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Active Threat


The likelihood you may encounter an active shooter on a KPU campus is slim. Even so, it could happen—either here or elsewhere so it is important that all students, faculty and staff remain vigilant and informed regarding active threat protocols.

An Active Threat is defined as one or more persons who seek out a target-rich environment where they can randomly or systematically inflict death or grievous bodily harm.

With consultation from the RCMP and the KPU community, KPU’s Office of Emergency Planning has established a response protocol in the event of an active threat at the university. These protocols are continually being reviewed, modified and improved for your safety.  Since an active threat is unpredictable and can evolve quickly, the following guidelines emphasize personal safety:

RUN: Evacuate the area away from the threat if it is safe to do so

HIDE: Hide yourself if you cannot evacuate safely

FIGHT: Only as a last resort, commit yourself to delay, block or overcome the threat


If you see or hear an armed intruder and it is possible to safely evacuate the area, do so

  • Exit the area by the shortest and safest means possible
  • Leave your belongings behind
  • Tell others to leave and warn others of the threat
  • Assist others  if you can
  • When it is safe to do so, call 911 and then Campus Security



  • If you are inside a classroom or office, stay inside the room and block the entries by any means possible. If available, use furniture to prevent the doors from being opened.
  • If you are in corridor, hall or open area, go inside the closest office or classroom that is not already locked
  • Warn others
  • Close, lock (if possible) and/or barricade the doors by any means
  • Close blinds and turn off lights
  • Stay clear of windows and doors
  • Remain quiet and turn phones to silent or vibrate mode
  • Stay in the room until an all-clear message is given or a clearly identified law enforcement official comes to get you
  • Do not open the door for anyone unless directed by police
  • Do not evacuate if you hear the fire alarm unless you can see or smell smoke
  • When it is safe to do so, call 911 and then Campus Security



  • Commit to other actions with the goal being to delay, block or overcome the threat
  • Work with those around you
  • Look for objects that could be used for self-defence
  • Do what you need to do to stay alive; this might include using force to protect yourself

Using force to overcome the armed intruder should only be initiated if your life is in imminent danger

When the Police Arrive

  • Upon arrival, the police are trained to immediately enter the campus to neutralize the threat; police will not stop to assist others until the campus is secured
  • Keep your hands raised and empty
  • Do not run toward emergency responders unless directed to do so
  • Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating.
  • Remain calm and follow officers’ instructions
  • Remain available (where directed) to answer questions

Information to provide to the police or 911 operator:

  • Location of the active threat
  • Number of people, if more than one
  • Physical description of the person(s)
  • Number and type of weapons held by person(s)
  • Number of potential victims at the location

We encourage you to contact the office of emergency planning to learn more about our plans or raise any concerns regarding this emergency response.  By taking a few simple steps, you can become better prepared to face this unthinkable event.

An instructional video and active threat training is currently under development and will be available soon on the KPU website and KPU Safe App.