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Armed Subjects

The directive of "LOCKDOWN" is used to protect occupants in proximity of an immediate threat by limiting access to buildings and rooms. If no specific locations are given, all buildings should initiate lockdown procedures.

One of the ways campus will be notified of an emergency is the Outdoor Warning System (siren). If you hear the siren at a time other than the scheduled monthly test (11:50 a.m. on the first Wednesday of each month). You should immediately seek cover in the closest building or facility and await further instructions through other communication systems. The siren is NOT used to signal "all clear".

Should you discover that there is a violent or potentially violent person in your building or area, DO NOT CONFRONT THE PERSON UNLESS THERE IS NO OTHER OPTION TO SAVE YOUR LIFE!

Take the following steps should your building initiate "lockdown" procedures:

  1. Get Out: Get out of the facility or building, if possible.
  2. Call Out: Use mobile phone to call 911 or UTPD at 512.471.4441
  3. Keep Out: Do not lock exterior doors. Close, lock, and barricade interior doors, if possible.
  4. Hide Out: Seek shelter in nearest secured place. Turn off lights and any devices indicating that the room is occupied. Keep out of the line of sight. BE QUIET. Do not respond to anyone at the door.
  5. Take Out: Last resort. Use anything to distract or disable the suspect. ONLY CONFRONT THE PERSON AS A LAST RESORT EFFORT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE.

If the threat is outside your building:

  1. If the exterior doors are not electronic and it is safe to reach them, lock them.
  2. The UT Law School Emergency Committee will assign people at the doors to let others (non-threatening) outside in. Law enforcement will announce their identity prior to unlocking any door.
  3. Classrooms and Offices: Close interior doors. Lock doors if possible. Barricade the doors.
  4. If the lights in the room can be turned off - turn them off; turn off computers, cell phones, radios, or any device that may indicate the room is occupied.
  5. USE CELL PHONES ONLY TO NOTIFY LAW ENFORCEMENT of emergency information — UTPD at 471-4441.
  6. If on the first floor, close any blinds or curtains on windows.
  7. Stay away from doors and try to keep out of the line of sight of windows.
  8. Sit or lie on the floor or crouch behind or under desks. Be as invisible as possible.
  9. BE QUIET.
  10. DO NOT respond to anyone at the door while you are in lockdown mode. Law enforcement will announce themselves. Verify if possible prior to unlocking any door. Confirm if possible. They will release anyone in that room. Updated information may be delivered over the PA system, when appropriate, if available in the building.
  11. If you are directed to leave your secured area by police, do so as quickly and quietly as possible and follow their specific directions. Assist those who may require help moving.
  12. Should the fire alarm be activated during a lockdown, wait for direction on the PA system or from the police before evacuating the building if there is no immediate danger. If there is smoke or fire present, you may need to evacuate. Ensure it is as safe as possible before attempting to evacuate.
  13. Wait for the "all clear" instruction from UTPD or the Dean's Office.

If the threat is INSIDE your building:

Follow the 5 OUTS:

  1. Get Out: Get out of the facility or building, if possible.
  2. Call Out: Use mobile phone to call 911 or UTPD at 512.471.4441
  3. Keep Out: Do not lock exterior doors. Close, lock, and barricade interior doors, if possible.
  4. Hide Out: Seek shelter in nearest secured place, i.e. classroom or office. Turn off lights and any devices that may indicate that the room is occupied. If you are on the first floor, close any window blinds or curtains. Stay away from doors and try to keep out of the line of sight. Sit or lie on the floor or crouch behind or under desk. Be as invisible as possible. BE QUIET. DO NOT respond to anyone at the door while in lockdown mode. Law Enforcement will announce themselves and release anyone in that room when it is safe. Should the fire alarm be activated during a lockdown, wait for direction on the building PA system or from the police before evacuating if there is no immediate danger.
  5. Take Out: Last resort. Use anything to distract or disable the suspect. ONLY CONFRONT THE PERSON AS A LAST RESORT EFFORT TO SAVE YOUR LIFE.

If the armed subject comes INSIDE YOUR CLASSROOM or office:

  1. There is no one procedure the authorities can recommend in this situation.
  2. Attempt to get the word out to other staff if possible, and call UTPD at 471-4441 if that seems practical.
  3. Use common sense. If hiding or fleeing is impossible, attempt to negotiate with the individual.
  4. Attempting to overcome the armed subject with force is a last resort that should only be initiated in the most extreme circumstances.
  5. Remember, there may be more than one active armed subject.
  6. Wait for the "all clear" instruction.
  7. Be careful not to make any changes to the scene of the incident since law enforcement authorities will investigate the area later.
  8. In case you must flee, do not go to the normal gathering site for your building. Get as far away from the shooting scene as possible and then contact authorities.

If you are OUTSIDE the building when a LOCKDOWN is initiated:

  1. DO NOT ENTER THE BUILDING.
  2. Move as far away as possible from the building under lockdown.
  3. Await further direction from law enforcement personnel.
  4. Otherwise, go to a safe area of campus away from the scene.
  5. Check the university's website and the UT Law School emergency website for updates and further information as it becomes available. (insert links to both sites here)
  6. DO NOT CALL THE LOCATION THAT IS IN LOCKDOWN.
  7. Do not call anyone inside the building that is in lockdown as it may endanger them.
  8. Information updates will be provided by police and university officials as soon as possible and safe to do so.
  9. If you are advised by another person in your area, or by Security Services, that there is violent or a potentially violent person in your area or building, follow the above steps.
  10. DO NOT LEAVE YOUR SAFE AREA until the police have identified themselves and release you from your safe area.