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Shooting Incident or Other Violence

The potential for a shooting incident or other violence exists on every university campus. Although the possession of firearms, explosives and other weapons on our campus is unlawful, their availability and past national and international incidents dictate the need for a response plan, in case a shooting or other violent attack occurs. This type of incident is unpredictable and your immediate response depends on the situation at hand. The following guidelines are developed based on best practices.

How to Prepare for and Respond to a Shooting Incident or Other Violence

Before an incident

  • Program your cell phone to speed dial 209-228-2677 (CAT-COPS).
  • Think about what you would do and discuss preparation with others in your area.
  • Become familiar with all of the exits of the rooms you enter.
  • If you are concerned about someone’s behavior, tell someone immediately.

Campus Resources

For Everyone:

  • Police (24 hours): 209-228-2677 (CAT-COPS)
  • TIP-LINE: 209-228-8477 (CAT-TIPS) (24 hours anonymous)
  • Student Response Team (SRT) members (for concerns about students only)
    • Le’Trice Curl: 209-228-7881
    • Sgt. Rafael Chavez: 209-228-2677
    • Charles Nies: 209-228-7620
    • Or 24 hours: 209-228-2677

For Faculty:

  • Assistant Dean and/or Dean
  • Academic Personnel: 209-228-7948

For Staff:

  • Supervisor
  • Department Head
  • Human Resources: 209-228-8247
  • Student Affairs (If a student is involved)

For Students:

  • Faculty, Lecturers and TAs
  • Staff
  • Office of Student Life: 209-228-5433 (CAT-LIFE)
  • Counseling Center: 209-228-4266
  • Resident Assistants: 209-228-4663 or (209-228-2677 24 hrs.)                
  • UC Merced Police Department: 209-228-2677


If it is safe, exit the building immediately. We recommend the following:
  • Move away from the immediate path of danger.
  • Take protective cover.


  • CALL 9-9-1-1 from a campus telephone, or 209-228-2677 (CAT-COPS) from a cell phone, or use a Blue Phone
  • Give the dispatcher the following information:
    • Your name
    • Exact location of the incident
    • Number of shooters or other violent people (if known)
    • Identification or description of the shooter/s, or violent person/s
    • Number of persons who may be involved
    • Your exact location
    • Injuries (if known)
When you reach a place of relative safety, stay down and do not move. Do not peek or raise your head to see what may be happening.
Police dispatchers are trained to obtain the necessary and required information for a proper emergency response. STAY ON THE LINE UNTIL THE DISPATCHER TELLS YOU TO HANG UP. Wait and listen for directions from the police.

If you CANNOT safely exit the building, the following actions are recommended:

  • Go to the nearest room or office.
  • Close and lock the door.
  • If possible, barricade the door with heavy furniture.
  • Turn off the lights.
  • Close the blinds.
  • Seek protective cover and stay on the floor.
  • Keep quiet and act as if no one is in the room.
  • Do not peek out the door or windows to see what may be happening.
  • Do not answer the door.
  • If safe to do so, CALL 9-9-1-1 from a campus telephone, or 209-228-2677 (CAT-COPS) from a cell phone.
  • Stay where you are until contacted by police. FOLLOW POLICE DIRECTIONS.

Phone calls, other than for emergency purposes, should be made only after the police have authorized the calls. A phone call to friends or family will bring onlookers and concerned loved ones to the campus, perhaps unnecessarily placing more people in danger.