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Hostage Situations

Emergency Response Guidelines


YOUR ACTIONS MAY HELP CALM THE SITUATION OR HELP TO EXASPERATE IT.

Actions to consider if taken hostage:

  • Try to remain calm.
  • Remember the primary objective of the University and the police is to secure your safe release as quickly as possible.
  • Do not make provocative remakes toward your abductor(s).
  • Do not patronize, yell, or argue.
  • Do not joke or be sarcastic.
  • Your abductor(s) may react explosively and could become violent or abusive.
  • Unless you have the training and experience, you should not try to negotiate with the abductor(s).
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