Police Department

Active Assailant / A.L.i.C.E.

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.


Cleveland State University Police have acknowledged and responded to FBI statistics concerning violence in the workplace by introducing ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Information, Counter, Escape) training to our campus in 2013. We feel that in today’s world the Active Shooter or Active Killer, as we teach it, is the greatest threat/danger that our students, staff, faculty, and visitors will face while on campus. Beginning of the Fall 2014 semester, we began teaching ALICE in place of the Safety/Awareness program during our portion of ASC 101 sessions which all incoming freshman are required to take. We have also taken ALICE to any Education Program, University department, or organization that wishes to have the training.

FBI Active Shooter Statistics, 2021

A.L.i.C.E. Training opportunities are available for Summer 2022 to students, faculty, and staff:

Sept 22, Sept 27, Oct 4, and Oct 5 -  BH Auditorium 

  • 11:30-12:20pm
  • 12:45-1:45pm
  • 2:00-3:00pm

A.L.i.C.E. training sign up or call Geneen Abdelkarim at extension 2203 to set up A.L.i.C.E. training for your department.