With the recent rash of active shooting incidents in the U.S., UT is taking steps to prepare university professors and faculty for the worst.
James Swart, sophomore in biosystems engineering, is pleased to hear that UT is offering such training to professors and staff.
"I think that allowing the professors and staff at UT to have training for emergency situations would be very helpful," said Swart. "We have an entire police force for the university ... (they) could pass along valuable information to the members of the faculty."
Thursday, Corporal Cedric Roach, of UTPD's Community Relations, unit led a class in the UC entitled "Community Response to Active Shooter." Held specifically for UT faculty and staff, the session focused on what to do to survive an active shooter attack.
Throughout the presentation, Roach highlighted the three main options individuals can take when faced with an active shooter crises: run, hide or fight.
Roach encouraged that, if possible, it is important to put as many obstacles between yourself and the shooter as possible so as to decrease the potential for bullet impact.
"Run should be your first option," Roach said. "It's not always going to be possible, but if possible ... and help others escape ... if you can safely get to them."
Roach cautioned against letting those reluctant to leave slow you down.
"If they decide they want to stay that's their decision," he said. "If they want to stay, let them stay. You have to get to safety ... Make sure you get out safe, and then call us."
The next option is to hide.
"Lock your door if the door locks, barricade the door," said Roach. "They (the shooters) want to take the path of least resistance."
Roach also encouraged people to try to get behind large objects and silence phones, including the vibrate function."Also plan to be there for a while," said Roach. "It's going to take a while for us to clear the area ... you may have to makeshift a lot of things."
The last option is to fight.
"If you're going to fight, this is your last resort," he said. "Think about weapons you can improvise. One great weapon that's in every building: fire extinguishers. If you're going to use these weapons, make sure you commit."
Roach also highlighted warning signs of individuals who have the potential to become active shooters, including increased use of drugs or alcohol, unsolicited comments about firearms or violence, severe mood swings, depression or withdrawal and continual disgruntlement.
The presentation also discussed the mentality of an active shooter. First, an active shooter has the desire to kill or seriously injure anyone in range, unconcerned about their safety or the threat of capture. Roach also mentioned that most active shooters commit suicide at the end of their shooting spree, having had suicidal thoughts from the outset.
Second, a shooter may have intended victims or they may have none at all, so Roach cautioned presentation attendees about taking into account the shooter's unpredictability, as anything or anyone could set the shooter off.
Third, many times a shooter will accept all targets of opportunity, choosing to fire upon anyone who gets in their way.
Roach underlined the steps that students and faculty can take to learn more about UT's policy regarding an active shooter crisis. If an active shooting were to occur on campus, Roach said that those involved should either call 911 or UTPD at 974-3111 after they have safely evacuated the area.
Although this presentation was geared specifically toward UT employees, Roach said UTPD officers will come speak to any organization upon their request.