There are more than 120 emergency telephones located along walkways, in parking lots, parking ramps (garages), elevators, and other common space areas, as well as major pedestrian routes, on the Main, Health Science, and Scott Park campuses.
There are a variety of phones, primarily push-button activated intercom units, in use on all three campuses. The current model of emergency phone is made by Code Blue, a company based in Holland, Michigan. All of these phones ring in on a specially designated phone in the Communication Center, which is used for the monitoring of emergency phones only.
When activated, an emergency phone provides a direct, almost instantaneous link to the Police Communication Center. Because of the technology currently in use, the dispatcher immediately knows the caller’s location when the phone starts ringing.
Between dusk and dawn, police respond to the activation of emergency telephones even if no words are spoken. Despite their name, Emergency Phones are not just for emergencies. They are the campus community’s direct link to the police dispatcher, and can be used to:
- Request an escort
- Report a suspicious person or circumstance
- Obtain access to a building or room
- Request motorist assistance
- Report an elevator entrapment