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  • Immediately secure yourself and others in your area in a room by locking the doors if possible and barricade the door with available objects.
  • Lock and cover windows. Turn off lights and studio equipment. Stay away from windows. Move to a location in the room on the same wall as the door at the opposite end, which is not visible to someone looking through the door. Everyone should be on the ground if gunshots are heard. Take adequate cover (i.e. concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets).
  • Students and staff in hallways must proceed immediately to a classroom or an office. If a classroom or office door is locked, look for the next closest unlocked room to take shelter in.
  • Stay out of open areas and be as quiet as possible. Silence cell phones. Do no use cell phones except for emergency notification of pertinent information to Campus Safety at 616.395.7770.
  • Keep classrooms and other places of refuge secure until police arrive and give you directions.


Call 911 – and Campus Safety 616.395.7770

Provide the following information to the dispatcher or any officer on scene:

  • The nature of the incident
  • Specific location and number of people at your location
  • If medical assistance is needed and types of injuries
  • Give the assailant’s location and
  • Identity (if known) and description of the person (clothing, hair color, hat, backpack)
  • Type of weapon (long gun or hand gun)

In the event of active shooter or shooter on campus: GET OUT, HIDE, FIGHT!

  • Get Out and Call Out – Move quickly to get out and away from situation, leave your belongings and call 911 provide the name of the shooter if known, shooter’s description, location, number and type of weapon.

  • Hide Out and Keep Out – If you are not able to get out, find a well hidden and protected space. Find a place that can be locked with objects to hide behind. Blockade the door with heavy furniture, turn out the lights, and be silent. Turn off noise-producing device; call 911 if you can do so without alerting the shooter.

  • Spread Out and Take Out - If you are not alone, DO NOT huddle together, quietly develop a plan of action if the shooter enters the room. Remain calm. Assume the shooter’s intentions are lethal and will succeed in killing all those with whom he comes in contact UNLESS you stop him. You must be prepared to do whatever it takes to neutralize the threat:
    • Throw things, yell, use improvised weapons
    • If two or more of you, make a plan to overcome the shooter
    • Do everything you can – choose to survive.

Additional information and training is available through the Campus Safety office upon request.