Active Shooter


If you are involved in a situation where someone has entered the area and begun shooting, the following actions are recommended:

  1. Exit the building immediately.
  2. Notify anyone you may encounter to exit the building immediately.
  3. Report to the assembly area for the building you are in. This should be done only if it is reasonably safe to do so. Otherwise, it may be better to leave campus.
  4. If on the Danforth Campus or South 40, call WUPD at (314) 935-5555. If at the Medical School, call Protective Services at (314) 362-HELP (4357). For all other locations, dial 9-1-1.

If you are directly involved and exiting the building is not possible, the following actions are recommended:

  1. Go to the nearest room or office.
  2. Close and lock the door.
  3. Cover the door windows.
  4. Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
  5. DO NOT answer the door.
  6. If on the Danforth Campus or South 40, call WUPD at (314) 935-5555. If at the Medical School, call Protective Services at (314) 362-HELP (4357). For all other locations, dial 9-1-1.
  7. Wait for Washington University Police to assist you out of the building.


For more information, please visit: https://emergency.wustl.edu/be-prepared/active-shooter/​

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