2019-2020 Faculty Handbook

Active Shooter

The run-hide-fight method should be used in the event of an active shooter, prior to directions from Public Safety and/or law enforcement personnel.

Run: Best path to survival; get out immediately. Encourage others to escape but don't let them slow you down.

Hide: Find a place out of shooter view that provides protection to hide.

Fight: As a last resort and only if your life is in danger.

While waiting for first responders to arrive:

  • Be aware of your environment,
  • Victims are usually chosen randomly,
  • An event is unpredictable and may change quickly,
  • Always have a plan,
  • Police are not there to assist you; they are there to confront the shooter.

When first responders are on the scene:

  • Follow their instructions
  • Keep hands in plain sight,
  • Avoid pointing or yelling.

Building Evacuation Safety

  • If it is possible to flee a building safely and avoid danger, do so. Do not attempt to flee if the shooter is between you and the exit. If unsure, do not attempt to flee.
  • Once outside, get far away from the shooting scene and contact the police department.
  • If you encounter police officers as you leave the building, they may direct you to one collection point. Keep your hands visible (on your head or showing open in front of you.)
  • Do not pull the fire alarm; it will provide the shooter with more opportunities to cause harm.
  • Contact the police via 911.

If You Are Unable to Evacuate Safely

  • Turn off the lights and close blinds, lock all windows and doors.
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors.
  • Silence all cell phones.
  • If you can do so safely, get everyone on the floor and out of the line of fire.
  • Keep everyone calm, quiet and out of sight.
  • Take adequate cover/protection (i.e., concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets).
  • Place signs on exterior windows to identify the location of injured persons.
  • Stay in your secure location of the building until an "all clear" instruction is given by an authorized or known voice.
  • If the staff or students do not recognize the voice that is giving instruction, they should not change their status. Unknown or unfamiliar voices may be false and designed to give false assurances.

If The Shooter Enters Your Classroom/Office

  • There is no one procedure that can be recommended in this situation.
  • Attempt to get the word out to other staff if possible, and call 911 if that seems practical. Use common sense. If hiding or flight is impossible, remain quiet. Attempting to negotiate with the individual may be very dangerous.
  • Attempting to overcome the individual with force is a last resort that should only be initiated in the most extreme circumstances.
  • Remember, there may be more than one active shooter.
  • Be careful not to make any changes to the scene of the incident since law enforcement authorities will investigate the area later.

What To Report

  • your specific location: building name, floor and office or room number
  • number of people at your specific location
  • injuries: number injured and types of injuries
  • assailant(s):
    • location
    • race/gender
    • physical features (height, weight, facial hair, glasses, etc.)
    • shooter's identity, if known
    • number of suspects
    • clothing description
    • type of weapons (long gun or hand gun)
    • backpack
    • do you hear explosions separate from gunfire?

Police Response

  • The police objective is to immediately isolate/engage assailant(s) to stop the shooting.
  • Remain calm; do as the officers tell you.
  • Put down bags/packages and keep your hands visible at all times.
  • If you know where the shooter is, tell the officers.
  • The first officers will not stop to aid injured persons.
  • Rescue teams will follow the first officers into secured areas to treat and remove injured persons.