Active Shooter Preparedness

As a result of recent and ongoing shooting tragedies, we want to provide an update on the University of San Diego’s preparations in the event of a similar situation occurring on our campus.

In recent years, the University has taken a proactive approach in preparing for this type of emergency by raising awareness, implementing drills, performing procedural reviews, and undertaking practical training, both internally and in cooperation with local and regional law enforcement personnel. 

An active shooter situation is an extremely traumatic and disturbing emergency. Therefore, we would like to make you aware of measures that have been taken in the past, those currently being worked on, and on-going plans to continue preparing the University community.

Previous actions:

As early as 2006-2007, USD Department of Public Safety (DPS) began preparing for this type of emergency. These preparations include: regular collaborative meetings between DPS and the San Diego Police Department. Jointly, we engage in formal training and communication as well as review our basic response to an active shooter emergency.  We have incorporated our SIMS (Standardized Incident Management System) and NIMS (National Incident Management System), into our response protocols. DPS has purchased a “Mass Emergency Notification System” for notifying the campus community of any emergency, including an active shooter. This system is tested biannually and available during any emergency. 

Current / Recent Actions:

DPS officers receive active shooter training through the San Diego Police Department Regional Academy annually.  DPS has updated its communication system so they can directly communicate with San Diego PD and other local emergency responders.  Twice a year, USD participates in evacuation of residence halls and campus buildings. 

The Department of Public Safety offers Active Shooter and Emergency Preparedness training for all campus community members and participates in New Student Orientation and Parent Orientation annually.  DPS offers active shooter training during fall and spring semesters for all students, faculty and staff.  

If you wish to attend active shooter trainings, please join us at any of the forthcoming events at Serra Hall, Room 102, from 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. on November 15, December 6 and December 20.

Future Actions:

We will continue to offer active shooter training on a regular basis and as requested by faculty, staff and students.  We are currently upgrading our university-wide camera surveillance system which will enhance coverage and viewing capabilities. We are upgrading our university-wide access control system, which will assist in the lock down process in an emergency and allow faculty, staff and students easier and safer access into buildings. 

The best way to stay safe is to always be aware of your environment and any possible dangers. Remember, the fundamental practice in an active shooter scenario is to Run, Hide, Fight. To learn more, please visit the Department of Public Safety website for a video on active shooter training. When on campus if you see anything out of the ordinary, please do not hesitate to call Public Safety.