Campus Safety

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:
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.
UA Alert Notification System: MSC Marketing Office will launch a message via UA Alerts to Faculty and Staff.
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.

Website/Social Media: MSC Marketing Office will notify of closures on the MSC website,, and the MSC Facebook.

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.

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 the College Director or designee. 

In an urgent event or emergency, the Physical Plant should be contacted. Also, 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) 10; 8295 E. College Drive, Palmer AK  99654

Physical Plant: (907) 745-9789

Campus Emergency Classroom 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.

Campus Security

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.

Also access UAA campus safety information.

Campus Security Report

The Campus Security 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, are 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 reported.

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.

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 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 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.