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Active Shooter or Hostage Situation on Campus

Active Shooter or Hostage Situation on Campus

Established 6-15-07 and reviewed annually
Report All Threats of Violence Immediately to University Police at 475-5711 or 911.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with a violent individual except in cases of self-protection
  • Leave the area as quickly as possible and advise others to do the same
  • Assist those with disabilities as you are able
  • If you are unable to safely leave the area, seek refuge in another room where you can lock the violent person out
  • Be aware that some types of ammunition are able to penetrate doors. Avoid holding doors closed with your bodyweight.
  • Listen for directions from law enforcement and follow them to the best of your ability.
  • Remember, it will be difficult for authorities to distinguish between victims and suspects. Make certain your hands are visible and make no threatening gestures.
  • Be aware that the priority of actions for law enforcement officers will be to stop the active shooter or violent situation, to rescue any victims, to provide first aid as able, and finally to preserve the crime scene

Avoid | Deny | Defend®

A Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.
Three Minutes
Once notified, Law Enforcement will respond to an Active Shooter as quickly as possible.
Response time nationwide average about three minutes.
Your immediate actions should be focused on maximizing your personal safety until Law Enforcement is able to stop the threat.
What You Do Matters.

Avoid starts with your state of mind.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings.
  • Have an exit plan.
  • Move away from the danger as quickly as possible.
  • The more distance and barriers between you and the threat, the better.

Deny when getting away is difficult or maybe even impossible.

  • Keep distance between you and the source.
  • Create barriers to prevent or slow down a threat from getting to you.
  • Turn the lights out.
  • Remain out of sight and quiet by hiding behind large objects and silencing your phone.

Defend because you have the right to protect yourself.

  • If you cannot Avoid or Deny, be prepared to defend yourself.
  • Be aggressive and committed in your actions.
  • Do not fight fairly. This is about survival.
Call 911 or 337-475-5711 when you are in a safe area.
Inform the 911 operator that this is an active shooter situation.
When Law Enforcement arrives, Show Your Hands and Follow Commands.
You can call the University Police Department to schedule a Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events presentation. Usually the presentation takes 90 minutes to 2 hours. Reserve your presentation date by calling 337-475-5711. Deputy Chief Mike Powell and/or Lieutenant Robert Gates will work with you to confirm your presentation dates and times.
McNeese State University Police supports Texas State University's ALERRT™ training and programs for active shooters.