Violent or Criminal Behavior
The Campus Police Department provides 24-hour assistance on campus. Immediately contact campus police personnel if hostile or violent behavior, actual or potential, is witnessed.
- Initiate immediate contact with Campus Police officers to ensure that a timely response is begun before a situation becomes uncontrollable.
- Leave the immediate area whenever possible and direct others to do so.
- Should gunfire or explosives hazard the campus, you should take cover immediately using all available concealment. Close and lock doors when possible to separate yourself and others from the armed suspect.
- In the event of a school shooting or other violent threat, immediately notify Campus Police. The campus police will then notify the proper authority and proper campus administrator. Officers in charge will evacuate all persons not directly involved, from the area.
A. School Shooting Call Checklist
- Exact location of shooting.
- Exact number of gunmen and their descriptions.
- Probable firepower (guns, rifles, etc.)
- Probable number of people in building.
- Approximate number of possible injuries from eyewitness accounts. Obtain as much information as possible about the shooting and its location and possible injuries. Request more information by expressing a desire to save lives.
B. Violent Intruder
In the event of a violent intruder on campus many decisions will be at the discretion of the instructor. There is no one plan that will work in every situation but here are some suggestions:
If the intruder is located outside but close to your building, close your classroom door and lock it if possible and close the window blinds. Turn out the lights and move students to a location that would make it difficult for the intruder to see them. For example, if the intruder is walking outside your first story window have the students lay down along the wall closest to the window.
If the intruder is in your building follow the above but have the students lay down along the wall with the door. It may also be beneficial to barricade the door but remember that you may also be blocking the only exit.
Should an intruder enter your classroom or office, try to remain calm. Talk to them using your name and the names of those around you as often as possible. Try not to talk in negative or threatening tones and always make things sound like they can have a positive end. Campus Police will call other law enforcement agencies and college officials as appropriate and will evacuate all persons to establish a perimeter around the effected area.
- Lock the doors to rooms at all time
- Refrain from propping doors or entrances open
- Refrain from allowing stranger to enter rooms or floors
- Call Campus Police, building supervisor, instructors or resident hall staff for assistance when needed.
- Walk with others while on campus
- Report suspicious person/activities to residence hall staff or Campus Police immediately
- Report crimes immediately to Campus Police
- Take appropriate steps to secure personal property like jewelry, cell phones, stereos, etc.
- Read, understand, and abide by the Guide to Campus Life handbook.
- Provide input to the College about how the campus can be made safer.
- Report instances of obscene or harassing phone calls or conversations.
In the event of an assault: Take the survivor to a safe place, if a severe physical injury does not preclude moving him/her.
Call Campus Clinic at 477-4104. The campus nurse can tell you how best to assist the survivor and furnish the appropriate contact number and/or resources he/she can utilize. After hours call Campus Police (477-4006) for assistance. If the survivor lives in campus housing, call the Resident Assistant on duty and give him/her information without revealing the identity of the survivor. Help the survivor report the assault to Campus Police at 477-4006. If the assault took place off-campus, call 911. If the assault occurred on campus, call 477-4006 or 477-4169.