Hostile Intruder in a Non-Residential Hall

Policy Name:  Hostile Intruder in a Non-Residential Hall

Policy Number: STU-7016

Effective:  Legacy

Revised: Not applicable

Policy Statement

Hostile Intruder in a Non-Residential Hall

When a hostile intruder(s) is actively causing death or serious bodily injury or the threat of imminent death or serious bodily injury to person(s) within a building, we recommend the following procedures be implemented. While the guide refers primarily to academic buildings, it should be stated that these procedures are also relevant to administrative buildings and other common buildings on the campus.


  • Have an escape route and plan in mind
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Keep your hands visible


  • Hide in an area out of the hostile intruder’s view
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors


  • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
  • Attempt to incapacitate the hostile intruder
  • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the hostile intruder

Call 911 and Public Safety (267-341-3333) when it is safe to do so.

When Law enforcement arrives on scene:

  • Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions
  • Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
  • Keep hands visible at all times
  • Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as attempting to hold on to them for safety
  • Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the direction from which officers are entering the premises

Information you should provide to law enforcement or 911 operators:

  • Location of the victims and the hostile intruder
  • Number of hostile intruders, if more than one
  • Physical description of hostile intruders
  • Number and type of weapons held by the hostile intruder(s)
  • Number of potential victims at the location