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Active Shooter

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Clarkson University and the Department of Campus Safety & Security continue to identify ways to keep the university community safe from an active shooter event.  In the weeks and months ahead, CS&S and HR will begin inviting staff and student groups to increase your awareness, review your safety options and view a video and related material designed for college campuses.  On the CS&S web site you can find links for documents with tips on “How to Respond” if an active shooter is in your vicinity.  If you would like additional copies, please stop by the CS&S office. 

Active Shooter Training Video

Active Shooter Pocket Guide

Active Shooter Booklet

Active Shooter Poster

Call 911, Campus Safety & Security 315.268.6666
“RUN – HIDE – FIGHT” These are your options when finding yourself in an “Active Shooter” situation !
RUN – Have an escape route and plan in mind.
HIDE – Hide in an area out of the active shooter’s view
FIGHT – As a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
What can you do to make your work environment safer?

  • Are you signed up for Clarkson University NY Alert?  (If not.  Please see below instructions)
  • Can your office or room be locked from the inside?
  • Can you turn off lights in your office or classroom?
  • Is there heavy equipment or furniture that can be used to barricade the entrance?

(If you find you are unable to secure your office/ room, unable to turn off lights or have any other concerns, please do not hesitate to contact CS&S)

Since the Virginia Tech shooting, many colleges and universities have made great strides in better preparing and responding to these incidents. Clarkson is no exception. Over the last few years Clarkson has implemented, tested and used successfully an emergency notification system called NY Alert that allows University officials to quickly disseminate basic emergency information through email and text messaging. Staff, faculty and students are encouraged to sign up for NY Alert.

Clarkson University is a member of the New York State All-Hazards Alert and Notification System (NY-Alert). This system supplements our ability to provide timely information to students, faculty, and staff in the event of an emergency on campus as well in the region.

Depending on the situation, the alert notification method may include text messages sent to your mobile phone.
If you would like to add, review or update your cell phone number, instructions follow below.

We will only use this information in an actual emergency and for once-a-semester tests of the system.

To access your NY-Alert and emergency contact information:

  1. Log into PeopleSoft from the following link:
  2. Navigate to Main Menu -> Self-Service -> Personal Information -> CU Personal Information
  3. Scroll down until you see the Emergency Contact section, and click “Change Emergency Contacts”
  4. Edit the first section with the information for your cell phone that you would like to receive texts from and click & save.
  5. Changes usually take up to 24 hours to be processed.

Other methods of notification in an emergency could include:

  • Emergency e-mail announcements to your CU email account
  • Updates to the Clarkson Home Page http://
  • Posted notices on campus

If you have problems updating or adding your information, please contact the Service Center at 315-268-6700.

If you have any questions about this request to provide your cellular provider or wish to learn more about emergency response communication plans, please contact Michael Griffin, Director of News & Digital Content Services, at

Recognizing behavior & Reporting
Recognizing signs of potential workplace or campus violence.  An active shooter may be a current or former employee or student.  Alert your Human Resources or Dean of Students office if you believe an employee or student exhibits potentially violent behavior.  Indicators of potentially violent behavior may include one or more of the following:

  • Increased use of alcohol and/ or illegal drugs.
  • Unexplained increase in absenteeism, and/or vague physical complaints.
  • Depression/ Withdrawal.
  • Increased severe mood swings and noticeably unstable or emotional responses.
  • Increasingly talks of problems at home.
  • Increase in unsolicited comments about violence, firearms and other dangerous weapons and violent crimes.

Call 911 or Campus Safety & Security at 315.268.6666 or email
*Anonymous tip link

(Campus Safety & Security Anonymous tips)
*Safety Net Link

The SafetyNet Form is Clarkson University's tool to assist in communication about students of concern.

The SafetyNet is designed for communication to student affairs support teams when concerns arise about a student. Issues relating to academic performance can lead to discussions where there is reason to be concerned about causes related to their personal well-being might be:

  • student has missed several classes
  • student has informed you or asked for help dealing with issues in their life
  • mental health issue (grieving with the loss of a loved one, depression, anxiety, etc)
  • physical health issue (chronic medical problems, sleep disorders, eating-related issues, etc)
  • substance abuse issues (student admits to a substance abuse problem, appears intoxicated in class, etc)
  • issues relating to sexuality and/or gender
  • legal issues
  • safety issues (domestic violence issues, behaviors relating to excessive risk-taking, etc)