Active Threat or Shooter


Protecting Yourself During an Active Threat or Shooter Situation on Campus

An active threat is defined as any incident, which by its deliberate nature creates an immediate threat or presents an imminent danger to the campus community.

NOT IN YOUR BUILDING:

  • If you receive notification that there is someone with a weapon on your campus, but not in your building, immediately move inside to the nearest room.
  • Close and lock the door behind you, if possible. If the door is unable to be locked, barricade the doorway with heavy, solid objects (e.g., desks, tables, cabinets).
  • Place yourself and others in the room behind a solid object away from the interior door.
  • Close any blinds facing interior spaces. Turn off lights and computer monitors.
  • Place cell phones on silent, but monitor them for UIC Emergency SMS updates.
  • Remain out of sight of uncovered windows and doors with windows.
  • Keep others calm and quiet.
  • Should a fire alarm go off in your building while the incident is in progress and the “all clear” has NOT been given, disregard the alarm unless you can see or smell smoke and/or fire or other evidence of fire.
  • DO NOT open the door for ANY reason.

All actions taken in an active threat/shooter situation must be determined on the basis of your assessment of the situation.

IN YOUR BUILDING:

You CANNOT See or Hear Shooter

  • If the shooter is in your building, but you cannot see or hear the assailant and you have a clearly visible and readily available exit, evacuate the building immediately.
  • DO NOT signal an evacuation using the re alarm.
  • Once outside the building, move quickly across any open areas and try to keep large objects, such as cars and trees, between you and the threat as you run.
  • Immediately move to another building and take protective cover.
  • Remain there until police arrive or you receive an official “all clear” message.

You CAN See or Hear Shooter

  • If you are unable to move inside to an area that can be secured, do your best to hide.
  • Close and lock the door behind you, if possible.
  • If the door is unable to be locked, barricade the doorway with heavy, solid objects (e.g., desks, tables, cabinets).
  • Place yourself and others in the room behind a solid object away from the interior door.
  • Close any blinds facing interior spaces.
  • Turn off lights and computer monitors.
  • Place cell phones on silent, but monitor them for UIC Emergency SMS updates.
  • Remain out of sight of uncovered windows and doors with windows.
  • Keep others calm and quiet.
  • Call the UIC Police dispatcher to provide certain pertinent information.
  • Should a fire alarm go off in your building while the incident is in progress and the “all clear” has not been given, disregard the alarm unless you can see or smell smoke and/or fire or other evidence of fire.
  • If you are in an open area or otherwise unsecured space, immediately move yourself and all others into an office, classroom, or other area that can be secured.
  • DO NOT open the door for any reason.
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