Security Report

CLERY ACT ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT & FIRE SAFETY REPORT

CALENDAR YEAR 2011

IN EMERGENCIES 
   Call: 9-911for Fire, Police, Ambulance; then 
   Call: 9-360-8888 to reach Campus Security

 

Benedictine College is a small community numbering approximately 2,000 persons including resident students, administrators, faculty and hourly employees.  It is situated on the bluffs of the Missouri River in the city of Atchison, Kansas, which has a population of about 10,000.  As part of this larger community, the College shares many of the same interests and concerns.  Benedictine College has been fortunate in experiencing a very small number of crimes.  Nevertheless, the College understands the concern of most parents about the safety of their sons and daughters on a college campus away from home and accepts its share of responsibility for the safety and security of all its students and employees.

DEPARTMENT OF SAFETY AND SECURITY


The Benedictine College Department of Safety and Security is located inside the Operations Office next to the Student Health Center.  The department is open and provides protection and services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Campus Security is staffed by both full-time and part-time officers. Benedictine College contracts with Allied Barton, a private security firm, to provide these security officers on campus. All of the officers are trained in general security practices, as well as standard first aid and CPR.

Security officers have the authority to detain anyone that comes on campus.  Therefore, the department cooperates with and works closely with the Atchison Police Department and the Atchison County Sheriff's Department by coordinating any necessary police responses or arrests on campus.  In fact, the Benedictine Department of Safety and Security has an excellent relationship with local law enforcement agencies, which assures the delivery of professional police services.  All of the officers are radio equipped for an efficient response to community needs. Campus Security also has a designated patrol vehicle.

To report a crime or emergency or to request service, one must call the Department of Safety and Security at ext. 7255 or 913-360-8888.  If for some reason they cannot be reached, 9-911 can be called to reach the Atchison County Sheriff's Department dispatch center. The College requires that all students, faculty and staff and visitors cooperate with the security officers and be prepared to present student ID or proper identification upon request.

The Benedictine Department of Safety and Security exists to provide leadership within the College's efforts to provide a safe and secure environment in which all Raven community members can live, learn and work.  Campus Security takes a community-service approach, developing and instituting methods and approaches which enhance the protection of people and property, promote the prevention of crime, and support the enforcement of college policy.  A truly safer campus can be achieved only through the combined efforts of students, faculty and staff.  By coordinating the efforts of the college community in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, the Department of Safety and Security can achieve its commitment to a safer campus environment.

Community Services
The Department of Safety and Security is responsible for security and emergency response at Benedictine College. It is also responsible for providing support services tailored to the specific needs of the Atchison Community. The following are some of these services:

  • Operating the escort service for student workers from dusk until dawn
  • Assisting campus motorists who have vehicle lockouts or are in need of jump-starts
  • Responding to all campus emergencies
  • Issuing parking ticket for students, faculty and staff
  • Distributing crime prevention materials and information
  • Providing lost and found services
  • Coordinating the monitoring and testing of all fire prevention, burglary and panic alarm systems and equipment on campus (in conjunction with College Physical Plant personnel)
  • Making inspections of buildings and grounds for fire, safety and security hazards (in conjunction with College Physical Plant and Office of Student Life personnel)


The Department of Safety and Security encourages all students and members of the faculty and staff to be involved in campus crime prevention and be informed about current health issues affecting the College. Information on health, safety, and security are provided to students, faculty, and staff members regularly through seminars, bulletins, crime alerts, posters, emails, and other mediums.
 
Mr. Danny Fairley, Chief of Security/Security Account Manager
(913)360-8888
dfairley@benedictine.edu

WHAT IS THE CLERY ACT?

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, commonly referred to as the Clery Act, requires institutions of higher education receiving federal financial aid to report specified crime statistics on college campuses and to provide other safety and crime information to members of the campus community. Campuses must publish an annual security and fire safety report intended to provide students and their families, as higher education consumers, with accurate, complete, and timely information about the safety of the campus so that they can make informed decisions. The Clery Act requires the distribution of this annual report to all current faculty, staff, and students, and notice of its availability to prospective students, faculty, and staff.  The annual security and fire safety report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes and fires that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by the College, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.  The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security (i.e., policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, fires in campus residential buildings, etc.).  

The Vice President of Student Life, Chief of Security, and Director of Student Conduct at Benedictine College prepares the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report to comply with the Clery Act for both the Benedictine College Campus (Main) and the Florence Campus (Branch).  The Data is collected from a variety of sources, including the Atchison Police Department, Atchison Fire Department, and various College departments (i.e., Department of Safety and Security, Student Life Office, Business Office, and the Office of the Dean of the College).  In the case of this particular report you will see data for calendar years 2012, 2011, and 2010.

The College’s annual security and fire safety report is made available yearly in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crimes Statistics Act.  Students, staff, and faculty are notified via e-mail of the availability of the report. Prospective students may request a copy of the report from the Office of Admissions.  Prospective employees may request a copy of the report from the Human Resources Office.  Benedictine College provides each student, faculty, and staff member with the website to access this report annually.  The report is available online at http://www.benedictine.edu/about/facilitiesconferencing/campus-security/... For those without computer access, a paper copy of the report may be obtained from the Department of Safety and Security, Benedictine College, 1020 North 2nd Street, Atchison, KS 66002; (913) 360-8888.

CRIME AND EMERGENCY REPORTING PROCEDURES

Reporting Procedures
Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and safety-related incidents to Campus Security, Director of Residence Life, Director of Student Conduct, or any College Official in a timely fashion.  The reporting person is asked to fill out an incident report.  These are available in the Department of Safety and Security, Student Life Office, and in each Residence Hall Director’s Office.

Reporting a Crime in an Emergency
An emergency is any situation where there is risk to human life and/or personal safety, or when a crime is in progress. In the event of an emergency on campus, emergency services are available by calling dispatch at 9(911).  Law enforcement, fire protection and emergency medical services are all dispatched from this location.  In the event of an off-campus emergency simply dial 911 which will ring into the local authorities.

Reporting a Crime in a Non-Emergency
Anyone who has been a victim of a crime or witnessed a crime is strongly encouraged to report the incident to College officials. Campus Security will offer assistance in contacting local authorities and will cooperate with any criminal investigation that may result.  For non-emergency situations, students and employees should call Campus Security at 360-8888.

