Stephen F. Austin State University

Campus Safety

Campus Safety

At Stephen F. Austin State University, the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and visitors are always our priority. With the support of other University departments, the Department of Public Safety has hundreds of people involved in keeping this campus safe and secure. However, a truly safe campus can only be achieved through the cooperation of all students, faculty, and staff.

To ensure the fastest response to your emergency dial 911 from any campus phone or 936-468-2608 from a cellular phone. The emergency call will be directly answered by a Stephen F. Austin State University Department of Public Safety Communication Division. If you dial 911 from a cellular phone, the emergency all will be directed to the Nacogdoches Police Department Communications Division.

In the event of a Campus Emergency there are protocols in place that can help you understand and know what to do. Below is a list of protocols that everyone should make themselves aware of to help provide you the tools needed to help yourself and/or others. Click here to view these protocols and to watch the RUN-HIDE-Fight: Surviving and active Shooter Event Video.

Timely Warning Procedure

Campus Crime Alert/Timely Warning is designed to provide students, faculty and staff with timely notification of crimes that represent a serious or continuing threat to the campus community and heighten awareness. The alert may provide pertinent information related to a crime and/or suspect and may seek information that will help lead to arrest and conviction of an offender. You may review the Timely Waring Policy here.

Armed Subjects Protocol

1. 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 468-2608.
2. If the armed subject is outside the building:
• Turn off all the lights. Close and lock all windows and doors.
• If you can do so safely, get all students on the floor and out of the line of fire.
• Move to a core area of the building, if safe to do so, and remain there until an "all
clear" instruction is given by an authorized known voice.
• If the staff or students do not recognize the voice that is giving instruction, they
should not change their status.
• Unknown or unfamiliar voices may be misleading and designed to give false
3. If the armed subject is inside the building:
• If it is possible to flee the area safely and avoid danger, do so.
• Contact UPD at 468-2608 with your location if possible.
• If flight is impossible, lock all doors and secure yourself in your space.
• Get down on the floor or under a desk and remain silent.
• Get students on the floor and out of the line of fire.
• Wait for the "all clear" instruction.
4. If the armed subject comes into your class or office:
• There is no one procedure authorities can recommend in this situation.
• Attempt to get the word out to other staff if possible, and call UPD at 468-2608 if
that seems practical.
• Use common sense. If hiding or fleeing is impossible attempt to negotiate with the
• Attempting to overcome the armed subject with force is a last resort that should only be
initiated in the most extreme circumstances.
• Remember, there may be more than one active armed subject.
• Wait for the "all clear" instruction.
• Be careful not to make any changes to the scene of the incident since law enforcement
authorities will investigate the area later.
• In case you must flee, get as far away from the scene as possible and then contact

You may print a copy of the Armed Subject Protocol here to post in your office or building.

Disruptive Individuals Protocol

1. Who is a disruptive individual?
• An individual who makes threats of physical harm to you, others, or themselves.
• An individual who has a weapon. Refer to armed subjects protocol.
• An individual who behaves in a bizarre manner or exhibits unstable behavior patterns.
• An individual who appears to be intoxicated or under the influence of a controlled
2. What action should I take?
• Contact UPD at 468-2608.
• Give your name and campus location with a brief explanation of the situation.
• Take note of the individual's age, personal appearance, clothing, vehicle, or any other
information that would help identify the individual.
3. Express your authority with non-verbal cues.
• Sit or stand erect.
• Square your shoulders.
• Smile and make eye contact.
• Speak clearly and distinctly.
• Maintain a constant voice volume-not too loud.
4. Cues to avoid.
• Do not touch your face.
• Observe the individuals personal space-do not stand too close.
• Do not touch the person.
• Do not slouch, glare, or sigh at the individual.
5. Anger Management Tactics.
• Get their attention: Use their name. Ask them to sit down.
• Acknowledge their feelings: Paraphrase what they say so they will know you are listening.
• Get them moving: Offer a chair, move them to a private area if possible.
• Offer assistance: Use the word "we" to include them in the solution process.
• Tell them exactly what you can do for them and when.
• Offer an alternative if appropriate.
• Advise co-workers of the potential problem if possible.
•Call for aid immediately if you sense the situation is getting out of hand

You may print a copy of the Disruptive Individuals Protocol here to post in your office or building.


Leave your building immediately

WHEN: Issued if there is a danger inside or near your building

Via: JackAlert and/or the fire alarm system in your building.

• Leave the building; assist the disabled
• Take valuables and cell phone with you
• Proceed to the assembly area outside
• Wait for official notice to re-enter the building/area

Find a safe place in a building

WHEN: Issued if severe/dangerous weather, an active emergency or an environmental hazard outdoors is imminent.

Via: JackAlert. Outdoor sirens will also activate using the appropriate tone.

• Seek shelter inside a building or remain there in a safe location
• Keep tuned to media
• Wait for official notice to resume normal activities.

Run - Hide - Fight

WHEN: Issued if there is an active emergency or other violence on campus.

Via: JackAlert. Outdoor sirens will also activate using the appropriate tone.

ACTIONS (Run - Hide - Fight as appropriate to your personal safety)
• Call 911 if you have information for Police
• Warn others if possible
• Depending on the situation, run away; or hide -barricade
or lock doors, turn out lights, remain quiet.
• As a last resort, fight to defend yourself
• Wait for official notice to resume normal activities.

SFASU Police: 911 (from a campus phone) or 936-468-2608
REMEMBER: You Must Register on mySFA To Receive JackAlerts

You may print a copy of the Know What To Do Poster here to post in your office or building.

Prepare by watching the RUN-HIDE-FIGHT training video


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