INTRUDER / ASSAILANT
intruders have resulted in an alarming number of
injuries and deaths on college, university and
high school campuses. Usually an intruder is an
angry student or employee or someone from
off-campus who is extremely upset with a
specific student, faculty or staff member.
However, armed intruders can also include
several individuals, such as members of a gang
or persons who are bound together by a common
cause or grudge.
motive of the intruder(s) might be to kill or
injure a single individual, events involving
armed intruders often escalate to include large
numbers of people, including the taking of
Police will notify the Chancellor or the highest
ranking person available in the Chancellor’s
Office in any cases involving known or suspected
armed intruders. Depending on the circumstances
and time of the event, it may be determined by
the Chancellor or his representative to be
necessary and feasible to convene the Emergency
Operations Team to assist with response
activities, including making a decision to
initiate lock-down procedures. Under
circumstances where a delay in seeking direction
from the Chancellor or the EOT would result in
significant risks to the lives of the University
community, lock-down procedures will be
initiated immediately by the University Police.
However, in any cases involving the need to
initiate lock-down procedures, the Chancellor’s
Office will be notified immediately and the EOT
will be asked to convene in the Emergency
Operations Center to provide further direction
with regards to University response activities.
procedures will include: calling tree
notification of Building Emergency Coordinators
to begin the lock down process, physical
securing of campus buildings by the BEC’s and
campus security and posting signs indicating
that a lock-down is in place.
intruders are present on campus, the Baton Rouge
Police Department and other local and state law
enforcement agencies will be contacted
immediately by the University Police (or through
a 911 call from an individual). The University
Police will serve as the liaison with off campus
law enforcement officials and assist with the
coordination with other University units and the
1. What to do
if you suspect an event involving an armed
intruder may possibly occur on campus:
Notify the University Police if you are aware
of any threats or have other information that
makes you suspect an event involving an armed
intruder might be possible. If you are a
resident student, also notify your Residence
Trust your instincts. Better to be wrong than to
ignore warning signs of possible tragic events.
2. What to do
if you know or suspect an armed intruder is
present on campus:
Call University Police and/or 911
and provide the information requested. Stay
on the line until being told that it is okay to
If indoors, remain in your room,
behind a locked door (if possible) and away from
windows. If you suspect an armed intruder is in
close proximity, try to find a safe hiding
If outdoors, find refuge in a
Remain calm and quiet.
Wait for police to arrive.
If instructed by authorities to
evacuate a building or the campus grounds,
follow directions exactly.
If you should witness any
injuries or deaths, identify yourself to
authorities as soon as it is safe to do so.
3. What not to
do if you know or suspect an armed intruder is
Do not leave your room to try to
“see what’s happening”.
Do not confront or try to
apprehend the intruder.
Do not assume that someone else
has called the University Police and/or
Do not sound the fire alarm. A
fire alarm would signal the occupants to
evacuate the building and thus place them in
potential harm as they attempted to exit.
4. What to do
after an armed intruder has been apprehended:
Contact the Office of University
Police if you have any information to share
about the incident.
Contact your friends and families
to let them know you are okay.
Check the SULC homepage for
information and announcements regarding possible
changes to safety and security provisions.
Contact the SULC Office of
Academic Support if you are in the need of
immediate crisis involving an armed intruder,
the Emergency Operations Team will meet to
discuss the event and determine if anything
needs to be done to improve campus safety and
security. The Office of Media Relations will
meet to determine how news of the event and
related issues involving campus safety and
security should be communicated to the
University community, media, parents of
students, alumni, donors and other external