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Safety and Emergency Information

Lake Michigan College is committed to keeping its campuses safe and secure for students, faculty, staff, and visitors. We rely on every community member to contribute to safety and security on campus by reporting crime and suspicious activities in a timely manner. We hope you will use the information below to help foster a safe environment for yourself and others.

In an emergency, dial 911.

Executive Director of Students & Title IX Coordinator
Room A200a
269-927-8150
mcvay@lakemichigancollege.edu
Normal business hours

Executive Director of Human Resources & Title IX Coordinator
Room A-305
269-927-8102
cronin@lakemichigancollege.edu
Normal business hours

Director of Public Safety/Evening Administrator
Room S111
269-927-7060
ssilcox@lakemichigancollege.edu
Afternoon and evenings

Security guards
Room A204
269-470-6084
After hours and weekends

Emergency Numbers

Police & Fire

Berrien County Sheriff: 866 630-7679
Van Buren County Sheriff: 269-657-2006
Michigan State Police: 269 683-4411

Benton Harbor Campus

Police (Benton Township): 269 925-1135
Fire (Benton Township): 269 925-3958

Niles-Bertrand Crossing Campus

Niles City Police: 269-683-1313
Fire (Bertrand Township): 269 695-6191

South Haven Campus

Police and Fire: 269 637-5151

Health and Medical

Lakeland Health Care: 800 968-0115
Lakeland Hospital (Niles): 269-683-5510
Southwestern Medical Clinic (Niles): 269-429-0900
Berrien County Health Department: 269-926-7121
Van Buren County and Cass County District Health Department: 269-621-3143

Mental Health

211/First Call for Help (United Way of Southwest Michigan): 269-925-7707 or 800-310-5454
Riverwood Community Mental Health Center
(Berrien County): 800-336-0341 or 269-925-0585
(Niles): 269-684-4270
Woodlands Behavioral Healthcare Network (Cass County): 800-323-0335 or 269-445-2451
Van Buren Community Mental Health Authority (Van Buren County): 800-922-1418 or 269-657-5574
Centered on Wellness
(Niles): 269-683-7604
(South Haven): 269-637-6236
(Benton Harbor): 269-926-6199

Resources

"A Resource Handbook for Campus Sexual Assault Survivors, Friends and Family" published by the Governor's Office in conjunction with the first lady of Michigan

On-Campus

Title IX (Students) Coordinator: 269-927-8150
Title IX (Employees)Coordinator: 269-927-8102
Director of Public Safety: 269-927-7060
Vice President, Student Engagement and Support: 269-917-8147

Off-Campus

Domestic Violence Shelters: 269-925-9500
Child & Family Services of Southwestern Michigan: 269-925-1726
Safe Shelter: 888-237-1891
Domestic Violence Coalition: 888-655-9008
National Domestic Violence Hot Line800-799-SAFE
MI Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence517-347-7000 

Counseling Information

Andrews Community Counseling Center: 269-471-6238
Providing free psychological services under the supervision of licensed psychologists. Mental health services to children, adolescents, and adults who reside in the Michigan area, or who are members of the community near the university. Office is located in
Berrien Springs.

Centered on Wellness: 269-926-6199
Offering behavioral counseling, coaching, consulting, education and prevention for children, families, couples, and adults. Offices are located in Benton Harbor and Niles.

Freedom Counseling Center: 269-982-7200
Freedom Counseling Center provides high-quality counseling and psychological evaluations to individuals, parents, couples, adolescents and children.

Riverwood Center: 800-336-0341 (24-hour hotline)
Riverwood partners with children, families and adults in their journey toward recovering from behavioral health and substance use challenges, and helps individuals with intellectual disabilities succeed in community living. Offices located in Benton Harbor.

Southwestern Medical Clinic Christian counseling and Psychological Services269-429-7727
Counseling services for treating abuse and trauma, addictions and co-occurring disorders, anxiety, depression, AHHD, eating disorders, coping with loss and grief and behavioral services for children and adolescents. Offices located in Berrien Springs, St. Joseph, Stevensville, Coloma, and Niles.

