Active Shooter/Active Threat Protocol

In the unlikely event of an active shooter on the Le Moyne College campus you must quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Have a plan. Pre-planning can save your life. Run, Hide, Fight are three action steps to consider.

Run, Hide, Fight

RUN (Evacuate)

Run away from the threat if you can, as fast as you can.

  • If there is an escape path, attempt to evacuate. 
  • Evacuate if others agree to or not.
  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your personal belongings behind.
  • Help others escape if possible.
  • Keep your hands visible.


If you are not able to evacuate safely, hide out.

  • Stay out of view.
  • Block access to your room.
  •  Lock doors if possible.
  • Hide behind large objects.
  • Be out of the shooters view.
  • Silence cell phone.
  • Turn off lights.
  • Remain silent.

FIGHT (Take Action)

Take action as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.

  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter/threat.
  • Act with physical aggression.
  • Improvise weapons: Use any object within reach which can be used as a weapon.

Call 911

Call 911 as soon as it is safe to do so, be prepared to provide the following information:

  • The location of the shooter/threat (be specific).
  • The number of shooters, if more than one.
  • Types of weapons being used. 
  • The number of victims and their location(s).
  • Description of the shooter: gender, race, clothing distinguishing feature, identity if known

When Law Enforcement Arrives

  • Remain Calm – avoid yelling and screaming.
  • Immediately raise your hands and keep your hands free of objects, such as cell phones.
  • Avoid quick movements toward officers.
  • Be prepared to be: o Detained until situation is under control 
    - Searched
    - Identified
    - Interviewed