By now, most of you have heard about the tragic shootings that happened earlier this morning on the Baton Rouge campus of Louisiana Technical College. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the BR LTC campus community. In response to this terrible tragedy, I wanted to reassure you that Nicholls is prepared to respond to a crisis situation.
In the event of a crisis situation, Nicholls State University will communicate vital information as quickly and efficiently as possible in order to provide the greatest safety for our students, faculty and staff.
The university will use a variety of communication methods to notify constituents of a crisis situation. Following an immediate crisis assessment, the appropriate means of communication will be determined and implemented. Based on the unique circumstances of the crisis, Nicholls will employ one or more of the following communication tools to notify its students, faculty and staff:
- Web site: notice posted to university home page and Blackboard
- E-mail: broadcast message to campus e-mail addresses
- Telephone: broadcast voice mail to campus extensions and posted to emergency alert hotline (985) 448-4636 and 1-866-709-8927
- Media: broadcast message on the university television and radio stations and media alert distributed to all area print and broadcast media representatives
- Call boxes: broadcast message to passers by
- Public address system: broadcast message to occupants of the university student union and cafeteria
Nicholls has an extensive Emergency Preparedness Plan in place that includes procedures to ensure rapid response to a crisis situation. All crisis communication tools are tested and evaluated on a regular basis.
Nicholls offers free counseling services to all students, faculty and staff. Private counseling is provided by licensed counselors prepared to respond during crisis situations. For more information on the counseling services available to the university community, please visit www.nicholls.edu/counseling.