An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area. In most cases, most active shooters use firearm(s) with no pattern or method in their selection of victim(s). Because active shooter situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an active shooter situation.
Explosive devices have been used by criminals, vandals, terrorists, suicide bombers, and insurgents to destroy, incapacitate, harass, or distract. These attacks have occurred in public places and on city streets with thousands of people around the world injured and killed. The explosive devices come in many forms, are highly portable, and can use vehicles or humans as a means of transport. The number one way to protect yourself and others from an explosive device attack is to be alert to your surroundings - "If you see it, say it!" Trust your instincts; if something feels wrong, do not ignore it. Do not assume that someone else has already reported it. Call RUPD at xt. 6000. Keep your distance from the suspicisious package.
In the event of a fire alarm, all persons including, students, RA’s, staff and visitors are expected to evacuate the facility as quickly and safely as possible. Never use the elevator during the evacuation. Exit the building using the most direct and closest stairwell evacuation available. If you smell smoke or see a fire in the building activate the fire alarm system and exit the building closing doors along the exit path when possible to contain the spread of flames and smoke; at no time should the closing of doors or the activation of the alarm delay the exit from the building.
Students who have flu-like symptoms should call Student Health Services at 713-348-4966 before going to the clinic. The staff will determine if testing or treatment is necessary. To avoid spreading the illness to others, don’t return to class and social activities until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without fever-reducing medications). Faculty or staff who have flu-like symptoms should contact their physician if they are in one of the higher-risk groups for complications, such as pregnant women, people over 65 years of age and people with chronic illnesses like heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease and asthma. Notify your supervisor that you are sick and stay home from work until at least 24 hours after you no longer have a fever (without fever-reducing medications).
During hurricane season, the university continually monitors weather patterns in the Gulf of Mexico and will make preparations in case any storm develops into a hurricane. If a tropical storm or hurricane warrants closure of the university, the Crisis Management Team will make use of e-mail, cell phone, text messages and rice.edu to communicate critical information. Updates will be posted at rice.edu. Call Rice’s emergency hotline at 713-348-8888 for recorded messages about the university’s operating status.
When faculty, students, or staff travel on university business or programs, odds are that the trip will be safe and incident-free. Anyone traveling on University business or for a University related activity is eligible for International SOS. International SOS is a Rice-sponsored service for faculty, students and staff traveling internationally. However, personal travel such as vacations or travel home to visit family are not covered.