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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.

Lake Michigan College maintains a drug-free workplace and subscribes to the national goal of a drug-free society. The Board of Trustees and the administration believe that drug abuse education and prevention programs are essential in dealing with illicit drug use and alcohol abuse by students and employees on College premises or while engaged in College-related activities. Such abuse of drugs and alcohol by students and staff constitutes a grave threat to their physical and mental well-being and significantly impedes the learning process.

Lake Michigan College complies with local, state, and federal laws including those that regulate the possession, use, and sale of alcoholic beverages and controlled substances.

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.

The welfare and success of Lake Michigan College (LMC) depends on the physical and psychological health of all its students and employees. The abuse of drugs and alcohol poses a serious threat to the College, its students, and its employees. Commonly abused or improperly used drugs and substances include, among others, alcohol, pain killers, sedatives, stimulants, tranquilizers, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, and other illegal drugs.

Lake Michigan College does not encourage or discourage alcohol consumption for those individuals who are of legal age in the State of Michigan. However, Lake Michigan College requires that when alcohol is consumed on the premises, that it be utilized in a socially responsible manner and only in those public situations with prior approval by the College.

It is the joint responsibility of the College, its students, and its employees to follow the policies and procedures developed to support a safe, drug-free environment.

Be it known, therefore, that Lake Michigan College will make a good faith effort to continue to maintain a drug-free work place through the implementation of the following policies:

A. Employees

  1. The manufacture, distribution, possession, unauthorized use or sale of any federally controlled substance and/or alcohol on College premises or while acting as an agent of the College is prohibited and will constitute grounds for termination.
  2. Each Employee engaged in the performance of a federal contract or grant must have a copy of the “Code of Conduct Policy to Support Drug Free Workplace” and must agree, as a condition of employment, to abide by its terms and to notify the College of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation occurring in the workplace no later than five (5) days after the conviction.
  3. The College will notify federal contracting or granting agencies of any convictions (as described in paragraph 2) immediately within ten (10) days after receiving notice of the conviction.
  4. The college requires employees convicted of violations of criminal drug statutes in the workplace to satisfactorily participate in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program, or face sanctions up to and including termination.

The College will establish such procedures as it finds necessary to effectively enforce this policy. The College maintains an Employee Assistance Program (EAP). It strongly urges employees to use the program for confidential help with alcohol or drug problems. It is each employee’s responsibility to seek assistance from the EAP before the problem affects judgment, performance and behavior.

B. Students

The manufacture, distribution, possession, unauthorized use or sale of any federally controlled substance and/or alcohol on College premises or while engaged in College activities is punishable by law and is prohibited and will be subject to discipline, including expulsion.

The College will establish such procedures as it finds necessary to effectively enforce this policy.

The Drug Free Schools and Campuses Regulations (34 CFR Part 86) of the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act (DFSCA) requires an institution of higher education (IHE) such as Lake Michigan College, to certify that it has implemented programs to prevent the abuse of alcohol and use and/or distribution of illicit drugs both by LMC students and employees both on its premises and as a part of any of its activities.

At minimum, an IHE must annually distribute the following in writing to all students and employees:

  1. Standards of conduct that clearly prohibit the unlawful possession, use or distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol by students and employees;
  2. A description of the legal sanctions under local, state, or federal law for the unlawful possession and distribution of illicit drugs and alcohol;
  3. A description of the health risks associated with the use of illicit drugs and alcohol abuses;
  4. A description of any drug or alcohol counseling, treatment, or rehabilitation reentry programs that are available to employees or students; and
  5. A clear statement that the institution will impose sanctions on students and employees and description of those sanctions, up to and including expulsion or termination of employment and referral for prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct.
  1. Federal
    Federal law provides criminal and civil penalties for unlawful possession or distribution of a controlled substance. Under the Controlled Substance Act as well as other related federal laws, the penalties for controlled substance violations includes, but is not limited to, incarceration, fines, potential for the forfeiture of property used in possession or to facilitate possession of a controlled substance (which may include homes, vehicles, boats, aircrafts and any other personal or real property), ineligibility to possess a firearm, and potential ineligibility to receive federal benefits (such as student loans and grants).
     
