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 Workplace violence procedures

Workplace violence may take the form of various types of personal assaults. These may include weapons such as knives or handguns. The only warning that you might receive during a workplace violence incident is the sound of gunfire, scuffling or other employees yelling a warning.

Gunfire

  1. If you hear gunfire, immediately seek refuge in an area that can be locked from the inside. A room without windows would be the best choice. Hide inside behind a desk, under a table or in a closet or bathroom. Remain still and quiet.
  2. If a phone is immediately available in the area you are using for refuge, and if it is safe to do so, call the University Police Department at 3-2035 or 911, If it is safe to do so, stay on the phone with the police dispatcher.
  3. Take action against the active shooter as a last resort, and ONLY when your life is in imminent danger: attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by; acting as aggressively as possible against him/her, throwing items and improvising weapons, yelling, committing to your actions. 

Explosion/Bomb

  1. Immediately evacuate the building, using your preplanned evacuation route.
  2. Call the University Police Department at 3-2035 or 911. Inform them of the situation with as much information as is available. If it is safe to do so, stay on the phone with the police dispatcher.

Hostage Situation

  1. Immediately evacuate the building, using your pre-planned evacuation route. Stay out of sight for the perpetrator at all times.
  2. Take no action to intervene with the hostage taker.
  3. Call the University Police Department at 3-2035 or 911. Inform them of the situation with as much information as is available. If it is safe to do so, stay on the phone with the police dispatcher.

Physical Threat

  1. Immediately evacuate the area, using your preplanned evacuation route.
  2. Call the University Police Department at 3-2035 or 911. Inform them of the situation with as much information as is available. If it is safe to do so, stay on the phone with the police dispatcher.

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