Albion College has an established Crisis Management Team and a Crisis Management Manual. The manual addresses issues such as weather, natural disaster, fire, weapons, and acts of terrorism and provides protocols to ensure the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff during emergencies. Questions related to the manual and the specific procedures outlined there should be directed to the Director of Campus Safety and Crisis Management Team coordinator.
Designated departments are already staffed 24/7 to ensure emergency preparedness; additional staff will be added to this coverage when warranted.
In the event of an emergency, the Crisis Management Team will constantly assess the situation as it unfolds and adjust its response as needed to protect the health and safety of the campus community.
In light of recent national events, the College has developed protocols for addressing a threat of biological, chemical, or radioactive exposure. The City of Albion is not a suspected target for terrorism; however, it is prudent to be prepared for the secondary effects of a crisis that may occur in our region of the country.
Listed below are important steps that need to be followed in the event of a biological, chemical, or radioactive incident. County experts have advised the College that threats from all three substances may be covered by the same protocol.
Threat of Biological, Chemical, or Radioactive Exposure Protocol
- Facilities Operations staff will turn off HVAC systems in residence halls and Stockwell Library.
- Students living in residence halls including fraternities: When informed of an imminent threat, return immediately to your residence hall room. Close your doors and windows; stay in your room.
- Students living in Dean Hall, Fiske Hall, and College-owned apartments and annexes: When informed of an imminent threat, return immediately to your room. Close your doors and windows. If applicable, shut off individual room thermostats. Proceed to the lowest level of the building.
- Faculty, staff, and commuter students on campus at the time of a threat: When informed of an imminent threat, proceed immediately to the lowest level of Stockwell Library.
Authorities are insisting that the best approach is the one outlined above, which is referred to as “Secure in Place.” Because an actual threat would most likely be airborne, authorities say it is safest not to attempt to drive away from your location. It is difficult to predict the movement of hazardous material, and staying indoors offers the best protection until the threat has passed.
Crime Reporting Procedure
The 1990 Student Right to Know and Campus Security Act, more commonly known as the Clery Act, requires that colleges report statistics concerning the occurrence of certain criminal offenses that occur on campus, as well as on public property adjacent to campus. It is the responsibility of the director of campus safety to compile and publish these statistics for the campus community.
The offenses that are required to be reported are as follows:
Murder/non-negligent manslaughter - The willful killing of one human being by another.
Negligent manslaughter - The killing of another person through gross negligence.
Robbery - Taking or attempting to take property in the custody of another by force or violence, or by the threat of force or violence.
Sex Offenses - Any sexual act directed against another person using force or against his/her will, or where the person is incapable of giving consent; incidents of incest and statutory rape.
Aggravated Assault - An assault that causes a treatable medical injury, or an assault with a weapon, regardless of whether the weapon is actually used or there is injury.
Burglary - Using force to unlawfully enter a structure with the intent to commit larceny or another felony.
Motor Vehicle Theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
Arson - The willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn real or personal property.
Weapons Law Violations - violations of laws or ordinances dealing with weapons offenses, regulatory in nature, such as carrying a concealed weapon, possession of a dangerous weapon, etc.
Drug Law Violations - Violations of state or local laws regarding the unlawful possession, sale, use, growing, manufacturing or making of illegal drugs.
Liquor Law Violations - Violations of laws or ordinances regulating the sale, provision, and use of intoxicating liquor.
Hate Crimes-Any crime (in addition to those listed above) involving assault or property damage that manifests evidence that the victim was intentionally selected because of the victim's actual or perceived race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, ethnicity, or disability.
Students who become victims of a crime, or who witness a criminal act should report the incident to the Department of Campus Safety as soon as possible. Students may also report the incident to any Student Affairs staff member. Requests for confidentiality will be honored to the extent possible, taking into account the College's obligations to investigate and ensure the safety of all members of the community. Information regarding the date, location and type of incident, as well as a brief description of the incident, must be provided so that the incident can be properly classified. The staff member receiving this information will forward it to the director of campus safety so that the incident can be included in the College’s annual crime statistics. Only the information described above will be provided. The identity of the reporting person will remain confidential.