Violence on Campus
If you witness an act of violence on campus:
- Get away from the situation as quickly as possible.
- If you cannot get away, take cover to protect yourself.
- Dial 911 or 765-285-1111 to report the incident. If you are on campus and do not have a telephone, look for one of the emergency telephones located across campus. The phones have a blue light on top and the word “emergency.” To use the phone, press the button and talk into the speaker.
If a threat to human safety occurs on campus:
- The campus emergency warning sirens may emit a continuous three-minute sound warning.
- Information—including safety instructions for students, faculty, and staff—will be made available to the campus community through e-mail, opt-in text messaging, voice mail, the Ball State Web site, and local radio and TV stations.
- Common Messages Used in Text Alerts:
- SECURE IN PLACE – This command means that if you are in class or a campus activity and the room may be secured, stay where you are. If you need to travel around campus to get to a class or activity, you should stay in your current location until the “All Clear” message is given by Public Safety.
- RETURNING TO NORMAL: ALL CLEAR - When the threat has passed and the campus community has been restored to normal safety levels, the message, "All Clear. Return to normal activities," will be issued. This is the signal that it is now safe to move about campus and return to classes, offices, and events.
- Updated information about the situation will be posted on the Ball State Web site as available.