Benedictine College's Response to a Report of Crime
College officials will investigate reports of alleged crimes in a timely manner.  In some cases, the College may request the assistance of local law enforcement officials in the investigation.
Victims of a crime who do not want to pursue action within the College system or criminal justice system may make a confidential report with the Director of Residence Life, Director of Student Conduct, Human Resources Director, or other College Official.  When the alleged perpetrators of a reported crime are identified as students, the case will be adjudicated internally and the investigation will be the responsibility of the Vice President of Student Life (and/or those appointed by her).

Internal judicial or disciplinary measures by the College are not intended to replace or interfere with action in the criminal justice system. Victims of crimes retain the legal right to pursue criminal charges in addition to any internal investigation or proceedings.  Criminal investigation by local law enforcement officials, arrest and prosecution can occur independently before, during or after the campus judicial process or employee disciplinary actions.  Likewise, the College may pursue its own internal disciplinary measures independent of whether or not criminal charges are filed and/or whether or not they are successfully prosecuted in the criminal justice system

The Benedictine College Department of Safety and Security uses a Crime Report form and a Supplement Crime Report form exclusive for incidents of a criminal nature.  All criminal offenses falling under murder, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft, and the number of arrests for the crimes on campus of liquor law violations, drug abuse violations and weapons possessions are tabulated on a form consistent with the FBI’s UCR (Uniform Crime Report) system.  This information is published each year.  Every effort is made to coordinate with the Atchison Police Department to verify these incidents.

All of the above reports are confidential in nature. Security Officers as well as the Director of Residence Life or appropriate delegates (i.e., Director of Student Conduct, Resident Directors, etc.) will inform students about their option to file complaints with the local police department.  Reported crimes may involve individuals not associated with the College.

Disciplinary Procedures
Responsibility for enforcing college disciplinary regulations rests with the Vice President of Student Life and to those to whom specific responsibilities involve making the appropriate disciplinary decisions and enforcing sanctions varying from a warning through suspension from the college. In cases involving suspension or expulsion from the college for disciplinary reasons, a student normally has a hearing before the Director of Student Conduct or the Student Conduct Board.  Students may appeal disciplinary decisions through the College’s appeal process as stated in the Student Handbook.

All reports will be investigated.  Benedictine College does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics. Violations of the law will be referred to law enforcement agencies and when appropriate, to the Student Conduct Board for review.  When a potential threat to the campus community occurs, timely warnings will be issued through the Raven Alert, campus email system, notifications on the College’s website, or other appropriate means.

Disclosure of disciplinary proceedings for crimes of violence or non-forcible sex offenses
Program Participation Agreement Requirement:  Benedictine College will, upon written request, disclose to the alleged victim of any crime of violence (as that term is defined in section 16 of title 18, United States Code), or a non-forcible sex offense, the report on the results of any disciplinary proceeding conducted by the College against a student who is the alleged perpetrator of such crime or offense with respect to such crime or offense.  If the alleged victim of such crime or offense is deceased as a result of such crime or offense, the next of kin of such victim shall be treated as the alleged victim for purposes of this paragraph.

Crime Log
The Chief of Security/Security Account Manager is responsible for ensuring a daily crime log as well as fire log is created and maintained as follows:

  • The daily crime log records all crimes and fires reported to the Benedictine College Department of Safety and Security, including the nature, date, time and general location of each crime and the disposition, if known.
  • All log entries shall be made within two business days of the initial report being made to the Department.
  • If new information about an entry becomes available, then the new information shall be recorded in the log no later than two business days after the information becomes available.
  • The daily crime and fire log for the most recent 60-day period shall be open to the public for inspection at all times during normal business hours.  Any portion of the log that is older than 60 days must be made available within two business days of a request for public inspection.  Information in the log is not required to be disclosed when:
  1. Disclosure of the information is prohibited by law.
  2. Disclosure would jeopardize the confidentiality of the victim.
  3. There is clear and convincing evidence that the release of such information would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual, that may cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or that could result in the destruction of evidence.  In any of these cases, the information may be withheld until that damage is no longer likely to occur from the release of such information.


Timely Warning and Emergency Response Procedures
Benedictine College recognizes the need and the importance of effective emergency management, which includes prevention, intervention, and campus safety for all members of the college community. We expect all members of the community to actively embrace and participate in the approved emergency management policies and procedures.

The Emergency Plan guides preparedness, response, and recovery actions. It applies to a broad range of emergency incidents, including:

  • Fire
  • Utility Failure
  • Inclement Weather
  • Campus Intruder/Suspicious Person
  • Violent Behavior


Emergency Response Priorities
In responding to an emergency situation, the College’s leading priorities are as follows:

  1. Protect life safety (students first)
  2. Secure critical infrastructure and facilities
  3. Initiate Emergency Response Plan and Emergency Operation Management
  4. Resume class
  5. Resume residences
  6. Resume administrative buildings


Emergency Procedures
Benedictine College has developed procedures for responding to an emergency situation on campus. This section addresses the initial response to situations where an immediate response in critical. They include:

  • Fire
  • Severe Weather
  • Utility Failure
  • Medical emergency
  • Violent behavior or suspicious activity


General procedures include contacting the appropriate first responder (by dialing 911), evacuating if necessary and contacting Campus Security. The security officer will then contact the Director of Operations, who will determine if further emergency protocols should be activated.

All faculty, staff and students are made familiar with the procedures and trained in evacuation procedures on an annual basis through fire drills, severe weather drills, etc.

Flip-charts, including appropriate phone numbers, with the emergency procedures are provided to all offices and placed in meeting rooms located in each building.  This information is also included in the college directory.  Evacuation route maps are posted in each hallway near exits.

Fire
Upon the discovery of fire or smoke,

  1. If the automatic alarm system has not sounded, the person who observed the fire     should proceed to the nearest pull station.
  2. Activate the system by pulling the alarm.
  3. Dial 911.
  4. Contact security.


Fire Evacuation Procedures

  • Signal:  Fire alarm
  • Every person shall vacate the building to the exterior.
  • Copies of routes to the nearest exit area are posted in each hallway.
  • Once outside, move to a safe distance from the building.
  • Remain outside unless otherwise directed.


Severe Weather
Severe Weather Evacuation Procedures

  1.  Signal:  County Alert System  and Raven Alert
  2. Every person shall move to the designated area in the building.
  3. Copies of routes to the designated area are posted in each hallway.
  4. Remain in the designated area until severe weather has passed or until otherwise directed.


