Frequently Asked Questions

What should I do if in the same building as a shooter?
Answer:  In any active shooting situation it is recommended to get as far away from the shooting as possible.  If you can get out and away from the shooter, do so.  

If I am off campus during a shooting should I come to campus?
Answer:  No.  If you are in a safe area away from campus during a shooting on campus, it is best to stay off campus until authorities have communicated that it is safe to come onto campus.

If there is a shooting elsewhere on campus, is it safe to move around on campus?
Answer:  A campus shooting is a very dangerous event.  It is recommended to stay away from the shooting area and remain where you are if it is safe to do so.  Allow time for first responders to ascertain that the threat has likely passed before moving around.  Follow the instructions of first responders. 

If you are involved in a simulation where someone has entered the area and started shooting or you hear shooting, the following is a list of actions that are recommended. It should be noted that these types of incidents are unpredictable. The guidelines listed below are recommendations that are based on past experiences; you may have to alter some of these suggestions, depending on the simulation.

  1. If safe to do so, exit the building immediately.
  2. Seek shelter in a safe location and await instructions from Police or University officials
  3. Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.
  4. Notify MSUPD at (443)-885-3169, or ext. 3104 from a campus phone or utilize the Emergency Blue Light Phone.
  5. Give the MSUPD Police Communications Officer (PCO) the following information:

• Your name;
• Location of the incident (be as specific as possible);
• Number of shooters (if known);
• Identification or description of shooter;
• Number of persons who may be involved;
• Your location.

If exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

  1. Go to the nearest room or office.
  2. If safe, allow others to seek refuge with you.
  3. Close and lock the door. If the door has no lock, barricade it with items available (desks, chairs, bookshelves etc.).
  4. Cover the door windows and turn off the lights.
  5. Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room. Silence cell phones.
  6. DO NOT answer the door.
  7. If you are in a common area such as a dining hall and you cannot get behind closed doors find some form of concealment such as a table, chair or other available item and get under it. If possible, "buddy-up" with someone you know and stay together. If you see police entering the room, make sure both of your hands are empty and visible so they will know you are not a threat to them.
  8. Notify MSUPD - 443-885-3103 or ext. 3103  from a campus phone or utilize the Emergency Blue Light Phone and give the PCO the following information:

• Your name;
• Your location (be as specific as possible);
• Number of shooters (if known);
• Identification or description of shooter;
• Number of persons who may be involved;
• If it is safe to do so and you are at least first aid certified, treat the injured. Remember basic first aid - see the MEDICAL EMERGENCIES section
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DO NOT remain a stationary target!
• Wait for Police Officers to assist you out of the building.