Mount Aloysius security staff take student safety very seriously. Our security staff is a proactive group that serves the college community seven days a week/24 hours a day. From foot patrol to motor-vehicle patrol, campus security is available to all students at all times.
Mount Aloysius College has a positive record of safety and security and we are very proud of this record. Our 165-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
Mount Aloysius College recently completed a test of the campus emergency response plan. The test included three components, a seminar, tabletop exercise and a drill. The exercise was held on August 8 & 9, 2012 and had been announced and scheduled for several members of the College community. The exercise consisted of a seminar and tabletop held in Alumni Hall on August 8, 2012. The exercise scenario involved an active shooter that tested various components of the Emergency Response Plan. The second component of the test was the drill held at Academic Hall, which was conducted on August 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm. We had over 20 off campus departments participate with us including police, fire, medical, emergency management, corrections and personnel from nearby universities. Had this been a real situation, the MAC Alert system would have been activated. If you have not signed up to receive emergency messages through the MAC Alert System, you can do so by going to the following website http://portal.mtaloy.
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.
MAC Safety & 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 usually MAC Safety & Security, 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 athttps://jics.mtaloy.edu/ICS/
An evacuation drill is coordinated by MAC Safety & Security 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 Safety & Security 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 Safety & Security 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. EVACUATION (LEVEL 1)
A. Evacuation may involve a specific campus building, an off-site evacuation involving the entire campus or a widespread community evacuation. Evacuation may also be ordered for a specific area on campus while during the same emergency situation, another area on campus may have instructions to shelter-in-place. The decision to evacuate may be decided by Safety & Security, the President (or Designee in charge,) or the emergency responders’ Incident Commander. The decision would be communicated via the Communications Department.
B. 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.
1. Horizontal and/or Vertical Evacuation:
This type of evacuation involves room-to-room movement or floor-to-floor movement within a building to a possibly safer location.
2. 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.
3. Relocation Evacuation:
The coordinated larger-scale evacuation to an off-campus site 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.
2. ASSEMBLY AREAS:
The assembly area person in charge is the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs. In the event the Assistant Dean of Student Affairs is not available, the VP for Student Affairs (or Designee) will assign another person.
B. In the event that the Cosgrave Center is inaccessible or affected by the emergency, the first, alternate assembly area will be the Health & Physical Fitness Center (Gymnasium.)
C. If warranted, the second, alternate assembly area will be Alumni Hall.
3. SHELTER- IN-PLACE
If an incident occurs and the buildings or areas around you become unstable, or if the air outdoors becomes dangerous due to toxic or irritating substances, it is usually safer to stay indoors, because leaving the area may expose you to that danger. Thus, to “shelter-in-place” means to make a shelter of the building that you are in, and with a few adjustments this location can be made even safer and more comfortable until it is safe to go outside.
The process will vary with the type of emergency condition that warranted shelter. Structural stability may be secured by removing hung items that may become projectiles in high wind conditions. Hazmat sheltering may involve sealing off window and door cracks to limit air exchange. Sheltering for a violent and/or threatening condition may require doors and windows to be locked and/or blocked off using furniture. Shelter-in-place may be necessary for several different conditions:
A. STRUCTURAL STABILITY SHELTERING/WEATHER-RELATED (
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 projectile and/or objects overhead. Interior, windowless hallways should be utilized in the event of a severe, rapid onset windstorm.
B. 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 is 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. Maintenance, Safety & Security or emergency services may shut down air exchange units that may be bringing contaminates in from the outside of the building.
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 Safety & Security will lock the entrance doors to all campus buildings. Do not unlock the door or exit the building until Campus Safety & Security advises you to do so, or a Campus emergency notification message is received stating that it is safe to exit.
Thank You to everyone that participated to make the training a success.