Threat of Harm


In the event of immediate danger:

  • Call MSU Police at 911 or 2222.
  • Take immediate action to move yourself and others from harms way (in the immediate vicinity of event).
  • Initiate Shelter In Place procedures.
    1. Go to the nearest room or office.
    2. Close and lock or barricade the door.
    3. Cover the door windows and turn off lights.
    4. Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
    5. DO NOT answer the door.
    6. Call MSU Police at 911 or 2222, and inform of:
a. Your name
b. Your location (be as specific as possible)
c. Number of shooters (if known)
d. Identification of shooter(s)
e. Number of persons involved in situation (if known)

7.  Silence cell phones.

8.  Wait for emergency responders to assist you out of the building.

Warning Signs of Danger:

  • Possession of weapon
  • Suicide threats or statements
  • Detailed threats of violence
  • Rage for minor reasons
  • Destruction of property
  • Conflicts with peers, family, others
Early Warning Signs of Threat of Harm:
  • Withdrawal
  • Feelings of isolation or rejection
  • Victim of violence or bullying
  • Uncontrolled anger
  • Talk of suicide
  • Depression
  • Marked changes in appearance
  • Expressions of violence in writings or drawings
  • Distorted or bizarre thoughts and statements

If you become concerned that an individual may pose a risk of harming him/herself or others, call MSU Police at 911 or 2222 and give information on individual.


Report a crime in progress or suspected criminal activity to MSU Police at 911 or 2222.  Relay as much information as possible, including, when applicable:

  • The nature of the crime
  • The location
  • Physical description of the perpetrator
  • The type of weapons involved
  • Vehicle description and license number
  • Direction of travel when last seen

DO NOT APPROACH OR ATTEMPT TO APPREHEND THE PERPETRATOR.  Stay on the telephone with POLICE until the first officer arrives.