Power Failure

In the event of a power failure, notify Facilities Services at 701-845-7708 or 701-845-7710. If stuck in an elevator, utilize the help phone to request assistance. The Power House has personnel on staff to free you from a stalled elevator.

In the event of a prolonged power outage, campus administrators will decide how to continue operations. The Power House has a generator to power the heating boilers, servers, and other critical elements. If there is a power outage during winter months, the campus buildings will remain heated by the boiler and generator system.


Authorities may decide to evacuate a specific area for your protection and the protection of others. It is important to stay calm, listen carefully and follow all instructions.

If you are told to evacuate immediately use the following instructions:

  • Take your personal belongings and medications
  • Close and lock your windows, shut off all vents, close the door and move quickly and calmly to the nearest marked exit-do not use elevators!
  • Once outside, assemble in a designated clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building for headcount and accountability. Campus administration will advise you if conditions change or when further relocation is necessary. Keep roads, fire routes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and personnel.
  • Do not re-enter an evacuated building unless authorized to do so by the fire department, law enforcement, or VCSU President or Facilities Services Director.

Evacuation Assembly Points

Valley City State University has established an evacuation assembly point for each building. In an emergency event, please exit the building and go directly to the established point.

The document below shows the assembly points and corresponding buildings.

Campus Evacuation

A widespread emergency may require an evacuation of the entire campus. Examples of such emergencies include floods, fires, and large-scale public health emergencies, such as a pandemic flu event. Remember the below terminology in order to understand a campus evacuation:

Classes canceled: A period of time when classes will not take place at VCSU, therefore grading and attendance policies are revoked.

Voluntary evacuation: An evacuation order given to VCSU students prior to a large-scale emergency. Classes are officially canceled and the grading and attendance policies are revoked. Students are encouraged to leave campus for a safer location but are not required to do so. Voluntary evacuations do not affect VCSU employees.

Campus closed/ class continuing: A situation in which only essential personnel are allowed on the campus, but classes will continue using alternative delivery methods.

Mandatory evacuation: An evacuation order in which students are required to evacuate the residence halls and leave campus for a safer location. The campus will soon close following a mandatory evacuation and all residence halls will be locked.

University closed: All business operations will cease at VCSU. No VCSU faculty, staff, or students will be allowed on campus unless designated as emergency personnel. Entrances will be blocked and all services stopped until the university is once again opened.
VCSU reserves the right to partially open the University for business operations and continue the cancellation of classes if necessary. This will be specified in public announcements.

University opened: When access to campus will open to traffic and VCSU students, faculty, and staff will be allowed on campus. Business operations and education processes will resume where possible. However, classes may or may not resume at this time and residence halls may or may not remain closed. VCSU reserves the right to partially open the university for business operations and continue the cancellation of classes if necessary. This will be specified in public announcements.

All of the above steps will be announced using emergency notification methods.

For VCSU Employees:
Please keep in mind that normal working hours will continue unless otherwise stated in emergency messages. Class cancellations pertain only to students. Employees should be aware of when the campus closes.

For more Building Safety Information, see the General Safety Handbook

Office Information

VCSU Safety Office
Facilities Services
Valley City State University
101 College St SW
Valley City, ND 58072

Office: 701.845.7710
Toll Free: 800.532.8641 ext. 37710
Fax: 701.845.7707


Safety Coordinator | Risk Management Contact
Jessica Frerich