Safety and Emergency Procedures

In the event of an emergency at Matanuska-Susitna College (MSC), contact 911. After contact with 911, and/or in the event of less urgent situations, contact the College Director or designee. During the evening hours, Physical Plant personnel should be contacted after calling 911.  The College Director should always be notified of all significant problems within twenty-four hours, if not sooner.

  • College Director’s Office     907- 745-9726      Jalmar Kerttula Building (JKB) 101
  • Physical Plant   907-745-9789

While on campus, please bring safety concerns to the attention of MSC faculty or staff.  For your own safety, please 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.  Phones are available in each classroom as well.

Link here to UAA’s campus safety website for more information on campus safety at MSC:

  • Reporting a Crime on the Mat-Su Campus
  • Campus Security Report (On-campus crime statistics)
  • Timely Warning Procedures
  • Emergency Notification (Update your emergency contact information)
  • Building Safety
  • Security Awareness Programs
  • Gender-based Misconduct

MSC Campus Emergency Classroom Information (PDF)

Employee Information

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.

Weather Closures

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.

Information Distribution

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  will launch a message via UA Alerts to employees and students.
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: Notices of closures will be posted on the MSC website, matsu.alaska.edu, and the MSC Facebook, Facebook.com/MSCDragons.

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.

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.

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.

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act is a federal law which provides for the tracking of confiscated sex offenders enrolled at or employed by institutions of higher education. The Act’s intent is to extend the protections of sex offender registries to college campuses. Sex offenders who must register with the State of Alaska must also provide notice to the State that they are employed, carry on vocation at, or are a student at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained from the Alaska Department of Public Safety website.

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.