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Mount Aloysius College Campus Police and Safety Department personnel take student safety very seriously.  Our Campus Police and Safety staff is a proactive group of professionals that serves the college community seven days a week / 24 hours a day.  As of the summer of 2016, our Campus Police and Safety Department is a full service private police department, formed under Pennsylvania Act 501. Employing police officers and security officers.  From foot patrol to motor vehicle patrol, Campus Police and Safety is available to all students and visitors at all times.

Mount Aloysius College has a positive record of safety and security and we are very proud of this record.  Our 193 acre mountaintop location provides an extremely safe atmosphere that is conducive to learning and appropriate for extra-curricular and outdoor life.

In this day and age, safety and security is a priority for many college students and their parents/guardians.  If safety is a priority to you, Mount Aloysius College provides an excellent environment for you.

Our current students and parents of our students constantly boast of our location, resources, and safe environment.  Mount Aloysius College is a truly safe environment for all people.

Highlights of Safety and Security

  • 24 hour foot patrol and vehicle patrol
  • Campus escort service
  • Strategically placed telephones for student use throughout campus
  • Well trained and professional Police and Safety staff
  • Residence Hall facilities housed with student resident assistants/adult professionals
  • Policies and Procedures upheld
  • Available and proactive community
  • A very safe and secure location for a college
  • Jumper cable service for student vehicles on campus
  • Vehicle lock out service
  • An efficient vehicle registration program
  • Quality lighting throughout our beautiful campus
  • Ambulance services and Emergency Centers in close proximity to campus
  • Magnetically/Electronically controlled residence halls that are locked 24 hours a day (only students can access)
  • Visitation policy for outside guests
  • Well maintained parking facilities for students
Emergency Response Information

The Mount Aloysius College Emergency Manual includes information about all hazards response and; operating status parameters; incident priorities and; shelter-in-place and evacuation guidelines; and local contingency and continuity planning requirements. The College conducts emergency response exercises each year, such as table top exercises, field exercises, and tests of the emergency notification systems on campus. These tests are designed to assess and evaluate the emergency plans and capabilities of the College.

Mount Aloysius College Police and Security officers have received training in Incident Command and Responding to Critical Incidents on Campus. When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are Campus Police and Safety personnel, Cresson Township Police, Cambria Alliance EMS and the Cresson Volunteer Fire Company. They typically respond and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other MAC departments and other local, state or federal agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident.

General information about the emergency response plan and procedures for MAC are publicized each year as part of the institution’s Clery Act compliance efforts, and that information is available on the MAC website. To access log into your MyMAC page and select “MAC Policies – Documents” and then select “Emergency Action Plan”.

An evacuation drill is coordinated by MAC Police and Safety and MAC Residence Life each academic year for all residential facilities. Students learn the locations of the emergency exits in the buildings and are provided guidance about the direction they should travel when exiting each facility for a short-term building evacuation with accountability rally points. Designated locations for long-term evacuations decisions are affected by time of day, location of the building being evacuated, the availability of the various designated emergency gathering locations on campus, and other factors such as the location and nature of the threat. In these cases, MAC Police and Safety and MAC Residence Life staff on the scene will communicate information to students regarding the developing situation or any evacuation status changes.

The purpose of evacuation drills is to prepare building occupants for an organized evacuation in case of a fire or other emergency. At MAC, evacuation drills are used as a way to educate and train occupants on fire safety issues specific to their building. During the drill, occupants ‘practice’ drill procedures and familiarize themselves with the location of exits and the sound of the fire alarm. In addition to educating the occupants of each building about the evacuation procedures during the drills, the process also provides the College an opportunity to test the operation of fire alarm system components. All heat detectors, smoke detectors and fire alarm pull stations are individually tested each summer.

Evacuation drills are monitored by MAC Police and Safety and the Residence Life Department to evaluate egress and behavioral patterns. Reports are prepared by participating departments that identify deficient equipment so that repairs can be made immediately. Recommendations for improvements are also submitted to the appropriate departments/offices for consideration.

