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Lockdown/Shelter In Place

Active Shooter

If the event of an Active Shooter or Gunman on campus, University Police will activate lockdown/shelter in place procedures until the situation is secure. It is important to identify Safe Rooms in advance, move to the safe room, lockdown and barricade inside until University Police informs you it is now safe to exit your location.

In general, how you respond to an active shooter will be dictated by the specific circumstances of the encounter, bearing in mind there could be more than one shooter involved in the same situation.

If you are near an area where a shooting or shooter is identified, take whatever actions necessary to protect yourself. Situational Awareness if key, if the shooter is in your area get away from it. Use any means necessary to get out or away from the incident. If you are not hearing gun fire or seeing an assailant, lock down and shelter in place immediately.

  • Lockdown/Shelter in Place – Move quickly to your identified safe room or a room that is easily lockable. Stay in that location until University Police informs you that it is safe to exit your location.
  • Lock all entrances to your location.
  • Barricade all entrances with furniture, desks, or anything available.
  • Close blinds and turn off the lights.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Stay low to the ground and hide until the situation has ended. 
  • Work in groups, develop a plan, just in case the shooter is able to make it into your area.

One of the instructions you may be given in an emergency is to shelter-in-place. This means you should stay indoors until authorities tell you it is safe or you are told to evacuate.


In case of a biological event:

  • Select a small, interior room, with no or few windows.
  • Close and lock all windows and exterior doors.
  • Turn off all fans, heating and air conditioning systems. Close the fireplace damper.
  • Bring your family disaster supply kit and make sure the radio is working.
  • It is ideal to have a hard-wired telephone in the room you select (cellular telephone equipment may be overwhelmed or damaged during an emergency)
  • Use duct tape and plastic sheeting (heavier than food wrap) to seal all cracks around the door and any vents into the room.
  • Listen to your radio or television for further instructions or updates.
  • If you are in your car, close windows and turn off vents and air conditioning.