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Active Shooter and Violence on Campus

Eagle Alert

  • When you receive an Eagle Alert, try to stay calm and follow the instructions given.
  • If you are not on campus, stay away until an official notice is sent telling you it is safe to return.

What To Do On Campus

RUN, HIDE, FIGHT Instructions Printable Page

  • Shooter Outside – RUN
    • If you are outside and if you are able to do so safely, leave the area.
    • Warn others that appear to be unaware of the situation, to stay away from the area as well.
    • From a safe location, contact the police and report the incident.
  • Shooter Inside – RUN
    • If you can escape without harm, evacuate the building.
    • At a safe distance call 9-1-1 and provide as much information as possible.
    • Warn others that appear to be unaware of the situation, to stay away from the building.
    • If law enforcement approaches, put any items you have in your hands down, raise your hands over your head with your fingers spread. Remain calm. Do not run toward the police unless they direct you to do so.
  • Hide if it’s not safe to run. Lock or barricade yourself in a room. Use heavy objects to barricade the door if necessary (e.g. desks, tables, cabinets). Some doors have been equipped with quick-locking mechanisms.
  •  Turn off lights.
  • Silence cell phones.
  • Close window blinds.
  • Turn off computer monitors.
  • Remain out of sight and as low as possible, with solid objects between you and the doors and windows.
  • Stay quiet.
  • Disregard alarm systems unless you are in immediate danger from fire or smoke.
  • Wait for a law enforcement official or an Eagle Alert on your cell phone to provide you with an “All Clear” announcement. Ask for identification to confirm the law enforcement official is legitimate and not the shooter trying to lure you away from safety.
  • Leave the room and building as directed by law enforcement.
  • Empty your hands and raise them over your head with fingers spread. Stay calm and quiet.
  • When Confronted by the Shooter – FIGHT
    • If you cannot escape, as a last resort attempt to disrupt or incapacitate them.
    • Be committed to your actions, your life depends on it.
    • Use physical aggression or throw items to disable the attacker (e.g. chair, book bag, fire extinguisher).
  • As soon as you can, RUN to safety.

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Stay calm and follow the officers’ instructions.
  • Put down any items in your hands (e.g. cell phones, bags, coats)
  • Raise your hands above your head and spread your fingers
  • Avoid any sudden movements
  • Don not stop to ask questions or talk to officers while evacuating.

Information to give Law Enforcement

  • Location of shooter/attacker
  • Number of shooters/attackers
  • Description of shooter/attacker
  • Types of weapons


See Something, Say Something!

If you have a concern about someone on campus whose behavior is worrisome and you feel may become violent, contact Public Safety. You may be helping to stop a developing situation that could become more harmful to that individual and to others.

Thank you to the City of Houston and Houston Ready for providing “Run, Hide, Fight”.

Last updated: 2/2/2021