Hostile Intruder

Hostile intruder(s) on campus grounds

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.
  • If you decide to hide, consider the area in which you are hiding.
  • If you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
  • The last option you have if caught in an open area outside may be to fight back. Do not look the intruder(s) in the eye; obey all commands.
  • Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve being handcuffing 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 non-residence hall

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

  • Faculty should lock the students and themselves in the classroom. If possible, cover any windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into the hallway.
  • If communication is available, call 911.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal the occupants to evacuate the building and place them in potential harm as they exit.
  • Lock the windows, and close the blinds or curtains.
  • Stay away from the windows.
  • Turn off lights and audio equipment.
  • Try to remain as calm as possible.
  • Keep everyone together.
  • Keep classrooms secure until police arrive and give you directions.
  • If you are not in a classroom, try to get to a classroom or an office.
  • Stay out of open areas and be as quiet as possible.

If you are in an open area such as a hallway or lounge, you must decide what you are going to do. We recommend these procedures:

  • You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space.
  • If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, then do so.
  • If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Attempt to keep objects such as desks, cabinets, fixtures, etc. between you and the hostile person(s). Once outside, do not run in a straight line. Use trees, vehicles and other objects to block you from the view of the intruder(s). When away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way you can and warn others.
  • If you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
  • The last option you have if caught in an open area outside may be to fight back.
  • If you’re caught by the intruder(s) and choose not to fight back, obey all commands and don’t look the intruder(s) in the eyes.
  • Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve being handcuffing 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:

  • Lock yourself in your room.
  • If communication is available, call 911.
  • If away from your room, join others in a room that can lock.
  • 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.
  • Barricade yourself in your room with desks, beds or anything you can push against the door.
  • Lock your window and close the blinds or curtains.
  • Stay away from the window.
  • Turn all lights and audio equipment off.
  • Try to stay calm and be as quiet as possible.

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:

  • You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space.
  • If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, then do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Attempt to keep objects such as desks, cabinets, fixtures, etc. between you and the hostile person(s). Once outside, do not run in a straight line. Use trees, vehicles and other objects to block you from the view of the intruder(s). When away from the immediate area of danger, summon help any way you can and warn others.
  • If you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
  • The last option you have if caught in an open area outside may be to fight back.
  • If you’re caught by the intruder(s) and choose not to fight back, obey all commands and don’t look the intruder(s) in the eyes.
  • Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve being handcuffing or putting your hands in the air. This is for safety reasons. Once police evaluate circumstances, they will give you further directions.

What to do if you are taken hostage

The following procedures should be implemented:

  • Be patient. Time is on your side. Avoid drastic action.
  • Follow instructions; be alert and stay alive.
  • Do not speak unless spoken to, but only when necessary. Do not talk down to the captor who may be in an agitated state. Avoid appearing hostile. Do not look the captor directly in the eyes. Treat the captor like royalty.
  • Try to rest. Avoid speculation. Follow instructions as best as you can. Avoid arguments. Expect the unexpected.
  • Be observant. You may be released or be able to escape. The personal safety of others may depend on your memory of the situation.
  • Be prepared to answer the police on the phone. Be patient. Wait.
  • Attempt to establish rapport with the captor. If medication, first aid or restroom privileges are needed by anyone – say so. The captor, in all probability, does not want to harm people.
  • If the captor tries to cover your head with a bag, sack or other object, it is necessary for you to fake an illness or faint.

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