Safety & Security

Dothan Campus Psychological, Violent, or Criminal Behavior Information


To provide a procedure to maximize the security and safety of Dothan Campus faculty, staff, students, and property in the event of psychological, violent, or criminal behavior.


A psychological crisis exists when an individual is threatening harm to himself/herself or to others or is out of touch with reality due to severe drug reactions or psychotic breakdown. A psychotic breakdown may be manifested by hallucinations and/or uncontrollable behavior.


Dothan Campus officials/University Police provide twenty-four hour help and protection for faculty, staff, students, visitors, and property. This service is provided seven days a week on a year-round basis. Everyone is asked to assist in making the campus a safe place by being alert to suspicious situations and promptly reporting them.

If you are a victim or a witness to any on-campus offense, AVOID RISK.

Promptly notify Dothan Campus officials by calling the Switchboard Operator (ext. 111), University Police at (334) 685-1185, or 911, if after normal working hours, as soon as possible and report the incident, including the following:

  • Nature of the incident.
  • Location of the incident.
  • Description of the person(s) involved.
  • Description of property involved.
  • If you observe a criminal act or whenever you observe a suspicious person on campus, immediately notify University Police at (334) 685-1185 and report the incident.

Assist Dothan Campus officials when they arrive by supplying them with any additional information and ask others to cooperate.

Should gunfire or discharged explosives hazard the campus, you should take cover immediately using all available concealment. After the disturbance, seek emergency first aid if necessary.

If taken hostage:

  • Be patient. Time is on your side. Avoid drastic action.
  • The initial forty-five minutes are the most dangerous. Follow instructions, be alert, and stay alive. The captor is emotionally unbalanced. Don't make mistakes which could hazard 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. Maintain eye contact with the captor at all times if possible, but do not stare. Treat the captor like royalty.
  • Try to rest. Avoid speculating. Comply with instructions as best you can. Avoid arguments. Expect the unexpected.
  • Be observant. You may be released or escape. The personal safety of others may depend on your memory.
  • Be prepared to answer the police on the phone. Be patient and wait. Attempt to establish rapport with the captor. If medications, first aid, or restroom privileges are needed by anyone, say so. The captors in all probability do not want to harm persons held by them. Such direct action further implicates the captor in additional offenses.

If a psychological crisis occurs:

  • Never try to handle on your own a situation you feel is dangerous.
  • Notify University officials by contacting the Switchboard Operator (ext. 111) during normal working hours or University Police at (334) 685-1185.
  • Clearly state that you need immediate assistance. Provide your name, your location, and the crisis involved
  • In extreme emergencies, dial 911.
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