Weather Alert: Due to changing weather conditions that impact safety, including ice, the University will now be closed and on-ground classes are cancelled, on Friday, Nov. 16. Online courses will take place as scheduled. Note that tonight’s athletic events and the theater performance “O Beautiful” will still take place this evening at 8 p.m. in the Ely Studio Theater, as the campus walkways and parking lots will be clear and safe to use at that time. And, the Ely Fitness Center will be open today from 1 to 7:30 p.m. PARKING BAN INFO×
Large Chemical Spill
Reporting a Crime
Sexual Violence and Sexual Misconduct
Student In Distress
Suspicious Letter or Package
Tornado / Severe Weather
Weather Event / Winter Storm
Quickly determine the best way to protect your life. RUN, HIDE, or FIGHT in areas affected by the active shooter. SHELTER IN PLACE in all other areas.
Call 911 or Public Safety at (413) 572-5262 when it is safe to do so.
Bomb threats usually come by telephone. If you receive a bomb threat call, remain calm and obtain as much information as possible from the caller:
Notify Public Safety by calling (413) 572-5262 immediately to give the information you have obtained.
Describe the caller’s voice, any background noises you heard, and the exact wording of the message.
Do NOT pull the fire alarm to evacuate the building.
Do NOT touch suspicious packages. Inform Public Safety of suspicious packages, items or people in the area.
Follow instructions from first responders in regards to evacuation assembly areas.
You may be asked to Shelter In Place in unaffected areas of the campus.
Do not open the suspicious item. If you have opened it, remain calm.
All crimes should be reported to the Public Safety Department at (413) 572-5262. Public Safety personnel will respond and will call local police for assistance if necessary. If you witness a crime in progress call Public Safety immediately. Give your name, location, and phone number. Do not hang up until the dispatcher tells you to do so. Remain at the location until an officer contacts you unless it is not safe to do so. If you prefer to report a crime anonymously, visit the Silent Witness Form on the Public Safety site at https://secure.blueoctane.net/forms/K0EIXSE82L1G.
If you are in contact with a student who appears to be an immediate threat to his or her own safety or that of others, call Public Safety at (413) 572-5262. Quick reference for helping students having difficulties.
Respond to the Student:
Refer to a Mental Health Professional at the Counseling Center:
Consult with On-Campus Resources – Discuss your concerns about a student with any of these campus departments:
Westfield State University implements the following procedures
for announcing operational changes during periods of inclement
- Emergency/Weather closing hotline at (413) 572-5411
- University website home page
- Email notification to faculty, staff and students
- Local radio and television stations
Parking Policy - In the event of a parking ban, notification may be posted in each building with instructions on where to move vehicles. However, email is the official notification method of the University and will be the primary method of delivery for these notifications.
A tornado watch is issued by the National Weather Service when tornadoes are possible in the area.
A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been sighted, or indicated by weather radar, in the area.
In an emergency, you may be asked to do any of the following depending on the nature of the event, your location, and other factors. Be prepared to follow these instructions and await further information.
An imminent threat of violence may cause a lockdown of all or part of campus. Some exterior doors will lock automatically. Emergency responders may lock others manually. The goal is to limit exposure of students, faculty and staff to danger by preventing dangerous persons from entering campus buildings.
If a lockdown is ordered:
Shelter In Place is designed to keep you safe while indoors if dangerous environmental conditions exist, such as extreme weather or a hazardous materials release.
If a Shelter In Place is ordered:
Advance Planning is Important. If you may need assistance evacuating in an emergency you should pre-plan and contact the Banacos Center at (413) 572-5789 or email@example.com. The Banacos Center works with the Public Safety Department regarding the living arrangements and class schedules of disabled students. Physically disabled employees should contact Human Resources directly for assistance in pre-planning.
Consider the pros and cons of each:
Primary Rally Point
Secondary Rally Point (if needed)
|Alumni Field||Softball Field||Field between softball &
|Apartment Complex||Campus Green||Juniper Park parking lot
|Bates Hall||Grove of trees by Goldstein Way||Front of Wilson Hall
|Courtney Hall||Green in front of Courtney Hall||Volleyball court on west side|
|Davis Hall||New Hall Courtyard||East side of Courtney Hall|
|Dickinson Hall||Apartment Complex Courtyard||Green by Dunkin Donuts (Ely)|
|Dining Commons||Green near the Globe||Grove between Scanlon
|Ely Campus Center||Campus Green/Globe|
|Foundation (at the Tavern)||Stop & Shop parking lot|
|Grounds||Tree area across the street (Ely)|
|Horace Mann Center||Front Lawn||Back lawn near dumpsters|
|Interfaith Center||Green in front of Courtney Hall||Wilson Hall/Interfaith Center side|
|Juniper Park School (City)||South Lot|
|Juniper Park School (WSU)||JP Parking lot||Apartment Complex Courtyard|
|Lammers Hall||Campus Green by Globe|
|Lansdowne||Parking lot across street||Public lot (Name TBD)|
|MOD Hall||In front of Courtney Hall||West side of Wilson Hall|
|New Hall||Green in front of Courtney Hall||Front of Wilson Hall
|Parenzo Hall||Grove of trees in front||Grove between Scanlon
|Power Plant||Tree area across the street (Ely)|
|Public Safety||Grove of trees by Goldstein Way|
|Scanlon Hall||Tree grove in front of building||Grove between Scanlon
|Trades (Scanlon)||Maintenance Building||Grove of trees in front of Scanlon|
|Trades Building /Grounds||Campus Green by Dunkin Donuts||Apartment Complex Courtyard|
|University Hall||Front of Lammers Hall by Globe|
|Wilson Hall||Green in front of Courtney Hall|
|Woodward Center||Stadium entrance||Softball Field|