Violent Intruder/Weapons Threat

GENERAL GUIDELINES

Specific information for Academic and Administrative Buildings, Residence Halls and Building Exteriors/Campus Grounds listed below

Physical hostile confrontation is an immediate life-threatening danger that is unprovoked and unpredictable. Hostile confrontations include, but are not limited to, violent/hostile students, robbery, and terroristic acts. 
In the event a person confronts you with a weapon or an explosive device, or a person claims to have a weapon or device:

YOU SHOULD:

  • REMAIN CALM. Your reactions to the situation can provoke the hostile individual(s).
  • Listen to all demands, DO NOT disagree or attempt to reason with the individual(s).  Avoid direct eye contact with individuals(s), if possible.
  • If you have access to something the individual(s)’ demands, move slowly, keeping your hands visible at all times and give them whatever they request. Do as requested and remain calm and quiet.
  • If you observe a hostile confrontation in progress, do NOT get involved. Calmly move away from the area, providing it is safe to do so. Once clear, call 911.
  • Completely describe what you observed, how many individuals are involved, physical descriptions of those individuals involved and exact location of the activity. 
  • Be prepared to seek protection under desks or behind solid walls or objects and keep close to the floor.  Be prepared to seek immediate shelter.

IF CONFRONTED:

  • DO NOT panic.
  • DO NOT attempt acts of heroism by rushing or attempting to disarm or subdue the individual(s).
  • Do NOT look the individual(s) directly in the eyes or stare at him/them.
  • DO NOT activate a fire alarm.

Academic and Administrative Buildings

  • Faculty and/or Staff should immediately lock students and themselves in the classroom or office.
  • Call 911 immediately.  Then, place a call to SCSU Public Safety (308-3333).
  • If possible, cover all windows or openings that have a direct line of sight into the hallway.
  • Do NOT activate the building fire alarm system.
  • Lock all windows and close any curtains or blinds.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Turn off all lights and audio equipment.
  • Try to remain calm and keep everyone together and quiet.
  • If you are not in a classroom or office get to one as quickly as possible.
  • Remain in the classroom or office until emergency response personnel notify you that it is safe.
  • If you are in close proximity to an exit, you will have to make a decision whether or not to exit the building or seek shelter in an available room or office.  Circumstance and your level of confidence should be a determining factor in how you proceed.  If you decide that exiting the building is your only or best chance for survival, do so quickly.  When running from a building, DO NOT run in a straight line and use whatever cover may be available.  When you feel you are safely removed from the situation, find the nearest telephone and call 911.

Residence Halls

  • Lock yourself in your room.
  • Call 911 immediately and report the occurrence.  Place a second phone call to SCSU Public Safety (308-3333).
  • If in a lounge or common area, move to the nearest securable area.
  • DO NOT activate the building’s fire alarm system.
  • Barricade yourself in your room with whatever material is available.
  • Lock all windows and close any curtains or blinds.
  • Stay away from windows and doors.
  • Turn off all lights and audio equipment in the room.
  • If you are close to an exit, you will have to make a decision whether or not to exit the building or seek shelter in an available room or area. Circumstance and your level of confidence should be a determining factor in how you proceed.
  • If you decide that exiting the building is your only or best chance for survival, do so quickly.  When running from a building, DO NOT run in a straight line and use whatever cover may be available.  When you feel you are safely removed from the situation, find the nearest telephone and call 911 and SCSU Public Safety (308-3333).

Building Exterior/Campus Grounds

  • If you are in a parking lot, quickly exit the area using the parked vehicles as cover.
  • If you are in an open campus area, quickly exit the area using trees, bushes, buildings or whatever other cover is available as you go.
  • When running from the area, DO NOT run in a straight line.
  • If you are confronted by responding police officers, follow the instructions you are given by the officers.  You may be asked to stop and put your hands on your head or to lie on the ground.
  • When you have removed yourself from the area of danger, call 911 and SCSU Public Safety (308-3333) as quickly as possible.
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  • Emergency Numbers

911 Operator
911

St. Cloud Police Dept
320-251-1200

SCSU Public Safety
320-308-3333



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