Civil disorder

civil disorder iconCivil disorder (also known as civil unrest or civil strife), is a broad term that is typically used by law enforcement to describe unrest caused by a group of people.

Examples of civil disorder may include: illegal parades; sit-ins and other forms of obstructions; demonstrations; riots; sabotage; and other forms of crime.

Civil disorder may lead to illegal occupancy or trespassing without consent, on University property. 

In the event of civil disorder

Call Security on 1800 646 501 and alert your supervisor or lecturer as soon as possible.

If safe to do so, initiate action to:

  •  Restrict entry to the building
  •  Confine presence to the ground floor
  •  Restrict contact between demonstrators and building occupants, or
  •  Evacuate the building if you are in immediate danger

In any case, immediately upon hearing of a civil disorder occurring in, or in the vicinity of any building, or that there has been unauthorised entry:  Be prepared to evacuate. Await further instructions from staff or emergency services.

All staff can contribute in a practical way to the satisfactory resolution of these emergencies by ensuring withdrawal of their colleagues/students where necessary, supervising the locking of offices, securing records, files, cash and other valuable property and at the same time promoting an air of confidence and calm.

During lectures or tutorials

It is the responsibility of the lecturer or tutor to maintain control of their students during the emergency.