Campus security has been the talk of the town in Burnaby lately. In the past month, an SFU student suffering from mental illness attacked a classroom of students, and an SFU student recently passed away during a midterm exam due to a heart attack. The university community has taken to social media to speak out about the campus safety policy, response times, and why they have been encouraged to call campus security instead of 911. According to SFU, the policy is to call 911 as well as security if the situation calls for it. Some guidelines, however, leave out 911 altogether.
At BCIT, the policy has always been to call 911 for a major medical emergency, says Director of Safety, Security and Emergency Management Glen Magel.
“The very first thing is clearly going to be the importance of the medical, so if the assessment of the people in the room is that they need a first responder, then they would call 911.” says Magel. “Then we would ask that they would follow up with calling security. Once security were involved, they would be the ones to triage the response with the external first responders. The intent is to get some form of first aid there as soon as possible, and that would be followed up with external first responders.”