Matanuska-Susitna College - Security 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 button below:
REPORTING A CRIME
Students, staff, faculty and visitors should report campus crimes to the Alaska State Troopers, Security personnel, and the College Director or Student Services.
Timely warnings are issued to the Matanuska-Susitna College community when a Clery crime that occurs within our Clery geography is reported to a campus security authority and 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. The College Director or maintenance staff on-duty is responsible for coordinating this effort. 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; the classroom intercom system; postings throughout the buildings, verbally and/or the College website. Registered students and current employees are automatically enrolled in UA Alerts. To update your contact information in UA Alerts, go to http://uaalert.alaska.edu. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the College Director by calling 745-9726 or visiting Room 101 of the Jalmar Kerttula Building. In the evening hours, the maintenance staff on-duty should be notified by calling 745-9789.
In the event of an emergency at Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC), contact 911. After contact with 911, and/or in the event of less urgent situations, contact should be made with both on campus security and the College Director or designee. MSC employees a private security service to maintain a presence on campus during much of the day. When security personnel are present, they should be notified of security and safety concerns. In the event that there is no one present from campus security, then the Physical Plant should be contacted. The College Director should always be notified of all significant problems within twenty-four hours, if not sooner.
The College Director or designee will notify the campus community or the appropriate segment of the community, 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. The College Director or designee 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. This notification may occur via UAA email, the classroom intercom system, verbally and/or through the UA Alerts Notification System which allows participants to choose to be contacted via text message, phone, or email. Students and employees are automatically enrolled in UA Alerts. To update your contact information in UA Alerts, go to http://uaalert.alaska.edu.
As soon as is practical, the College Director or designee will assemble members of the MSC Incident Management Team (IMT) who will assist the College Director to manage the emergency. MSC IMT members include the College Director, Physical Plant Coordinator, Director of Academic Affairs, Director of Administrative Services, Director of Marketing & Communications, Director of Student Services, IS Manager, Assistant to the Director, Accounting Supervisor, Library Director, the Learning Center Manager and Theater Director. If the College Director or designee has not already made an emergency notification, the IMT will determine who should be notified, decide the content of the notification, and initiate the notification system.
The MSC IMT will notify and may consult with the Anchorage campus Incident Management Team. The IMT has both the decision-making and financial authority needed to address emergencies on campus. The IMT may ask the MSC Campus Emergency Response Team (CERT) to help respond to the emergency. The CERT is a volunteer group of faculty and staff members who receive periodic training on how to be a first responder including fire-fighting, triage, first-aid, and light search-and-rescue. The CERT can be contacted by calling 745-9779. The IMT also receives CERT training. The IMT meets as needed during Executive Staff meetings that occur twice a month.
After the initial notification, the IMT may issue subsequent notifications to the MSC community via announcements on the MSC website. IMT members may post flyers at each entrance to buildings affected by the emergency or walk around campus and make verbal announcements. The College Director and Director of Marketing &Communication may also disseminate information to the larger MSC community by contacting the homeowner's association of the subdivision adjacent to the college, contacting the Borough, notifying the local radio station, and/or enlisting the help of the Alaska State Troopers to notify individuals affected by the emergency.
In the event that a building needs to be evacuated, the occupants will be directed to the emergency assembly area. The IMT may provide information regarding where events scheduled for that building have been relocated. In the event that the entire campus needs to be evacuated, the IMT may indicate the campus is closed. In the event of an emergency, the IMT may ask everyone to shelter-in-place.
MSC plans fire and evacuation drills each semester. In coordination with one of these drills, MSC will send an email to the MSC community with a summary of the emergency plan. Summaries of the emergency plan are also handed out annually to students and employees in conjunction with these drills. The Physical Plant Coordinator maintains a description of each drill as well as the date and time of the exercise and whether it was announced or unannounced.
BUILDING ACCESS, SAFETY, AND MAINTENANCE
Most campus buildings are accessible to students, staff, faculty, guests, and visitors. During the academic year the college buildings are open from 7:00 am to 10:00 pm Monday through Friday, 7:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday, and closed Sunday and Holidays. During semester breaks, hours are reduced to meet college needs. Buildings may be accessed when closed through the use of emergency phones located at building entrances. Physical Plant personnel will respond to these calls and grant access as appropriate. Limited faculty and staff have exterior door keys for use during closures.
Physical Plant personnel respond to all calls for repairs and maintenance. They are accessed by calling 745-9789 (radio) or 745-9750. Other emergencies after hours should be reported to the Alaska State Troopers by dialing 911.
SECURITY AWARENESS PROGRAMS
Students are provided safety information at New Student Orientation and instructors are encouraged to discuss safety in class and place important information in their syllabi. Many of the college employees have received Campus Emergency Response Team training. The College Director coordinates periodic training and updates on emergency preparedness issues.
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