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Active Shooter

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Clarkson University and the Department of Campus Safety & Security continue to identify ways to keep the university community safe from an active shooter event.  In the weeks and months ahead, CS&S and HR will begin inviting staff and student groups to increase your awareness, review your safety options and view a video and related material designed for college campuses.  On the CS&S web site you can find links for documents with tips on “How to Respond” if an active shooter is in your vicinity.  If you would like additional copies, please stop by the CS&S office. 

Active Shooter Training Video

Active Shooter Pocket Guide

Active Shooter Booklet

Active Shooter Poster

Call 911, Campus Safety & Security 315.268.6666
“RUN – HIDE – FIGHT” These are your options when finding yourself in an “Active Shooter” situation !
RUN – Have an escape route and plan in mind.
HIDE – Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view
FIGHT – As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
What can you do to make your work environment safer?

  • Are you signed up for Clarkson University NY Alert?  (If not.  Please see below instructions)
  • Can your office or room be locked from the inside?
  • Can you turn off lights in your office or classroom?
  • Is there heavy equipment or furniture that can be used to barricade the entrance?

(If you find you are unable to secure your office/ room, unable to turn off lights or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact CS&S)


if an active shooter enters your area on campus, it will be unlike any situation you have ever experianced.  And in those initial, heart stopping moments, the incident will involve you, the other students and faculty and the gunman.  The bottom line is that you need to take direct responsibility for your personal safety & security.  The first step towards this goal is to develop a survival mindset.

A survival mindset is a protective shield comprised of three components; Awareness, preparation and rehersal.

Since the Virginia Tech shooting, many colleges and universities have made great strides in better preparing and responding to these incidents. Clarkson is no exception. Over the last few years Clarkson has implemented, tested and used successfully an emergency notification system called RAVE Alert that allows University officials to quickly disseminate basic emergency information through email and text messaging. Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to sign up for "RAVE" Alert.

Clarkson University uses a mass notification system called "RAVE ALERT". This system supplements our ability to provide timely information to students, faculty, and staff in the event of an emergency on campus as well in the region.

Depending on the situation, the alert notification method may include text messages sent to your mobile phone.
If you would like to add, review or update your cell phone number, instructions follow below.

We will only use this information in an actual emergency and for once-a-semester tests of the system.

To access your RAVE Alert and emergency contact information:

  1. Log into PeopleSoft from the following link:
  2. Navigate to Main Menu -> Self-Service -> Personal Information -> CU Personal Information
  3. Scroll down until you see the Emergency Contact section, and click “Change Emergency Contacts”
  4. Edit the first section with the information for your cell phone that you would like to receive texts from and click & save.
  5. Changes usually take up to 24 hours to be processed.

Other methods of notification in an emergency could include:

  • Emergency e-mail announcements to your CU email account
  • Updates to the Clarkson Home Page http://
  • Posted notices on campus

If you have problems updating or adding your information, please contact the Service Center at 315-268-6700.

If you have any questions about this request to provide your cellular provider or wish to learn more about emergency response communication plans, please contact Michael Griffin, Director of News & Digital Content Services, at

Campus Safety & Security has developed the below label for specific classrooms, lecture rooms, conference rooms and study room doors around campus that are either always in a locked state or can be locked by a button located on the door handle or on the side of the door.  The label will be placed just above the door handle on the door inside the room. 

Safety Sticker

CS&S became aware of these specific rooms on campus.  Some rooms have doors that will always be in a locked state, where this door can/ will be left open for person(s) to enter for class or use.  These doors can be closed once the class has assembled.  Any late arrivals would need to knock to be let in.  Other doors have the ability to be locked from the inside by either a button on the door handle or on the side of the door as seen below.

Door Lock Examples

When providing active shooter awareness sessions to students and staff last semester encouraging one to develop a “survival mindset” is necessary to make life saving decisions.  While these active shooter sessions are important to provide valuable information, CS&S feels that the students and staff should also have the same information regarding these rooms.  When students/ staff enter a room that has this label on the door they immediately know that in the event a threatening situation exists outside their room and “running” is not their best option, this room is/can be secured.  If a room door has “no label” occupants will know the door cannot be locked.

Recognizing behavior & Reporting
Recognizing signs of potential workplace or campus violence.  An active shooter may be a current or former employee or student.  Alert your Human Resources or Dean of Students office if you believe an employee or student exhibits potentially violent behavior.  Indicators of potentially violent behavior may include one or more of the following:

  • Increased use of alcohol and/ or illegal drugs.
  • Unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints.
  • Depression/ Withdrawal.
  • Increased severe mood swings and noticeably unstable or emotional responses.
  • Increasingly talks of problems at home.
  • Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms and other dangerous weapons and violent crimes.

Call 911 or Campus Safety & Security at 315.268.6666 or email
*Anonymous tip link

 *Safety Net Link

The SafetyNet Form is Clarkson University's tool to assist in communication about students of concern.

The SafetyNet is designed for communication to student affairs support teams when concerns arise about a student. Issues relating to academic performance can lead to discussions where there is reason to be concerned about causes related to their personal well-being might be:

  • student has missed several classes
  • student has informed you or asked for help dealing with issues in their life
  • mental health issue (grieving with the loss of a loved one, depression, anxiety, etc)
  • physical health issue (chronic medical problems, sleep disorders, eating-related issues, etc)
  • substance abuse issues (student admits to a substance abuse problem, appears intoxicated in class, etc)
  • issues relating to sexuality and/or gender
  • legal issues
  • safety issues (domestic violence issues, behaviors relating to excessive risk-taking, etc)