Active Shooter / Attacker

If there's an active attacker situation on campus, the campus community will be given instructions via the Maroon Alerts system.  It's also important to remember Run / Hide / Fight and to obey all instructions given by law enforcement and college officials.

Call 911 & Campus Safety (540-375-2310) as soon as it is safe to do so!




Have an escape route / plan in mind.

Hide in an area out of the attacker's view.

As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger.

Leave your belongings behind.

Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.

Attempt to incapacitate the attacker.

Keep your hands visible.

Silence your cell phone / devices.

Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active attacker.

Information to Provide Law Enforcement / 911

* Location of the attacker(s) and victims, if known
* Number of attacker(s)
* Physical Description of the attacker(s)
          - Identity of the subject(s), if known
          - Gender / race / physical features / age / tattoos or other distinguishing marks
          - Clothing description, including if they're carrying bags / backpacks
          - Number and types of weapon(s) if known
* The number of injured / types of injuries at the current location, if known

How to Act when Law Enforcement Arrives

* Remain calm and follow all instructions given by law enforcement
* Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
* Keep hands visible at all times until otherwise instructed
* Avoid making quick / abrupt movements toward first responder personnel
* Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling

Please use the Silent Witness form to report any suspicious behavior so that we can avoid these situations!