Stephen F. Austin State University

Campus Safety Information



Symbol for lock-down

Put something between you and the threat

WHEN: An order to "lock-down" will be issued if there is a gunman or other threat of violence on or near the campus

HOW ISSUED: A lock-down order will be issued via JackAlert and/or the Outdoor Siren and Speaker system.


Prepare for active shooter response by watching the "Run. Hide. Fight. - Surviving an Active Shooter Event" training video. (1)


Symbol for evacuation

Leave your building immediately

WHEN: Indoor strobe lights or sirens sound to signal there is a danger - such as fire - inside or near the building

HOW ISSUED: An evacuation order that is confined to one building will usually be issued via the building's fire alarm system. An evacuation order that is more widespread may also be issued via JackAlert.



Symbol for shelter-in-place

Find a safe place inside a building

WHEN: Outdoor warning sirens sound to signal there is severe weath­er or environmental danger outside

HOW: A seek shelter order will usually be issued via JackAlert and/or the Outdoor Siren and Speaker System


Active Shooter - What Do You Do?


When an active shooter is in your building or vicinity, attempt to evacuate if there is an escape path. Evacuate whether others agree to or not. Leave your belongings behind. Help others escape if possible. Prevent others from entering the area. Call 911 when you are safe.


If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide. Your hiding place should: Be out of the shooter's view. Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction. Not trap or restrict your options for movement.


As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger, attempt to incapacitate the shooter. Improvise weapons (i.e. books, chairs, fire extinguishers, backpacks). Act with physical aggression. Commit to your actions.


When law enforcement arrives: Remain as calm as possible and follow instructions. Keep your hands visible at all times. Avoid pointing or yelling. Know that help for the injured is on its way.


Watch the "Run. Hide. Fight. - Surviving an Active Shooter Event" training video. (1)

Campus Carry Committe

S.B. 11 (Campus Carry Law) goes into effect August 1, 2016. Any person wishing to know what SFA is doing to comply with S.B. 11 (Campus Carry Law), please visit the Campus Carry Committee's webpage at to learn more, see frequently asked questions, and review the changes in laws. To ask the committee a question or make a comment, you can email them at or contact a committee member individually.

Lumberjack Guardian

The Department of Public Safetycontinues to offer the Lumberjack Guardian smart phone app to all current students, faculty, and staff. To learn more about Lumberjack Guardian and how to download it, click here.

Helpful Documents

Bomb Threat Procedure and Checklist

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Updated: Thursday, September 20, 2012

Annual Crime Statistics

Crime statistics are compiled and posted at the same time they are submitted to the U.S. Department of Education, usually in October for the preceding year.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Updated each October with data from the preceding year, this report provides a variety of information relative to campus safety and safety protocols and is posted when the data it contains is submitted to the U.S. Department of Education.

Dealing with Troubled or Troubling Students: A Guide for Faculty and Staff

Information to assist faculty and staff identify students who may be in distress along with information regarding resources available to assist these students.

Counseling Referral Guide for Faculty

A guide to assist faculty members in identifying signs of concern and effectively referring students for counseling services.

Sexual Harassment Complaint Information

Information that defines sexual harassment and outlines the process for complaints.

Armed Subjects Protocol

Information to offer suggestions on dealing with an individual that may be armed and hostile.

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Updated: Friday, May 11, 2012

Disruptive Individuals Protocol

Information to help deal with an individual that has become disruptive.

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Updated: Friday, May 11, 2012

Emergency Operations Plan

This is a link to the university's emergency operations plan.

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Updated: Friday, May 11, 2012

Emergency Alerts

In the event of an emergency, there are two primary ways that an alert will be issued:


When the JackAlert system is activated, alerts are issued in three different ways:

1. Website

A bright yellow banner is splashed across the top of every webpage hosted on the SFA website announcing the alert. You can click on this banner to access information related to the alert. The alert page is updated as often as new information is available.

This system is tested during the first week of each month.

2. Text and Phone

Alert calls and text messages are sent to every device registered on the JackAlert system. To receive these alerts YOU MUST REGISTER YOUR DEVICES.

To register, Log onto mySFA and click on the red "Register to Get Campus Alerts" button to get started.

Land-line phones and e-mail addresses different from your campus e-mail address may be registered in addition to your mobile devices.

3. E-Mail

E-mail notices are sent to the SFA e-mail address of every student and employee.

Outdoor Sirens

The Outdoor Siren system is designed to alert the campus to an imminent threat.

