Violent Criminal Behavior

Reporting an Incident

  • If on campus, contact University Police at 7-2141 (724-357-2141 from a non-university phone) or call 911 (9-911 from a university phone)
  • If off campus, but in Indiana Borough, contact Indiana Borough Police at 724-349-2121 or call 911.
  • If off campus and outside Indiana Borough, contact the State Police at 724-357-1960 or call 911.
  • Northpointe and Punxsutawney regional campuses and the Pittsburgh East Center: Call 911
  • Provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible: nature and location of the incident, description of persons and property involved, and whether any weapons were involved.

Crime in Progress

  • Do not attempt to apprehend except for self-protection.
  • Note the criminal's description.
  • Go to a safe location and call the police at 911.

Victim of a Robbery or Assault

  • Cooperate to the fullest extent possible.
  • Give the person exactly what is asked for.
  • Do not negotiate over jewelry or money.
  • Do not attempt to apprehend or fight back except for self-protection.
  • Note the criminal's description.
  • As soon as possible go to a safe place and call the police at 911 immediately.

What to Do if Taken Hostage

  • Be patient. Time is on your side. Avoid drastic action. The initial few minutes are the most dangerous.
  • Follow instructions, be alert, and stay alive.
  • The captor is emotionally unbalanced. Don't make mistakes which could be hazardous to your well-being.
  • Don't speak unless spoken to and then only when necessary.
  • Don't talk down to the captor, who may be in an agitated state.
  • Avoid appearing hostile; avoid arguments; expect the unexpected.
  • Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times, but do not stare.
  • Try to rest.
  • Comply with instructions as best you can.
  • Be observant. You may be released or have an opportunity to escape. The personal safety of others may depend on your memory.
  • Be prepared to answer the police on the phone.
  • Be patient; wait.
  • Attempt to establish rapport with the captor.