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University Priorities in Emergencies

In the event of an emergency, the University has established this order of priorities:

  1. People: The highest priority is the safety of those who live, study and work within the Northwestern campus community.
  2. Property: Our property collectively constitutes an extraordinarily important resource. As it is intended to support the academic mission of the institution, it must be protected and preserved by any means that do not require our people to assume undue risks.
  3. Business Continuity: Beyond the more quantifiable priorities discussed above, there are values, rights, processes and operations that are essential to the identity, reputation and sustainability of the University. That is, the elements of who we are, how we fulfill our responsibilities to each other and the appropriate means to our common goals.