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Emergency Preparedness

Hostile-Armed Intruder(s)

Hostile Intruder(s) on the Grounds of the College

This is a police response situation. Responding Campus Safety Officers are not trained or equipped to confront an armed suspect, but they will make every effort to help with the police response and take every action possible to assist with evacuation and intelligence on the situation.

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing death or serious physical injury or the threat of imminent death or serious physical injury to person(s) on the campus, we recommend the following procedures be implemented:

The above is only a guide and cannot cover every possible situation that might occur but it is a training tool that can reduce the number of injuries or death if put into action as soon as a situation develops. Time is the most important factor in the optimal management of these types of situations.


Hostile Intruder in a Non-Residence Hall Building

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing death or serious bodily injury or the threat of imminent death or serious bodily injury to person(s) within a building, we recommend the following procedures be implemented.
While the following is only a guide that refers primarily to academic buildings, it should be stated that these procedures are also relevant to administrative buildings and other common buildings on the campus:

    1. You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the building looking for potential victims.
    2. 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 intruders.
    3. If the person(s) is/are causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
    4. Your last option if you are caught in an open area in a building may be to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
    5. If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands.
    6. Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed, or keeping your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons, and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.

Hostile Intruder(s) in a Residence Hall

When a hostile person(s) is/are actively causing deadly harm or the imminent threat of deadly harm within the residence hall, we recommend the following procedures be implemented:

    1. You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the dorm looking for more potential victims.
    2. 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. Keep any objects you can between you and the hostile person (s) while in the building. Once outside, don't run in a straight line.
    3. If the person(s) is/are causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
    4. Your last option if you are caught in an open area in the dorm maybe to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
    5. If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and don't look the intruder in the eyes.
    6. Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed or made to put your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons, and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow. 
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