  2. State
    Under current Michigan state law, “a person shall not knowingly or intentionally possess a controlled substance.” If an individual is found guilty of a violation of the state law, they may be subject to large fines and/or imprisonment.

    A minor may not “purchase or attempt to purchase alcoholic liquor, consume or attempt to consume alcoholic liquor, possess or attempt to possess alcoholic liquor, or have any bodily alcohol content.” Violation of the law may subject a minor to fines, participation in a substance abuse program or treatment center, imprisonment, community service hours, and/or out of pocket expenses related to required substance abuse screenings.
     

  3. Local
    Berrien County follows State of Michigan laws.

A. Drug Abuse

The following subcategories are the most frequently used drugs, listed with their associated risks associated category (ies), per the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids (www.drugfree.org).

  1. Prescription Drugs- covers both legally and/or illegally obtained.
    1. Prescription pain relievers (Codeine, OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin) – a large single dose can cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death.
    2. Prescription Stimulants (Adderall, Dexedrine, Ritalin) – taking high doses may result in dangerously high body temperatures and an irregular heartbeat. Potential for heart attack or lethal seizures.
    3. Prescription Sedatives and/or Tranquilizers (Merbaral, Quaaludes, Xanax, Valium) – slows down the brain’s activity and when a user stops taking them, there can be a rebound effect, possibly leading to seizures and other harmful consequences.
  2. Marijuana (Blunt, Dope, Grass, Hash, Herb, Mary Jane, Pot, Reefer, Skunk, Weed) – can cause memory and learning problems, hallucinations, delusions and depersonalization.
  3. Ecstasy/MDMA (Adam, Bean, E, Roll, X, XTC) - can cause severe dehydration, liver and heart failure and even death.
  4. Heroin (Big H, Black Tar, Dope, Junk, Skunk, Smack) – chronic heroin users risk death by overdose.
  5. Inhalants (Whippets, Bagging, Huffing, Poppers, Snappers, Dusting) – Chronic exposure can produce significant damage to the heart, lungs, liver, and kidneys.
  6. Cocaine/Crack (Big C, Blow, Bump, Coke, Nose Candy, Rick, Snow) – can cause heart attacks, strokes and seizures. In rare cases, sudden death on the first use.

B. Dangers In The Workplace

On a worksite, the use of alcohol and other drugs may result in:

  1. mistakes, accidents and injuries
  2. damage to workplace equipment, causing subsequent injuries
  3. a deterioration in workplace relationships
  4. increased sickness-related absenteeism
  5. lateness and lost time
  6. a decrease in productivity
  7. a decrease in staff morale

A. Employees

The following programs are available for employees at LMC:

  1. 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.
  2. Substance abuse treatment including counseling, in-patient and out-patient care, is available through the LMC group health plans. For more information employees may contact the Human Resource Manager/Benefits Specialist at (269) 927-8146.

B. Currently Enrolled Students

The following programs are available to currently enrolled students:

  1. Substance Treatment Resources in Berrien County:
    • Comfort in Counseling Robyn’s Nest (269)983-6686
    • Harbortown Treatment Center (269)926-0015
    • Riverwood Center (800)336-0341
    • Southwestern Michigan Clinic Christian Counseling (269)429-7727
  2. Students who would like information regarding additional alcohol and drug abuse referral services may contact the Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee at (269) 927-8150.
  3. Educational programs covering drug or alcohol abuse are covered in the Healthful Living, Health and Fitness, and Personal Health classes to acquaint students with the concept of wellness and the relationship between physical activity and optimal Health and fitness.
  4. Brochures on underage drinking, drunk driving consequences, and drug use/abuse are available to students in multiple campus locations
  5. Informational booths and tables on substance and alcohol abuse are available to students.

