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General Terrorist Threat Information

Terrorism is the systematic use of terror to incite fear or anxiety. Those that carry out terrorism are called terrorist.  Terrorist carefully plan their operations using time as their greatest asset.  Normally, they will attack or seize what they consider a "soft target."  Criminals will do the same, looking for patterns or people who either let their guard down or do not maintain an awareness of changes in their surroundings.

The National Terrorism Advisory System:
Under the National Terrorism Advisory System, alerts will be issued under either the category of "elevated" or "imminent." According to the National Security Advisor, "When the Department of Homeland Security has information about a specific, credible threat, (it) will issue a formal alert providing as much information as (It) can."  This includes providing government agencies and emergency officials with threat assessments, as well as utilizing news outlets and (social networking resources to notify the public.  It will also outline steps to take in response to a particular terrorist threat.

The following procedures will be followed at The Citadel in response to various levels of terrorist or related threats in order to minimize the possibility of such incidents, and the potential loss of personnel or property. Procedures followed to secure Citadel facilities and react to bomb threats are included as a part of the actions to be taken herein.

The purpose of the following information is to provide procedures for Citadel personnel and organizations on actions to be taken when faced with terrorist threats, incidents or activities.  Actions taken by The Citadel Police Department and Citadel personnel will involve levels of countermeasures, that are consistent with Citadel Security Options (CSOP).  The CSOP implemented will be based upon terrorist threat situations or an actual event.  An explanation of the CSOP and actions to be taken are outlined consistent with the Federal Governments system as described above elevated or imminent.

CSOP-1  Normal Security Operation Environment (Signifies there is no or low risk of terrorist activity or attack)

This applies to normal, day-to-day security operations.  A general threat of possible terrorist activity exists, but warrants only a routine security posture.  Public Safety is configured in normal shifts and manned for normal security and law enforcement operations.

Provide for the protection of Citadel personnel and property during periods of low terrorist threat by employing the amount of security forces, and resources consistent with operational needs.

The Department of Public Safety will maintain a constant awareness of the potential for terrorist and related type threats.

A secure environment will be maintained by Public Safety and those charged with the protection and/or responsibility for Citadel personnel and property.  Protection of Citadel resources will involve vigilance, detection, reporting, alerting, and armed response to counter and neutralize any precieved or actual threat.

The following CSOP's fall under the National Terrorism Advisory System's notification of "Elevated."

CSOP-2  Increased Vigilance

Intelligence information has been received warranting the declaration of elevated security operations.  This condition is declared as a general warning of possible terrorist activity, when the nature and extent of which are unpredictable.  Circumstances under this condition do not justify full implementation of the measures contained in a higher or prolonged response.  Under this conditition security awareness can be required for an extended period of time.  For The Citadel's purpose  CSOP-2 may be implemented in response to an increased local threat and may be implemented upon direction of higher authority in response to possible terrorist threats within a specific geographical area or region.

Provide an increased (possibly extended) detection and protection capability through an increased state of awareness/vigilance on the part of assigned Public Safety forces charged with the protection of resources located on Citadel property.


    • Restrict access points for vehicles and personnel while allowing the necessary flow of traffic to meet operational requirements.
    • Hagood and Summerall gate openings will be restricted to peak hours (from 6-9 pm and 4:30-5:30 pm).
    • The frequency of random identification checks at entry points to the campus will be increased.
    • The distribution of campus maps will be restricted
    • Entrance of tour buses to campus will be restricted, upon the approval of the President/Provost.
    • The Citadel's crisis communications plan will be implemented dealing with non-Citadel entities.
    • Information on security changes and intelligence imputs to The Citadel community will be provided via email and DAWG line.
    • Plans to block Hagood and Summerall Gate with vehicles will be put into place when needed and keys placed at Public Safety
    • Vehicles will only be positioned upon the approval of the President/Provost

Awareness, detection and response capabilities will be enhanced through a combination of threat awareness briefings, improved day to day protection measures, and a limited expansion of the Public Safety commensurate with the perceived threat.

CSOP-3  (Advanced Readiness)  A terrorist threat may be likely.

CSOP-3 is implemented when local threat analysis reveals that the probability of a terrorist attack against The Citadel is high.  The President of The Citadel or declaration by higher authority dictates implementation locally in response to a terrorist incident that is likely to occur or, as a result of intelligence information received, indicating that some form of terrorist action is directed in the vicinity, and is probable or imminent.

Decrease the vulnerability of campus personnel and property to attack by terrorist, and provide immediate and effective response to terrorist incidents that could occur on campus.  Expand detection and response capabilities commensurate with the increased threat and continue to sustain operations while in an enhanced state of readiness.  Be prepared to respond to an attack on Citadel property or repel it.

Call the Emergency Council to meet.  Consider the recommentations of the Emergency Council and provide  appropriate guidance.

