or local law enforcement agencies as deemed appropriate. See appendices for details.

Campus Violence Prevention Committee Mission:

As a part of this plan, the committee shall:

  1. Incorporate violence prevention strategies into related policies and/or procedures;
  2. Encourage policy statements that reaffirm violence prevention strategies;
  3. Integrate existing campus programs and policies that deal with associated issues (e.g. workplace violence, harassment, suicide prevention, stigma reduction, sexual assault prevention); and
  4. Report issues related to physical facilities and grounds with an emphasis on enhancing safety and violence prevention efforts.

Assessment & Care Team (ACT)

The Assessment & Care Team provides support, resources, referrals and response as appropriate with regard to potential or actual threats to the University community. Membership of the Team shall include representatives from Student Services, Academic Affairs, Human Resources, Campus Police, Residence Life, Health & Counseling Services, and other departments as appropriate. The Assessment & Care Team is responsible for reviewing information obtained from a reporting party, witness or observer. Additional responsibilities include reviewing incident reports, police files and/or complaints of threats or actual violence, reviewing patterns or practices which indicate a potential for violence, and serving as a resource to University officials or representatives as necessary. The Assessment & Care Team is not intended to address workplace issues that are regularly handled by the Office of Human Resources or student misconduct that is regularly handled by the Office Student Services. The team shall assume the following responsibilities and once the ACT is notified of an incident, the team will confer as soon as reasonably possible to determine if and what response from the team is needed.

  1. Create a written threat-assessment policy.
  2. Meet regularly to provide post-incident assessments and evaluations and monitor on-going threat assessment and management activities.
  3. Provide resources, referrals and response as appropriate.
  4. If the Team determines that a threat is present, the Team shall inform the proper University officials or representatives to initiate reasonable, appropriate and timely action.

Helpful Resources

Emergency Phones

For all campus emergencies, call Campus Police at extension 5911.

Cell phone users or outside lines call: (815) 836-5911

Emergency Phone Map

Learn about the Assessment and Care Team (ACT)

Counseling Services

Campus Police

Human Resources

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

Z-Card

ACT Brochure

Student Handbook

Videos

Caring for Our Community ACT 2014.


Video Presentation on Campus Violence.

Stressed Students

Stressed Students: How You Can Help

Our college community is becoming increasingly aware of the amount of stress students are experiencing and its negative impact on their health and academic performance.

To address this concern, we have adopted an online training simulation that will assist you to better identify and refer these students to support services on campus. Lewis University highly recommends that you take this 45 minute course, which is already in use at hundreds of colleges and universities.

To take the course, follow the instructions below:

If you experience any technical difficulties, please email support@kognito.com