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On Campus Violence

Suspicious/Armed Person:

If an armed or threatening intruder comes on to Portland State University (PSU) it is very important that faculty, staff, and students report it immediately.

  • Get to a safe and secure area.
  • Call 911.
  • Try and remain calm so you can give an accurate description of the person or person(s). Be prepared to give a description: type of dress, height, weight, sex, and any other characteristics/physical items that are particular to the individual(s). Report the direction of travel or building entered.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or interfere with the suspect except in case of self-protection.

How to respond when an Active Shooter is in your vicinity:

  1. Evacuate
    • Have an escape route and plan in mind
    • Leave your belongings behind
    • Keep your hands visible
  2. Hide Out
    • Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view
    • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
    • Silence your cell phone and/or pager
  3. Take Action
    • As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger
    • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter
    • Act with physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter