Anchorage Campus - Security and Fire Safety Report
Providing a safe instructional, living, and working environment is an important goal at UAA. UAA is required by federal law to report crimes that occur on campus and at off-campus locations where University classes and other sponsored activities occur. Those statistics are available by clicking on the links below.
RELATED CAMPUS SECURITY REPORT INFORMATION
For a complete listing of all campus security policies pertaining to the Anchorage campus, see the 2014 Campus Security and Fire Safety Report. Following is a partial compilation of campus safety policies, procedures, and programs in place at the Anchorage campus. Additional information can also be accessed by using the links on the right hand side of this page.REPORTING A CRIME
Community members, students, faculty, staff and guests are strongly encouraged to report all campus crimes and public safety related incidents to the University Police Department in a timely manner.
In an emergency, dial 911. You may also use an emergency phone in an elevator, or use one of the blue-lighted emergency phones throughout campus. For non-emergencies on campus, you can contact UPD at 786-1120. From outside Alaska, you may dial (907) 786-1120. Dispatchers are available at these respective telephone numbers 24 hours a day.
If a sexual assault or rape should occur, staff on the scene, including UPD, will offer the victim a wide variety of services. The sexual Assault Response Team (SART) has trained members who are available to assist a victim 24 hours a day. UPD incident reports involving students may be forwarded to the Dean of Students Office for review and potential action through the student disciplinary process. Likewise, UPD incident reports involving faculty may be forwarded to the Provost's Office and incident reports involving staff may be forwarded to Human Resources.
Crimes should be reported to the UPD to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing emergency notification and/or timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate. If a crime occurring on campus is not reported to the UPD or another campus security authority, UAA will be unaware of the crime, and therefore, the crime would not be included in the Anchorage campus crime statistics. Here is a list of other professionals on the Anchorage Campus whom you may contact to report a crime:
Timely warnings are issued to the Anchorage campus when: 1) a Clery crime that occurs within our Clery geography is reported directly to the University Police Department (UPD) or indirectly to UPD through a campus security authority or the Anchorage Police Department and 2) it is considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. A timely warning may also be issued for other non-Clery crimes that occur within or near campus when they have the potential to be a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. UPD and/or the Incident Management Team (IMT) are responsible for issuing timely warnings. The IMT consists of members from Student Affairs, University Police, Facilities and Campus Services, and University Advancement. Timely warnings may be communicated through the UA Alerts Notification System which allows participants to choose to be contacted via text message, phone or email; via UAA email; broadcasts over classroom phones; the phone system in the residential community; posted signs; the UAA website; social media websites; the Green & Gold Daily; the campus information phone line; and/or notifications to local radio and television stations. Registered students and current employees are automatically enrolled in UA Alerts. To update your contact information in UA Alerts, go to www.alaska.edu/uaalerts/. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the University Police Department by phoning 786-1120 or going in person to the UPD dispatch center in Eugene Short Hall, Room 114.
The Incident Management Team (IMT), consisting of members from Student Affairs, University Police, Facilities and Campus Services, and University Advancement meets regularly during the academic year to discuss, plan, and address either current or potential incidents which may affect the Anchorage or Chugiak-Eagle River campuses. The IMT regularly sends email messages to staff and students to educate the campus communities about seasonal safety issues and what to do in the event of specific emergencies.
To report an emergency on the Anchorage or Chugiak-Eagle River campuses, dial 911, use an emergency phone in an elevator, or use a blue-lighted emergency phone on campus. Reports about all other police non-emergencies on the Anchorage campus should be directed to University Police (UPD) by phoning 786-1120. To report a police non-emergency on the Chugiak-Eagle River campus, dial the Anchorage Police Department (APD) at 786-8900. Reports about all incidents on the Chugiak-Eagle River campus should also be reported to the campus Assistant Dean by phoning 786-7607 or visiting Room 115 in the Eagle Center. In the event of hazardous materials, the Anchorage Fire Department (AFD) will notify UPD that they are responding to an incident on the Anchorage or Chugiak-Eagle River campuses. Conversely, in the event of fire, UPD will contact AFD to verify they are en-route. In the event of a public health emergency, University Police will coordinate with the Student Health & Counseling Center and Alaska Department of Health & Social Services. In the event of a natural gas leak, UPD will consult with utility responders to determine the size of the evacuation area. In the event that APD pursues a criminal onto the Anchorage or Chugiak-Eagle River campuses, APD usually notifies UPD.
