An active intruder threat involves a situation where an individual or individuals come on campus with the intention to cause serious harm to others. The intruder(s) usual intention is to continue until stopped by police and/or suicide.
Many of these incidences are often over in a very short period of time – ten to fifteen minutes. You need to assess your situation and take responsibility for your personal safety and security. Try to stay calm. Trust your instincts, and use care when making decisions. It is important to understand that any action taken or not taken during an active shooter incident may involve life-threatening risk.
Incidents occurring inside buildings
If a firearm is involved, obviously the first warning may be observation of the armed intruder(s). The intruder(s) may have one or a combination of weapons and/or explosives. You may also be alerted by shots fired, or the sounds of people in distress.
Upon notice of an active intruder(s) on campus, the University will attempt to notify students, faculty and staff through various means of communication and provide them with notice of what is happening and where it is happening and what action to take to preserve their own personal safety. The notification may inform the community that police are on route or are already on site. It may also advise you to secure your area and/or hide out.
The police will, be the primary responder to an active intruder incident. They may control entry and exit and movement within a facility to allow them to better respond to the situation.
Once police have contained a situation, they may determine that it is safe and necessary to evacuate the building. If instructed to evacuate a building, follow these instructions:
- A designated person will lead the evacuation in orderly fashion taking a specific safe route away from the danger areas. Police and/or CEP may also be involved in this process.
- Where possible, assist those requiring assistance.
- Do not interfere with any physical evidence.
- Move orderly and quickly to designated assembly point. You may have to provide your contact information to the police personnel and/or be interviewed. What you know may be of critical importance to the police.
Incidents occurring outside of buildings
- Figure Out If you hear shots fired or a commotion that leads you to suspect danger is near, trust your instincts. Investigate, where safe to do so, and try and determine what is happening around you and if you are in danger, but do not put yourself at risk.
- Move quickly to a safe place where you can take cover and/or see protection.
- Use whatever cover is available to protect you (vehicles, trees, etc.).
- Run, walk quickly, or crawl to safety. Try to put as much distance as you possibly can between you and the shooter.
- Once you feel you are not in immediate danger, report what is happening by calling 911. It is important to give as much detail as possible about the situation and the intruder(s) such as physical description, type(s) of weapon(s) involved, and the location of the incident. The operator may ask you to stay on the line. Once finished with 911, call CEP on the Emergency line at 4100 (St. John’s) or 2888 (Grenfell) from an office phone in a building, or 864-4100 (St. John’s) or 637-2888 (Grenfell) from a cell phone. Explain your situation, location and after you notify CEP, silence your phone.