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Active Shooter Policy & Procedures

The University of Tulsa Campus Safety and Security Department have placed the following safety measures in place for students, staff, and faculty well-being.

Active Shooter: What to Expect

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  • Fear, noise, confusion, and alarms
  • Severe injuries and deaths
  • Average police response time is three minutes
  • 60 percent of active shooter incidents end before police arrive
  • 30 percent of police officers who make solo entries are shot

Warning Signs of Potential Workplace Violence

  • Increased use of illegal drugs
  • Unexplained absenteeism or vague physical complaints
  • Depression or withdrawal
  • Noticeably unstable or emotional responses
  • Increased claims of problems at home
  • Unsolicited comments about violence and dangerous weapons
  • Loss of job

The first few seconds are critical.

  • Mass communication system is key
  • Must alert employees and customers
  • Public address system, text alerts, or both are preferable
  • Response strategy should be planned and practiced
    1. SafeZone

SafeZone is a smart phone app any student, staff or faculty member can download and use for free. This App will connect you directly to TU Campus Safety and Security should you need assistance or emergency support while on campus.

SafeZone uses the latest GPS technology to give you a peace of mind while on TU Campus. Inside the designated SafeZone areas, the app provides you with immediate access to TU Campus Safety and Security.

Use the following directions on the University of Tulsa website to download the SafeZone App for your mobile cellular phone:

Click or copy and paste for enrollment instructions:

  1. Omnilert

    Omnilert is an alert system used by students, staff and family members for the following purposes on campus.

    • Active Shooter/Violence on Campus
    • All Clear Announcement
    • All Clear Weather
    • Explosion on Campus
    • Fire on Campus
    • General Emergency – can be expanded upon in subsequent texts
    • Hazardous Materials Release off Campus
    • Hazardous Materials Release on Campus
    • Phone Outage Catastrophic
    • Phone Outage Non-Catastrophic
    • Phone System Maintenance
    • Severe Thunderstorm Warning
    • Severe Thunderstorm Watch
    • Test Announcement
    • Tornado Warning
    • Tornado Watch
    • University Closure due to Winter Weather


    Once on this page the user will sign in, add their cell phone information and/or email account (whichever they would prefer to use) and validate their subscription with the text or email they have received. Individuals with TU accounts will need to click the “Login via Single Sign-On” button. If their family members would like to sign up, they would click the Sign-Up button on the upper right corner of the page.

  2. Blue Phone Emergency System

The Blue Phone Emergency System increases safety and prevents crime by enabling people to reach Campus Safety and Security quickly from multiple locations around campus. The phones are located and marked by signs and by distinctive blue lights, so they are visible 24 hours a day. Campus Safety and Security can identify the caller’s location immediately and dispatch an officer to that location.

The Blue Phones are located in parking lots, on walkways, along roadways, outside classroom buildings and residence halls, and inside certain buildings.

Assess the Situation

What is going on?

Where is it happening?

Who is doing it?

Run. Hide. Fight.

Response – Run

Run away to avoid the gunfire:

  • Evacuate regardless of whether others follow
  • Leave your belongings
  • Help others escape, if possible
  • Prevent individuals from entering the shooter’s area
Response – Hide

If you cannot run, hide.

  • Stay out of shooter’s view
  • Seek cover from gun shots
  • Do not trap yourself or restrict movement
  • Lock or block any doors
  • Do not move. Be silent
  • Turn off lights and any source of noise, including your cell phone
Response – Fight

As a last resort, fight for your life.

  • Take aggressive action
  • Disrupt or incapacitate
  • Yell and scream
  • Throw items and use improvised weapons such as a chair, stapler, mug, plaque, or heavy book
How to Respond When Police Arrive

Remember, the police will not know you when they arrive.

  • Remain calm and do as you are told
  • Do not point at them
  • Put down items you are carrying
  • Slowly raise your hands and spread your fingers
  • Avoid sudden movements, yelling, or screaming
  • You may be handcuffed or pushed to the ground for safety

It will be hard to focus when such an incident has occurred. However, common sense will help in the long run.

Contact Campus Safety and Security 918-631-5555
Dated: June 28, 2022

Prepared by:
Department of Campus Safety & Security
The University of Tulsa