Department of Public Safety

690 South Church Street
West Chester, Pennsylvania 19383
610-436-3311


Campus Violence

If you are involved in a situation where someone in the area has started shooting or is involved in committing some other act of violence; the following actions are recommended.

If the violence is occurring inside a building -

If exiting the building is possible, do so immediately and;

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

2. Report to a safe location well away from where the activity is occurring.

3. Assist those who may need help with evacuating.

4. Notify Public Safety at 610-436-3311 as soon as possible.

5. Give the Dispatcher the following information:

a. Your name

b. Location of the incident (be a specific as possible)

c. Number of shooters (if known)

d. Identification of shooter (if known)

e. Number of persons who may be involved

f. Your location

Once you are in a safe place, remain there until Public Safety secures the area and notifies you that it is safe to leave. Once you are in a safe place it is important to notify Public Safety of your location by calling 610-436-3311.

If exiting the building is not possible, go to the nearest room or office and;

1. Close and lock the door.

2. Cover the door windows.

3. Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.

4. DO NOT answer the door.

5. Notify Public Safety at 610-436-3311 as soon as possible.

6. Give the Dispatcher the following information:

a. Your name

b. Your location (be as specific as possible)

c. Number of shooters (if known)

d. Identification of shooter (if known)

e. Number of persons who may be involved

Wait for Public Safety to secure the area and assist you out of the building.

If the violence is occurring outside a building -

1. If you are inside, go to the nearest room and lock yourself inside.

2. Avoid being near the door or windows.

3. Notify Public Safety at 610-436-3311 as soon as possible.

4. Give the Dispatcher the following information:

a. Your name

b. Your location (be as specific as possible)

c. Number of shooters (if known)

d. Identification of shooter (if known)

e. Number of persons who may be involved