Eastern Michigan University

Environmental Health & Safety

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Active Shooter / Campus Violence

A serious act of violence may be defined as an incidence of violence or potential violence which poses an imminent threat to members of the University community or a threat to the University’s reputation for safety. 

An active shooter is an armed individual who has used deadly force and continues to do so with unrestricted access. The incident may be over quickly and can occur at any time and any location. It can involve a single shooter, multiple shooters, close encounters, distant encounters, random victims and mobile confrontations.

Active Shooter Response Training

Download Active Shooter Awareness Guide.

Eastern Michigan University has adopted the A.L.i.C.E. program to teach the proactive measures that people can take when faced with an assailant entering a building or classroom. A.L.i.C.E. stands for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, and Evacuate and encourages community members to take an active role in their own safety.

What the A.L.i.C.E. program teaches is how to utilize strategies that have been proven to work best during such incidents and how to maximize the available information to make the best decision for your situation.

Currently there are three A.L.i.C.E. certified instructors at EMU: Lt. Daniel Karrick, Officer Candace Dorsey, and Emergency Management Director Mark Wesley. To schedule training or to get additional information on the program, contact EMU Public Safety at (734) 487-0892 or (734) 487-0799 and ask to speak with an A.L.i.C.E. instructor.

Active Shooter / Campus Violence

FEMA Active Shooter Training

The personal safety and security of our campus community is of the greatest importance and the University strives to ensure the safety of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. The following response protocols are designed as guidelines to help you respond appropriately in situations which compromise your personal safety. 

1. If you witness an armed individual on campus at any time: 

  • Do not approach the person. Try to remain calm.
  • Contact EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222 or call 911 immediately. Give your location, name and reason for calling.
  • Be ready to provide a physical description of the individual including age, weight,hair color and length, clothing, presence of facial hair and other distinguishing features.
  • If the individual is in a vehicle, attempt to get the vehicle make, model and color as well as the license plate number, if possible.
  • Maintain your own safety. Follow the instructions provided to you by EMU Public Safety.

2. If an armed suspect/active shooter is outside your building:

  • Move to an inner area of the building if safe to do so and remain there until an "all clear" instruction is given by EMU Public Safety.
  • Turn off all the lights and close and lock all windows and doors.
  • Close all window blinds and curtains.
  • Contact 911 or EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222 with your location.

3. If an armed suspect/active shooter is inside the building:

  • If it is possible to flee the area safely and avoid danger, do so.
  • If it is unsafe or impossible, lock all doors and secure yourself in your space.
  • Close all window blinds and curtains.
  • Silence mobile phones, pagers and other audio devices.
  • Contact 911 or EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222 with your location.
  • Get down on the floor or under a desk and remain silent.
  • Wait for the "all clear" instruction to be issued by EMU Public Safety. (This can be issued over EMU text alerting, in-building or outdoor public address message or in person by an EMU police officer.)

4. If an armed suspect/active shooter comes into your class or office:

  • There is no specific procedure which can be recommended to ensure your safety in this situation.
  • Remain calm.
  • Attempt to get the word out to other faculty/staff/students if possible. Call 911 or EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222.
  • Put distance between yourself and the offender. Make use of shielding if possible i.e., desk, filing cabinet, etc. between you and the suspect.Do not run down hallways. It provides the suspect with more targets and slows police response.
  • If possible, keep an escape route behind you.
  • If the offender leaves your area, lock your door immediately. Remain in the area (unless your safety is in jeopardy), and await further instructions from authorities.
  • If flight is impossible and there are no other options, make a personal choice to negotiate with or overpower the armed suspect.
  • Wait for the "all clear" instruction to be issued by EMU Public Safety. (This can be issued over EMU text alerting, in-building or outdoor public address message or in person by an EMU police officer.)

5. If you encounter an armed suspect/active shooter outdoors:

  • Remain calm.
  • Move away from the suspect or the sounds of gunfire.
  • Move to locations that provide cover from the line of fire, walls, vehicles, other large objects.
  • Attempt to get the word out to other faculty/ staff/students if possible. Call 911 or EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222.
  • Wait for the "all clear" instruction to be issued by EMU Public Safety. (This can be issued over EMU text alerting, in-building or outdoor public address message or in person by an EMU police officer.)

Suspicious Individual

1. Report any suspicious individual or activity to 911 or EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222.

2. Give your location, name and reason for calling.

Active Shooter Glass3. Be ready to provide a physical description of the individual:

  • age
  • weight
  • hair color and length
  • clothing
  • facial hair and any other distinguishing features

4. If the individual is in a vehicle, attempt to get the vehicle make, model and color as well as the license plate number.

5. Follow the instructions provided to you by EMU Public Safety.

Potential Acts of Violence

If you are concerned that a violent incident may occur, but immediate action is not required, contact EMU Public Safety at 734.487.1222. All reported incidents or threats of violence will be taken seriously. Reports will be investigated promptly and appropriate action taken. EMU Police will:

  1. Investigate and assess the risk posed by the circumstance.
  2. Ensure all appropriate parties are notified.
  3. Determine the appropriate interventions.
  4. Document, plan and implement a risk abatement action plan as necessary.

How To Exit A Building Safely

  1. Have a route planned before attempting to leave.
  2. Do not attempt to carry anything with you while fleeing.
  3. Move quickly and keep your hands visible with palms upraised, as you exit the building.
  4. Do not attempt to treat or remove injured people, but note their locations so that you may provide the information to emergency responders.
  5. Proceed to a safe location, but do not leave campus. Keep in mind that the entire area is still a crime scene, and officers will need to obtain information from you before you leave.
  6. Always comply with commands from law enforcement officer

What To Expect From Police Officers

Know what to expect from responding law enforcement personnel. Their primary objective is to immediately engage or contain an armed suspect/active shooter(s) in order to stop life-threatening behavior. Remember:

  1. Officers may move past you, as their objective is to immediately engage attacker(s).
  2. Officers will evacuate victims only after the threat is eliminated.
  3. Weapons may be pointed at you.
  4. You may be searched and handcuffed.
  5. Do not make sudden movements or run towards officers.
  6. Keep your hands visible to police officers at all times as they do not know if you pose a threat or not. Raise your arms and show your EMPTY hands.
  7. Remain in a secure area until escorted out by public safety officers.