HelpNet Employee Assistance Program
The college's Employee Assistance Program, available to all full- and part-time employees, is administered through HelpNet. Information can be found in the Human Resources offices or on SharePoint under the staff and faculty benefit links.

The Lake Michigan College policy related to Children on Campus can be found here.

Lake Michigan College's Drug-Free Workplace policy can be found here.

Students who would like additional information regarding alcohol and drug abuse referral services may contact the Student Life Office at (269) 927-8150.

Educational programs covering drug or alcohol abuse are covered in the Healthful Living and Personal Health classes to acquaint students with concepts of wellness and the relationship between physical activity and optimal health and fitness. Topics include cardiovascular disease, exercise, nutrition, weight management, behavior modification, stress, cancer, substance abuse, and sexually transmitted infections.

Emergency Call Stations are equipped to directly dial 911 and receive an immediate law enforcement response.

CALL STATION LOCATIONS

Benton Harbor Campus
  • Near main entrance
  • Between the faculty/staff and student parking lots
  • Outside the Western Michigan University-Southwest building
  • North of The Mendel Center Grand Upton Hall entrance
  • Beckwith Hall pergola and athletic field concession stand
Niles Campus

Between west parking lot and west building entrance

South Haven Campus

Between main entrance and south (front) parking lot at the South Haven campus

Crimes should be reported to a campus security authority to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate. All reports may be emailed to the Director of Public Safety/Evening Admin or called in to (269) 927-7060. Any reports can also be made to campus directors or deans, security guards, the director or assistant director of housing or a resident assistant.

  • When you go out, tell someone where you are going and when you will return.
  • Always lock your house/apartment door and don’t lend the key. Keys can be duplicated.
  • Don’t walk alone a night. Take a friend with you.
  • Stay in well-lit areas.
  • Photocopy all important papers that you carry in your purse or wallet, including your driver’s license. Keep the photocopies in a safe place. This information will be invaluable if you lose your license or cards.
  • Be alert. Look around you. Be aware of others on the street. Make it difficult for anyone to take you by surprise. Walk with your keys in hand.
  • If you think someone is following you, turn around and check so that you are not caught off guard. Cross the street or change direction. Walk or run toward people, traffic, or lights. Consider confronting the aggressor and saying in a loud, firm voice, “Don’t follow me.”
  • If a car follows you or stops near you for directions, do not approach the car. Change directions if you feel threatened and walk or run towards stores, a lighted house, or other people.
  • Park in well-lit areas. Check the street before leaving the car. Park in full view of the front of stores and houses.
  • Walk to your car with keys ready.
  • As you approach your car, look all around it, including underneath the car.
  • If you have a flat tire, seek help inside the College, or from a nearby business if off-campus. Beware of someone instantly appearing to offer help—attackers often disable cars to make their owners vulnerable.
  • Check the interior of your car, particularly the back seat before entering; someone could be hiding there.
  • Keep the car doors locked at all times, even when driving in daylight, so no one can jump in at a red light.
  • Keep enough gas in your tank for emergencies.
  • If you are followed by another car, drive to a police station or business that has lights on and people in it. You may not want to go directly home with someone following you. “Driveway” robberies are becoming more common.
  • If your car breaks down, lift the hood, put on the flashers, and wait inside with the doors locked for help. Ask people who stop to call the police or AAA for you. Don’t go with anyone.
  • Don’t stop for stranded motorists. You are of greater help to them by calling the police or sheriff.
  • Try to jog with a partner. Try to avoid running alone, even in daylight. You could become injured from a fall and might need help.
  • Stay in well-lit areas. Vary your route. Be suspicious of people you pass many times.
  • Stay away from parked cars, especially those occupied by suspicious persons.

Emergency Communication

Lake Michigan College is committed to providing a safe environment that is conducive to the pursuit of academic excellence. Pursuant to its obligations under federal, state and local laws/regulations, the college has established an Emergency Preparedness and response plan that provides protective measures for the health and safety of our students and staff during an emergency situation. The college, through its partnerships with Emergency Management Professionals, continues to upgrade the plan. Emergency Teams made up of individual members of the college community have been designated as team members to assist in helping others to evacuate. They also relay information concerning injured or special-needs people who require immediate attention. Emergency information is located in all classrooms along with a detailed map which highlights fire exits, emergency shelter areas, fire extinguisher locations, defibrillators, etc. Evacuation notification would be by use of the fire alarm system in some cases, but not all. The emergency system plan effectiveness is measured through testing of practice drills.