Utility Failure
An employee aware of any utility failure should notify the Operations Department immediately.

  1. During regular business hours, notify Operations Department Helpdesk at 913-360-7777 (ext. 7777). On weekends and after 5 p.m., call Security at 913-360-8888 (ext. 8888).
  2. Evacuate the building if necessary.


Violent Behavior / Suspicious Activity
Violent Behavior / Suspicious Activity Procedures

  1. Move to a safe location if possible.
  2. Dial 911.
  3. Call security to report situation – 913-360-8888 (ext. 8888).


Medical Emergency
Medical Emergency Procedures
In the case of a medical emergency, the immediate concern is to aid the injured and sick.

  1. If medical emergency requires medical attention, dial 911.
  2. Contact security to report any medical emergency – 913-360-8888 (ext. 8888).


Evacuation Routes
Copies of evacuation maps can be found on the BC website and are posted in each hallway.  Resident hall fire evacuation procedures and severe weather procedures are found in the Student Handbook.

Lockdown Procedures
Benedictine College utilizes a computer based access control system which allows Campus Security to keep the majority of our residence halls locked 24 hours a day to enhance the security of students living in these halls.  This system is also utilized on the majority of our Academic Buildings and we continue to expand the system every year to include more buildings.  In the event of a security lockdown, we have the ability to lock all doors controlled by this system and deactivate any access cards to prevent access to these buildings.  For our buildings which do not have every exterior door controlled by this system, in the event of a security lock down, Campus Security has procedures in place to facilitate locking all campus buildings to control access. Coupled with annual crisis training for faculty and staff, this system and procedures are intended to minimize the exposure of students, faculty, and staff of Benedictine College in the event of a hostile person or persons on campus.

 

Management of Emergency Response and Operations

Organization and Reporting Structure
The organizational structure during an emergency response does not necessarily reflect the College ordinary reporting lines. Moreover, as the severity of an emergency changes, assignments may change, therefore changing an employee’s position during the course of a single emergency.

The organizational structure of the Plan reflects three major components:

  • First responding agents (e.g., Campus Security, City Police, Fire Department)
  • Emergency Policy Team (President and Cabinet)
  • Emergency Operations Management Team


First responders include those agents that would first respond to the scene of an incident.
First responders are responsible for:

  • Staffing and operating posts near the scene of an incident
  • Coordinating efforts with off-site governmental authorities under a unified command
  • Responding to all emergencies and, as necessary, communicating information to individuals serving the positions specified below.


The Emergency Policy Team
The Emergency Policy Team consists of the President and his Cabinet.

The Policy Team is the responsible for providing oversight and direction during major campus wide emergencies.  In particular, the Emergency Policy Team

  • Is notified in the event of all emergencies, regardless of the magnitude
  • Evaluates the impact of an emergency
  • Is responsible for determining closures and resumptions
  • Assumes ultimate responsibility for activation, oversight, and termination of College emergency operations in case the emergency reaches proportions beyond the capacity of routine first responders
  • May declare a state of emergency throughout the whole campus (or a portion of the campus)
  • Can downgrade the state of emergency to a business-as-usual state.


The Emergency Operations Center (EOC)   
The EOC is the operations center where coordination and management decisions are facilitated and it is also the physical location where College leaders gather during an emergency to coordinate response and recovery actions and resources.

The EOC site is the President’s office compound (President’s office, Administrative Assistants, Academic Dean’s and Chief Financial Officer’s offices, executive conference room).  The alternate EOC site (if conditions are unsafe) is the Student Development compound in the Student Union.

EOC Management Team
The EOC Management Team serves as the operational support of the Policy Team.
In this role, the management team

  • evaluates the incident as it unfolds
  • enhances strategies for an effective response
  • serves as the single point of contact for field emergency response operations ensuring coordination of college-wide response efforts between on-scene responders, departments, and executive management.


Students / Faculty / Staff
All students, faculty and staff should read and familiarize themselves with the Emergency Response Plan. Specifically, students should be aware of the evacuation procedures for their respective residence halls and the classroom buildings they frequently use.  Staff should acquire an understanding of their department and building response procedures.  In addition, faculty members should read and familiarize themselves with the Plan and should be prepared to direct students to safe areas in the event of an emergency.

Coordination with Greater Community
Depending on the emergency, the College Administration may request jurisdictions outside of Benedictine College (e.g., City of Atchison, Atchison County) to commit major resources and expertise to an emergency response.  In such instances, a Unified Command Structure is implemented. The Unified Command Structure consists of key officials from all responding agencies working toward a common objective with a common strategy.  In these circumstances, leaders from other agencies would work with the EOC Management Team in coordination of response and recovery efforts.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS

Raven Alerts
Benedictine College has implemented the Raven Alert, a text messaging system, to communicate with internal constituents in the event of emergencies.  Only the President, Emergency Response Team Leader, or the Director of Marketing & Communication can authorize the use of this system.  This mass notification tool will be used only during emergencies that threaten the safety of students, faculty, staff, and other constituencies at the time of the incident.

It is extremely important that all faculty, staff and students enroll and update contact information with the Raven Alert system regularly.

Emergency Communication Policy
The Office of Marketing & Communication is an advocate for Benedictine College in the news media and in media generated by the College.  It will strive to work honestly, ethically, and efficiently with the media and other key constituents during an emergency.  At the same time, the Office protects the legitimate interests of Benedictine College and its students, faculty, and staff.

The Vice President of College Relations or the Director of Marketing & Communication will be responsible for interpreting and disseminating information to the College community and the media.  If any member of the College community becomes aware of a crisis or potential crisis, he or she is directed to alert the Office of Marketing & Communication so the Office can serve as a conduit for information to the College’s various constituencies and the media.  ALL INQUIRIES FROM THE MEDIA ARE TO BE DIRECTED TO THE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & COMMUNICATION AT 913.360.7415 or 913.426.2531.  NO INFORMATION SHOULD BE RELEASED WITHOUT AUTHORIZATION FROM THE MARKETING & COMMUNICATION OFFICE.  In an emergency situation, if members of the news media enter campus for interviews or attempt to contact students, faculty, or staff, the Office of Marketing & Communication should be immediately notified.  The media representatives should be sent to the Marketing & Communication Office in Room 200 of St. Benedict Hall or the Marketing & Communication staff will go to their location.

