Police Department

Active Assailant

An Active Assailant is an individual using deadly physical force against people in a confined and/or populated area.  Cleveland State University Police Department recommends the "Run. Hide. Fight." response if you find yourself in the vicinity of an Active Assailant incident:

  • Run – Exit the area as quickly and safely as possible, distancing yourself from the assailant.
  • Hide – If you can’t safely evacuate the area or are unsure of the location of the assailant, secure yourself in a room, classroom or office, creating as many barriers between you and the assailant.  If you are caught outside, seek shelter inside the nearest building, and secure in an interior space. 
  • Fight – If there are no other options to safely escape, and you are confronted by the assailant, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the assailant using all available resources (acting aggressively, yelling, throwing items, improvising weapons).

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides online video training to help individuals determine how to react in the event of an Active Assailant.

The Cleveland State University Police Department also provides A.L.i.C.E. training to students, faculty, and staff.