Hostile Person(s) Guidelines

 If a hostile person(s) is actively causing deadly harm or the imminent threat of deadly harm within the residence hall or apartments, here are the recommended guidelines:

  • Lock yourself in your room.
  • If communication is available, call 9-911 (campus phone) or 911 (non-campus phone).
  • Stay connected to the internet, if available, for situation updates (ensure the light from the monitor is not visible to the outside of the room).
  • If away from your room, join others in a room that can be locked. If the door has no lock and opens in, a good heavy door wedge can be kept on hand and driven in as hard as you can. Otherwise, look for heavy furniture to barricade the door.
  • Do not stay in an open hall.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal to the occupants in the rooms that they need to evacuate the building and thus 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 blinds or curtains. Depending on the location of the hostile person(s), consideration may also be made to exit through window openings. Have someone watch as you get as many students out of the windows (ground floor) as calmly and as quietly as possible.
  • Stay away from the windows.
  • Turn all lights and audio equipment off.
  • Try to stay as calm and as quiet as possible.
  • If you are caught in the open, such as hallways and lounge areas, you must decide what you are going to do. This is a very crucial time and can possibly mean life or death depending on your actions.
  • 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 more victims.
  • If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, 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, do not run in a straight line.
  • If the person(s) 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.
  • The last option you have if caught in an open area may be to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option. Again this is not a recommendation to attack the hostile person(s) but rather a choice to fight when there is no other option.
  • If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and do not do anything to provoke the intruder.
  • Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve being 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.
These safety tips and guidelines are not all inclusive, but if understood and followed up with periodic reminders and training when feasible, it can increase your chances of surviving a hostile person(s) incident.