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Administrative Policy and Procedures Manual
Section 1000: Campus Policy
1004.6 Active Shooter Incident
Effective: August 26, 2013
Responsible Party: Vice Chancellor for Administration and Finance

The university environment is intended to be open so that students, faculty and staff can freely communicate in a collaborative environment. As a public institution, MSU Northern has few restrictions on who can enter or leave campus. However, given the times that we live in, the university community must be prepared to deal with hostile situations in a proactive manner.

As the nation, state and community develop plans to cope with various levels of threat, MSU-Northern is obligated to do its part to protect the safety of the university community. There are situations where lockdown of facilities or the campus may be necessary to afford this protection or gain control over a given situation.

An active shooter situation is defined as a suspect(s) actively discharging a firearm at Law Enforcement or Community members and or randomly firing into an area where it is reasonably expected that persons could be struck by the suspect(s) fire. These situations leave little or no time for proper planning and normally require first arriving Law Enforcement units to take immediate action to end the danger.

In the event of an active shooter incident the university will immediately institute the following lockdown protocol.

Lockdown Protocol
These lockdown procedures are developed in consultation with the Havre Police Department to ensure that both MSU Northern and the responding police officers have clear and defined roles during an emergency situation.

Notification of a lockdown situation to the campus community will be through the emergency notification channels including the emergency notification system, landline messaging, digital signage and website updates.

If you find yourself in one of the following areas during a lockdown situation, the following actions are recommended:

Once in a safe place stay put until the lock-down protocol has ended. Remain in the area until you have been released by emergency personnel.

Faculty and Staff are only authorized to release information to law enforcement and emergency service personnel. All public information will be released through MSU-Northern's designated representative.

Community counseling and debriefing resources will be alerted and made available.