Hostile Intruder

Hostile intruder(s) on campus

When a hostile person(s) threatens or causes death and serious injury on campus grounds, we recommend these procedures:

  • Run away from the threat if you can.
    • Do not run in a straight line.
    • Use cars, trees and bushes to block your view from the hostile person.
    • If you can get away from the immediate area of danger, get help and warn others, but do not use a fire alarm.  It may cause others to go out into danger.
  • If you cannot get away, Hide in a room.
    • Lock the door, turn off the lights, silence your cell phone, stay out of sight.
    • Consider barricading the door with desks, chairs, cabinets, anything to make it hard to enter.
    • Call 9-1-1 if you can do so safely.
  • The last option is to Fight back.
    • Use anything at your disposal...backpacks, computers, books, etc. to disrupt the intruder to give you time to get away or to subdue them.
    • If you are with a group, swarm the intruder all at once.
  • Once the police arrive, obey all commands.
    • This may involve being handcuffed or putting your hands in the air. This is for safety reasons. 
    • Once police evaluate circumstances, they will give you further directions.

Hostile intruder(s) in a residence hall

When a hostile person(s) threatens or causes death and serious injury in residence halls, we recommend these procedures:

In your room:

  • Lock yourself in your room.
  • Barricade yourself in your room with desks, beds or anything you can push against the door.
  • Close the blinds or curtains and stay away from the window.
  • Call 9-1-1 if you can do so safely.
  • Turn all lights and audio equipment off.
  • Try to stay calm and be as quiet as possible.

Away from your room:If you are caught in the open such as hallways or lounge areas, you must decide what you are going to do. We recommend these procedures:

  • If away from your room, join others in a room that can lock or be barricaded.
  • Do not stay in the open hallway.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm.  This would signal people in the rooms to evacuate the building and place them in potential harm as they attempt to exit.

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