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.


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 three 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. Dean of Students
The dean of students 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.
D. Vice President of Student Development
The vice president of Student Development has the responsibility for the supervision of the dean of students.

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.


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 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 cooperative in dealing with campus security issues.


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 Development in conjunction with the dean of students and his or her staff.


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.

FireIf you discover a fire, call the fire department at 911 (or 9-911 from a campus phone) before doing anything else. Pull a fire alarm. If the fire is small and you have the training, use a proper fire extinguisher to combat the fire. Help rescue anyone in need of assistance. Contain the fire by closing, but not locking, as many doors as possible. Evacuate the area. Once outside, move to a clear area at least 500 feet away from the affected building(s). Keep streets, fire lanes, hydrants and walkways clear for emergency vehicles and crews. If you are notified of a fire in your building, evacuate the area. For Hesston College students living in the residence halls, please contact your RA or RD for detailed information about fire evacuation plans in your particular residence hall. If you are above the ground floor and fire or dense smoke has restricted your exit routes: remain in your room; place something at the base of your door to prevent the entrance of smoke; call 911 (9-911 from a campus phone) and let them know your situation; open any windows and signal your need for help.

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 or Partners in Family Care, 620-327-2314
  • visit or call the Newton Medical Center’s Convenient Care Center, 316-281-9700, 118 E 12th St, Newton, KS 67114
  • 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 – 620-327-8173 or Juli Winter – 620-327-8236

Counseling Services

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

Fire safety systems in campus housing

Erb Hall: This building has an electronic fire protection system that utilizes photo type smoke detectors, heat detectors, ductwork smoke detectors and manual pull stations, connected to one of two main panels depending on which part of the building they are located in (east or central/west). The panels are a Faraday MPC 2000 for the east part of the building and a Faraday MPC 7000 for central/west. These systems are interconnected such that each will trigger the other in the event of an alarm. The panels activate audible warning devices (horns and sounder bases) and visual warning devices (strobes). In addition, magnetic door hold-opens are released in the event of a fire alarm, allowing fire rated doors to swing shut, preventing the spread of fire. This entire system has a backup (battery) power supply. An alarm triggered from any part of the building by any device will activate the horns, sounder bases and strobes in the entire building. Fire extinguishers are located throughout the building as are emergency lights/exit lights with backup battery power.

Kauffman Court: This building utilizes a Faraday MPC 2000 fire panel with manual pull stations located throughout the building as well as photo detector smoke detectors located in the resident director apartments. The fire panel activates horns and strobes and has a back up (battery) power supply. An alarm triggered from any device connected to the fire panel will activate the horns and strobes in the entire building. There are also stand-alone smoke detectors in each of the dorm rooms as well as in each of the common areas (hallways, lounges). Fire extinguishers and lighted exit signs with a battery backup are located throughout the building.

Fire Drills and Fire Safety Training

The college conducts one fire drill early in the fall semester each year for both student housing facilities. The Student Development staff coordinates and executes this drill. Hesston College provides training and education for students through mod (dorm) meetings, fire drills, and posted fire safety procedures.

Emergency contact numbers

Campus Phone Non-campus Phone
Ambulance, Fire, Police 9-911 911
Facilities 8120 620-327-8120
Facilities Director 9-327-6064 620-327-6064
Residence Life 8160 620-327-8160
8170 620-327-8170
8180 620-327-8180
8190 620-327-8190

Handbook 2017-18