UPD and/or IMT will notify the campus communities or the appropriate segment of the communities, upon verification of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all students or employees occurring on campus. UPD and/or IMT will take into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.
Due to the immediacy and nature of the incident, UPD and/or IMT may initiate the UA Alerts Notification System and send immediate notifications to the campus communities or the appropriate segment of the communities. The initial notification may occur through the UA Alerts Notification System which allows participants to choose to be contacted via text message, phone, or email; or via UAA email; broadcasts over campus telephones; and/or calls to each student's residence hall room. Students and employees are automatically enrolled in UA Alerts. To update your contact information in UA Alerts, go to www.alaska.edu/alerts/.
As soon as is practical, UPD contacts members of the IMT. If UPD has not already made an emergency notification, the IMT will determine who should be notified and the content of the notification. The IMT is charged with managing the emergency from onset to recovery. The IMT has both the decision-making and financial authority to address emergencies on campus. Both UPD and the IMT have received Incident Command System (ICS) training. ICS training is also provided to other selected University employees who IMT may call upon to help them manage an emergency.
After the initial notification, the IMT may issue subsequent notifications using the previously identified communication methods. The IMT will determine the content of subsequent notifications. University Advancement may also post subsequent notifications on the Anchorage campus Twitter webpage at http://twitter.com/#!/uaanchorage, the Anchorage campus webpage at www.uaa.alaska.edu, and/or the Anchorage campus information line at 786-1800.
The IMT may issue subsequent notifications to specific areas on the Anchorage or Chugiak-Eagle River campuses, one entire campus, or both campuses. UPD or their agents may post flyers at each entrance to academic buildings affected by the emergency. Likewise, Residence Life may post flyers at the entrance to residence halls, the front door of each Templewood apartment, and/or the entrance to each Main Apartment Complex stairwell that is affected by the emergency. UPD may use public address systems in Rasmuson Hall, the Library, and Student Union. UPD may make announcements using speakers on patrol cars or by walking around campus and using megaphones. Chugiak-Eagle River staff members may walk around the Chugiak-Eagle River campus to classrooms, offices, and the parking lot to make verbal announcements.
University Advancement is responsible for issuing subsequent notifications and disseminating emergency information to the larger Anchorage and Eagle River communities by contacting local media including television and radio stations and appropriate agencies.
In the event that a building needs to be evacuated, the occupants will be directed to the emergency assembly area. IMT may provide information regarding where events scheduled for that building have been relocated. In the event that the entire Anchorage campus or Chugiak-Eagle River campus needs to be evacuated, the IMT may close that campus. In the event of a campus-wide evacuation, on campus residents would be asked to stay with relatives or friends in Anchorage. If on campus residents do not have local relatives or friends off campus, University Housing will coordinate alternate housing for on campus residents. In the event of an emergency, the IMT may ask everyone to shelter-in-place.
The IMT makes safety announcements and reminders to the University community throughout the year. When the IMT needs to inform the campus community about school closures due to snow or other safety issues, notifications may be made using the following forms of communication:
Both University employees and students are invited to participate in emergency preparedness training exercises once per semester. In the past, Anchorage campus has invited APD, AFD, local hospitals, Joint Base Elmendorf Fort Richardson and Charter College to participate to test the coordination of multiple agencies to address an emergency. In the past few years, the Anchorage campus has conducted exercises on earthquakes, plane crashes, hazardous materials, and terrorism, as well as a tabletop exercise on an active shooter scenario. In every planned exercise, there is an after-action review that is written and distributed to the IMT and administration. The Office of the Emergency Manager keeps a description of the exercises including dates and times of the exercises and whether they were announced or unannounced.
Once a year, campus building evacuation drills occur across the entire Anchorage campus. At these events, University Police hand out flyers explaining to students and employees what to do in the event of a building evacuation. The Emergency Manager keeps a description of each drill including the date and time and whether the drill was announced or unannounced. The Emergency Manager summarized the results of the evacuation drills for each building and forwards a report to each building manager. To see the evacuation results for a particular building on campus, see the building manager.
In coordination with campus building evacuation drills, the Anchorage and Chugiak-Eagle River campuses will publish their emergency response and evacuation procedures by including a link to the Emergency Operations Plan in a Green & Gold Daily announcement. UAA's Emergency Operations Plan and family of documents includes single-page incident actions plans for specific topics, i.e., fire alarms, pandemic illnesses, and suspicious packages or substances. These action plans apply to all UAA campuses. For further information regarding UAA's emergency response preparedness, please visit www.uaa.alaska.edu/upd/ep.cfm.
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