Violent Act

Violence may take the form of various types of personal assaults. These may include weapons, such as knives and handguns. The only warning that you might receive during a violence incident is the sound of gunfire, scuffling or other employees yelling a warning.

Gunfire (See also Active Shooter section):

  • If you hear gunfire and cannot get out safely, immediately seek refuge in an area that can be locked from the inside.
    • A room without windows would be the best choice.
    • Hide inside that area behind a desk, under a table or in a closet or a bathroom.
    • Remain still and quiet.
  • If a phone is available and it is safe to do so, call the local police (911).
    • If it is safe to do so, stay on the phone with the police dispatcher.
    • If safe to do so, also call Campus Safety.
  • Take no action to intervene.

Explosion/Bomb:

  • Immediately evacuate the building, using your preplanned evacuation route.
  • Call Campus Safety or your local emergency contact.
    • If there is no answer or if the line is busy, call the local police (911).
    • Inform them of the situation with as much information as is available.
    • If it is safe to do so, stay on the phone with the police dispatcher.

Hostage Situation:

  • Immediately evacuate the building, using your preplanned evacuation route.
    • Stay out of sight of the perpetrator at all times.
  • Take no action to intervene with the hostage taker.
  • Call Campus Safety or your local emergency contact.
    • If there is no answer or if the line is busy, call the local police (911).
    • Inform them of the situation with as much information as is available.
    • If it is safe to do so, stay on the phone with the police dispatcher.

Physical Threat:

  • Immediately evacuate the building, using your preplanned evacuation route.
  • Call Campus Safety or your local emergency contact.
    • If there is no answer or if the line is busy, call the local police (911).
    • Inform them of the situation with as much information as is available.
    • If it is safe to do so, stay on the phone with the police dispatcher.