Active Shooter

Armed assailants and “active shooters” create highly unpredictable situations. The following guidelines are based on federal training guidelines and best practices. An alternate response may be necessary depending upon the actual situation.

Notification will be interrupted blasts of tornado siren, building coordinator, campus voice mail, campus e-mail, and/or text message. A fire alarm will indicate building evacuation.

If used, warning sirens will consist of long, continuous wails for several minutes.
All-clear siren will consist of three short bursts of the siren.

If You Are Inside a Building

And the shooter is not in your building - EXTERNAL LOCKDOWN
External lockdown are ordered when the potential threat is outside the building. Building doors are locked and no one is allowed to enter or leave the building. Faculty, Staff, and students will continue their regular schedule without leaving the building.

And the shooter is also inside your building - INTERNAL LOCKDOWN
Internal lockdowns are ordered when a potential threat is known or suspected to be in the building. All classroom and office doors are secured. Faculty, Staff, and students must remain in the classrooms and offices until the lockdown is lifted.

If you cannot get in a building - DESIGNATED SAFE PLACE
Proceed to the employees' entrance of the Office of Campus Safety and Police Services located in the Ruth Lilly Student Center. This entrance will remain accessible throughout the incident.


Close doors. Lock or barricade if possible.
Move away from windows.
HIDE: turn off computer monitors, radios, cell phones, and other audio devices. Stay quiet and
out of view.


DO NOT answer the door.



If you can, call campus police 6789 or 911.
Give your name and location.
Report on injuries.
Give as much information as you can: number of shooters, physical description, type of
weapon, and where the shooter is.

Faculty and staff should make decisions about lockdown or evacuation on their own
only in life threatening situations.
If the shooter’s location is known, consider evacuating ONLY if an exit is easily accessible,
such as a window that can be opened or broken.
If you are confronted by a shooter, consider using active resistance: fighting back with
objects such as chairs, books, desks, etc. This is a last resort.



If You Are Outside a Building


Proceed to the DESIGNATED SAFE PLACE at the employee's entrance of the Office of Campus Safety and Police Services located in the Ruth Lilly Student Center. This entrance will remain
accessible throughout the incident.




Police Are Trained To Respond To An Active Shooting Incident By Entering The Building As Soon As Possible And Proceeding To The Area Of The Assailant. Early In The Incident It May Be Impossible To Deliver Medical Treatment To Victims, Because The Main Goal Is Neutralizing The Assailant. Try To Remain As Calm As Possible So As Not To Interfere With Police Operations. Once The Area Has Been Secured, Rescue Teams Will Arrive To Provide Assistance.

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