Campus violence is defined here as encompassing any action(s) threatened or taken by an individual(s) with the intent of killing or inflicting serious bodily harm to others. An example is a person wielding a weapon. The perpetrator may be a student, member of the University faculty or staff, or an individual from outside the University community. The target of the violence may be a specific individual or group or may be randomly selected.
If you witness an act of campus violence, take the following actions:
- Call 911. Report the situation to law enforcement authorities. If you are unable to speak, leave the line open so the dispatcher can hear what is going on.
- Find a safe place. Attempt to remove yourself from the situation and exit the building, even if that means climbing through a lower-level window. If you cannot safely exit the building, seek shelter in a secure area that can be locked or barricaded. If possible, turn off lights and cell phone ringers without drawing attention to yourself.
- Go to the designated assembly area. Go to and remain at the designated assembly area outside the building until instructed by emergency responders to move to another location. Attempt to account for all building occupants once at the assembly point.
- Avoid touching items left by the attacker. An attacker may intentionally leave explosives at the scene. Additionally, police will need to conduct an investigation after the emergency has concluded, so it is important not to tamper with potential evidence.
Posted on Oct 28, 2010 - 12:43 PM
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