Violent Behavior

Weapons on Campus

  • Immediately call 911 and WSU Security 507.457.5555.
  • Wait for police to arrive.
  • Do not confront the person with the weapon.
  • No effort should be made to intervene.
  • If known, provide the following information to the police:
    • Name of individual(s) with weapon(s)
    • Location of individual(s) with weapon(s)
    • What person(s) did with weapon after it was displayed

Active Shooter

If shots are fired, notify the Winona Police Department immediately by calling 911. Be prepared to provide the police with the following information:

  • Description of the shooter(s)
  • Location of incident
  • Nature of injuries
  • Stay on the phone with the police dispatcher if safe to do so
  • Number and types of weapon/s used by the shooters 

An active shooter presents multiple problems to everyone involved. A number of options may be available to members of the campus community in the event of an active shooter, i.e. lockdown, escape, evade and confronting the shooter are some options. Any decision made by those involved in an active shooter should be based on available information, knowledge, training, etc. and realize that these are very dangerous and volatile situations. Members of the campus community must adapt to ever changing circumstances when an active shooter is present; some options include:

  • Lockdown – If a lockdown is your best option secure the room you’re in using all available means.  However, consider other options of escape if possible with available information. If multiple people are in the room spread out (do not huddle together), develop a plan with others in the room if the shooter is able to enter.
  • Escape/Evade – If escape is a viable option do so, create as much distance between you and the shooter. Based on available information you have this may be an option. Don’t run in groups, spread out and flee. Consider the possibility of multiple suspects.
  • Confrontation –  As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:
    • Acting as aggressively as possible against him/her
    • Throwing items and improvising weapons
    • Yelling
    • Committing to your actions

Hostage - Witness

  • If hostage taker is unaware of your presence, do not intervene.
  • Call 911 immediately and be prepared to provide the police with the following information:
    • Location of the incident
    • Number of hostages (if known)
    • Reason for hostage taking
    • Injuries to hostages (if known)
    • Stay on the phone with police if requested and safe to do s
  • Do not enter the hostage scene and advise others not to enter the area.
  • Follow police directions upon arrival at the scene.

Hostage – If you Are Taken Hostage

  • Follow the instructions of the hostage taker.
  • Do not panic.  Calm others if they are present.
  • Be respectful to the hostage taker.
  • Ask permission to speak and do not argue.

It is imperative that all faculty, staff and students be proactive in the prevention of potentially violent situations. Members of the University community are encouraged to report all incidents of threats (oral or written), physical assaults, violent encounters, etc. to the Winona Police Department and/or Winona State University Security.