Students with Disabilities
The Disability Services Office at Boston College offers a range of resources for undergraduate and graduate students with hearing, visual, mobility, medical and psychiatric disabilities.
Students with physical disabilities living in residence halls who may require special assistance to respond to emergency situations can contact the Disability Services Office for steps to follow should their building need to be evacuated.
Students should understand that they will have some personal responsibility for implementing their plan, and discussion with the DSO is designed to ensure that students understand their own responsibilities in the event of an emergency.
Students who live off-campus must develop and practice their own evacuation plans as part of a comprehensive fire safety plan. The DSO can assist with home and fire safety advice. Download the Off Campus Brochure for more details on how to prepare!
In the event of an evacuation from a campus building that is not your residence, you should proceed to the nearest stairwell and wait for an officer to help you get out of the building.
Emergency personnel are instructed to check all exit corridors and stairwells first for any stranded persons. If an evacuation is required, alert your professor or a co-worker/classmate who can tell others that you are going to the stairwell to await assistance. If possible, ask another person if they are willing to accompany you to the stairwell and to ensure that an officer is aware of your exact location. You should also call BC Police at 2-4444 using your cell phone and tell the dispatcher where you are and what assistance you will need to get out of the building.
Stay calm until help arrives. If help has not arrived within 5-10 minutes, call BC Police again.
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For more information, contact:
Paulette Durrett, MSW, LCSW
Assistant Dean for Students with Disabilities
ADDITIONAL EXTERNAL RESOURCES:
FEMA: Individuals with Access and Functional Needs