Clemson University police say you should be prepared to act in the unlikely event you are confronted by an active shooter. You have three options: RUN, HIDE or FIGHT:

1 – RUN

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind.
  • Leave your belongings behind.
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow.
  • Help others escape, if possible.
  • Do not attempt to move the wounded.
  • Prevent others from entering an area where the active shooter may be.
  • Keep your hands visible.
  • Call 911 when you are safe.

2 – HIDE

  • Hide in an area out of the shooter’s view.
  • Lock door or block entry to your hiding place.
  • Silence your cell phone (including vibrate mode) and remain quiet.


  • Fight as a last resort and only when your life is in imminent danger.
  • Attempt to incapacitate the shooter.
  • Act with as much physical aggression as possible.
  • Improvise weapons or throw items at the active shooter.
  • Commit to your actions. Your life depends on it.

The first officers to arrive on scene will not stop to help the injured. Expect rescue teams to follow initial officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove injured.

Once you have reached a safe location, you will likely be held in that area by law enforcement until the situation is under control and all witnesses have been identified and questioned.

Do not leave the area until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.

The Department of Homeland Security has produced a video about what to do in an active shooter situation.


CU Safe Alerts and the CU Safe Alerts web page

Clemson University has several ways to alert the campus to emergency situations. You can review them here and be sure to sign up to receive CU Safe Alerts on your mobile phone:

  • Log into MyCLE (the Blackboard Academic Suite)with your Clemson user ID and password.
  • Click the red CU Safe Alerts (Rave Wireless) link in the section labeled CU Applications and Web Sites.
  • Enter your email address as your username. If you have not logged in before and came to Clemson after August 2008, you should register using your email address.
  • If you don’t know your password, click on the “Forgot username or password” link. You’ll receive an email with information to complete your login.
  • Click on the “My Account” tab to edit your Mobile Contacts and add your cell phone information.

CU Guardian app

You can sign up for the CU Guardian app too.

The smartphone app has several safety features, including a safety timer that can alert a “guardian” if the user hasn’t arrived at a destination as expected.

This feature is useful for those who are walking alone, especially at night or in an unfamiliar area.

The free app also has a button that lets the user dials 911 with one click. Like the blue light emergency phones on campus, it shows police dispatchers the caller’s location.

Users also can use their phones to send anonymous crime tips to police in text messages or pictures. If they see someone committing a crime, they can take a photo and send it with the location of the incident.

The app works off-campus as well.

For more information, see the FAQs.

Rave Guardian is available for download on iTunes and on Google Play for Androids. Subscribers must use a Clemson email address to log in.