Violent or Criminal Behavior

  1. Everyone is asked to assist in making the campus a safe place by being alert to suspicious situations or persons and by reporting them as outlined below.
  2. If you are the victim or are involved in any on-campus violation of the law such as assault, robbery, theft, overt sexual behavior, etc.: 

    Do Not Take Any Unnecessary Chances!

  3. Call the University Police Department at extension 4357 (HELP) or 256.765.4357, as soon as possible and supply them with the following information:
    1. Nature of incident
    2. Location of incident
    3. Description of person(s) involved
    4. Description of property involved
  4. If you witness a criminal act or whenever you notice a person(s) acting suspiciously on campus, immediately notify the University Police Department and give them the information outlined in number "3" above.
  5. Assist the police when they arrive by supplying them with all additional information and ask others to do the same.
  6. Should a sniper be firing a weapon on or near campus, you should take cover immediately using all available concealment. After the shooting stops and/or if possible, follow steps "3,4, and 5" above.
    1. Under all circumstances, attempt to stay calm and be alert to situations that you can exploit to your advantage. Remember that the primary objective of your family and law enforcement officials will be to secure your safe return as quickly as possible.
    2. Do not attempt to fight back or to struggle physically. No matter how "reasonable" your captors may appear on the surface, they cannot be trusted to behave normally and their actions may be unpredictable.
    3. Comply with the instructions of your abductors as well as you can.
    4. Do not discuss what action may be taken by your family, friends or employer.
    5. Make a mental note of all movements including times in transit, direction, distances, speeds, landmarks along the way, special odors and sounds like transportation, bells, construction, etc.
    6. Whenever possible, take note of the characteristics of your abductors, their habits, surroundings, speech mannerisms, and what contacts they make. Such information can be of great value in their ultimate apprehension.
    7. Generally, you cannot expect to have a good opportunity to escape; any attempt to escape, however, should not be made unless it is indicated that your life is in imminent danger. Carefully calculate the best possible odds for success.
    8. Avoid making provocative remarks to your abductors. As noted, they may be unstable individuals who react explosively and are likely to be violent and abusive.
    9. Try to establish some kind of rapport with your captors.

Hostile Intruder

If an armed or threatening intruder comes on to the University of North Alabama property it is very important that faculty, staff and or students report it immediately and take protective actions. The University of North Alabama has an open campus in the middle of a city, creating unique challenges when dealing with this type of situation.

The University of North Alabama Police Department recommends the following procedures.

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 and alert the Florence Police Department. 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.
  • Call the University Police at 256.7656.4357 (HELP) and report the above information.
  • Lock the 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 as calm as possible.
  • 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.

Playing Dead

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


Your last option if you are caught in the open and are in close proximity of the intruder 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.