Announcement to the Campus Community from
the University Police
To: All students, faculty and staff
From: University Police
Subject: Special Bulletin
This notice is being offered
to the campus community as an informational guide for situations
such as the tragedy that occurred at Virginia Tech. We believe
that was an isolated occurrence and there is no reason to panic.
This is an informative alert.
When a hostile person(s) is actively causing serious bodily
injury/deadly harm or the imminent threat of deadly harm within
the campus, we recommend the following procedures be
- Lock yourself in your room, office, or classroom.
- If communication is available, call University Police at
Ext. 36222 or dial 911 on a cell phone or blue light phone.
- If away from your room, join others in a room that can
- Do not stay in the open hall.
- Do not sound the fire alarm. A fire alarm would signal
the occupants in the rooms to evacuate the building and thus place them in potential harm as they
attempted to exit.
- Barricade yourself in your room with desks, beds, or
anything you can push against the door.
- Lock your window and close blinds or curtains.
- Stay away from the window.
- Turn all lights and audio equipment off.
- Try to stay calm and be as
quiet as possible.
- If you are caught in the open such as hallways and
lounge areas, you must decide what you are going to do. This is a very crucial time and can possibly mean
life or death depending on your actions.
- On the campus grounds, run away from the threat if you
can, as fast as you can. If you decide to run, do not run in
a straight line. Keep any objects you can between you and
the hostile person(s).
- If caught in an open area your last option may be to
fight back. This is dangerous, but depending on your
situation, this could be your last option.
- If you are caught by the intruder and are not going to
fight back, obey all commands and do not look the intruder
in the eyes.
Once the police arrive, obey all commands. This may involve
your being handcuffed or made to put your hands in the air. This
is done for safety reasons, and once circumstances are evaluated
by the police, they will give you further directions to follow.
Chief Edwin L. Lashley