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Active shooter or threat

The following safety tips from the Public Safety Office are offered as a response guide for use during incidents of active shooter threats.

  1. The first step in personal safety is to maintain awareness of the situation and environment around you; be prepared to take appropriate action if a threat presents itself.
  2. Evacuate the area (whether inside or outside a building) if you know that it is safe to do so — seek shelter in a nearby building if the threat is exterior to a campus building.
  3. If a threat presents itself, seek cover and barricade yourself (with others if possible) by placing as much material between you and the threat — remain quiet and turn off lights to make the area appear unoccupied.
  4. As soon as it is safe to do so, notify authorities by calling 911 and provide as much information as possible.
  5. Do not approach emergency responders — let them come to you. Keep your hands visible to them.
  6. Remain under cover until the threat is passed or you have been advised by law enforcement that it is safe to exit.
  7. Activate cell phones to receive campus emergency notification that may be sent through the text messaging system.

The university has an emergency text message notification system. Students are automatically signed up for these messages, while faculty and staff can sign up to receive them. In order to receive text message alerts, ensure your personal contact information is up-to-date. This system will be used to notify you of critical life safety issues on campus.

The "Run, Hide, Fight" video below was produced by the City of Houston and is intended to provide guidance should you ever find yourself in an active shooter situation. In order to convey the serious nature of such an event, the video contains a fictional depiction of a man shooting several people with a shotgun. That scene, which takes place in front of an elevator, is not graphic, but sensitive viewers may wish to avoid watching from 1:12 to 1:29.

Should you have any questions about the information provided here and/or in the video, or desire further information on what to do in an active shooter situation, please contact the KU Public Safety Office at 785-864-5900.

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Emergency numbers

Police or Fire/Medical: 911
Public Safety Office: (785) 864-5900
Watkins Health Services: (785) 864-9500
Institutional Opportunity & Access: (785) 864-6414

Urgent care is an injury or illness that is not life threatening but requires immediate care. Contact Watkins Health Services at Watkins Memorial Health Center for on-campus urgent care services.

Be prepared

Students should keep their emergency contact information up to date through Enroll and Pay.

Be aware of your surroundings. Locate emergency exits or shelters in buildings you work in or visit.

In the event of severe weather, rely on local media or a NOAA weather radio for forecasts, watches and warnings from the National Weather Service.

Related information

Lawrence Campus Interactive Map

Emergency Management Plan

Environment, Health, and Safety

Annual Security Report

Cyber Security Report 

The annual security report about KU safety policies, crime statistics, and campus resources is available online at, or on paper by contacting the Office of the Vice Provost of Student Affairs, 133 Strong Hall, (785) 864-4060.

Douglas County Emergency Management