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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Lockdown Procedure

The following procedures should be followed when a threat or intruder is inside the Sheridan facility or on campus property:

  • Building Security will initiate and announce the lockdown on the Public Address (PA) system.
  • Remain calm. Encourage others to remain calm.
  • Immediately cease all activity (i.e. teaching, group work, meetings etc.)
  • Enter the nearest classroom, office, or secured space. Lock or barricade all doors where possible. Card access doors will be locked during a lockdown but can be opened from the inside.
  • Turn off all lights, computers, projectors or any other devices that may indicate a room is occupied.
  • Draw curtains and lower blinds where practical to do so. Stay away from all windows and doors.
  • Sit on the floor or crouch under or behind desks and bookshelves where possible so as to be as invisible as possible.
  • Be as quiet as possible.
  • DO NOT respond to anyone at the door until "all clear" is announced over the PA system or if you are certain it is safe to do so (i.e. if police are at the door).
  • Security will provide additional information and direction over the PA system when appropriate including notice of termination of the lockdown.
  • If you are directed to leave your secured area, assist others in moving as quietly and quickly as possible.
  • Should the fire alarm be activated during lockdown, wait for further direction on the PA system before taking action.

Note: Lockdowns may be initiated in non-threatening circumstances to keep people away from areas where there may be a medical emergency or other disturbance.

This lockdown procedure applies to the entire Sheridan Community.

Emergency Preparedness for People with Disabilities 

This Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities / Special Needs was prepared by the Government of Ontario’s Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency management in partnership with the Accessibility Directorate of Ontario.

Emergency Preparedness Guide for People with Disabilities (PDF, 2Mb)

Weapons on Campus

A weapon is anything used, designed to be used, or intended for use in causing death or injury to any person, or for the purpose of threatening or intimidating any person. Without restricting the generality of the foregoing, a weapon includes a firearm.

Weapons or imitations thereof are NOT permitted on any Sheridan property except for a demonstrated need in a staged theatre production, classroom presentation, or other expressly approved academic purpose. Under such circumstances, the Manager of Security will be notified in advance of said use. The user will provide the Manager of Security with the following information:

  • User name and contact information
  • Course name, number, and section
  • Date, time, duration, and location of use
  • Type of weapon or imitation thereof
  • Application
  • Approval (Dean or Associate Dean of School)

Any Weapon or imitation thereof to be utilized as stated above will be transported to, from, and within all Sheridan properties in a container appropriate for the specific weapon (or imitation thereof) that is clearly marked as "PROP" and will be secured inside said container when not in use.

If you require any Sheridan emergency procedures, plans or public safety information in an accessible format or with communication supports please contact or 905-845-9430 ext. 2879.