Safety and Security
Lawson State Community College
provides a safe environment for students, faculty, staff and
other campus visitors. The college maintains a staff of
uniformed Campus Police/Security officers 24 hours a day.
Selected areas on campus are
under video surveillance as well. A student should report
suspicious activity, safety hazards, or
concerns to the Campus Police/Security Office.
A person who is not enrolled at
the college; who is not an officer or employee of the
college; or who is not otherwise authorized to be on the
campus or at any other facility owned, operated, or
controlled by the governing board of the college and who
does not have legitimate business on the campus or facility
or has no license or invitation to enter or remain on the
campus or facility may be directed by any officer of the
college to leave the campus or facility.
Any person committing any act tending to
interfere with the normal, orderly, peaceful, or efficient
conduct or activities of such facility, may be directed by
an official of the college to leave the campus or facility.
If the person fails to do so, trespassing charges may be
made by the college through the appropriate local law
enforcement agency or court.
Assistance is available any time that
Campus Police/Security can help a student with problems,
such as keys locked in vehicle, starting problems, or an
accident on campus. Campus Police/Security can be reached
from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday by
calling the Switchboard Operator, and at night and on
weekends by calling 925-3587.
Telephone messages will only be delivered
to students in the event of an emergency such as illness in
the family, death, an accident, or the like.
Emergency Procedures -
The purpose of an established
Emergency Procedures and Evacuations
Plan is to provide a system of
alerting and moving students and employees to safe areas
during a fire, impending tornado, or any situation that may
occur that poses a threat of bodily harm.
All faculty members will be
responsible for notifying and/or assisting the hearing,
visually, or physically impaired of the evacuation signal.
Fire Evacuation Procedures
Evacuation Routes are posted throughout the campus and
identify the location of fire exits. Students should become
familiar with Evacuation Routes. Fire drills will be
conducted in each building at least once per term by the
Safety Officer. When a fire alarm signal is heard, each
person should immediately make his or her way to the nearest
exit and meet. A brief check of the building will be
conducted to determine compliance with the fire exit drill
procedures. At the conclusion of the drill, an "All Clear"
signal will be given, and participants may return to the
building. All students, faculty, staff, and guests are
required to participate in the fire exit drills.
When a fire
(1) Report the fire to the Campus
Police/Security Office or Switchboard Operator by dialing
“0” from any college telephone. The college dispatcher will
notify the Fire Department.
the building alarm. If the building is not equipped with an
alarm/signal, notify by voice.
Begin evacuation of the immediate area. The instructor is
responsible for evacuating the classroom, turning off all
equipment and lights, and closing all doors and windows
before leaving the classroom, lab, or shop, when feasible.
DO NOT LOCK DOORS!
Assist the disabled in exiting the building! Remember, smoke
is the greatest danger in a fire, so stay near the floor
where the air is less toxic.
Assemble in groups by classes at least
50 yards away in designated safe locations. Safe locations
are predetermined by each instructor. Once assembled, the
instructor will call roll and report any missing students to
the administrator on the scene.
Students must remain clear of
fire lanes, hydrants, and walkways for emergency vehicles
Do not return to an evacuated building
unless instructed to do so by the Campus Police, Security
Officer or designee.
It is the policy of the college
to evacuate only the building(s) that contain the fire. When
the fire department arrives, the fireman in command will
order the evacuation of additional buildings should it
If trapped in a building during a fire
and a window is available, place an article of clothing
outside the window as a marker for rescue crews. If there is
no window, stay near the floor where the air will be less
toxic. Shout at regular intervals to alert emergency crews
of your location. REMAIN CALM!
The college will utilize the E-Warn
notification system as the primary source of information
regarding dangerous weather conditions. This system notifies
selected administrators via e-mail and radio as dangerous
weather conditions develop. However, close attention should
be paid to the Emergency Management sirens, which are
sounded for severe weather warnings or other emergencies
that require shelter.
The college operator, Campus
Police/Security Officer, or administrator will alert the
faculty and staff, visitors, etc.,
in the event of a tornado warning. Should it be necessary to
evacuate some areas of the campus, a verbal command
will be issued, and students and employees will move to the
identified shelter areas. Students and instructors should
proceed to these areas in groups and remain in groups until
instructed to return to classes by a college administrator.
Everyone should be familiar with the
Emergency Evacuation Procedures
and safe locations within each
department/ building. Remember, a safe location is the
predetermined area decided upon by the instructor. If
unaware of the predetermined area, get as far away from the
affected building as possible.
For persons with disabilities, the
landings inside of each stairwell and protected elevator
lobbies are considered
safe areas. It is routine procedure for emergency personnel
(i.e., fire department and police) to check these areas for
individuals with disabilities and/or injured persons.
Individuals with disabilities should be escorted to the
closest stairwell, and a staff member should remain with
that person until emergency personnel arrive.
Inclement Weather -
The safety and well-being of students and
employees are primary considerations during inclement
weather. The college has an established procedure to be
followed during adverse weather conditions. However,
weather, road conditions, and power outages tend to vary
within the college's service area. Accordingly, the final
decision to travel during adverse weather conditions when
the college remains open must be made by the individual
college employee or student.
The Campus Police/Security officer on
duty will observe and monitor weather conditions at the
college and contact the appropriate college officials if
conditions become inclement.
to Close the College
The President of the college is the only
person authorized to close the college. During his absence,
this authority is transmitted to the Vice President or
designee. The Evening Coordinator has the responsibility for
dismissing evening classes early after receiving approval
from the President or Vice President. Should it be necessary
to close classes during the day, night classes will also be
canceled unless otherwise directed.
Instructional Days Missed Due to College Closing
The college attempts to design the annual
calendar with professional development days at the end of
semester/ term to be used to make-up
instructional (class) days lost when the college is closed
due to inclement weather. Because a specific number of
instructional (class) days are required each semester/term,
accounting for class days lost due to inclement weather must
be documented. In the event that class days are lost due to
inclement weather, it will be necessary for the college
calendar to be revised to account for those days. Students
will be notified of changes to the calendar and are expected
to attend classes as scheduled.
As travel advisories are issued, a
decision to implement the
Inclement Weather Plan will be
made. The plan includes notification of all major radio and
television stations in the area. If a student is uncertain
of the status of the college (open or closed), he/she should
call the college for current information.
The college cannot be responsible for
All valuable articles should be
locked in a car trunk or
locker. Serial numbered items should have
numbers recorded and kept in a separate location. Students
are encouraged to keep purses, handbags, and the like in
their possession at all times.
Safety Goggles -
Eye protective devices for pupils and
teachers participating in certain courses.
Every pupil and every teacher in the
public schools shall wear industrial quality eye protective
devices while participating in the following courses: a.
Vocational or industrial arts, shops, or laboratories
(1) Hot molten metals; (2)
Milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting or stamping of
any solid materials; (3) Heat treatment, tempering or kiln
firing of any metal or other materials; (4) Gas or electric
arc welding; (5) Repair or servicing of any vehicle; (6)
Caustic or explosive materials.
Chemical or combined
chemical-physical laboratories involving caustic or
explosive chemicals or hot liquids or solids.