Sirens are located on the roof of the Ralph W. Steen Library. While the sirens may be heard inside some buildings on campus, the system is only designed to provide an audible alert outdoors.

When will the sirens be sounded?

Sirens will be sounded when there is an imminent threat to the campus. This may include:

What do the alert tones sound like?

To listen to a sample of what you will hear when the outdoor sirens are activated, make sure that sound is enabled on your computer, then click:

What do I do when the weather alert tone sounds?

If you hear the severe weather alert tone:

What do I do when the active danger alert tone sounds?

If you hear the active danger alert tone:

Situations of this type are unique and develop quickly. It is impossible to prescribe a course of action appropriate for every potential incident.

Monthly Testing

The siren system will be tested on the first Wednesday of each month at approximately 11:55 a.m. A notice of the test will be issued using the JackAlert system to both notify the campus of the pending test and to test the JackAlert system.

Both the weather alert and active danger alert tones will be sounded during the test. These alert tones will be preceded by a spoken message announcing that a test of the system is about to occur.

Should threatening weather be near the campus at that time, campus safety officials may choose to cancel the test to avoid any possible confusion regarding weather conditions.

If you hear the monthly system test notice and test tones pay attention to the tones so you can recognize them better in case of an actual emergency situation - no other action is necessary


If you have questions regarding the JackAlert system or the outdoor siren system, please contact University Police at 468-2608 or at

Timely Warning Procedure

The Stephen F. Austin State University Police Department (UPD) is the department within the University that is responsible for issuing timely campus alerts in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act {20 U.S.C. 1092(f)}.

The determination of when an alert will be issued will be made on a case-by-case basis and will consider the facts surrounding the incident; including such factors as the nature of the incident, the imminent or continuing threat to the University community.

See University Policy 13.22 (Timely Warning Policy) for more details.

Emergency Procedures

Notes on using 911:

911 calls from a cell phone or an off-campus phone will first be answered by Nacogdoches Police

Dial (936) 468-2608 for the fastest UPD response when using a cell phone or any non-campus phone.


If you witness any armed individual on campus at any time, or if an individual is acting in a hostile or belligerent manner, immediately contact UPD at 911 from a campus phone, or 936-468-2608 from a cell phone.

A lock-down procedure is used to secure all or part of the campus for the purpose of removing people from harm's way and attempting to prevent a perpetrator(s) from entering our facilities. It is a method of "sheltering people in place" during a potential or actual event involving a threat of violence against the campus community.

While there might be other instances where a lock-down is initiated, this directive would typically involve an "active shooter" situation where an intruder is threatening the personal safety and welfare of our students, faculty, staff and guests.

SFA University Police, along with other cooperating agencies, have adopted accepted law enforcement response procedures designed to contain and terminate such threats as quickly as possible. Part of that response may be to order a lock-down of facilities.

If a "Lock-Down" is ordered:

Active Shooter in Your Building

Watch the "Run. Hide. Fight. - Surviving an Active Shooter Event" video. (1)

RUN - When an active shooter is in your building or vicinity:

HIDE - If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide. Your hiding place should:

FIGHT - As a last resort, and only if your life is in danger:


When law enforcement arrives:

Bomb Threat

If you receive a call or message regarding a bomb threat, the Bomb Threat Procedure and Checklist document provides guidance.


Learn the location of the fire extinguishers, exits and fire alarm pulls stations in your area so you can use them when needed.

If you see a fire:

When you hear a fire alarm:

If there is smoke:

Smoke is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor where air will be less toxic.

Should you become trapped inside a building during a fire:

IMPORTANT: After an evacuation due to an actual fire, report to your department head to let them know your status.

Severe Weather / Tornado

When any weather warning from the National Weather Service is issued you should take precautions.

Usually, the only weather warning that will result in an activation of the outdoor sirens is a tornado warning. The sirens will be activated should the tornado be near the campus or on a path toward the campus.

If a campus alert for tornado is issued and/or you hear the weather tone from the outdoor siren system, you should seek shelter immediately.

If inside a building:

If there is no time to get inside:


Some events that might prompt an evacuation are:

Procedure for Evacuation:

Automatic Electronic Defibrillators (AED)

Stephen F. Austin State University currently has more than eighty (80) automatic electronic defibrillators placed across campus.

Use of these devices is automated and instructions are provided by the device when it is opened.

Demonstrations on how to use these AEDs can be arranged through the University Police Department at (936) 468-2252 or email at, or the Campus Recreation Department at (936) 468-3507.

AED Locations


(1) Thanks to the City of Houston Mayor's Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security for permission to use the "Run. Hide. Fight" video.