Safety from Campus Violence

In light of the recent shooting events in our region, it is important that we all take the time to review the university's response to the possibility of violence on campus.

In light of the recent shooting events in our region, it is important that we all take the time to review the University’s response to the possibility of violence on campus.  Specifically, the possibility of an “active shooter,” or other similar incident.

Active shooter incidents are always unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. 

Because active shooter situations are often over within 10-15 minutes, before law enforcement can arrive on scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with the situation. This involves good awareness, planning and preparation in advance of an incident. 

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a short video, which shows how laypersons can best respond to an active shooter incident. Click on the link below to watch this video now!

Keeping with the “Run, Hide, Fight” theme from the above video, Campus Public Safety has published a list of “tips” for responding to a campus violence event. These tips can be found on our website at the following link:

It is important to remember, much like lightning, these violent events can occur anytime, anywhere and effect anyone! In any case, YOU need to take direct responsibility for your personal safety and security. You must develop a “survival mindset” through a process of “awareness, preparation and rehearsal.”

Survivors prepare themselves both mentally and emotionally to do whatever it takes to make it through a violent situation. They become stakeholders in their own safety and security!

Please take the time to review the information provided above. Discuss it with your coworkers, fellow students, family members and friends. Ask the essential “what if” questions and prepare yourself with a plan of action if faced with such an event.

Campus Public Safety Officers are available to answer your questions and provide more detailed information on how to prepare yourself. Seminars and classes can be provided to help determine the best course of action for you and those around you.   

Lastly, remember that prevention is key in all areas of our lives. If you see or hear something that concerns you or makes you feel threatened in any way…say something! Report your concerns to Campus Public Safety or to your supervisors. Don’t assume that someone else will address the concern. 

For more information on this or other safety and security concerns, please contact Campus Public Safety.

Posted by Rob Dahl ( on Dec 13, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Edited by Jenni Luckett ( on Dec 18, 2012 at 8:30 AM

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