Campus Safety and Security

Serious Crime/Violence/Active Shooter

It is impossible to predict the actions and specific circumstances of every crime or violent act. The following procedures may help lessen the potential for injury.

  • If you observe a criminal act or suspicious person, from a campus phone dial 7575 otherwise, dial (508)793-7575.
  • Be mindful of your personal safety.
  • Remember details of incident: description of clothing, physical characteristics, accent, tattoos, more than one suspect, etc.
  • Do not sound the fire alarm.
  • Exit the area immediately and report to University or local Police.
  • Use your instincts.
  • In a hostage situation, stay calm, keep everyone together and stay hidden.
  • If you are unable to hide, play dead if other victims are around you.
  • If captured, obey all commands.
  • Encourage conversation to develop rapport.
  • Use comfortable eye contact.
  • Evaluate intruder's body language to determine your next action(s).
  • If you are in the vicinity of an active shooter situation, barricade doors and place any available solid material between you and the shooter.
  • Stay in place if it is safe to do so.
  • Wait for police to clear and evacuate the area.
  • Remain calm and quiet. Silence cell phones.
  • Use common sense not to expose yourself or others to harm.
  • If you are outdoors, seek shelter away from the area that is involved if it is safe to do so.