Because of the nature of emergencies, Marketing & Communication staff will keep a copy of general College background materials and a media distribution list at home and at the Emergency Operation Center.

Implementation Plan in the Event of an Emergency

  1. If unable to get to the Marketing & Communication Office in a crisis situation, a media communication post will be established.  In the immediate aftermath, the communication post might be a remote location like the home office of a Marketing & Communication staff person. The Emergency Response Team will be notified of the location of the communication post.  In time, the communication post will be established at the Emergency Operation Center.
  2. The Marketing & Communication staff will gather accurate information to assess the nature and scope of the situation.
  3. The situation will be discussed with the Emergency Response Team and other appropriate members of the campus community and an appropriate media spokesperson will be determined.
  4. The Marketing & Communication staff will be prepared to serve as spokesperson.
  5. If necessary, arrangements will be made to accommodate satellite TV trucks and a press room.
  6. A fact sheet and talking points detailing the emergency and the College’s response will be prepared and distributed.

    a.    Provide a list of talking points to the spokesperson and other members of the Emergency Response Team and prepare them for interviews

    b.    Provide the Fact Sheet to the switchboard operator and Emergency Operation Center operator

    c.    Have the Web Administrator post the Fact Sheet and other basic information on the home page of the College Website.

    d.    Send a broadcast email message to the campus community if appropriate

  7. Write a summary of the emergency, the College’s official reaction, and steps taken beforehand to avoid such an emergency (i.e.: if a fire occurs, gather the dates of recent fire drills and fire alarm checks).  The summary should be periodically updated throughout the emergency to create a written record of response efforts.
  8. In consultation with the Emergency Response Team, determine which areas, if any, should be off-limits to the media or public.
  9. Convey information to the public via the media.
    a.    Select media outlets best able to disseminate news and information quickly and efficiently to target audiences
    b.    Prepare and distribute press releases
  10. Prepare and email an internal message to faculty, staff, students, Mount St. Scholastica Monastery, and St. Benedict’s Abbey, if appropriate and the means exist to do so.
  11. Post all press releases on the College Website.
  12. Respond to all media inquiries.
  13. Determine whether a press conference would be appropriate or useful in disseminating information.
  14. Decide which members of the campus community are available and best suited for radio and television interviews and prepare them for the interviews.
  15. Provide new press releases for both media and the College community as needed to keep various audiences informed and provide closure.
  16. Review the communication plan after the incident to assess and revise it.


Notification List
Internal:
Email, Raven Alert, personal communication to:

  • Students
  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Mount
  • Abbey
  • Board of Directors

 

External:
Email, FAX, telephone, and personal communication to media.



MEDICAL OPERATIONS, EMERGENCY CARE AND SHELTER

Medical and Counseling Needs
Major Crisis (e.g., tornado destroying residence hall, campus shooter & fatalities/injuries, etc.)
Medical

  • On site care provided by ambulance and hospital ER personnel.
  • Student Health Center becomes crisis/triage center for minor injuries and those in need for counseling.


Counseling Center

  • Entire staff is called in, others from the community as necessary.
  • Counseling Center office in Student Health Center will be command/psychological triage center unless other location is designated by EOC.
  • Counseling Center will follow up with those more indirectly affected and can be notified of people in need through Student Life Office/residence halls as in grief issues.


Minor Crisis (e.g., treating affected students as a result of a suicide attempt)
Counseling Center will implement Student Life plan to manage grief (see next section). Decision to implement comes through Student Life Office or EOC Team

Interface Protocols:

  • College will coordinate with community agencies (Atchison Hospital, Public Health, Red Cross) for additional supplies that may be needed.  Person responsible is the Director of Student Health or EOC representative.
  • For additional counseling/therapy professionals we will contact All Faith Counseling Center, Guidance Center, religious communities.  Person responsible is the Director of the Counseling Center or EOC representative.


Overall directive to implement all of the above plans will come from VP of Student Life/Dean of Students or EOC Team.

Campus Crisis

  • Initial meeting with EOC Team or Residence Life staff, depending on nature of crisis.
    • Identify
      • Those closest to the specific trauma
      • Those most likely to be affected by the trauma
      • Those students most fragile in the community
      • Affected staff
    • Establish a communication plan
    • Designate person among staff who will make contact with above within 24 hours for assessment/triage

 

  • Determine need for group processing of traumatizing event
    • Bring in help to work with students (e.g., All-Faith Counseling Center staff, Guidance Center staff as indicated, trained individuals from religious communities, etc.) in addition to college staff
    • Position group process leaders in lounges of specifically-determined residence halls/campus buildings (if enough available, do this in pairs)
    • Process meeting of all group leaders after meetings for assessment/ triage
  • Another meeting with EOC Team and/or Residence Life staff
    • Identify
      • Whom do we still need to be concerned for?
      • How will we reach out to/follow them?
        • Alternatives (e.g., Counseling Center referral, periodic checks by Residence Life staff, etc.)
        • Other resources available
    • Determine plan and designate person to coordinate efforts for each student identified
  • Internal information-sharing
  • Counseling Center will publish material on grief and coping via internal media
  • Counseling Center will send memo containing symptoms/problems to look for and suggested responses to other helping people within the community (e.g., faculty and staff)

 

 

  • Emergency Care and Shelter
    • Emergency Supply Plan
      • The food services provider will contact the Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Food Safety and Lodging to make sure it is safe to remain open.
    • Food Supply and Location
      • Café is the initial location to feed the campus in case of crisis, depending on location of emergency. 
      • With average inventory, campus can be fed for one week after major emergency on campus. 
      • Within that week’s time, the food service manager can work with food service provider to bring in refrigerated trailers to continue feeding campus.
      • If Café is location of emergency, then the Roost in the Haverty Center will be the secondary location to feed the campus.
        • Overflow seating in the old gym.
      • If both Café and Roost are disabled by emergency, then College can work with Hospital and/or religious communities to feed the campus until trailers and/or tents can be brought to campus by the food service provider.
    • EOC will need to determine if it would be more feasible to send the students home for a period of time until more sustainable resources are secured. 

