If a situation involving a violent attacker armed with a deadly weapon is taking place on campus, University community members will be instructed to lockdown.

What is a lockdown?

A lockdown involves a series of measures that are intended to minimize risk to students and staff until civil authorities are able to take control of the situation.

During a lockdown, you must remain inside the building you’re in when you were advised of the incident. If you’re outside, seek safety by entering the nearest building and stay inside until further notice. Find a place to hide and remain quiet. Make a plan and prepare to protect or defend yourself by any means.

If a violent attacker armed with a deadly weapon is in your immediate vicinity, be ready to escape, hide, or, if your life is in imminent danger, defend yourself (even violently if necessary) until you can get away.


  • Escape, cover or hide.
  • If escape isn’t possible or safe, seek cover; get behind a solid structure that can’t be penetrated by weapons or weapon fire (e.g. concrete wall or planter).
  • If there’s no escape or cover, hide; stay quiet and out of sight.
  • If you’re in an open area, look for your nearest, safest escape and get there as quickly as you can.
  • Warn others as you encounter them.
  • If you’re inside a building, find a closed room or area.
  • Secure the area by locking and/or barricading the doors; if you can’t lock or barricade the doors, make sure they’re properly closed.
  • Turn off the lights and close the blinds; try to make the room appear unoccupied.
  • Keep away from doors and windows; hide behind furniture if you can; otherwise, stay low to the ground and out of sight.
  • Set your cell phone to “silent” and avoid using it unless you’re reporting an emergency or it’s absolutely necessary; using cell phones increases the demand on cellular network towers, and emergency responders and those in need of immediate assistance will be relying on those towers.
  • Remain calm and quiet, and help others do the same.


  • Don’t react to alarms, such as fire alarms, unless fire is evident.
  • Don’t open doors to anyone; wait to be advised by authorities.
  • Don’t move from your hiding place unless it’s no longer safe to stay there, or until authorities declare it safe to leave.

In immediate danger

If a violent attacker armed with a deadly weapon is in your immediate vicinity, be ready to escape, hide, or, if your life is in imminent danger, defend yourself (violently if you must) until you can get away.

Run / Escape

Get away from the danger as quickly as you can and report the incident to Protection Services or to 911 once you’re safe.

Hide / Cover

  • If you can’t get away from the danger, look for a place where you can hide (lockdown).
  • Secure the area as best you can by locking and barricading the door.
  • Take cover under or behind furniture and ensure cell phones and other sources of sound are turned off or silenced.
  • Remain aware of your surroundings and the situation. If an opportunity arises to escape, do so!
  • Prepare for the situation to escalate and to defend yourself as a last resort; look around for items you can use as a weapon; plan with any others in the space with you. There is strength in numbers!


IF YOUR LIFE IS IN IMMINENT DANGER and you cannot escape or hide, then - as a last resort - FIGHT BACK VIOLENTLY. Do not stop until you’re certain you can get away from the danger, then do so!

When is a lockdown necessary?

Emergencies that require you to lockdown include violent situations occurring on campus:

  • Active attacker (on campus)
  • Terrorist attack (on campus)


KNOW YOUR AREA! Get acquainted with your nearest escape routes, and keep an eye out for hiding places in and around the places you frequent most.

Watch the lockdown video

Important Note

Will the doors to buildings be locked during a lockdown?

The majority of building entrances have glass doors. A locked entrance will not stop an armed attacker from entering a building. A locked door will, however, stop an innocent person from being able to get to safety or find a place to hide. We need to ensure all University community members have the best chance to protect themselves.

It is vital that you focus on what YOU can control in your immediate environment. Lock yourself down in your space.

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