Lockdown test today will only lock doors from inside

From staff reports

WSU will test its lockdown system today at 11:45 a.m., but no one will be locked inside campus buildings, an emergency management official said.

This is the first time that the lockdown system, which involves all electronically locking doors on campus, will be tested. From 11:45 a.m. to noon, no one will be able to enter buildings with electronically locking doors, but all will be able to get out, said Christina Sanders, associate director of governmental studies and services.

Tim Taylor, information systems coordinator at the Cougar Card Center, said only the Cougar Card-swipe accessible doors on buildings will be locked electronically. Some classroom doors also have this capability, but most are manually locked through a button on the inside of the door, Taylor said.

Faculty members who teach class during the lockdown time are encouraged, but not required, to participate in the lockdown, according to the Office of Emergency Management’s website. If they do choose to participate, the lockdown would involve interrupting the regular class routine, covering windows and sheltering away from windows and doors, according to the website.

“Please use the time to educate students, staff and visitors about lockdown procedures and manually lock doors when the lockdown is announced,” the office stated on the website.

Reporting by Sarah Olsen