A. Employees

“As required by the drug free workplace act, any employee found to be in violation of the above prohibition shall be subject to (1) mandatory participation in drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation programs as condition of continued employment; and/or (2) disciplinary action up to and including discharge or dismissal”

Furthermore, as a condition of continued employment, any employee who is convicted for a violation of any state or federal criminal statute involving manufacture, distribution, dispensation or use of any controlled substance in the workplace shall notify the Executive Director of Human Resources of the conviction no later than 5 days after such conviction. The Executive Director shall report the conviction as required by the Drug Free Act. Failure to timely report such conviction shall subject an employee to disciplinary action, up to and including discharge. Any employee who is convicted as described above may be subject to (1) participation in a drug abuse assistance or rehabilitation program as condition of continued employment; and/or (2) disciplinary action, up to and including discharge.

B. Currently Enrolled Students

Violations of the student code of conducts are taken very seriously. When a currently enrolled student violates the student code of conduct, the following sanctions will apply.

Any combination of the following sanctions or other sanctions may be imposed through the judicial process. Multiple and/or repeated violations typically result in increased sanctions. The sanctions listed are not inclusive, but merely serve as guidelines.

  1. College property restricted: restrictions from certain college facility or property, either physical or virtual, for a definite period of time.
  2. Disqualification from receipt of institutional financial aid while the section is imposed or possible thereafter.
  3. Educational Sanctions: a student is required to write a paper, plan and present a program, attend a class or seminar, or complete other educational requirements.
  4. Expulsion: the most severe sanction of violation of college policy is expulsion which results in immediate dismissal and permanent separation from the college. Any student who is expelled due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after financial aid is adjusted.
  5. Fine: a monetary penalty for property damage, theft, or other violations that result in inconvenience cost to others.
  6. Formal warning: a written reprimand that expresses disapproval of the student’s actions and warns against any potential violations of college policy in the future.
  7. Interim Suspension: temporarily restrict student(s) from campus /college activities pending hearings.
  8. Loss of Privileges: denial of specific privileges for a designated period of time.
  9. Parental Notification: as permitted by law, the college reserves the right to disclose to parents or legal guardians information about a student’s violation of college regulations, polices and federal, state and/or local laws governing the use of alcohol and other controlled substances. The college may notify parents /legal guardians of alcohol or a controlled substance violation if the student is under 21. The Vice President of Students Engagement and Support or designee determines the circumstances under which parental notification takes place.
  10. Probation: a period of observation and review. The length of this period of probation will be determined by the Vice President of Student Engagement and Support or designee. If found responsible for violating any college policies or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this period, the student may be immediately suspended from college and/or events pending disciplinary review.
  11. Restitution: compensation for loss, damage or injury. This may take the form of appropriate services and/or monetary replacements.
  12. Suspension: immediate dismissal from classes and activities at the college for at least the remainder of the term/semester in progress and/or a specific period of time thereafter. Any additional violations or failure to comply with other requirements stipulated during this time of suspension may result in expulsion. During suspension, the student is not permitted to visit the college premises or attend any college functions without prior written permission from the Vice President of Student Engagement and Support of designee. Any student who is suspended due to misconduct will not be entitled to any refund of tuition or other fees and may incur additional charges and fees after finical aid is adjusted.

The College will provide currently enrolled students and employees with a copy of the Drug and Alcohol Abuse Program notice annually. This notice will be emailed to the student via their Lake Michigan College student email as well as their personal email. All employees will receive the notice through the College email system.

The Vice President Student Engagement and Support or designee shall have oversight responsibility of the DAAPP including but not limited to; updates, coordination of information required in the DAAPP, and coordination of the annual notification to employees and students.

2017 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.

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
2018-02 3/20/18 3/19/18 11:54:00 PM Beckwith Hall Open Argument that proceeded to resident putting her hands on another's throat
2018-03 4/11/18 4/11/18 9:45 AM Beckwith Hall Open Arrest/referral for disciplinary action: liquor
2018-04 4/20/18 4/20/18 12:15 PM Beckwith Hall Open Arrest/referral for disciplinary action: liquor

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.

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

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.

      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.

      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.