Upon declaration of CSOP-3, a terrorist incident, or upon notification by the President, Provost or Vice President for Facilities and Engineering, the Emergency Council, (as defined in The Citadel's Hurricane Operations Plan) will be called to meet in the Bond Hall Executive Conference Room to review the situation and consider the subsequent actions to be taken to minimize damage or injury.  A Campus Police Officer will participate as a member of the Emergency Council.  the chain of command, and procedures and responsibilities outlined in the Hurricane Operations Plan will generally apply to actions taken by The Citadel in response to a terrorist threat or incident.  If appropriate, the Emergency Council will make specific recommendations to the President/Provost as to whether the campus be closed for business, classes be canceled, students be sent home or the work of any employees be restricted.  Actions indicated below for PPLT, PSAF and Commandant will be considered by the Emergency Council, and implemented only if approved by the President/Provost.


Every Department:

    • Keep shades/blinds closed in dormitories and other facilities to prevent someone from observing/monitoring your activities and presence in rooms.
    • If possible, remain in the classroom, dormitory or work place in the event of an attack.
    • Take no actions to endanger your life, or the life of others, except in self-defense.
    • Try to comply with the terrorist demands if confronted. Remember your safety!
    • Stay away from the situation, remain calm, use common sense and think!

Physical Plant (PPLT):  If approved by the President/Provost

    • Remove dumpsters away from buildings and place them at a distance.
    • Provide Public Safety with two vehicles from the campus motor pool.
    • Pre-position large vehicles, in addition to those already positioned, at all gates for used as expedient barriers.  The vehicle keys are to be left at Public Safety.
    • Erect barriers to create serpentine maze at the Lesesne Gate entrance and exit.  (Vehicles may be used).

Public Safety:  If approved by the President/Provost

    • Notify and brief the campus leadership on the emergency.
    • Notify City, County, State, and Federal law Enforcement organizations to standby for immediate response.
    • Close all gates except Lesesne Gate
    • Recall all Public Safety personnel and establish work schedule
    • Take control of Lesesne Gate and man it with two Public Safety Officers, 24 hours a day.
    • Inspect and allow only the passage of vehicles having a requirement to be on campus.
    • Stop and check all vehicles entering.
    • Search all passenger vehicles and delivery vehicles entering the campus.
    • Restrict visitors and non-essential delivery vehicles from entering the campus.
    • Close Lesesne Gate at 1600 hrs. until 0600 hrs. daily.
    • Alert and publish situation reports (SIT REPS) for campus leadership as the situation dictates.
    • Publicize throughout campus that owner user cars (private or government) will be searched and locked.  The owner will be responsible for their respective vehicle.

The Commandant:

    • All cadets with parking spaces close to the barracks move their vehicles at least 200 feet away from the building.  Lee avenue may be used for parking.
    • Restrict all cadets to the barracks.
    • Secure all barracks sallyport gates.
    • Establish a 24 hour surveillance post for each barracks
    • Contact Public Safety if confronted with a terrorist threat.
    • Provide radios to all cadet posts.
    • Provide Public Safety with a cadet radio if available.

Citadel Activities and Departments will:

    • Initiate stringent control of all work areas and work spaces.
    • Inspect each work place at the beginning and end of each day for suspicious items.
    • Initiate other reasonable security initiatives in addition to those already implemented.
    • Postpone events and close sports facilities and library, Summerall Chapel, and other buildings where large groups of people congregate.

The following CSOP's fall under the National Terrorism Advisory System's notification of "Imminent."

 CSOP-4  Terrorist activity on a specific target may be imminent under this warning

Situation: The president of The Citadel or declaration by higher authority dictates that CSOP-4 be implemented in response to the occurrence of a terrorist attack, or in response to intelligence information that indicates a terrorist attack at The Citadel is likely.

Mission: In addition to those actions noted above, decrease The Ctiadel vulnerability to attack by implementing measures to alert personnel of terrorist activity and by taking actions to increase the level of protection afforded Citadel personnel and property.  Immediate and effective response to a terrorist attack will be taken in order to contain, counter, and neutralized an attack directed against Citadel personnel or property.  Post attack and recovery operations will be initiated as soon as possible to facilitate the continuity of operations.


All Citadel personnel and activities follow procedures outlined above under CSOP-3


    • Close all gates.  (However, manage traffic flow at Lesesne Gate)
    • Ensure local police are on camus and positioned to respond accordingly.
    • Restrict all vehicles and personnel entering the campus.
    • Plan and coordinate all emergency response.
    • Do not permit visitors or deliveries on campus.
    • Search all hand carried items
    • Close and evacuate all or select buildings.

Execution: Maximizing personnel and facility protection will achieve the necessary degree of security response.  Depending upon the situation (targeted facilities, size of terrorist force, type of armament employed by terrorist elements, etc.), a full recall of off duty Public Safety personnel will be initiated.  On duty police officers will provide the first line of defense and will be reinforced by responding outside police agencies.  The level of advanced warning, if any, prior to an attack will directly influence the accomplishment of specific actions taken to limit property damage and injury to personnel.

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