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Emergency Plans

Emergency Notification System

Dominican maintains an emergency notification system through Rave Mobile Safety that may be used to send critical information to students, faculty, and staff in the event of emergency or other critical incidents on campus. Once activated, text messages and voice messages with important information are immediately sent out to the campus community. This system is used only in emergencies, and it is critical that students and employees follow the directions and instructions provided by the system. For example, the system may be used to notify students to lock themselves in their rooms or remain inside classrooms due to a physical threat, or to notify students that the campus has been closed for safety reasons. Dominican cooperates closely with the San Rafael Police Department on situations that result in the issuance of a timely warnings and may use the emergency notification system to alert the campus of an ongoing threat.

All students and employees are automatically enrolled in the emergency notification system but you must keep your contact information up to date in Self-Service to ensure that we can reach you in an emergency.

2015 Update: A new feature of our emergency alert system is currently being implemented which will allow emergency messages sent to student and faculty phone and email to be simultaneously displayed across the screens of all Dominican office and classroom networked computers. The message will appear on a white background across the entire computer screen (see below). To clear an emergency message from the screen simply click the green "Dismiss" button.

Sample Alertus Message Screen Shot


Emergency Response Plan

Dominican's Emergency Response Plan is designed to effectively coordinate the use of university and community resources in response to emergencies.  The plan is modeled after the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), which is used by all California emergency response and disaster coordination agencies, and is initiated with the occurrence of an emergency that cannot be addressed through normal staffing and operating procedures.  The plan includes:

  • Protocols for convening our Crisis Management Team
  • Designation of emergency personnel and descriptions of their roles
  • Procedures for establishing an emergency operations center, first aid station, or shelter
  • Guidance for responding to infectious disease outbreaks or pandemic flu
  • Describes our assignment of building monitors to each campus building
  • A plan for crisis communications
  • Critical information on power, food, water and other emergency supplies

Dominican routinely provides a variety of programs on issues related to safety and security. For example, workshops have been held on alcohol and drug awareness, self-defense, date rape, emergency preparedness, and first aid. Certain faculty, staff, administrators and students undergo specialized training to respond to emergencies and crisis situations; additionally, Resident Assistants are fully versed in the University’s safety procedures for investigating and reporting any suspicious or criminal activities in the residence halls.


Coordination with Local authorities

Dominican maintains relationships with local law enforcement, fire safety, public health and disaster response agencies and works closely with them in planning and training to strengthen our preparedness.  An agreement with American Red Cross permits use of the campus as a public shelter in a disaster when members of the campus or local community are displaced from their homes.  Dominican has participated in public health disaster planning and training exercises in the past with Marin County Public Health Preparedness and we continue to expand our involvement in local disaster planning. 


Missing Persons

In compliance with the Higher Education Act, Dominican has established a missing student notification policy and procedure.

Resident students have the option to provide confidential contact information for a person to be notified in the event the student is officially reported as missing. This information is provided on the residence hall emergency contact form. The Residence Hall Emergency Contact Information form is available in the Student Life Office in the Edgehill mansion. Students who registered for housing in Fall 2014 should have filled out this form when they moved into campus housing. If they did not do so, they should do so immediately by contacting the Director of Residence Life in the Edgehill Mansion. Local law enforcement will be notified that a student is missing, even if the student has not provided emergency contact information.

Dominican’s missing student notification policy requires that official missing student reports be referred immediately to Campus Security or local law enforcement.  Should you have concerns about an individual who may be missing, you should contact:

  • Campus Security at 415-269-6070
  • Police at 911 or 415-485-3000 (San Rafael non-emergency)
  • Dean of Students, Paul Raccanello at 415-485-3223

These individuals will assess the situation and take appropriate action. If it is determined that a student for whom a missing person report has been filed has been missing for more than 24 hours, then within the next 24 hours, the University will take the following actions:

  • Notify the individual identified by the student to be contacted in this circumstance;
  • If the student is under 18 years old, notify a parent or guardian;
  • If the student is over 18 but has not identified a person to be contacted, notify appropriate law enforcement officials.

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