Emergency Lockdown Protocol


While college campuses are generally safe in nature, there are events that may cause the need of an emergency response by campus members and Public Safety. These events may include but are not limited to: violent intruder or active shooter. If an incident threatens the safety at a campus or center, may trigger a “lockdown response”.


The mission of a “lockdown response” is to eliminate or minimize the personal injury to college constituents. A campus/building lockdown can serve several functions during an emergency, including the following:

·         Removing students and teachers from the threat;

·         Isolating the dangerous situation from much of the school;

·         Allowing for an accurate accounting of students within each room; and

·         Depending on the situation, facilitating an organized evacuation away from the dangerous area.


In general, there are two main lockdown situations:


1.       Lockdown with warning: The threat is outside the school building.

2.       Lockdown with intruder: The threat or intruder is inside the school building.


“Lockdown” Definition:

An emergency situation requiring that occupants of a building be sheltered and secured in place when a normal evacuation would put occupants at risk.


Actions to Take in Event of a Lockdown:

·         Initial response is to flee to an area of safety away from the attacker(s).

·         If practical, call 911/emergency responders immediately or use other means available (i.e. safety apps.). When notifying emergency responders be prepared to provide the following information: your location, your name and contact number, any injuries, and number of individuals with you, and suspect/attacker information. *Follow any directions given by police*

·         Shelter in place if the area is secure and use any locking device available to secure door(s).

·         Turn off lights, cover windows, silence cell phones, and move away from doors and windows.

·         Keep in tune with mass email/text notifications or use of loud speakers for updated information.


Additional Important Information:

·         Wait for directions from public safety for rescue or all clear sign. This may be via electronic notification or personal rescue by emergency responders.

·         Note for safety reasons public safety officers may not initially greet you with familiarity. Follow directions. Do not be offended.

·         If you are not sure of any person requesting you to open any door, ask for additional information such as: name, badge number, or wait for a call from 911 or call police yourself and get directions on how to proceed.

·         Anytime based on firsthand information you have that you are able to flee the area to safety, do so.