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Panic Buttons

There are panic buttons at all campus libraries service desks and in some other spaces in the libraries. The buttons send silent signals to the police emergency number.  They are to be used when a library staff member at a desk feels threatened or feels a library user is being threatened or observes that a similar emergency is happening and when using the telephone is not possible or prudent. 

The buttons are not a substitute for dialing the police emergency number, 911, for thefts or similar police needs.

If someone pushes a button accidentally, he/she should immediately call the police non-emergency number, 5-3555, and report a false alarm.

The buttons that are hard-wired have to be reactivated manually. Wireless buttons automatically reset.  It is the responsibility of staff working at service desks in the libraries to know the locations of panic buttons, which ones must be manually reset and the location of reset tools.  Library staff, not the police, are responsible for reactivating the buttons.