Hostile Intruder

If an armed or threatening intruder comes on campus, it is important that faculty, staff, and/or students report it immediately and take protective actions.

If you see an armed intruder and you are in an office or classroom:

  • Remain in the classroom or office and immediately lock all doors.
  • Call 911. Try and remain calm, so you can give an accurate description of the person or person(s). Note type of dress, height, weight, sex, and any other characteristics/physical items that are particular to the individual(s). Report the type of weapon (if known) and direction of travel or building entered.
  • Lock windows, and close blinds or curtains.
  • Turn off lights and all audio equipment.
  • Stay out of the open areas, and be as quiet as possible.
  • Try to remain calm.
  • Keep classroom or office secure until police arrive and give directions.

If you are caught in an open or exposed area and you cannot get into a classroom or office, you must decide upon a course of action:


Look for a safe and secure hiding area. Once in place, try and remain calm. Stay hidden until you can make contact with emergency personnel.


If you think you can safely make it out of the area, then do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Attempt to keep objects (trees, vehicles, trash cans, etc.) between you and the hostile person. When away from immediate area of danger, summon help and warn others.


If the intruder is causing death or physical injury to others, and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to assume a prone position and lay as still as possible.


Your last option is to fight back. This is dangerous and not recommended, but, depending on your situation, this could be your last option.

If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and avoid eye contact. Once emergency personnel have arrived and taken over the situation, obey all commands.

For emergencies dial (911) or (4357) on any campus phone.