In Case of an Active Shooter—Call 911

Although an Active Shooter incident is an extremely rare occurrence, the Yeshiva University Security Department recognizes this potential danger to the campus community and has developed a response plan jointly with the New York City Police Department. Yeshiva University Security Officers and the New York City Police Department will respond immediately to any threat.

As a member of the Yeshiva University campus community your actions, when you become aware of an Active Shooter on campus, can save lives and support the law enforcement response efforts. It is most important that you know how to respond if you encounter or become aware of an Active Shooter on campus. The following resources and guidelines will help you prepare accordingly. Please review this material and know your options to best ensure your well-being.

Training Videos

A.L.I.C.E. Active Shooter Response Training Video (This video was produced by Auburn University for their college community. We thank them for allowing us to use it)


Additional active shooter training video from Yale University

Active Shooter Incident Guidelines and Information

What is an active shooter and what should you do if you encounter one?

An active shooter is defined by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security as "an individual actively engaged in shooting or attempting to shoot people in a confined and populated area.”

If you find yourself in an area with an active shooter you have three (3) basic options:


• If you are in the building where the active shooter is present, evacuate the building or move to a room that can be locked.
• Look and listen to where the threat is. If you see members of the campus community fleeing from a particular area, this is a clear indication that the threat is in that area and may be coming toward you.
• Move away from the threat, away from the noise and commotion.

Lockdown and Shelter-in-Place

If you are near an office, classroom or residence hall room that locks from the inside, then this will be your best option.

Many classrooms and offices on campus can be locked from the inside and additional interior locks will be added to other classrooms in the future. Check your classroom doors and see if it can lock from the inside and plan accordingly.

If your door does not lock, then barricade it.

• Barricade the door with large heavy objects to make entry as difficult as possible (desks, tables, file cabinets, furniture, books, etc.)
• Locate an area with ballistic cover, not just visual concealment. Cover stops and slows bullets while concealment does not. Think big-soda machines, copy machines, etc.
• Cover windows and draw blinds
• Turn off radios and computer monitors
• Keep yourself out of sight
• Silence cell phones and remain as quiet as possible
• If for some reason you are caught in an open area such as a hallway or lounge you can try to hide, but make sure it is a well-hidden space. Remain as quiet and calm as possible or "play dead" to avoid detection.
• Avoid hiding in restrooms, as they typically cannot be secured. If you are near an office, classroom or residence hall room that can be locked or barricaded, then go to one of those locations.

Confront the Shooter

• There is no single procedure that can be recommended in this situation.
• As a last resort option, if you come face to face with the assailant, attempt to quickly overpower the individual with force in the most violent manner possible.
• If you are with other people you should work as a collective group to overcome the shooter. (Yell gun, throw items at the shooter's head to distract, grab weapon, hold shooter for police.)
• Remember, the attacker will continue to shoot victims unless he is stopped.     


If an emergency situation arises on a Yeshiva University campus, community members will be notified and updated on the University's response through use of all or many of the following:

YU Alert Emergency Notifications(s)  

These notifications will arrive to community members via text message, email, phone, fax, etc. Remember to register or update your contact information at


YU Home page:

YU Emergency page:

YU Alert page: 

YU News page:

Social Media

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YU Security Department:  


What is your location on campus?

• If you are outside a building when an Active Shooter event occurs, you should take immediate cover, preferably inside another building or evacuate off campus.
• If you are inside a building where an Active Shooter is present, you should evacuate the building immediately only if you can safely do so.
• If you are unsure if you can evacuate safely or if you are in another building on campus and the shooter is not in your building, your best option will be to lockdown and shelter-in place.

Unsecuring an area

• Consider risks before un-locking rooms

• Typically the police will go from room to room to ensure that there are no other shooters present. 

• Wait until trusted emergency personnel give you an "all clear!"


Contacting Authorities

• Dial 911 and
• Yeshiva University Campus Security
Wilf Campus - 212-960-5200
Beren Campus - 212-340-7460
Cardozo Law School - 212-790-0303
• Program the Security Department telephone numbers into your cell phone.

What to report

• Your specific location-building name and office/room number
• Number of people at your specific location
• Injuries-number injured, types of injuries
• Assailant(s)-location, number of suspects, race/gender, clothing description, physical features, type of weapons (long gun or hand gun), backpack, shooters identity if known, separate explosions from gunfire, etc

Police Response

• Objective is to engage assailant(s) immediately
• If evacuating, keep your hands out, open, above your head, and most importantly, keep your hands EMPTY
• Do not attempt to run towards or grab onto officers

Re-Assembly Location

• Follow the instructions from emergency personnel when evacuating.
• You will be directed to a re-assembly location on your campus
• Police officers will secure all witnesses until identified and questioned.

Remember to register and update your YU Alert account. Add your cell phone to your contact information at