Disability Guidelines

Posted: April 19, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Faculty, staff, and students with disabilities must work with their supervisors, faculty, resident advisors, and the Environmental Health and Safety Office to identify their primary and secondary evacuation routes from each building they use. Emergency exit route signs are posted in conspicuous locations throughout university buildings. Each sign identifies primary exit routes, alternate exit routes, fire safety equipment, and Designated Assembly Areas. Emergency exit route signs also provide the building’s physical address and name.

To ensure a quick exit in the event of an emergency, individuals with disabilities need to:

  • Be familiar with evacuation options (see below).
  • Seek evacuation assistants who are willing to assist in case of an emergency.
  • Educate the evacuation assistant on guidelines for working with individuals with disabilities to provide a quick and safe exit.
  • Ask supervisors, faculty, Resident Advisors, or the Environmental Health and Safety Office about evacuation plans for buildings.
  • Know the locations of the nearest Areas of Assistance in all buildings that are regularly occupied and always carry a mobile phone for emergencies.
  • Practice evacuation procedures alone and with your evacuation assistants frequently.

For additional information about emergency evacuation and emergency procedures please reference the Environmental Health and Safety Office’s Emergency Preparedness Guides available online at ehs.gmu.edu.

Write to Korey Singleton at ksinglet@gmu.edu