Active Shooter Response

If there is an emergency please call 781.768.7777 or extension 7777.


To remain prepared for all emergency scenarios, the Regis Campus Police developed this webpage to provide the very best information on how to respond to an active shooter on campus.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Campus Police at 781.768.7111.


The actions of an armed intruder are highly unpredictable and evolve rapidly. Because these type of situations often occur quickly before law enforcement arrive and are about 15 minutes long – faculty, staff and students must be ready both mentally and physically.

Watch this video by the Department of Homeland Security to learn how to protect yourself.


In the event of an emergency, the university will attempt to alert the community through its emergency notification systems that sends messages by email, text and phone call. Please be sure to update your information in Regis Access to receive alerts.

Determine the best response

Response time is critical since armed intruder situations happen quickly. Immediately determine the most reasonable way to protect yourself and remember that people are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during an active shooter situation.

1. Get Out

You should always be aware of your environment and make a mental note of the nearest two exits in any room or facility you visit.

If there is an accessible escape path, attempt to evacuate the premises. Be sure to:

  • Have an escape route and plan in mind;
  • Evacuate regardless of whether others agree to follow if you believe it offers you the best chance of survival;
  • Leave your belongings behind;
  • If possible help others escape;
  • As you’re leaving:
       • Prevent individuals from entering an area where the active shooter may be;
       • Keep your hands visible for police officers who are responding to the situation;
       • Follow the instructions of police officers;
       • Do not attempt to move wounded people; and
       • Call 911 when you are safe to provide further information about the shooter and their whereabouts.

2. Hide Out

If evacuation is not possible, find a place to hide where the active shooter is less likely to find you and silence your phone and other electronic devices like radios, televisions and computers. Stay out of the shooter's range by lying flat on the floor when possible.

Hiding places should:

  • Be out of the active shooter’s view by hiding behind or under large items like cabinets and desks;
  • Provide protection if shots are fired in your direction (i.e., an office with a closed and locked door); and
  • Not trap you or restrict your options for movement.

If you are in an isolated room, prevent the shooter from entering by:

  • Locking the door;
  • Covering door windows or anything that allows a shooter to see into the room; and
  • Blocking the door with heavy furniture like desks, beds, dressers and bookcases;

If evacuation and hiding out are not possible:

  • Remain calm; and
  • Dial 911, if possible, to alert police to the active shooter’s location.
       • If you cannot speak, leave the line open and allow the dispatcher to listen.

3. Take Out

As a last resort, and only when your life is in imminent danger, attempt to disrupt and/or incapacitate the active shooter by:

  • Acting as aggressively as possible against them;
  • Throwing items and improvising weapons like scissors and even staplers or heavy books;
  • Yelling; and most importantly
  • Committing to your actions.

Additional Resources

Training for your division

The Regis Campus Police can work with your division to make sure your team is prepared.

Important Contact Information

Emergency 911
Regis Campus Police (emergency) 781.768.7777
Regis Campus Police (non-emergency) 781.768.7111
Weston Police Department 781.786.6201

Emergency Notifications: Safety Alert

Please take a moment to log in today and update your information. Thank you!


  1. Log in to RegisAccess (using your Regis username and password).
    If you have questions about logging in, contact the Information Technology Services Helpdesk at or 781.768.7177.
  2. Select appropriate menu, either the Student, Faculty or Employees menu.
  3. Under the User Account menu, select the Emergency Messaging Contact Information link.
  4. Add or update your information. If you have a Regis College phone number assigned to you, you do not need to enter that number; in the event of an emergency notification, all campus extensions will be contacted.
    Please be sure to provide your text number and cell number in two locations on the contact screen (both as the text number and one of the voice numbers).
  5. Click on the Confirm Contacts button at the bottom of the screen to save your information.
  6. Log out of RegisAccess.

Additional Information

  • Contact information submitted via Emergency Messaging Contact Information form will be used only for university-wide, emergency messages. The system will not be used for routine announcements.
  • Your personal contact information will be maintained in a confidential manner and will not be shared with third parties.
  • Contact information for the emergency messaging system will be maintained separately from information collected for general communications and from information collected for notifications in the event of personal illness or injury.

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report

Campus Security Authority

In Case of Emergency

  (ext 7777 on campus)

Contact Information

Campus Police
College Hall, Room 102

Active Shooter Response | Public Safety | Regis College
As part of the university’s continual efforts to remain prepared for all emergency scenarios, the Regis Campus Police developed this webpage to provide our community with the very best information on how to respond to an active shooter on our campus.