If you notice odd or threatening behavior on campus,
report it to Campus Safety immediately. 

While the chances of an active threat are extremely low, it is important to assess your surroundings and know how you would respond. Lions are encouraged to conduct this mental exercise for any area they frequent, including both on campus (classrooms, offices, etc.) and off campus (restaurants, movie theaters, malls, and other public spaces).

Please take a few minutes to watch the following video:

 

In the event of an active shooter, remember: Run. Hide. Fight. 

Run.

  • Always run, if possible.
  • Identify an escape route, and if safe to do so, evacuate immediately to a safe location.
  • Help others escape, and run regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Leave your belongings behind and keep your hands visible. 
  • Call 9-1-1 as soon as it's safe to do so.

HIDE if you can't run.

  • If you can't run, seek shelter in a room with a door.
    • Close and lock all windows and doors. Tie down the door knob with anything you can.
    • Barricade the door and windows: use furniture or anything around. 
    • Close blinds or curtains. Turn off lights, silence cell phones, and keep quiet.
    • Crouch down and spread out. Do not huddle in a group.
    • Text 9-1-1. Silence your phone and notifications. 
  • If you are outside and/or are unable to safely seek shelter in a secure location, conceal and shield yourself by hiding behind something like a bench or tree.
  • DO NOT respond to any voice commands until you can verify that they are being issued by a police officer or Campus Safety officer.

FIGHT as a last resort.

  • As a last resort and only if you are in imminent danger, fight back.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter by throwing items or using improvised weapons like office equipment.
  • Work with those around you, commit to your actions, and anticipate your next move.
  • Call 9-1-1 as soon as it's safe to do so.

Calling or Texting 9-1-1

  • Call 9-1-1 as soon as possible. Call if you can, text if you can't. 
  • Give dispatcher your location. Be detailed.
  • Provide a description of the shooter and the number/type of weapons.
  • Give the location and number of any potential victims you saw.

 

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain calm and follow officer instructions.
  • Raise hands and spread fingers, and keep hands visible.
  • Avoid making quick movements, ex. holding on to officers for safety.
  • Don't point, scream, or yell.
  • Don't stop to ask for help when evacuating. Proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises.