Safety and Emergency Procedures
In the event of an urgent emergency at Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC), please call the State Troopers at 911. Please take time to locate the nearest exit and emergency telephone when in campus buildings. Emergency telephones are located at the outside entrance to JKB by the Director’s Office and at the west entrance to Snodgrass Hall (entrance facing the front parking lot). Regular land-line phones are also available in every classroom.
After contact with 911, and/or in the event of less urgent situations, contact should be made with both on-campus security and the College Director or designee. Securitas maintains a presence on campus during much of the day. When a representative of Securitas is present, they should be notified of security and safety concerns. In the event that there is no one present from Securitas, then Physical Plant should be contacted. The College Director should always be notified of all significant problems within twenty-four hours, if not sooner.
- College Director’s Office 745-9726 Jalmar Kerttula Building (JKB) 101
- Securitas 761-3436
- Physical Plant 745-9789
What do I do if a medical emergency or injury or other emergency occurs in or near my class or office?
For serious medical emergencies call 911 to report the nature and location of the emergency. Follow the instructions given by emergency responders. Then contact MSC Safety Personnel at 745-9789, or 9789 from a campus phone.
What are my responsibilities as a faculty/staff member?
Faculty members are expected to remain with their classes and direct their classes as instructed by the Campus Response Team, Physical Plant or emergency personnel. In case of a building evacuation, keep the class together and go to the designated area for their building usually the parking lots. Each semester, Emergency Information and evacuation instructions are provided to the faculty. Staff members should remain at their duty stations or evacuate to the appropriate facility.
How do we handle snow and weather closures?
The decision to cancel any or all MSC activities is made only by the director or designee. We make every attempt to notify broadcast outlets by 6:00 a.m. for morning classes, by 11 a.m. for afternoon classes and by 3:00 p.m. for evening classes.
1. How do I find out about closures or emergencies?
MSC uses several methods of communications to notify staff and faculty of emergencies or closures including:
A) Recorded Phone Message: A message will be put on the main phone number for the college, 745-9774 (select option #1) with information on the current status of campus closure or any cancelled classes.
B) UA Alert Notification System: MSC Marketing Office will launch a message via UA Alerts to Faculty and Staff.
Learn more about UA Alerts.
C) Radio: MSC Director’s Office notifies all major broadcast outlets of closures as rapidly as possible. Faculty and staff and students should be aware that not all outlets have 24-hour phone numbers, and that MSC cannot control the content of broadcasts. We make every attempt to notify broadcast outlets by 6:00 a.m. for morning classes, by 11 a.m. for afternoon classes and by 3:00 p.m. for evening classes. Tune your radio to KMBQ 99.7.
D) Website/Social Media Sites: MSC Marketing Office will notify of closures on the MSC website, matsu.alaska.edu, and the MSC Facebook, Facebook.com/MSCDragons.
2. What if MSC is open and I can’t get to my class or get to work?
There may be times when conditions in an individual neighborhood prevent faculty from meeting their classes. If this happens, notify your students. Then notify the MSC Academic Affairs Office at 745-9754. Faculty should keep a class roster at home and/or set up a phone tree for each class. It is the responsibility of the faculty member to notify students if individual classes are canceled when the college remains open. Staff members should notify their supervisor.
3. What if students can’t make it to class?
Faculty should remember that conditions can vary dramatically around the Valley during major snowfalls. We make every effort to keep MSC open and operating in our northern environment, but we recognize that there may be times when students, like faculty, face local conditions that make travel impractical. Students should contact their instructor if they are unable to attend class.
We care about your safety on campus. While relatively safe, our campus is NOT a sanctuary from crime, and accidents still occur no matter how hard we try to prevent them. You are encouraged to be responsible for your own safety and to bring safety concerns to the attention of MSC faculty or staff, or contact the Physical Plant Office at 745-9750 when you observe an unsafe environment. Also, for your own safety, please take time to locate the nearest exit and emergency telephone when you are in campus buildings. Emergency phones are located outside the entrance to JKB by the Director’s Office, the lobby in FSM on the first floor, and at the west entrance to Snodgrass Hall. The following web site holds information on safety and procedures for emergencies at MSC.
Campus Security Report
This yearly report contains the MSC/UAA campus crime statistics for the three most current years, campus security measures, crime reporting and crime alert procedures; crime prevention strategies, and educational programs. Included in the report are the sexual offenses policy, procedures to file complaints, and disciplinary actions for engaging in prohibited behaviors. Disciplinary actions for violations of alcohol and other drug policies are also in this report.
Drug Free Schools Notification
The Drug Free Schools Notification contains the campus alcohol and other drug policies and behavioral expectations for students and employees; disciplinary actions taken when students or employees violate these policies; resources available to provide assistance for alcohol and other drug issues. This report also outlines the physiological effects, health risks, and criminal penalties associated with using alcohol and other specific drugs.
Copies of the Drug Free Schools Report or the Campus Security Report may be obtained from the UAA Office of Student Affairs or via the web .
Animals on Campus
The campus of Matanuska-Susitna College is situated in a 950 acre wooded site. Wildlife is sometimes seen wandering on campus and on the Nature Trail. People must remember that these are wild animals and their actions are unpredictable. Please maintain a safe distance from these wild animals and notify MSC Physical Plant/Security whenever you see them on campus. The feeding and/or harassment of any wild animal is a violation of state law.
Anyone wishing to bring a personal pet onto campus is asked to first contact the MSC Physical Plant/Security Office (745-9750) in order to learn how to do so properly. In essence, pets are not permitted into any of the campus buildings without prior permission. Any animals outside of the buildings must be on a leash, in a cage, or have some form of restraint.