2. Collaboration And Cooperation With Emergency Management Partners

First Responders

At the onset of an emergency, first responders (police, firefighters, and emergency medical technicians) are likely to be the first “emergency managers” on the scene. Their immediate objectives are to protect life and assess the nature and scope of the threat posed by the emergency.  Their initial response represents the beginning of a continuing flow of people, equipment and supplies necessary to protect persons and property from the harmful effects of the emergency.  This flow, or mobilization, continues until the challenges presented by the emergency are met and remain until the emergency has ended.

Youngstown State University has access to local, state, and federal emergency resources.  This access comes with the responsibility to plan, coordinate and collaborate in the spirit of cooperation with the larger emergency management community. Doing so facilitates the response, reduces confusion and conflict and ultimately saves lives.

The Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency

This agency serves as the single point of contact through which most emergency and support resources are summoned and coordinated from local Public Safety Agencies in Mahoning County to Agencies of the State of Ohio and United States Government. Effective planning requires building and maintaining relationships with the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency.

Other Emergency Management Partners

In addition to the Mahoning County Emergency Management Agency, a host of other emergency management and support organizations are available to render assistance in times of emergency.  These include:

  • The Youngstown Police Department by mutual aid agreement.
  • The Youngstown Fire Department
  • Mahoning County Sherriff’s Office
  • Ohio State Highway Patrol
  • Mahoning County Hazmat Team
  • Other Police and Fire Departments in Mahoning and Trumbull County through county wide mutual aid agreement.
  • Ohio Public University campus police departments through state wide mutual aid agreement with State Universities Law Enforcement Administrators Group (SULEA).
  • The Red Cross
  • The Mahoning County Health Department
  • Mercy Health Saint Elizabeth Health Center
  • Other support and service agencies

Mitigation Of Potential Emergencies

The Mitigation Phase of emergency management is on‐going and may occur before, during or after an emergency occurs. The purpose of mitigation is to prevent potential emergencies from occurring, reduce the probability of their occurrence, and to lessen the harmful effects of emergencies if they do occur. All persons share in the responsibility for mitigation by reporting hazardous conditions, potentially dangerous persons and other conditions which, if left unchecked, may develop into emergencies.

Interpersonal Violence Threats

Violence can have a devastating and lasting effect on the University.  Often, violent acts are preceded by threats and other indicators which, if acted upon, can prevent them from occurring. When such indicators are observed, potential violence can be prevented by referring the matter to the appropriate university office so that potential violence may be prevented.  Below are some campus resources available for such referrals:

YSU Police

An incident or situation in which a person displays actual or potentially violent behavior should be immediately reported to the police. Doing so ensures the prompt intervention by officers trained and equipped to deal with potentially violent persons. When there is doubt regarding the actual potential for violence, it is both prudent and necessary to call the police.

The Contact number for YSU Police 24 hour Dispatch is:

YSU POLICE DISPATCH: 330-941-3527 or 3527 from a campus extension.

  • Dialing 911 from a campus extension will connect you with the YSU Police.
  • Dialing 911 from a cell phone will connect you with The City of Youngstown’s Dispatch Center. Advise them you are on the YSU Campus.

The Office of Student Affairs

The Office of Student Affairs has the authority and responsibility for regulating the behavior of students and visitors as provided in the University Policy and serves a dual role in the mitigation of potential emergencies. The primary role is to provide due process for students alleged to have violated the Student Code of Conduct. Among these are students who have committed violent acts and students who have engaged in behavior that presents a risk to the University Community. The secondary role is to provide due process to non‐students who are denied access to university property and facilities and are, thus, persona non grata.  Non‐students who have engaged in behavior considered disruptive or potentially threatening are referred for this purpose.

Faculty, staff and students may refer students to this office.

YSU Police / Office of Student Affairs Threat Assessments

The YSU Police Department working with the Office of Student Affairs evaluates all threats made to the campus community. The Chief of YSU Police along with the Vice President of Student Affairs investigate all instances of threats to the campus community and implements a coordinated University response to prevent violence and protect human life

Title IX Coordinator/Deputy Coordinators

The Title IX Coordinator can be contracted if you are seeking information regarding Title IX including reporting and filing a complaint involving sex discrimination, sexual harassment, or sexual misconduct. The information provided will be assessed by the Title IX Coordinator (or his/her designee) and an investigation will be conducted depending on a variety of circumstances including but not limited to; the reporting individual’s wish to pursue an investigation, the risk posed to the individuals involved and the campus community by not proceeding, whether there have been other complaints of sexual misconduct involving the same alleged individual[s], and the nature of the allegation.

Anonymous Reporting

The University provides online anonymous reporting options for complaints of sexual misconduct and the University will not compel you to reveal your name or that of the alleged perpetrator. However, the University's ability to investigate an incident is limited when names are not included in a report. In order for the University to take disciplinary action against an individual for sexual misconduct, either under University Policy or the Student Conduct Process; the individual’s name must be provided.

Making an initial anonymous report does not prevent an individual from choosing to follow-up with additional information or through a different reporting option. Anonymous reports can be made to:

The Youngstown State University Police Department at the YSU Police website

The Title IX Coordinator at Title IX Home

The Office of Student Life/Student Conduct at Student Conduct: Complaint Filing

The CARE Team (Concern, Assessment, Referral, and Education)

The CARE Team is a group of university officials who gather every two weeks to share information, discuss incidents and events, and provide expertise and the unique perspectives of their respective professions and disciplines to solve behavioral problems. Team members share common responsibilities for dealing directly with crises and behavioral problems of students.

University faculty and administrators experiencing similar behaviors by students are encouraged to discuss the matter with the Team. Though not a decision making body, the Team can present valuable options for action.