Violence or Individual With Weapon

NOTE: The type, severity, reactions, and impact of an incident are not always the same. The information provided below is some suggested actions to take. This may or may not be everything you should or should not do as your actions may vary depending on the incident.


  • If you witness any armed individual on campus at any time or if an individual is acting in a hostile or belligerent manner, immediately contact UPD at 4911.
  • Remain calm

Beginning or During

  1. If the armed subject is outside the building:
    • Turn off all the lights and close and lock all windows and doors.
    • If you can do so safely, get all students on the floor and out of the line of fire.
    • Move to a core area of the building if safe to do so and remain there until an ALL CLEAR instruction is given by an authorized known voice.
    • If the staff or students do not recognize the voice that is giving instruction, they should not change their status.
    • Unknown or unfamiliar voices may be misleading and designed to give false assurances.
  2. If the armed subject is inside the building:
    • If it is possible to flee the area safely and avoid danger, do so.
    • Contact UPD at (662) 915-4911 with your location if possible.
    • If flight is impossible, lock all doors and secure yourself in your space.
    • Get down on the floor or under a desk and remain silent.
    • Get students on the floor and out of the line of fire.
    • Wait for the ALL CLEAR instruction.
  3. If the armed subject comes into your class or office:
    • There is no one procedure the authorities can recommend in this situation.
    • Attempt to get the word out to other staff if possible, and call UPD at 4911 if that seems practical.
    • Use common sense. If hiding or fleeing is impossible, attempt to negotiate with the individual.
    • Attempting to overcome the armed subject with force is a last resort that should only be initiated in the most extreme circumstances.
    • Remember, there may be more than one active armed subject.
    • Wait for the ALL CLEAR instruction.
    • Be careful not to make any changes to the scene of the incident since law enforcement authorities will investigate the area later.
    • In case you must flee, do not go to the normal gathering site for your building. Get as far away from the shooting scene as possible and then contact authorities.


Write down what you saw and give it to UPD.