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Emergency and Safety Information

It is important that the students, faculty, staff, and others who use the Beyster Building are aware of the campus and building safety policies and procedures in case of an emergency.

CSE has a detailed emergency action plan that adheres to College of Engineering’s requirements. You can see the complete plan in this document (pdf).

Emergency contact information

In the event of an immediate emergency, get to safety and dial 911.

To report activity or behavior that seems suspicious or of concern, contact University Police at 734-763-1131.

For more information on workplace emergencies and for resources that can help people who are distressed or disruptive, please see the U-M Workplace Emergencies page.

How to react in an emergency

Active attacker

Run, Hide, Fight. Have an escape route and attempt to evacuate. Evacuate even if others disagree and leave your belongings. If you can’t leave, hide and be prepared to fight.

For important detailed information on how you should react during and after an active attacker incident, visit the Division of Public Safety and Security (DPSS) website and see the video below.

Run, Hide, Fight: see the video


Fires on college campuses can occur in classrooms, kitchen areas, and labs, as well as in other areas. In case of a fire, exit the building using the nearest or alternative safe route. Congregate in the main parking lot on Hayward Street on the north side of the building or in the Gerstacker Grove on the south, away from the building.

Severe weather

Severe weather includes inclement weather during which there is a severe weather warning. Go immediately to one of the two designated storm shelters in the building: rooms 1670 or 1690 Beyster Building.

Lab accidents

The best way to prevent lab accidents is to be prepared and knowledgeable about what you are working with such as equipment, chemicals, or biological materials. Having a range of knowledge for each type or chemical/biological class of hazard you will work with is called a “working understanding” of your environment in the lab. Contact 911 or OSEH at (734) 647-1143.

Serious injury or medical emergency

If you believe emergency medical attention may be needed, call 911 immediately and provide the following information:

  • Location of the incident or the injured parties
  • Nature of the injury, cause and severity
  • Victim’s age and name, if known
  • Any known medical information

While awaiting emergency response:

  • Keep the victim(s) calm and reassured that help is on the way
  • Do not attempt to treat or move the victim(s) if you are not formally trained in first aid
  • Be careful if you come in contact with blood or other body fluids—they may be infectious
  • Stay with emergency responders until released

AEDs for cardiac arrest

In the case of a sudden cardiac arrest, proper use of an Automated Electronic Defibrillator (AED) device can greatly increase the chance of survival. Red AEDs are located right next to the elevator doors (main elevator shaft) on each floor of the Beyster Building. To review how to use an AED, see this information on the Red Cross website.

First aid & non-life threatening injury or illness

First aid kits can be found in the undergraduate advising office (2808), on top of the refrigerator in the 2nd floor lounge (2901), in the graduate office (3909), in the CSE office (3808), in the loading dock (3969), and on top of the refrigerators in the 3rd and 4th floor kitchens (3649 and 4649). 

For non-life threatening injury or illness, go to:

U-M Occupational Health Services

University Health Services

For more information about safety and security at the College please visit the College of Engineering Safety website.

Report an facility problem or emergency

To report a problem with the facility either routine or emergency, please use the information here.

Beyster Building safety contact information

To make suggestions or to report non-emergency safety concerns, please contact any of the following.

Facilities Coordinator
Stephen Reger
3965A Beyster Bldg.
[email protected]
CSE Department Manager
Kelly Cormier
3705 Beyster Bldg.
[email protected]
CSE Safety 

[email protected]

After an emergency or safety related incident

All safety related incidents (accidental injury, violence, disasters, medical emergencies, and security threats) occurring within College of Engineering facilities must be reported to the College of Engineering Safety Committee using the CoE Safety Incident Report Form.

Indoor drone use policy

According to University of Michigan policy, indoor use of a drone or Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) on UM property does not require an application or waiver, but may only occur in a University space or building that has established policies and procedures to permit the safe operation of drones, and only with written permission from the both the building manager (Stephen Reger) and unit administrator (Kelly Cormier).

The following constitutes the Beyster Building Best Practices document in regards to safe operation of drones inside Beyster. This policy pertains to research- and CSE camp-related drone flight only. Personal drone flight is not allowed in the building.

  • CSE requires groups to reserve Tishman Hall for use during the drone flight. A facility manager (Stephen Reger) and faculty experienced with UAS must supervise the flight operation.

  • UAS free flight is not allowed in the Beyster building. UAS’s should not be flown in hallways or gathering areas of Beyster. 

  • Eye protection must be worn by people within 20 feet of the UAS when it is in flight. 

  • Heavier multicopters (over 250g) operating in open spaces require some combination of tethering, the use of prop guards to protect against potential injury from spinning blades, safety glasses, and clearly marking/blocking the area to minimize chances of a bystander wandering into the flight area. 

  • CSE will consider a store-purchased drone to be one that has no modifications added to the drone. If someone adds anything to the drone which changes the design or integrity of the drone it will be considered built from scratch. 

  • No minor can operate any drone without the direct attention and proximity of a qualified and designated supervising adult. 

  • Faculty using drones during high school summer camps held in Beyster are required to adhere to the requirements for “heavier multicopters” for the safety of minors attending the camps, as noted above.

  • Individual faculty are responsible for ensuring the safety of any flight occurring strictly in their research labs. 

  • Anyone seeking to fly a drone outdoors must work with the UM Autonomous Systems Committee (IASC) led by Pete Washabaugh to gain proper authorization.