Active Shooter on Campus

The following general guidelines are intended to reduce your personal risk in the unlikely event that an active shooter incident should occur on campus.

If you are outside a building when an event occurs, you should take immediate cover.

If you are in a building when an event occurs, follow these steps:

Secure the Immediate Area

  • Lock and barricade doors
  • Do not stand by doors or windows
  • Turn off lights
  • Close blinds
  • Block windows
  • Turn off radios and computer monitors
  • Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover/protection (i.e., concrete walls, thick desks, filing cabinets - cover may protect you from bullets)
  • Do not answer the door
  • Silence cell phones

Considerations Before "Unsecuring" an Area

  • Think about all possible risks before un-securing any rooms.
  • Understand that the shooter will not stop until they are engaged by an outside force.
  • Rescue should be attempted only if it can be accomplished without further endangering the persons inside a secured area.
  • If concern exists for the safety of individuals inside the room, the area should remain secured.
  • Know all alternate exits in your building.

Contact Authorities

  • Dial NYIT Security (7789) from any campus phone
  • Call 911

What to Report:

  • Your specific location: building name and office/room number.
  • Number of people at your specific location.
  • Injuries: number injured, types of injuries.
  • Assailant(s): location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or hand gun), backpack, identity (if known)
  • Separate explosions from gunfire, etc.

Office of Security Response

The follow steps will be taken by NYIT Security once they are notified of the situation:

  • Evacuate victims
  • Facilitate follow up medical care, interviews, counseling
  • Investigate

Be Prepared

During an active shooter event, NYIT will utilize all means of emergency communication, including phone, text, and email. You are encouraged to sign up for NYIT Alerts.

To better prepare yourself in the event of an active shooter incident in your immediate vicinity, watch the video below from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and remember these three words: RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.