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Active Shooter/CODE REACT ​

An Active Shooter can be defined as an armed person(s) (i.e., handgun, rifle, etc.) who has used deadly physical force on other person(s) and continues to do so while having unrestricted access to additional victims.

Every active shooter situation is unpredictable and will require individual judgment and alterations given unique circumstance of each situation. However, below are basic recommendations to follow to help protect in these situations.  

An active shooter situation will be announced to the campus as  

“CODE REACT – ACTIVE SHOOTER on campus”.  

The campus will make all attempts to notify campus utilizing  

  • email
  • text message
  • computer pop-ups screens
  • verbal or other, and notification via available speaker systems (through the fire alarms) in those buildings equipped with such systems.  
See Emergency Communications and Public Warning section of the Emergency Management Plan for further details on notifications.  

​Response

Voice commands from responding emergency personnel shall be followed at all times. However, if you are not under the direction of emergency response personnel and you hear the term CODE REACT/ACTIVE SHOOTER announced or made otherwise aware of an active shooter take the follow steps depending upon your location and the given circumstances listed in the scenarios below:

 EVACUATE/RUN (In the affected building and able to escape shooter’s area and exit building)

  • Exit the building immediately using the nearest exit or window (if safe), move to a safe location.

  • Warn others on way out of emergency and need to exit immediately.

  • Call 9-1-1 or University Police (715-346-3456) at safe location. (Use phone in other building, cell phone, or Blue Light phones). Provide law enforcement with the following:
    • Your name and location.
    • Nature of the incident.
    • Location of the incident and location of shooter.
    • Number of shooters involved if known.
    • Identification or description of the shooter(s).
    • Weapon or weapons involved (e.g., rifle, handgun, etc.)
    • If medical assistance is needed. If possible, follow medical emergencies procedures if immediate medical assistance is required.
    • Other requested information.
    • If requested meet emergency response personnel in safe location for further debriefing.

  • If law enforcement have already responded, when evacuating follow their orders exactly and answer their questions. Keep your hands empty, raised, and in plain view at all times. Carry nothing that could be mistaken for a weapon. Remember law enforcement does not know who the shooter is. Stay away from affected building(s).

  • Wait for directions from emergency personnel and campus. Follow directions below for “NOT in Affected Buildings”.

 HIDE/LOCK OUT/LIGHTS OUT (In the affected building & able to escape shooter’s immediate area but unable to exit the building)


  • As soon as possible go to a safe location away from the violence and danger. Notify anyone you may encounter to do the same.

  • Go to the nearest room or office that is safe and lock door if able. Draw window shades if available. Barricade entrance if possible with desks, chairs, etc. Do not answer the door.

  • For classrooms – stay in classroom and lock door if able. Faculty leading classrooms are to follow these instructions and direct their students in these steps

  • Spread out if able. Do not huddle together. Keep calm and keep others calm.
  • Turn off lights, silence cell phones, go to the back of the room and remain quiet. Act as if no one is in the room. Stay down at ground level (kneel or lay down). Take protective cover under desk or other location. Stay away from windows and doors. Think of plan of action if shooter enters your room (see below for direct conflict guidance).

  • Wait until law enforcement respond and provide direction. When you encounter law enforcement, follow their orders exactly and answer their questions. Keep your hands empty, raised, and in plain view at all times. Carry nothing that could be mistaken for a weapon. Remember law enforcement does not know who the shooter is.

WHENEVER IT IS SAFE TO DO SO: Call 9-1-1 or University Police (715-346-3456). Provide law enforcement with the following:

  • Your name and location.
  • Nature of the incident.
  • Location of the incident and location of shooter.
  • Number of shooters involved if known.
  • Identification or description of the shooter(s).
  • Weapon or weapons involved (i.e. rifle, handgun, etc.
  • If medical assistance is needed. If possible, follow medical emergencies procedures if immediate medical assistance is required.
  • Other requested information.
  • If requested, meet emergency response personnel in safe location for further debriefing.

 

 TAKE ACTION (Unable to escape shooter’s area and in direct conflict with shooter)

  1. There is no one exact procedure in these excruciating situations. Call 9-1-1 if at all possible and leave phone line open if unable to talk.

  2. If able to escape – do so immediately and follow instructions above.

  3. If unable to escape, use your best judgment and what you are capable of. Only you can decide what you are capable of. Below are possibilities:
      • Defend yourself with all available means. (e.g., Throw objects at the shooter’s face and body with force and attempt to escape. Attempt to overtake the shooter. All available persons attacking the shooter and subdue to the ground, and disarm. Sit or kneel on shooter’s back, neck, arms, chest, legs, or escape).
      • Attempt to negotiate with the shooter.
      • “Playing dead” may be a consideration. 
      •  Other individual decision or actions to protect oneself or others.

     Remainder of Campus Community NOT in the Affected Buildings:

    Upon notification of CODE REACT/ACTIVE SHOOTER:
    • DO NOT go near affected building(s).

    • Stay in safe location and lock doors.

    • Remain in safe location until notified by authorities or campus (i.e., stay in secure classroom/office, residential hall, etc.).

    • If hear the notification off-campus, REMAIN off campus until notified by authorities it is safe to return to campus.

     Additional Information

    For Faculty teaching course – direct your students in above steps.

    Supervisors/Managers shall direct their employees in above steps.

    Training in above procedures prior to event is critical for all of the campus community so that response is a reaction, not a question. Contact University Police and Security Services to schedule training.

    Watch the following video:  Shots Fired On Campus - When Lightning Strikes

     

    Remain calm as possible in these situations and keep focused on survival. Be familiar with the building rooms, routes, and exits.  See campus Evacuation Maps. Prepare in advance.

    University Police and Security Services and the Stevens Point Police Department will respond to these situations and take incident command. Theses units will evaluate the situation to determine the best course of action for the safety of the university community. As stated every situation is unique. Use the above procedures as best possible and follow closely the direction from the responding law enforcement.

    University Counseling Center resources, 715-346-3553, will be made available after any active shooter situation. Announcement will be made to campus with necessary details. 

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     Report a Concern

     Videos

    20-Minute Video: Shots Fired On Campus - When Lightning Strikes

    20-Minute Video: Flashpoint on Campus

    7-Minute Active Shooter Preparedness Video: Options for Consideration             (U.S. Department of Homeland Security)

    ​Page last reviewed: March 22,2017

    Page last updated: December 6, 2017