Campus Disruptions - Emergencies

Situation What To Do First What To Do Next
Fire or explosion Call 911 Pull alarm, alert others, close doors, evacuate to safe area, follow instructions of New School personnel.
Odd odor, natural gas odor, burning odor Call 212.229.7001 Campus Security Identify source if possible. Do not activate light switches or other electronics. Do not cause sparks or ignite open flame. If severe, evacuate.
Power outage (limited) Call 212.229.7001 Campus Security If outage is prolonged, information about alternate housing or class meeting venues will be available from the University Advisory Message at 212.229.7008 or via the university status webpage or  via the informational notice on the university’s home page (
Power outage (campus-wide, including communications systems) Follow instructions of New School personnel. Information will be disseminated throughout the university and directives given via announcements at campus facilities. Briefings will be given at specified central locations.
Campus disturbances (demonstrations, unruly crowds) Follow instructions of Campus Security and/or NYPD Proceed as directed to classes and other activities. Campus Security will act in concert with the police department to ensure that university schedules are not interrupted or delayed.
Labor disruptions Call the 24-hour University Advisory Message (212.229.7008) or view the University Advisory button at In the event of a labor disruption, The New School will make swift and appropriate adjustments to maintain the regular schedule of classes, services, and activities.
Suspicious package or mail Call 212.229.7001 Campus Security Do not touch or move the suspicious item. If instructed to evacuate, do so promptly.


When You Call 911 Let Them Know:

  • You are calling to report an emergency at The New School
  • The address
  • The injury or situation
  • The telephone number you are calling from
  • Where emergency vehicles can enter
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