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Campus Safety Alerts (Policy)

Office of Origin: Facilities Management
Responsibility: Executive Director, Facilities and Executive Director, Marketing and Communication
Date Adopted: 09-23-14
Date Reviewed: 12-11-17
Last Date Board Approved: 12-11-17, 3/24/21 (C)

Timely Warning

In the event a situation arises, either on or off campus, that constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a special “timely warning” will be prepared and distributed through our emergency notification systems (RaveAlert).

Timely warnings are triggered by crimes that have already occurred but represent an ongoing threat. These warnings advise the College community of the situation, steps to take to avoid being victimized 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 notifications 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 immediately 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 Lake Michigan College uses to inform employees and students of the College emergencies and severe weather. RaveAlert utilizes cell phone text messaging, email and voice mail notifications.

Lake Michigan College also utilizes the SYN-APPS emergency notification system, using ring and text messages to internal phones, and to College IP clocks (located in campus hallways) which provide a visual and audio message. 

Emergency Activation cards have been issued to authorized personnel at each campus site allowing emergency messages for Lockdowns, Tornado Alerts, Bomb Threats and the use of paging for emergency notification.

The Executive Director, Facilities Management or designee, with assistance from the Executive Director, Marketing and Communications is responsible for preparing the alerts for dissemination to the College community.  In the event the situation impacts the larger community outside of campus, the President or designee develops the information to be disclosed working with the Executive Director, Marketing and Communications, who disseminates the information to the larger community. 

References: Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act

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