Emergency telephones are located along walkways, in parking lots, parking ramps (garages),
elevators, and other common space areas, as well as major pedestrian routes, on both
the Main and Health Science campuses.
There are a variety of phones, primarily push-button activated intercom units, in
use on campus. 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 telephone in the Communication
Center, which is designated specifically 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
- Request an escort
- Report a suspicious person or circumstance
- Obtain access to a building or room
- Request motorist assistance
- Report an elevator entrapment