March 6, 2018
Dear Campus Community,
Recent school shootings have reminded everyone of the need to prepare for a situation in which our safety could depend on our ability to react quickly. While the thought of this may be scary, it is something for which we must prepare. When we’re faced with an active shooter situation, the best action to take is: run, hide, fight.
I urge you to take the next eight minutes to watch carefully the informative video below produced by the CSU to better prepare everyone on campus for such an emergency. Though we fervently hope that you will not experience this emergency, as the video commenter states at the beginning, “This may be the most important video you ever watch. We hope not.”
“Run if you can; hide as a second option; fight as a last resort.”
Leaving the area quickly is the best option.
- Take time now to learn the different ways to leave your building.
- Leave personal items behind.
- Assist those who need help, but consider whether doing so puts yourself at risk.
- Alert authorities of the emergency when it is safe to do so.
If you are not able to run, take shelter indoors.
- Take time now to learn the different ways to seek shelter in your building.
- If someone is trying to hurt you and you can’t evacuate, get to a place where you can’t be seen. Then, lock or barricade your area, silence your phone, don’t make any noise and don’t come out until you receive an alert indicating it is safe to do so.
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.
- Committing to your actions – you may be in a fight for your life.
In any emergency situation, please be aware of persons with disabilities who may need assistance.
This is also a good time to acquaint yourself with current campus safety initiatives. Last month, on February 14, Vice President Darrell Haydon sent a Campus Safety Message providing a comprehensive update on campus safety enhancements and initiatives. Updates included:
- The installation of more than 50 LED upgrades on pathways and plans to install 200 more. Nighttime walkabouts will be staged each semester in an effort to allow us all to become more familiar with our campus. Contact the Campus Safety Committee to participate.
- A review of the nighttime shuttle program, including marked pickup and drop-off locations, marketing and accessibility is underway. Students will begin to see changes this semester.
- An increase in the number of certified Rape Aggression Defense (RAD) instructors to better meet the needs of our campus community.
- The installation of new ramps and accessible doors at the Educational Services Building, renovation of accessible restrooms at the Dining Halls and a full review of emergency plans to assure the inclusion of persons with access and functional needs.
- Safety & Risk and the UPD are working together to conduct Shelter-in-Place drills across campus.
The 2018 Campus Safety Plan provides more information on our campus safety initiatives.
Safety is everyone’s responsibility. Please be vigilant and don’t hesitate to report any suspicious activity on the Stan State Main Campus to UPD at (209) 667-3114. At the Stockton Center, call (209) 993-3469. If you are a student or know of a student feeling emotionally distressed please contact the Student Health Center, Psychological Counseling Services or our StanCares team at (209) 664-6700. Our trained personnel are here to help all of our students.
Ellen Junn, Ph.D.
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