Crime Awareness and Campus Security Information

In compliance with PL 101-542 as amended by PL 102-26, Hesston College offers the following policy and procedural information, and statistics for crime on this campus.

I. REPORTING OF CRIMES/CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES AND OTHER EMERGENCIES ON CAMPUS

Hesston College has four layers of organization set up to manage campus, handle emergencies and respond to any campus security concerns.

A. Resident Assistants
Hesston’s dorms are divided into units of 10 to 16 students. Each of these units, or “mods,” is headed up by a student leader, referred to as the RA, who is responsible to provide supervision for that area of the dorm and for the students in that unit.
B. Resident Directors
Hesston College employs four adult staff persons as resident directors. These persons live in the dorms and are prepared to give adult supervision and direction for any emergency situation.
C. Vice President of Student Life
The vice president of Student Life has the responsibility for the supervision and training of the RAs and RDs, including making sure that they know how to respond to emergency or crisis situations and/or to incidents in which there may be criminal activity.

All students are encouraged to take ownership in helping to make the campus safe and are encouraged to use the 911 emergency number whenever needed.

II. SECURITY FOR CAMPUS FACILITIES

Residential Buildings.
All rooms in the dorms are secured by lock and key, and all students are encouraged to be very careful about keeping their rooms locked when they are not there.
      The women’s residences are further secured by locking the access doors into their residential areas at midnight. The students living in the secured areas have access through the secured doors by use of their room keys.
All Other Buildings.
Hesston College has an employee responsible for checking and locking up campus buildings each night. As this person checks the buildings, he or she also is alert to any other problems or potential problems he or she might observe such as finding unfamiliar person(s) on campus.

Hesston College’s campus lighting system makes Hesston’s campus a safe place at night by making it possible for people to move around the campus without having to go through dark areas.

It is the college’s policy to call the police if there is someone on campus who does not belong here or who represents a threat either to students or to facilities. Hesston College has an excellent relationship with the local police force. Hesston police have been both very responsive and very cooperative in dealing with campus security issues..

III. CAMPUS LAW ENFORCEMENT

Hesston College has a small campus located in a small community, and at this point it is not necessary for the college to employ its own campus law enforcement personnel. As indicated above, the college works closely with local city police staff, and is satisfied with the excellent coverage provided by the local police. They are fully cooperative in supporting college policies and programs, and the college in turn does all it can to support their work.

In light of the fact that there is no campus security force, the responsibility for campus security rests with the vice president of Student Life and his or her staff.

IV. EMERGENCIES: HOW TO RESPOND

The following guidelines apply to emergency conditions on campus. It is not possible to establish procedures for every conceivable type of emergency, but these guidelines can be used for any similar emergency or hazardous situation. Please review them frequently so you will be prepared in an emergency.

Fire Alarm—If you hear a fire alarm, leave the building immediately via the stairways. Cooperate with all staff members and other authorities. Do not reenter the building until you are given permission to do so.

Bomb Threats—Notify the police and residence staff immediately if you receive a bomb threat. You will be notified as to whether or not the building will be evacuated.

Medical Emergencies—For any situation requiring emergency medical assistance on campus, call the Rescue Squad at 911 (or 9-911 if using a campus phone). Notify your resident director immediately.

Physical Facilities—If you observe what you consider to be a hazardous condition in your dorm, notify your resident assistant or resident director.

Medical assistance

  • call Mid Kansas Family Practice, 620-327-2440
  • visit or call the emergency room at Newton Medical Center, 316-283-2700, 600 Medical Center Drive, Newton, KS 67114

File a report with the police

  • Hesston Police Department, 620-327-2020
  • non-emergency number, Rob Ramseyer, 620-327-8236 or 316-304-9963

Counseling Services

  • Campus Counselor, Julie Lehman, 8238
    Counselor, Dan Harrison, 8159
  • Prairie View Inc., Newton 800-362-0180

Handbook 2014-15