policy ADA Evacuation modified Fri Sep 30 2022 15:50:42 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
University of Louisville
January 27, 2005
This policy applies to the University Community (administrators, faculty, staff, and students).
REASON FOR POLICY
The process of safely negotiating an emergency evacuation route can often present difficulties to building occupants who are physically challenged. This policy was devised to enhance the personal safety of persons with disabilities who may require the assistance of others in the event of an emergency evacuation. The purpose for developing the ADA evacuation list is to provide another opportunity for persons experiencing temporary or permanent disabilities to receive assistance during emergency situations.
Whether the impairment is temporary or permanent, a specific evacuation plan of action tailored to the occupant’s special needs should be developed and practiced. The names of transient students and visitors should not be included on an Americans with Disabilities Act evacuation list except upon their request.
Individual with Disabilities:
An individual with a disability is defined by the ADA as a person who has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activity, a person who has a history or record of such impairment, or a person who is perceived by others as having such impairment.
At the beginning of each academic semester the ADA list is updated by Housing and Residence Life and/or Disability Resource Center and forwarded to the University Police for file and further dissemination. A copy of the ADA list is also placed inside of specific fire alarm panel boxes where students live or study by the University Fire Marshal.
Confidential information appearing on the ADA list will include the individual’s name, building/room location, telephone number, and physical condition/special needs (see sample below). This information should be forwarded to the University Police to be used for those purposes described herein.
Upon receiving a name, the Building Emergency Coordinator (BEC) shall record and forward the names within 24 hours to the University Fire Marshal/ULPD where the name(s) will be placed on the master “ADA Evacuation Assistance List” and retained at the ULPD telecommunications center. The BEC will provide leadership for planning and practicing evacuation drills for these persons.
Ultimately, each individual is responsible for his or her own personal safety, and planning ahead is advised.
The BEC has voluntarily accepted primary responsibility to provide assistance to building occupants during an emergency, while keeping their own personal safety in mind.
BECs have been designated to assist disabled occupants to predetermined safe locations during an emergency evacuation.
Preplanning for the emergency is paramount to achieve safe and efficient evacuation outcomes. Emergency equipment, egress routes, and designated safe areas of refuge from adverse weather, Earthquake, and Active Shooter are monitored by the BEC.
SAMPLE ADA LIST:
Date: January 20, 2015
Building Name: University Towers Apts.
Persons Needing Special Assistance during Building Emergencies
Senior Associate Vice President for Operations
RESPONSIBLE UNIVERSITY DEPARTMENT/DIVISION
University of Louisville Police
Floyd Street Parking Garage
Louisville, KY 40292
Reviewed Date(s): February 29, 2016; September 14, 2021
The University Policy and Procedure Library is updated regularly. In order to ensure a printed copy of this document is current, please access it online at http://louisville.edu/policies.