KU Lawrence Campus Alerts

Medical emergencies

Emergency care: An illness or injury that, if left unattended, could result in a threat to life, limb or sight.

What to do:

  • Call 911.
  • Use an Emergency Blue Phone on campus — Phone locations.
  • Go to Lawrence Memorial Hospital Emergency Room at 325 Maine St.
  • Be sure to provide dispatchers with your location and the nature of the medical emergency.

Urgent care: An injury or illness that is not life threatening but requires immediate care.

Alcohol poisoning



  • Person is known to have consumed large quantities of alcohol.
  • Person is unconscious and cannot be awakened.
  • Person has cold, clammy, unusually pale or bluish skin.
  • Person is breathing slowly and irregularly, less than eight times a minute or 10 seconds or more between breaths.
  • Person vomits while passed out and does not wake up during or after.


  1. Try to wake the person.
  2. Check the personís breathing.
  3. Turn the person on his/her side to prevent choking on their vomit.
  4. Do not leave the person alone. Continue to monitor their breathing, responsiveness, skin/lip color, etc.

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Public health

Individuals who have been exposed to a communicable disease will be identified, notified and treated in accordance with the directives of the Public Health Department.

More Meningitis Info:

Meningitis policy (effective Aug. 1, 2005)

The University of Kansas-Lawrence Campus:
  • Requires all students starting residence in Department of Student Housing residence halls, scholarship halls and Jayhawker Towers to receive the meningitis vaccination.
  • Strongly recommends that students living in other forms of group housing such as sorority/fraternity houses, Naismith Hall, etc., receive the vaccination.
  • Encourages all other students to consider vaccination.
  • Encourages all students to become knowledgeable about meningitis and its symptoms in order to reduce their personal risk.
All students starting residence in university-owned group housing must either provide written documentation of immunization or sign a waiver to indicate they have been informed about the disease and vaccine and have chosen not to be immunized. Noncompliant students will be placed on administrative HOLD following the first week of classes and remain on administrative HOLD until the compliance is documented with Student Health Services.
"Administrative HOLD" means that the student is unable to enroll or to obtain transcripts or a diploma.
We also encourage all KU students to consider getting the vaccine to reduce their risk.

Preventative measures

Some measures are:
  • Practice good personal hygiene by covering your mouth when sneezing and coughing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap.
  • Do not share eating or drinking utensils.
  • Maintain good general health by eating a balanced diet, exercising regularly, getting adequate rest and avoiding alcohol.
  • Avoid inhaling cigarette smoke, because it increases susceptibility to infection.
  • Know the symptoms of the disease and immediately see a physician if they should occur.
  • Consider getting the meningococcal vaccine, especially if you are in group housing.
  • Those who experience close-care contact may be advised to receive prophylactic antibiotics.

Pandemic health

A pandemic is the widespread outbreak of disease that:

  • Occurs throughout the world.
  • Is caused by a new strain of virus.
  • Spreads easily from person to person due to lack of immunity.
  • Overwhelms the existing support systems.
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