An Active Assailant is an individual using deadly physical force against people in a confined and/or populated area. Oberlin College Campus Safety recommends the "Run. Hide. Fight." response if you find yourself in the vicinity of an Active Assailant incident:
Run – Exit the area quickly and safely, distancing yourself from the assailant.
Hide – If you can’t safely evacuate the area or are unsure of the assailant's location, secure yourself in a room, classroom, or office, creating as many barriers between you and the assailant as possible. If you are caught outside, seek shelter inside the nearest building, and secure in an interior space.
Fight – If there are no other options to escape safely, and the assailant confronts you, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the assailant using all available resources (acting aggressively, yelling, throwing items, improvising weapons).
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security provides online video training to help individuals determine how to react in the event of an Active Assailant.
Oberlin College Campus Safety has acknowledged and responded to FBI statistics concerning violence in the workplace by introducing A.L.I.C.E. (Alert, Lockdown, Information, Counter, Escape) training to our campus in 2013. In today’s world, the Active Shooter, assailant, or Active Killer, as we teach it, is the greatest threat/danger our students, staff, faculty, and visitors will face while on campus.
We are currently teaching A.L.I.C.E., and we have also taken ALICE to any Education Program, College department, or organization that wishes to have the training.
FBI Active Shooter Statistics, 2021
A.L.I.C.E. Training opportunities are available for 2023 to students, faculty, and staff.