Safety Information and Resources


Active Shooter Protocol

Please watch with caution. The videos are realistic and are an enactment of an active shooter incident. Viewers may find the content upsetting.

RUN: Evacuate the Building if Possible

  • If it is safe and there is enough distance bewtween you and the gunfire or armed person move in the direction away from the gunfire ot armed person. Move as far away from the building as possible until you are in a secure and safe place. 
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your empty hands visible to law enforcement.
  • Take others with you, but do not stay behind because others will not go.
  • Call 911 when it is safe to do so. Do not assume that someone else has reported the incident. The information that you are able to provide law enforcement may be critical, e.g. number of shooters, physical description and identification, number and type(s) of weapons, and location of the shooter.

HIDE: Hide silently in a safe place

  • If you are unable to leave the building because the shooter is close, find an area to hide that is out of view of the armed person.
  • Choose a hiding place with thicker walls, fewer windows, and a door that locks if possible.
  • Once inside, lock doors and windows and barricade the door with furniture, if possible.
  • Turn off lights
  • Silence phones and turn off other electronics.
  • Do not open the door for ANYONE! 
  • If you are outdoors and cannot RUN safely, find a place to hide that will provide protection from gunfire such as a brick wall, large trees or buildings.
  • Remain in place until you receive an “all clear” signal from AppArmor or for an Officer to come to your location and release you.

FIGHT: Take action against the shooter

  • As a last resort, fight. If you cannot evacuate or hide safely and only when your life is in imminent danger, take action.
  • Attempt to incapacitate or disrupt the actions of the shooter.
  • Act with physical aggression toward the shooter.
  • Use items in your area such as fire extinguishers, chairs, books, or other heavy objects.
  • Throw items at the shooter if possible.
  • Call 911 when it is safe to do so.

Immediately after an incident:

  • Wait for Local Law Enforcement officers to assist you out of the building, if inside.
  • When law enforcement arrives, students and employees must display empty hands with open palms.


  • Gunfire may sound artificial. Assume that any popping sound is gunfire.
  • If there are two or more persons in the same place when a violent incident begins, you should spread out in the room to avoid offering the aggressor an easy target.
  • Be mindful that violent attacks can involve any type of weapon, not just a gun. Knives, blunt objects, physical force or explosives can be just as deadly as a gun. The suggested actions provided here are applicable in any violent encounter.
  • Plan ahead: Visualize possible escape routes, including physically accessible routes for students and staff with disabilities and others with limited mobility.


Active Shooter Safety Resources 


Please click the link below to review the new Standard Response Protocol video

Safety Response Protocol Poster

See the poster by clicking this link

Lockdown Drills

As part of the Clery Act requirements Campus Police must conduct at least one or more tests, drills, or exercises in order to assess and evaluate emergency plans and capabilities. In order to comply with this requirement Campus Police conducts a lockdown drill each semester (Fall/Spring) in order to help students, faculty, and staff prepare for threats or hazards that are inside the building. During drills our PA system, informacast, and emerency alerts systems are also tested. The Chief of Police sends out an email notification the week before a drill in order to help prepare the campus community. The exact date and time of the drill is not disclosed. Instructions for students as well as faculty/staff are given in the email notification and it is highly critical that the instructions be followed. Remember! The more we practice the better prepared we will be if a real incident occurs. Please take some time to watch the video in the link below. This provides a good example of what a successful lockdown drill looks like.

Colorado Safe Driving Initiative 

The Colorado Safe Driving Initiative offers safe overnight parking to families and individuals that are experiencing homelessness and living in their vehicles in the Denver Metro Area. Limited RV/Camper spaces are available as well. Safe lot guests have access to bathroom facilities, housing navigation, and other services. Email or call 720-704-8242 for more information on how to apply. You can also apply online at