 

  • Emergency Power Plan
    • In an emergency, the College will provide power for primary lighting and safety equipment to the café and the EOC. 
    • Plan for other buildings without power
      • Residence Halls: 
        • EOC will determine if the best course of action is to send students home or house them in other residence halls that may be unaffected by the localized outage.
        • Evaluate the possibilities of allowing students to use candles.
      • Academic Buildings:
        • EOC will determine if offices affected by a localized outage may be relocated to a different building that isunaffected by the outage.
        • If relocation is not possible, EOC will determine which offices must remain open without power and which employees need to remain at or come to work.
  • Emergency Shelter Plan
    • Short Term
      • Triple up students in other residence halls.
      • New and Old Gym
    • Long Term determine if it would be more feasible to send the students home for a period of time until more sustainable resources are secured. 


Emergency Response Plan for Study Abroad (Florence Campus)
Benedictine College has a written Emergency Response Plan for the Florence Study Abroad program.  This plan is available in Appendix C of the Plan.  In a study abroad experience,  much more emphasis is placed on the role of the Program Director on site, as he or she is the Benedictine College officer present at the very location where the crisis is taking place.  However, a strict coordination with the College management is essential in order to make crucial decisions, take effective actions, and harmonize the intervention of external bodies, such as the Department of State, the embassy, the police, the media, etc. The Response procedure described is divided into the three sections of Mitigation, Response, and Training and is available online at http://www.benedictine.edu/about/facilitiesconferencing/campus-security/...

SAFETY AND SECURITY POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Drug and Alcohol Policy
Benedictine College complies with federal, state and local laws which regulate the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances. The College also complies with all regulations of the Drug Free Workplace Act of 1988, including:

  • Distributing, possessing or using any illegal drug or controlled substances
  • Providing alcoholic beverages to individuals under 21 years of age or possessing alcoholic beverages by individuals under 21 years of age
  • Illegally possessing an open container of an alcoholic beverage, public intoxication, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs or controlled substances, and drinking alcoholic beverages in an unlicensed public place
  • Details about offenses and sanctions for students committing them (including probation, suspension and dismissal from the college) appear in the Benedictine College Student Handbook.

 
Parking and Traffic Policy
The Safety and Security Department oversees parking and is responsible for the enforcement of traffic regulations.  All students, faculty and staff are required to register their vehicles with the department and to display a valid parking permit properly.  Failure to abide by the parking rules and regulations may result in the revocation of parking privileges.

Residential Facilities & Access Policies
The College provides on-campus housing for approximately 1,400 students.  Access to residence areas is restricted. Residence hall policy requires that exterior doors be locked during the evening and on weekends and at all times for buildings not used for classroom and meeting space.  The majority of all residence halls require that their exterior doors be locked at all times.  All residents are issued a key or key card for personal access.  A resident must accompany all guests entering a residence hall.  More information on residence options, roommates, and policies and procedures is described in the Student Handbook which is available in the Student Life Office.
 
Weapons Policy
The possession of all weapons, including but not limited to firearms, pellet, paintball, or BB guns, bullets, and knives having over three-inch blades, is not permitted on campus.  Any student found in violation of this policy is subject to disciplinary action up to and including suspension or dismissal and may be in violation of state and federal law.

Sexual Harassment/Assault Policy
Benedictine College, as a Catholic college, promotes respect for persons and the virtues of chastity and self-control in dress, speech, and conduct.  All members of the college community are expected to behave in a manner consistent with our values and mission. The College does not condone any form of immoral or illegal sexual conduct, but no one at the college should presume that the threat of sexual harassment and assault does not exist.

Any form of sexual contact without the free and full consent of both parties is completely contrary to these values and to others that respect the integrity of the human person.  Such behavior, identified as sexual harassment or assault, is reprehensible and can lead to college and/or civil action.
   
Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, the following:

  • unwelcome sexual advances or
  • requests for sexual favors or
  • verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature when: a) submission to such conduct is made either explicitly or implicitly a term or condition of an individual's employment or education; b) submission to or rejection of such conduct is used as the basis for employment or academic decisions affecting an individual; or c) such conduct has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual's work or academic performance, or of creating an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or educational environment.


Generally, sexual assault is any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent (incapacitated).  Sexual assault is an extreme form of sexual harassment and abuse and will be considered a serious offense by the College.

The Student Life Office distributes information regarding sexual harassment and assault to students at the beginning of each academic year (i.e., emails, training sessions, etc.) and the College has specific guidelines in place to aid victims of sexual assault.

The College strongly encourages any student who has been sexually harassed or assaulted either on or off campus to contact the Director of Residence Life, Sean Mulcahy, or a staff member. 

If an individual becomes the victim of sexual assault, it is important to preserve evidence that may be needed for proof of criminal offense. The victim also has the option to notify the Atchison Police Department, and College personnel will assist the victim with this process upon request.

Should a victim choose to pursue on-campus disciplinary procedures, the Director of Residence Life or a designee shall speak with both the accused and the accuser separately, and if appropriate, will refer the matter to the Director of Student Conduct and/or Student Conduct Board for a hearing.  Sanctions, up to and including dismissal from the College, may be imposed. Both the accused and the accuser are entitled to the same opportunities to have others speak at the disciplinary proceeding.  Furthermore, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the outcome of the disciplinary proceeding.

Important Phone Numbers:
•    Emergency – 911 (or 9-911 from a campus phone)
•    Student Life – 913-360-7500
•    Campus Counseling – 913-360-7621
•    Student Health Center – 913-360-7117
•    Campus Security – 913-360-8888
•    Title IX Coordinator, Dr. Kimberly Shankman – 913-360-7413

Students seeking support or assistance may also contact one of these offices: Student Life, Counseling Center, Student Health, College Ministry, or any other member of the administration or faculty.

