CAMPUS SAFETY MEASURES IN EVENT OF HOSTILE PERSON INCIDENT

The safety and security of every individual on campus is always the paramount concern of the campus Police Department and the university. In light of the shooting incident that took place recently at Virginia Tech, we would like to provide students, faculty and staff with suggestions to maximize everyone's safety, in case a hostile situation should arise from within or outside Southern's campus. The following are nationally accepted recommendations provided by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACLEA):


Hostile Intruder(s) on the Grounds of the University

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing death or serious physical injury or the threat of imminent death or serious physical injury to person(s) on the campus, we recommend the following procedures be implemented:


This training guide cannot cover every possible situation that might occur but it is a training tool that can reduce the number of injuries or deaths if put into action as soon as a situation develops. Time is the most important factor in the optimal management of these types of situations.

 


Hostile Intruder in a Non-Residence Hall Building

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing death or serious bodily injury or the threat of imminent death or serious bodily injury to person(s) within a building, we recommend the following procedures be implemented.

While the guide refers primarily to academic buildings, it should be stated that these procedures are also relevant to administrative buildings and other common buildings on the campus:

 

  1. You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the building looking for victims. 
  2. If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Attempt to keep objects such as, desks, cabinets, fixtures, etc. between you and the hostile person(s). Once outside, do not run in a straight line. Use trees, vehicles, and other objects to block you from the view of intruders.
  3. If the person(s) are causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
  4. Your last option if you are caught in an open area in a building may be to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
  5. If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and do not look the intruder in the eyes.
  6. Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed, or keeping your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons, and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.

 


Hostile Intruder(s) in a Residence Hall

When a hostile person(s) is actively causing deadly harm or the imminent threat of deadly harm within the residence hall, we recommend the following procedures be implemented:

 

  1. You can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space or you may be found as the intruder moves through the dorm looking for more victims.
  2. If you think you can safely make it out of the building by running, do so. If you decide to run, do not run in a straight line. Keep any objects you can between you and the hostile person (s) while in the building. Once outside, do not run in a straight line.
  3. If the person(s) are causing death or serious physical injury to others and you are unable to run or hide, you may choose to play dead if other victims are around you.
  4. The last option you have if caught in an open area in the dorm maybe to fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your situation, this could be your last option.
  5. If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to fight back, obey all commands and do not look the intruder in the eyes.
  6. Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve your being handcuffed or made to put your hands in the air. This is done for safety reasons, and once circumstances are evaluated by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.