Distribution of Campus Safety Alerts
As circumstances warrant it, special safety alerts are prepared and distributed through the RaveAlert reporting service. These alerts advise the college community of the situation, steps to take, and the number to call for more information.

Lake Michigan College works closely with local law enforcement agencies to inform the College about crimes that may warrant the College issuing a timely warning.

Emergency Notification
Emergency notification will be issued when it is determined that there is a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students, employees or visitors occurring on campus.

Emergency notifications will be activated without delay upon verification of an incident that meets the above criteria so long as issuance does not compromise efforts to respond to, contain, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

RaveAlert is an automated system that LMC uses to inform employees and students of College emergencies. RaveAlert utilizes cell phone text messaging, email and voicemail notifications.

In addition to the information above, area coordinators and alternates have been designated per assigned area to assist with emergency situations in helping to clear spaces of people and directing people to move to a safe location.

Emergency Procedures

    The State Fire Safety Board requires that the College conduct fire drills throughout the school year. General procedures when the fire alarm sounds:

    1. All staff and students will leave the building immediately and proceed to the nearest main parking lot.
    2. If there is a handicapped person in your class or office, it may be necessary to make arrangements with others to help carry the person to safety.
    3. In the event that the nearest exit is the source of fire and/or is filled with smoke, use the next nearest exit.
    4. Do not use elevators.
    5. Do not open a door until you touch it to determine that it is warm or hot.
    6. Remain in the parking lot until an all clear has been announced by the Executive Director of Facilities, or after 5 p.m., the Student Services staff. 

    Do not move the injured or ill person unless threatened by fire or other imminent danger. Call the 911 dispatcher. From a college phone, dial 9. Wait for tone – then dial 911. From a pay phone, no coin is needed. Dial 911. From a direct line phone dial 9-911. Say, “There’s an emergency at Lake Michigan College.” Followed by the building and address.

    • Answer the questions you are asked.
    • Be specific about your location.
    • Do not hang up until told to do so.
    • Call 6911. If no answer, dial 8135 or 8137.
    • Evenings and Saturdays: dial 6911. If no answer, dial 8128.

    For life-threatening emergencies, dial 9-911. For all other emergencies dial 6911.

    In the event of a tornado watch or warning, all employees, students, and visitors in any College facility will be instructed to go to the designated safe shelter area.

    1. DO NOT GO OUTSIDE.
    2. Do not use telephones.
    3. Do not stand near westerly locations of the building or near glass-enclosed spaces.
    4. Proceed to the designated safe shelter area for your facility. This information is found on the emergency flip chart located in every College classroom.
    5. Do not use open flame (candles, lighters, etc.).
    6. Remain calm and wait for an “all-clear” announcement.

      RaveAlert is an automated system that Lake Michigan College uses to inform students of important campus information such as weather-related campus closings and campus emergencies. The message can be delivered as a voice message to a landline telephone or cell phone, as a text message to a cell phone, and/or as an email message.

      You will automatically be registered for the service at the time of class registration based on telephone and email information you provide to the College.

      Updating your RaveAlert Contact Information
      Your RaveAlert contact information is maintained within your student profile settings in WaveLink.

      1. Go to WaveLink and login with your login name (ex. jsmith543).
      2. Click on the View/Update Address(es) and Phone(s) link under the Personal Information box.
      3. Read all instructions at the top of this page to understand the process of changing your contact information.
      4. To change your land line number for your current address, change the "Primary Phone Number for this Address" number (269 for the area code and 5551234 for the phone number).
        You can also use the drop downs below and specify other types of phone numbers and enter in the appropriate information.
      5. Once you are done making updates, make sure the "Valid From This Date" option is a valid day on or before today's date and click submit.
      6. Changes will become effective immediately.

      Opt-Out Process
      To opt out from receiving alerts, please send an email using your LMC provided student email account to RaveAlertOptOut@lakemichigancollege.edu. Include your first and last name and student ID in the body of the email. The opt-out process must be repeated for each term you desire to be excluded from receiving alerts.