Students receive information about evacuation and shelter-in-place procedures during orientation and during other educational sessions that they can participate in throughout the year. The Residence Life Staff members are trained in these procedures as well and act as an on-going resource for the students living in residential facilities.

All rooms on campus have an orange sign located near the door identifying the emergency levels of response. The level of response may be communicated to you in person, via computer, cell phone or telephone. This information along with the physical 9-1-1 address of the room you are in has been placed prominently for your reference during an emergency.

EMERGENCY LEVELS OF RESPONSE – Definitions

  1. PROTECTIVE ACTIONS
    • Protective actions have been summarized and labeled “Emergency Levels of Response” and are posted in all rooms on campus.  These levels will be referred to in an emergency in an effort to get out more information in a short message.  Everyone can refer to the posted sign in the room they are in to know the proper response.
      • Evacuation (LEVEL 1): Evacuation involves the movement away from potential danger to a safer area.  The evacuation location is usually determined by the potential danger and the time factor that will allow for safe movement.  Some emergency conditions or threats may require the relocation of individuals to an outdoor or off-site location.
        • Horizontal and/or Vertical Evacuation: This type of evacuation involves room-to-room movement or floor-to-floor movement within a building to a possible safer location.
        • Nearby Evacuation: Nearby evacuation is the swift movement to a safer area away from the immediate threat, much like the relocation to another building on campus.  The Primary Location on campus is the Cosgrave Student Center (Dining Hall).  If Cosgrave is unavailable, the Secondary location is the Athletic Convocation and Wellness Center (Auxiliary Gym).
        • Relocation Evacuation: The coordinated larger scale evacuation to an off-campus location is a relocation evacuation.  Although emergency conditions may affect relocation options available, it must be noted that Mount Aloysius College has entered into a reciprocal agreement with Saint Francis University.  Each institution has agreed to provide temporary, short-term shelter and food to students and employees affected by an emergency.
      • Shelter-in-place: Shelter-in-place may be necessary for several different conditions:
        • Structural stability sheltering (LEVEL 2): An emergency condition such as a tornado may require the swift movement of individuals inside buildings to the first floor or lowest level.  The movement and sheltering area should avoid glass, loose objects that may become projectiles and/or objects overhead.  Interior, windowless hallways should be utilized in the event of an onset of a severe, rapid windstorm.
        • Hazardous material sheltering (LEVEL 3): A hazardous material incident may require shelter-in-place to limit exposure to a hazardous material or vapors from hazardous materials.  Move inside immediately.  Move to a location within the building where outside air exchange it limited (away from windows and external doors.)  It may be necessary to seal window and door openings.  Place as many walls or barriers between you and the outside air.  Shut down air exchange units that may be bringing contaminates in from the outside of the building.
        • Potentially violent situation/threat sheltering (LEVEL4): A violent situation or threat of violence may necessitate the discreet, hasty movement to a safe area away from a threat, or locking down the location where you are located to limit accessibility from potential threats.  Movement may require alternate, non-typical exit routes and lock down locations may include “hiding places.”  If possible, lock the windows and doors to the room.  Ensure that others in the room/building do not leave.  If possible, Campus Police and Safety personnel will lock the entrance doors to all campus buildings.  Do not unlock the door or exit the building until Campus Police and Safety advises or a Campus emergency notification message is received stating that it is safe to exit.

RUN:

  • *Have an Escape Route and Plan in Mind
  • *Leave your belongings behind
  • *Keep Your hands visible

HIDE:

  • *Hide in an area out of the shooters view
  • *Block entry to your hiding place and lock the doors
  • *Silence your cell phone and/or pager

FIGHT:

  • *As a last resort and only when your life is in Imminent Danger
  • *Attempt to incapacitate the shooter
  • *Act with Physical aggression and throw items at the active shooter
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