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The ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ model is considered a best practice for response to active threats, such as an active shooter. Although graphic, this FBI video demonstrates the three tactics that you can use to keep yourself and others safe during an active shooter attack—RUN, HIDE, or FIGHT. Learning these principles now will prepare you to act quickly. It’s also important to keep in mind that the decision to RUN, HIDE, or FIGHT is highly personal and there should be no fear of judgment for the decision that you make, whether it is to RUN, HIDE, or Fight.  It’s most important that you prepare now to make quick decisions, and to quickly turn those decisions into action should the unthinkable occur.

Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the ‘Run. Hide. Fight.’ model. As always, our DPS is committed to the well-being of our students, staff and community.

Shanon Anderson
Associate Vice President for Public Safety and Chief of Police 

This video depicts content that some viewers may find graphic and disturbing. Viewer discretion is advised.

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Call 911 when you are in a safer place.
  • If you can’t escape, hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.
  • Hide behind something solid if possible.
  • Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors.
  • Silence your cell phone and other devices.
  • Fighting is a last resort to be used only when your life is in imminent danger.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the active shooter. 
  • Find an object to use as a weapon, such as a fire extinguisher or chair. 
  • Work as a team with someone else if possible.

When law enforcement arrives:

  • Follow instructions.
  • Keep your hands visible at all times.
  • Avoid pointing or yelling.
  • Know that help for the injured is on its way

Public Safety Principles

As an institution of learning, we believe that interactions involving members of the Oregon State University community, the general public and public safety personnel should strive to follow an educational model, be responsive and non-escalatory, and be restorative, not punitive, whenever possible. 

Members of the university community should value and feel a strong sense of safety. Yet, each person’s experience with law enforcement differs. We seek to advance and support an environment within Oregon State University that is welcoming, compassionate and caring, understanding, trusting and diverse. View other principles (PDF) that the Public Safety Advisory Committee is observing in its work.



Corvallis Campus Public Safety Background

The provision of public safety on OSU’s Corvallis campus has undergone a transition. The OSU Police Department was formed on January 1, 2021. 

Public safety within the university is advanced by many university departments, including the Department of Public Safety and contractors at major OSU athletics events. Other community well-being, public safety services and student support are provided by Student Health Services, the Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Education, Counseling & Psychological Services and other OSU departments.

The university also collaborates with the Corvallis Police Department, the Corvallis Fire Department and other local public safety agencies.

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