Randolph Center Lockdown

29 Jun 2021

Our Randolph Center campus was on lock down at approximately 3 pm, June 28, 2021. The Orange County Sherriff’s office requested us to lock all doors immediately because a male was seen near campus with a gun. This individual is a nearby resident (not a VTC student) who allegedly threatened a resident in his home and left with a gun and a sword. Our Public Safety officers immediately complied with the lock down and Sherriff’s and State Police officers were on campus attempting to locate the man. Entrances to campus and parts of Randolph Center were blocked from access. The individual was seen on campus by several officers and was apprehended on campus by law enforcement by approximately 4:45 pm. This was NOT a drill and emphasizes the importance of our emergency notification system.

If you have not voluntarily signed up for text, phone and email emergency messages through our RAVE system, please consider doing so immediately. Vermont Tech has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety to provide an emergency alert system so you can know, in real time, about emergencies and incidents at the college. This system is capable of delivering messages to your vtc.edu and personal email addresses, as well as your land line and cell phone.

Faculty, staff, and student vtc.edu email addresses have already been added to the system. We encourage students and employees to login to the Rave Mobile Safety site to add more contact information and choose your notification preferences for voice and text messages. You may also elect to add an email and/or phone number for a close family member, so they will also receive emergency notifications simultaneously. (Note that your cellular phone provider may charge a per-text message fee for the delivery of emergency notifications to your phone).

  • To manage your account, please visit https://www.getrave.com/login/vtc
  • Your user name is your USERNAME@vsc.edu email address (example: abc01230@vsc.edu)
  • Click on the ‘Forgot your password?” link, enter your email address and follow the prompts to set a password.

We also remind you of “run, hide, fight” protocols for these lock downs.

  • Run to safety when there is an active threat. When safe, call 911 or public safety.
  • Hide if escape is not possible. Block the door, avoid windows, silence your cell phone.
  • Fight only as a last resort and if your life is in danger. Locate whatever is near for a weapon.

When in lock down, you should STAY PUT in your office with the door locked, until given the all clear from law enforcement or college personnel.  We provide timely updates and alerts.

In this case, we could all shelter in place. However, we never an anticipate these situations so please follow these protocols. Be aware of your surrounding when in different locations on any campus to know where you could go to hide.

We are grateful to our Public Safety officers, the Orange County Sherriff and Vermont State Police for their swift action in this situation.