College campuses are a focal point for civil unrest during periods of cultural changes. This is due to the nature of the mission of higher education in promoting civil discourse on many topics.
Civil discourse can turn into activities that violate policies and laws, leading to violence and property damage. We must prepare our campus community for civil unrest.
Stay alert and informed
Watch for Missouri State Alerts, check social media and listen to other forms of media. Use your own senses: Your eyes and ears can be lifesavers.
If you are not in the area, do not go to the area
Do not go over to the area because you are curious. This makes the problem worse and requires more assistance to keep everyone safe.
If you are near the area, leave as quickly as possible
Mob mentality occurs fast and you do not want to be in it. Delays put you at risk.
If you are in the crowd, stay neutral
Go with the flow and move toward the edge at an angle to get away. Do not draw attention to yourself by trying to defuse the situation or getting into an argument. As police work to instill order, panic will often lead to crowd crush. You need to be away from the center to have the best chance of staying safe.
Follow all law enforcement directions
In the unrest, Law enforcement do not know the innocent from the instigators. They will not have time to hear every explanation about why someone is there.
If you are in a vehicle, lock doors, roll up windows and get away before the crowd surrounds it
Avoid using the vehicle to push through the crowd.
If you are not the target of the aggression, consider abandoning your vehicle to escape
Vehicles often become targets of the violence. You do not want to be stuck inside.
If you are the target of the aggression, you need to get away immediately
When it gets to this point, you are now in immediate danger. Try to drive away. Getting out of your car will likely lead to serious injury.