Health and Safety      College of Science and Engineering (COSE)

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The class instructor is responsible for supervising his/her students and for reporting problems with lighting, etc. to the department office.


Building Evacuations

The instructor is responsible for making sure all students leave promptly when the evacuation alarm sounds. Since the duration of the evacuation is unknown, the instructor must decide whether to have the students gather together outside and wait for clearance or dismiss the class for the day.


Extension Cords

  • Extension cords are for temporary use to power equipment for presentation purposes.
  • Protect cords from physical damage or wet conditions
  • Mark cord location or block access to cord to prevent a trip hazard
  • Make sure all electrical cords are in good condition and used as intended
  • Computers, monitors, projectors, etc., must be plugged into power strips or extension cords that are rated to handle the load. Light-duty extension cords, especially those without the third grounding hole, are not acceptable.
  • Power strips must be equipped with surge protectors or GFCI's (ground fault circuit interrupters) that will shut off power to appliances if overloaded.
  • One may not "daisy chain" extension cords, power strips, etc., in order to reach an outlet out of reach of an item needing power.

Angry or Violent Students

When confronted with a very angry, potentially violent person, try to diffuse his or her anger.

  • Listen. Do not interrupt.
  • Provide verbal and non-verbal feedback by nodding and expressing sympathy.
  • Ask the person to offer a suggestion to resolve the problem.
  • State your position and your constraints, but don’t try to persuade the person to agree with you.
  • Try to reach a consensus
  • Try to get someone else to help resolve the problem, but don’t ignore it.

If you think there is an immediate threat, try to get others to assist or contact University Police at 415.338.7200 or call 911 from a campus phone.


More information

University Police Department Pamphlet:

“Dealing with Distressed or Potentially Violent Persons on Campus”


Crime Prevention Brochures 








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