The right of confidentiality of any party involved including the complainant and the charged will be respected insofar as it does not interfere with the college's obligation to investigate allegations of misconduct and to take corrective action where appropriate.  Disciplinary decisions and sanctions by the Student Life Office may vary from a warning through suspension from the College,

Missing Student Notification Procedures
This policy establishes procedures to be followed at Benedictine College in the event that a residential student is reported missing and of the option to provide confidential contact information for a person to be notified in the event the student is officially reported as missing as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

  • When a student is officially reported missing, the Vice President of Student Life will initiate an investigation into the welfare of the student if the student has been absent from campus for more than 24 hours without a known reason. This investigation will include a good-faith effort to make contact with the student or an emergency contact using any information the student has provided to Benedictine College for this purpose. The Vice President of Student Life will gather all essential information about the student from the reporting person and from the student’s acquaintances. The Vice President of Student Life will then contact the Dean of Students and Campus Security. Appropriate campus staff will be notified to aid in the search for the student. If the actions are unsuccessful in     locating the student or it is apparent immediately that the student is missing, the Vice President of Student Life or appropriate designate will contact the Atchison Police Department to report the student as a missing person and they will take charge of the investigation.
  • If a reported missing student is under the age of 18 and is not emancipated, the Vice President for Student Life will immediately make a good-faith effort to contact the custodial parent or legal guardian of the student. If the missing student is 18 years of age or older and has not provided Benedictine College with the name of an individual to contact in an emergency, the Vice President for Student Life will inform the Atchison Police Department that the student is missing.
  • Each student at Benedictine College will be informed and given the opportunity during each semester registration process to register confidential contact information to be used by the Vice President of Student Life in the event that student is determined to have been missing for more than 24 hours. To register this information, students can go to emergency contact information registration on the BC website and follow the directions indicated. This information will remain in effect until changed or revoked by the student.


For purposes of this policy, a student may also be considered to be a “missing person” at any time the person’s absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances could include, but not be limited to, a report or suspicion that the missing person may be the victim of foul play, has expressed suicidal thoughts, is in a life-threatening situation, or has been with persons who may endanger the student’s welfare.

Key Policy and Access in Residence Halls
Every resident is furnished a room key, a late door key, and/or an access card and every resident is urged to keep his/her door locked at all times for security reasons.  If a student loses a room key, he/she is responsible for the cost of re-coring the lock.  During short vacation periods, the outside doors remained locked throughout the vacation period and access was by key only.  Students are not allowed in without special permission. During the summer months, other arrangements are made for work study and summer school students living in the residence halls, as well as for summer conference groups.

Benedictine College will make reasonable efforts to protect residents’ property; however, the college is not in any way liable for the loss of, theft of, or damage to residents’ personal property.  Neither is Benedictine College liable for failure or interruption of utilities. Authorized personnel may enter student rooms without the residents’ permission for maintenance purposes, fire and safety inspections, damage inspection, in emergency situations and to enforce college policies as indicated in the student handbook.
 
SECURITY AWARENESS AND CRIME PREVENTION PROGRAMS

Residence Hall Safety, Education, and Awareness Programs
The Residence Life staff, Counseling Center, Student Health, and Campus Security work in partnership to provide residents with a number of safety measures.  These resources include ongoing educational programs, safety-related policies, educational sanctions for violations of policies, and staff assistance in dealing with security problems and emergencies. In addition, when checking into the residence halls, students receive handouts concerning proper fire alarm and tornado procedures including exiting procedures.  The Residence Life Staff gives a high priority to the security needs of the residents.

Resident Assistants receive training in crisis management, dealing with critical incidents, and monitoring facilities. The Residence staff makes routine checks of floors and buildings. Security concerns are reported to the appropriate people (i.e., Atchison Police Department or the Residential Life Staff).  Residents are the most important aspect of the cooperative effort to provide a safe and secure community.  Residents are encouraged to be aware, be vigilant and keep doors locked at all times.  Safety and security of the housing community is everyone’s responsibility.

Benedictine College's Residence Life department offers a campus-wide program teaching self defense once a year with the help of the Atchison Police and/or Counseling Center.  Additionally, safety memos that include safety and security tips are published by the Student Life Office and posted in the residence halls periodically during the year.

Orientation
Safety and security issues are addressed by residence life and counseling staff during orientation and the first month of the academic year regarding, including such topics as sexual harassment/sexual assault, bystander training, use of alcohol and illegal drugs, etc.  Students also receive information pertinent to managing physical and emotional stress and are encouraged to be informed and become aware of potential problems as quickly as possible.

Fire Drills
At the beginning of every school year, each residence hall undergoes a fire drill with the help of the Atchison Fire Department. The drill checks the extinguishers and smoke alarms and times the residents’ exit from the building. The Atchison Fire Department also makes intermittent checks during the year to ensure that all extinguishers, smoke alarms, fire alarms, and fire doors are in good working order.
 
Other Campus-wide Safety and Security Programs  
Benedictine College invites speakers to campus to address various safety issues on campus (e.g., alcohol and drug usage, sexual harassment/assault, chasity, eating disorders, etc.).  Bulletin boards and magazine racks in the Student Health Center, Student Union, residence halls, and classroom buildings also are used to provide safety awareness tips to members of the Benedictine Community.  Additionally, faculty and staff members receive Title IX training at the beginning of each academic year.

Crime Prevention
The Department of Safety and Security is committed to the prevention of crime and is pro-active in its efforts to prevent any potential problems. Crime prevention services include the following:

  • Responding rapidly to all calls for service and emergencies
  • Investigating all reported crimes
  • Cooperating with the Atchison Police Department and the Atchison County Sheriff's Department
  • Offering a wide variety of crime prevention materials through the Campus Safety Office and the Office of Student Life, including drug and alcohol information and personal security brochures
  • Sponsoring a variety of crime prevention and personal safety programs with the Office of Student Life, including RA training, personal safety, fire extinguisher training, CPR, and fire drills
  • Sexual assaults, including rape, are serious crimes of violence in which the assailant, through threats or physical force, involves or attempts to involve the victim in involuntary sexual conduct. All members of the campus community should be aware that sexual assaults are prohibited by state laws and college policy and are viewed by Benedictine College as a serious matter. A victim of sexual assault should immediately contact a Resident Assistant, college counselor, Student Life employee, or the department of Campus Safety for medical assistance. A victim should also attempt to preserve any potential evidence where the assault took place. Campus Security considers all reports of sexual assault to be confidential and investigates them fully. Victims of sexual assault have the option of notifying the local police and can be assisted to do so by campus officials. Victims are notified of any on-campus and local counseling and mental health services, and are given the opportunity to change living arrangements if reasonable alternatives are available. Additional information on due process and college procedures relevant to sexual assault is located in the Student Handbook.


Registered Sex Offenders
A federal law, the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act amendment to the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, requires registered sex offenders to indicate when they are enrolled or employed at institutions of higher learning. The law further requires the state law enforcement authority the Kansas Bureau of Investigation to provide the Benedictine College Department of Safety and Security with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are either enrolled or employed at the Benedictine College campus.

