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Acts of violence

The University Police will utilize an appropriate level of response to all reported acts of violence on the CSU Long Beach campus. Response by the University Police will be implemented for any of the following scenarios

  • Report of shots fired on or around the CSU Long Beach campus.
  • Report of a weapon on campus
  • A hostage situation or armed barricaded person on or around the CSU Long Beach campus.
  • Report of a shooting, stabbing, or other assault with a deadly weapon on or around the CSU Long Beach campus.
  • Report of a fight in progress
  • Report of an extremely disruptive, potentially violent, and/or emotionally unstable individual.

Campus Community

In the event you are INSIDE when an act of violence occurs you should take the following actions:

If it is determined that it is safer to remain in the classroom or office then efforts should be made to lock/barricade the doors and windows of the room. Stay away from exposed windows and doors.  Remain in place until directed to leave by University Police, a Building Marshal, or a recognized person of proper authority.

If you witness the incident notify the University Police at 9-1-1 and provide

  • Location of incident/crime
  • Whether there are any known injured persons
  • Suspect(s) description
  • Type(s) of weapons
  • Last known direction of travel of the suspect(s)

Members of the campus community should not attempt to negotiate or contact a potentially violent suspect. There have been numerous documented situations that ended tragically where well-meaning, but untrained individuals attempted to negotiate and/or contact a violent offender.

Members of the campus community should not exchange themselves for hostages.  The exchange of hostages increases the probability of tragedy and may result in violence or additional hostages being taken.

If the incident results in the evacuation of a building or buildings the evacuation is mandatory.  Follow the directions of the Building Marshal and/or University Police.

Staff and faculty should try to keep their class together when an evacuation is ordered. 

In the event you are OUTSIDE when an act of violence occurs you should take the following actions:

Move away from the danger and seek shelter in a safe location.

If you witness the event contact the University Police at 9-1-1 and provide

  • Location of incident/crime
  • Whether there are any known injured persons
  • Suspect(s) description
  • Type(s) of weapons
  • Last known direction of travel of the suspect(s)

Members of the campus community should not attempt to negotiate or contact a potentially violent suspect. There have been numerous documented situations that ended tragically where well-meaning, but untrained individuals attempted to negotiate and/or contact a violent offender.

Members of the campus community should not exchange themselves for hostages. The exchange of hostages increases the probability of tragedy and may result in violence or additional hostages being taken.

University Administration / University Police

The University Police will ensure that an appropriate level of response to the situation in instituted. 

Where appropriate the University Police will seek the assistance of any outside agency necessary to resolve the incident.

The University Police will ensure that the appropriate level of notification to University Administration is made regarding the incident.  

The University Police will ensure that the appropriate reports are filed detailing the incident and actions taken to resolve the incident.  A full investigation of the incident will be performed by the University Police and, where appropriate, criminal filings will be sought on identified suspects.

Prevention of Violence

All staff, faculty, and students are encourage to speak with their supervisor, the University Police, the Office of Student Affairs, the Office of Equity and Diversity, the University Omsbud Office, or any recognized support group should they feel a domestic situation or casual contact situation could lead to an act of violence. 

If any member of the campus community feels that an act of violence is imminent they are encouraged to contact the University Police immediately at 9-1-1 from any campus phone.

If any member of the campus community has a Court Restraining Order against an individual they should file that order with the city in which they live, the city in which they work, as well as the University Police.

If members of the campus community feel that a meeting or conference could become violent they are encouraged to contact the University Police beforehand.