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Department of Public Safety

Workplace violence is a term that has generally been used to describe threatening behavior, acts of violence, or property damage perpetrated by employees. However, the term is not limited to threats or acts committed by employees. It may properly describe threats or acts committed by a host of others when those threats or acts occur on campus or off-campus at University-sponsored events. Those others include, but are not necessarily limited to, students; vendors; visitors; spouses/friends of students, staff, and faculty; and criminals. Also included in this definition are the actual or implied verbal and non-verbal threats, harassment, intimidation, and disruptive behavior that may lead to physical harm or property damage.

Active Shooter and Other Violent Incidents
Shootings and other violent acts are unpredictable, and your immediate response depends on the situation you face. The following guidelines are based on the best practices established by law enforcement experts.

If it is possible to do so safely, exit the building immediately when you become aware of an incident, moving away from the immediate path of danger, and take the following steps:

  1. Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.

  2. Evacuate to a safe area away from danger and take protective cover. Stay there until assistance arrives.

  3. Call The MACU Police Department  at 405-692-3100 and provide the officer  with the following information:

 

  • Your name
  • Location of the incident (be as specific as possible)
  • Number of shooters/assailants, if known
  • Identification or description of shooter(s)/assailant(s) (race, gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapon, etc.)
  • Your exact location
  • Injuries to anyone, if known

If you are directly involved in an incident and exiting the building is not possible, take the following actions:

  1. Go to the nearest room or office.

  2. Close and lock the door. Barricade the door if possible.

  3. Turn off lights, radios and computer monitors.

  4. Close blinds and block windows.

  5. Seek protective cover (behind concrete walls, filing cabinets, thick desks, etc.), away from windows and doors.

  6. Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room. Silence cell phones.

  7. Do not answer the door.

  8. Notify The MACU Police Department  if it is safe to do so, providing the officer with the following information:

     

    • Your name
    • Your location (be as specific as possible)
    • Number of shooters/assailants, if known
    • Identification or description of shooter(s)/assailant(s) (race, gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapon, etc.)
    • Your exact location
    • Injuries to anyone, if known
  9. If you are unable to call the MACU Police Department and you have a silent alarm in your area, activate the alarm.

  10. Wait for the MACU Police Department to assist you out of the building. Campus Police Officers are trained and equipped to respond to an emergency incident of this nature. During the initial phase of the incident, the MACU Police Department will respond and evaluate the situation to determine the best course of action for safety of the MACU Community. The Chief of Police is responsible for all tactical and operational decisions concerning an Active Shooter or aggressor on campus.

  11. When able, based on the circumstances, the MACU Vice President for Strategic Communication will advise the media of incident.