Benedictine College informs the campus community of the list (if any) of registered sex offenders for review at: www.benedictine.edu/about/facilitiesconferencing/campus_security. A list of all registered offenders is available from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation at: www.kansas.gov/kbi/ro.shtml.
For additional information on the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act visit http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/investigate/vc_majorthefts/cac/crimes_agains....

Crime Statistics
Benedictine College is a very safe campus. This report includes statistics for the 2012 calendar year and two preceding years for the following crimes: murder, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle theft. It also includes statistics reflecting arrests for liquor law violations, drug abuse violations, and weapons possession violations occurring on campus from January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2012.  The Atchison Police Department has been very helpful in complementing our records. Initially, violations are dealt with by the Residence Life staff and/or the Department of Safety and Security. The Atchison Police Department will arrest students on campus as necessary.
 
Reportable Crimes and Definitions
According to the Clery Act, there are specific crimes for which university officials must report a three-year statistical history. These crimes are listed below along with definitions from the FBI Uniform Criminal Reporting System. This data reflects the disclosure of certain incidents, as required by the law, that are reported to campus security or local police agencies for the three calendar years preceding the year in which the report is disclosed. Statistics of crimes reported to pastoral or professional counselors are generally not included in this report unless it is deemed appropriate to inform their clients of any procedures to report crimes on a voluntary, confidential basis for inclusion in the annual disclosure.
 


CRIME STATISTICS

CRIMINAL OFFENSES

2010-2012
Benedictine College 
Atchison, KS

All crimes reported under the "residence halls" headings are included also under the comprehensive "on campus" headings.

 

On Campus2010    2011     2012    
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter     000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Sex offenses – forcible001
d. Sex offenses – non-forcible000
e. Robbery000
f. Aggravated assault000
g. Burglary724
h. Motor vehicle theft000
i. Arson000

 

On Campus – Student Housing Facilities2010     2011     2012    
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Sex offenses - Forcible (including forcible rape)     001
d. Sex offenses – non-forcible000
e. Robbery000
e. Aggravated assault000
f. Burglary604
g. Motor vehicle theft000
h. Arson00

0

 

Non-campus

2010     2011     2012    
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Sex offenses - Forcible (including forcible rape)     000
d. Sex offenses – non-forcible000
e. Robbery000
f. Aggravated assault000
g. Burglary000
h. Motor vehicle theft000
i. Arson000

 

Public Property2010     2011     2012    
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Sex offenses - Forcible (including forcible rape)     000
d. Sex offenses – non-forcible000
e. Robbery000
g. Burglary000
h. Motor vehicle theft000
i. Arson000


HATE CRIME OFFENSES
2010-2012
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS

There were no criminal offenses reported to Benedictine College authorities that manifested evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, gender, disability or ethnicity.

 

On Campus2010     2011     2012    
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Sex offenses – forcible000
d. Sex offenses – non-forcible000
e. Robbery000
f. Aggravated assault000
g. Burglary000
h. Motor vehicle theft000
i. Arson000
j. Simple assault000
k. Larceny-theft000
l. Intimidation000
m. Destruction/damage/vandalism of property     000

 

On Campus – Student Housing Facilities2010     2011     2012    
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Sex offenses – forcible000
d. Sex offenses – non-forcible000
e. Robbery000
f. Aggravated assault000
g. Burglary000
h. Motor vehicle theft000
i. Arson000
j. Simple assault000
k. Larceny-theft000
l. Intimidation000
m. Destruction/damage/vandalism of property     000

 

Non-campus 2010     2011     2012    
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Sex offenses – forcible000
d. Sex offenses – non-forcible000
e. Robbery000
f. Aggravated assault000
g. Burglary000
h. Motor vehicle theft000
i. Arson000
j. Simple assault000
k. Larceny-theft000
l. Intimidation000
m. Destruction/damage/vandalism of property     000

 

Public Property2010     2011     2012    
a. Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
b. Negligent manslaughter000
c. Sex offenses – forcible000
d. Sex offenses – non-forcible000
e. Robbery000
f. Aggravated assault000
g. Burglary000
h. Motor vehicle theft000
i. Arson000
j. Simple assault000
k. Larceny-theft000
l. Intimidation000
m. Destruction/damage/vandalism of property     000



ARRESTS
2010-2012
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS

All arrests reported under the "residence halls" headings are included also under the comprehensive "on campus" headings.

 

On Campus2010     2011     2012    
a. Liquor law violations000
b. Drug law violations112
c. Illegal weapons possessions     000

 

On Campus – Student Housing Facilities     2010     2011    

2012    

a. Liquor law violations000
b. Drug law violations110
c. Illegal weapons possessions000

 

Non-campus2010     2011     2011     
a. Liquor law violations000
b. Drug law violations000
c. Illegal weapons possessions      000

   

Public Property2010     2011     2012    
a. Liquor law violations000
b. Drug law violations000
c. Illegal weapons possessions     000


DISCIPLINARY ACTION/JUDICIAL REFERRALS
2010-2012
Benedictine College
Atchison, KS

All disciplinary actions and judicial referrals reported under the "residence halls" headings are included also under the comprehensive "on campus" headings.
 

On Campus2010     2011     2012    
a. Liquor law violations115131111
b. Drug law violations01217
c. Illegal weapons possessions     000

 

On Campus – Student Housing Facilities     2010     2011     2012    
a. Liquor law violations113131111
b. Drug law violations330
c. Illegal weapons possessions000

 

Non-campus2010     2011     2012     
a. Liquor law violations000
b. Drug law violations000
c. Illegal weapons possessions     000

 

Public Property2010      2011      2012    
a. Liquor law violations000
b. Drug law violations000
c. Illegal weapons possessions      000

 

Other Campus Locations

Crimes at the Florence, Italy Campus:  There were no crimes reported at the Florence, Italy Campus.
Crimes at the EMBA Classroom in Roeland Park, KS:  There were no crimes reported at the EMBA Classroom in Roeland Park, KS.


DEFINITIONS
Aggravated Assault – An unlawful attack by one person upon another for the purpose of inflicting severe or aggravated bodily injury. This type of assault usually is accompanied by the use of a weapon or by means likely to produce death or great bodily harm. (It is not necessary that injury result from an aggravated assault when a gun, knife or other weapon is used which could and probably would result in serious personal injury if the crime were successfully completed).

