This quick reference guide is designed to provide you with suggested actions and responses to various situations based on best practices established by reputable university and non-university organizations and entities. This information is only to be used as a guide. Situational judgment is always necessary.

Top 3 Emergency Tips

  • Common sense: good judgment and logic lead to good decisions
  • Stay calm: panic only leads to confusion and inactivity
  • Call 911; do not hesitate

Hostile Intruder

If you see or are informed of an active shooter situation via text message or other communication:

  • Evacuate if safe to do so
  • If not safe to evacuate, move immediately to a secure room; close/lock/barricade the door
  • Turn off lights, stay away from windows and remain calm and quiet
  • DO NOT open doors or windows to see "what's going on"
  • DO NOT open door to anyone except police
  • Only contact police if you have valuable information
  • Seek further information via web, telephone, text message, etc.
  • Use common sense


If you are informed of an evacuation via text message or other communication:

  • Evacuate the building at the nearest exit; notify and help others as you leave
  • Take all personal belongings with you (wallet, keys, ID's, purses, etc.)
  • DO NOT use the elevator
  • DO NOT reenter the building
  • If you do not have your own transportation to leave campus, follow the directions of emergency responders

Shelter in Place

If you are informed of a shelter in place situation via text message or other communication:

  • Go to the nearest building, move to the center of the building away from doors and windows
  • Close windows and turn off air circulating equipment if possible
  • DO NOT leave secure area until instructed to do so by the police
  • Wait for further instructions by means of University text message or the web


  • Activate the nearest fire pull alarm
  • Evacuate the building at the nearest exit; notify and help others on your way out if you are able and willing
  • Close doors as you leave
  • DO NOT use the elevator
  • DO NOT reenter the building

Suspicious person

  • Note specific characteristics of the person
  • Notify police
  • DO NOT attempt to confront, stop or apprehend the person

Bomb threat

If you receive a telephoned bomb threat: record the exact time the threat was received and exact words of the person making the threat. Ask the person making the threat these questions:

  • When is the bomb going to explode
  • Where is the bomb?
  • Did you place the bomb?
  • What does it look like?
  • What kind of bomb is it?
  • What will cause it to explode? Why?
  • Where are you calling from?
  • What is your address?
  • What is your name?

Suspicious object

  • DO NOT touch or disturb the object
  • Evacuate the area and notify others on your way out
  • Call 911

Sick or injured person

  • Determine the basic nature of the sickness or injury
  • Notify police immediately
  • Stay with the patient until police arrive

Contact Us

University Police are aimed at providing a safe environment where our community can thrive. In case of an emergency, please dial 911.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Hemlock Suites Smith Street, Ground Floor
(570) 422-3064
(570) 422-3677 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Chief of Police & Director of Campus Safety
William Parrish
(570) 422-3064