      Notice: General fees from your cell phone carrier may apply when using this service. Lake Michigan College is not responsible for any fees that may be charged by your cell phone carrier for voice and text messages sent to your cell phone. This includes overages on your monthly minutes and/or fees your carrier may charge for text messaging.

      Timely Alerts
      If circumstances warrant it, special timely crime alerts are prepared and distributed through the RaveAlert reporting service. These alerts advise the College community of the situation, steps to take to avoid being victimized, and the number to call for more information.

      When the College closes due to severe weather or other campus emergencies, the announcements will be made in several ways:

      1. through the College's RaveAlert System (see above for instructions on updating your contact information or opting out of RaveAlert)
      2. on the home page (in most cases dependent on the availability of internet access to college officials)
      3. through local television and radio stations
      4. through College Facebook and Twitter pages

      Please check these various sources of information for closing information rather than calling the College. If the College is closed, you will be able to find out through one or more of the above sources. For more information about how the decision is made about school closings, visit Weather and Emergency Closings.


      Reports

      2018 Security Reports

       

       

      Recording Criminal Incidents
      The Executive Director of Facilities Management maintains an accurate, complete record of all incidents occurring on the campus property, within campus buildings, or to any student, faculty or staff member.

      Crime Statistics
      The Lake Michigan College Annual Security Report includes crime statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus and on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus sites. You can review this report by reviewing the Annual Security Reports or you can obtain a paper copy upon request by contacting the Facilities Department at the Napier Avenue Campus at (269) 927-8135.

      Campus crime statistics for Lake Michigan College may be viewed at the U.S. Department of Education's website.

      • Exterior doors are numbered for easy identification by responding police, fire and medics.
      • Escort services when requested.
      • Emergency call stations for 911.
      • Crossing guards and traffic control at Mendel Center Events and other events.
      • Video surveillance cameras throughout buildings and grounds. 
      • Monitoring of parking lots by security.
      • Monitoring of hallways by security.
      • Security and facilities personnel use radios for timely emergency response.
      • Service for unlocking cars, and battery jumps.
      • Classroom doors are provided with push button locks.
      • Close liaison with Berrien County Emergency Response Teams and police communications.
      • Trained CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) personnel. 
      • Emergency clean up provided by WFF (our custodial service).
      • Detailed campus maps showing important emergency locations.  
      • IP clocks that scrolls emergency messages. 
      • Maxient Comprehensive Software Program that allows the user to file reports regarding safety or security concerns. 
      • E911 (the 911 center receives specific and detailed location which allows emergency personnel to respond to the exact location) implemented at all campuses.

      Lake Michigan College is committed to providing a safe environment for our students, our faculty, our staff, and our guests. In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, a daily crime and fire log is maintained by Facilities Management. The log contains the following specific information:

      • Date the crime/fire was reported
      • Nature of the crime/fire
      • Date of the crime/fire (if known)
      • Time of the crime/fire (if known)
      • General location of the crime/fire (if known)
      • Disposition of the complaint (if known)

      The log of the most recent 60-day period is available in the table below. The log is also open to public inspection during normal business hours. The College may withhold information if (and as long as) the release of the information would jeopardize an on-going criminal investigation or the safety of an individual, cause a suspect to evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence. The College may withhold only the information that would cause the aforementioned adverse effects. The College will disclose any information withheld once the adverse effect is no longer likely to occur.

      Any portion of the log older than 60 days will be made available for public inspection within two business days upon request to the Director of Public Safety (269) 927-7060 or Facilities Management (269) 927-8135.

      60-Day Fire and Crime Report

      Tracking # Report Date Occurrence Date Time of Occurrence Location Disposition Brief Description
      2019-03 5/17/19 5/17/19 10:45 am Residence Hall Open One underage resident involved with alcohol

      Lake Michigan College (LMC) is committed to providing a safe work environment for the health and well-being of its employees and students. We have developed the Chemical Hygiene Plan (CHP) to support that commitment and to promote a culture of safety within the college. Contained herein are the procedures, prepared in accordance with the State of Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) requirements, for the protection of LMC students, faculty and staff.

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