Arson – Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without intent to defraud a dwelling house, public building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal property of another, etc.

Burglary – The unlawful entry of a structure to commit a felony theft. For reporting purposes this definition includes: unlawful entry with intent to commit larceny or felony; breaking and entering with intent to commit a larceny; housebreaking; safecracking; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Drug Law Violation – Violations of state and local laws relating to the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing and making of narcotic drugs. The relevant substances include but are not limited to: opium or cocaine and their derivatives (morphine, heroin, codeine); marijuana; synthetic narcotics (Demerol, Methadone), methamphetamine; and dangerous non-narcotic drugs (barbiturates, Benzedrine).

Hate Crimes – Crimes that manifest evidence of prejudice based on race, religion, sexual orientation, disability and gender or ethnicity.

Liquor Law Violations – The violation of laws or ordinances prohibiting the manufacture, sale, transporting, furnishing, posessing of intoxicating liquor; maintaining unlawful drinking places, bootlegging; operating a still; furnishing liquor to a minor or intemperate person; using a vehicle for illegal transportation of liquor; drinking on a train or public conveyance; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned. Drunkenness and driving under the influence are not included in this definition.

Manslaughter – The reckless or grossly negligent killing of a human being excluding traffic fatalities.

Motor Vehicle Theft – The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle. Motor vehicle theft is classified as all cases where automobiles are taken by persons not having lawful access even though the vehicles are later abandoned – including joy riding.
Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter – The willful (non-negligent) killing of a human being by another.

Robbery – The taking or attempting to take anything of value from the care, custody, or control of a person or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or by putting the victim in fear.

Weapon Law Violations – The violation of laws or ordinances dealing with weapon offenses, regulatory in nature, such as: manufacture, sale, or possession of deadly weapons; carrying deadly weapons, concealed or openly; furnishing deadly weapons to minors; aliens possessing deadly weapons; and all attempts to commit any of the aforementioned.

Sex Offenses – Definitions for this category of offenses are from the National Incident Based Reporting System edition of the Uniform Crime Reporting Program.

Forcible Sexual Offenses – Any sexual act directed against another person forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against that person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent.

  • Forcible rape is the carnal knowledge of a person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity; or because he/she is not of age to give consent.
  • Forcible sodomy is oral or anal sexual intercourse with another person forcibly and/or against that person’s will; or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity; or because he/she is not of age to give consent.
  • Sexual assault with an object is the use of an object or instrument to unlawfully penetrate, however slightly the genital or anal opening of the body of another person, forcibly and/or against that person’s will or not forcibly or against the person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent because of his/her temporary or permanent mental or physical incapacity, or because he/she is not of age to give consent.

 

Non-Forcible Sex Offenses – Unlawful, non-forcible sexual intercourse.

  • Incest: Non-forcible sexual intercourse between persons who are related to each other within the degrees wherein marriage is prohibited by law.
  • Statutory Rape: Non-forcible sexual intercourse with a person who is under the statutory age of consent.

 

FIRE SAFETY REPORT
2012
Benedictine College 
Atchison, KS

STATISTICS

Date & TimeLocationReason     Damage     Injuries      Deaths     
0 IncidentsTotal Damage/Injuries/Deaths:      $0.0000


FIRE LOG
Information related to fires in on-campus housing facilities is reported and kept in the Benedictine College Department of Safety and Security.

DESCRIPTION OF FIRE SAFETY SYSTEMS
The following chart depicts the fire safety systems in Benedictine College on-campus housing facilities:

 

 Smoke Detectors     Heat Detectors     Sprinklers     Horns     Strobes     Audible     Alarm Speakers
Turner   XXXXXXX
NewmanXXXXXXX
St. JosephXXXXXXX
Legacy   XXXXXXX
Ferrell   XXXXXXX
McDonaldXXXXXXX
MemorialXXXXXXX
ScholasticaXXXXXXX
Cray Seaberg     XXXXXXX
Row HousesXXXXXXX


The halls meet OSHA fire-safety requirements. Safety lighting, smoke alarms, and multi-purpose dry chemical extinguishers are located in each hall. Be sure you are aware of the nearest extinguisher; these should be used to exit the hall and not to fight a fire. All fire alarm panels in group living facilities are tied to Benedictine College Security, with the exception of the Lofts located at 201 Main Street.

POLICY INFORMATION
The Residence Life Handbook lists policies that prohibit the following:

  • Smoking
  • Candles, chemicals, open flames
  • Fireworks and explosive materials
  • Appliances that are NOT permitted in dorm rooms include: hot plates, halogen lights, grills, skillets, toaster ovens, sun lamps, electric heaters, refrigerators larger than 4 cubic feet and gas appliances.
  • Gasoline-operated machines
  • Tampering with fire safety equipment

 

FIRE SAFETY EDUCATION AND TRAINING
Residence Life staff receive annual training conducted by the Atchison Fire Department.  This training includes prevention, response procedures, and fire extinguisher use.  The campus hosts an annual fire safety education program conducted by the Atchison Fire Department. This session includes prevention and alarm response procedures.

Fire evacuation drills are conducted once per year in every residence hall.  Over ten fire alarm drills were held the previous calendar year.  Alarms requiring evacuation may be substituted for drills.

FIRE ALARM RESPONSE PROCEDURE
To insure the safety, welfare, and health of residents, RAs in conjunction with Resident Directors are responsible for instructions and implementation of fire and emergency procedures. 

Procedures for student housing evacuation:

  • Signal:  Fire alarm
  • Every person shall vacate the building by shortest route to the exterior.
  • Once outside, move to a designated location/a safe distance from the building so staff can clarify who is present and missing.
  • Contact security – 913.360.8888 (ext. 8888)
  • Remain outside unless otherwise directed. Only a fireman or RD can give the official all clear sign for residents to return to the building. No RA should make this decision or turn off the alarm.
  • After the “All Clear” is given, RAs will check all rooms before residents return to the residence halls. Any residents remaining in the hall will be held accountable for not exiting the building.
  • Write an incident report and file it with security.

 

Basic Principles

Each time the alarm sounds, it is imperative that the staff considers it a real fire. It is imperative that the staff members report often and accurately to the appropriate RD whenever an alarm is triggered. RAs should go over the fire alarm procedures from the residents’ point of view at a floor meeting before an alarm. They should impress upon your residents the serious nature of pulling false alarms.