A lockdown may only be authorized by the Incident Manager (Director of Safety and Security) or their designate (Security, Safety and Parking Manager).
Shelter in place
A shelter in place response is initiated when there is an environmental threat or hazard near a campus. This means there are noxious or harmful airborne particles in the air around the campus and it is safer for people to stay inside than to be exposed to the particles outside.
- Remain indoors.
- Close doors and windows.
- Cancel or move outside activities indoors.
Normal operations are to continue inside the building, however, all ventilation fans, heating and air conditioning system are turned off to prevent contaminated outside air from entering the building.
This procedure is to continue until the external threat is resolved and Emergency Services gives the “All Clear” announcement.
Hold and secure
A hold and secure response is initiated when there is a criminal threat near a campus. This means it is safer for people to be inside the building than outside because police are looking for someone threatening in the area.
In this situation the procedures are:
- To restrict movement from in and out of the campus.
- For people near the building to go inside and for the doors to be locked and monitored.
- To avoid movement near windows and doors.
- To continue this procedure until the threat is resolved and Emergency Services gives the “All Clear” announcement.
Active attacker response:
- The violent and threat procedure is only initiated when there is an imminent threat to the life and safety of our campus community.
- This means your life is in danger by a person using a weapon on campus.
- In this situation, you should assess the danger and either hide and conceal yourself or evacuate the building.
The evacuation and barricade procedure is outlined below:
If you hear gunfire on campus we recommend the following:
- RUN and GET OUT, choose a safe exit if safe, and move far away from the building.
- Hide in a secure room or space. Turn off the lights, lock and barricade the door and seek cover.
- Notify Security Services at ext. 5555 immediately.
- Assist people with disabilities exiting the area.
- Notify others in the area to exit the building immediately.
- Do not attract the shooter's attention.
If someone appears to be armed or has begun actively attacking (i.e. shooting or attacking someone with a weapon), take one of the following actions, depending on the circumstances:
- If safe, exit the building immediately and notify anyone you encounter to exit the building immediately.
- If you have information about the attacker or an injured person, call 9-1-1 and be ready to provide as much information as possible.
- If safe, call Campus Security at ext. 5555.
If it is not safe to exit the building, follow the barricade procedure:
- Go to the nearest room or office.
- Close the door and lock it if possible or barricade the door with tables and chairs.
- Turn off lights and, if possible, cover the door window and side panels.
- Silence communication devices (cell phones).
- Stay out of sight and keep quiet, as if no one is in the room.
- DO NOT answer the door.
- If you have information about the attacker or an injured person, call 9-1-1 and be ready to provide as much information possible.
- Listen for announcements and instructions and wait until emergency personnel arrive to escort you out of the building.
If the fire alarm sounds, assess the situation and respond accordingly:
- If you see or smell signs of smoke or fire, evacuate.
- If there are no signs of smoke or fire, stay in the barricade.
What to do if taken hostage
- Be patient. Time is on your side.
- Avoid drastic action. The initial 45 minutes are the most dangerous as the captor is emotionally unbalanced.
- Follow instructions. Be alert and don't speak unless spoken to and then only when necessary.
- Don't talk down to the captor who may be in an agitated state. Avoid appearing hostile.
- Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times, if possible, but do not stare.
- Attempt to establish a rapport with the captor while avoiding speculation and arguments.
It is college policy that no one is allowed to have a weapon while on campus, or at any events sponsored by the college.
A weapon is defined as any firearm (loaded or unloaded), a knife or any device designed as a weapon capable of producing death or bodily harm.
In the event a weapon is discovered in the possession of any individual:
- Call Security Services at ext. 5555.
- Do no attempt to investigate the matter.
- Follow directions from Security and or police.
If the person with the weapon is not in the immediate area:
- If possible, lock and or barricade the room doors and keep other individuals in the room
- Keep students in classrooms and away from windows and doors.
- Follow directions from Security and or police
- DO NOT open the door unless instructed to do so by police or Security.
If the person with the weapon demands anything, follow instructions as best you can:
- Do not make sudden moves.
- Do not argue with the person.
- Be careful and take your time when dealing with the individual.
- Attempt to keep others as calm as possible.
- Talk calmly to the person with the weapon.
- Learn as much as you can about the person.
- Be observant. Mentally record a detailed description of the individual.
- Follow directions from Security and police.