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Person Threat Procedures
 

Assault | Bomb Threat | Disruptive Person | Intruder/Hostage Situation

Medical Emergency | Missing Student | Pandemic Influenza Outbreak

Person with a Weapon | Prank Phone Calls | Potential Stalker

Sexual Assault | Suicidal Threat | Terroristic Threat

 

Assault

 

When confronted with an individual being assaulted:

  • Call 911 first, then Campus Security (2411).
  • Be calm and polite – but firm!
  • Do not try to intervene in the assault yourself.
  • Do not allow yourself to be “cornered.” Keep yourself at least an arms-length from the person.
  • Remain attentive and concerned. Avoid using a tone of voice that is loud, condescending or moralistic.
  • Empathize with the person and acknowledge his/her feelings.
  • Do not physically touch, crowd or confront the person.
  • Once the situation is defused, fill out an Incident Report with Campus Security.

Bomb Threat

 

Bomb threats are generally a hoax made in an effort to disrupt normal business operations.  However, NO bomb threat should be treated as a hoax.  The following procedure is to be used if you are the recipient of a bomb threat over the telephone:

  • Do not hang up the phone.
  • Note the time of the phone call on a notepad.
  • If you have caller ID on your telephone, note the telephone number of the caller. 
  • Be kind and courteous to the caller and note all information you are given as best as possible.  Attempt to keep the caller on the line as long as possible. 
  • Identify background noises and any distinguishing voice characteristics.
  • If possible, gain the attention of a co-worker and request they notify law enforcement (911) and then Campus Security (2411) of the incoming bomb threat.  Do not alert the caller to this activity.
    • Campus Security will notify the President (2239) and consult with the local law enforcement to decide whether to make a preliminary search or evacuate.
    • The Campus Emergency Management Team will work with local law enforcement to determine communication to the campus.  The College emergency messaging system, two-way radio system, and KBox system will be the primary methods utilized to ensure the campus community is aware of the situation.
  • Search Procedures
    • Campus Security will designate individuals to participate in the search at the direction of the local law enforcement.
    • Staff may be asked to make a visual observation of their classrooms or work areas. Staff should not open cabinets or doors, move objects or touch any suspicious objects.
    • Designees will check halls and restrooms.
  • If at any time the threat is determined to be valid, be sure the evacuation site is safe and then evacuate the building using standard fire drill procedures. Evacuate to at least 500 feet from the building.
  • When the building is reported to be safe, resume normal activities and debrief campus

 

Disruptive Person

 

When confronted with a disruptive individual:

  • Get assistance and call Campus Security (2411) unless violence is threatened.  In this situation, call 911 first, then Campus Security (2411)
  • Be calm and polite – but firm!
  • Separate the person from others, but remain in the public eye. Do not put yourself or the person in a private area
  • Do not allow yourself to be “cornered.” Keep yourself at least an arms-length from the person
  • Remain attentive and concerned. Avoid using a tone of voice that is loud, condescending or moralistic
  • Empathize with the person and acknowledge his/her feelings
  • Do not physically touch, crowd or confront the person
  • Once the situation is defused, fill out an Incident Report with Campus Security

 

Intruder/Hostage Situation

 

If an intruder or hostage situation occurs, use the following steps:

  • Notify 911 and Campus Security (2411) immediately
    • The Campus Security Office will notify the President (2239) who will notify the Campus Emergency Management Team
  • All persons should seek a safe area in the building.
    • Employees should direct students not in class to a safe area identified for each building
    • Faculty should make an effort to lock their classroom door and direct students to an area in the classroom which is not visible from doorways or windows when possible.
    • Individuals should remain out of sight from doorways and windows when possible and lock the room to prevent access by the intruder.
    • Individuals should turn off cell phones or turn them to silent mode.
  • Individuals should remain in the safe area or current location until given the "all clear" by local law enforcement or Campus Security. 
  • The College emergency messaging system, two-way radio system, and KBox system will be the primary methods utilized to ensure the campus community is aware of the situation.
  • All media inquiries will be handled by the Director of Marketing and Communications
  • The Campus Emergency Management Team will meet to address any issues that arise in the aftermath
  • The administration will coordinate all external communications following the incident

 

Medical Emergency

  • Contact Campus Security (2411) and relay the situation and location of any medical emergency.
  • Depending upon the severity of the situation, you may contact 911 followed by Campus Security (2411)
  • If it is necessary to send someone to the hospital, DO NOT transport, call 911
  • DO NOT call EMTs employed by the college to assist in the emergency

 

Defibrillator Locations

The College has three defibrillators available currently.  If an individual is in need of a defibrillator, please contact Campus Security (2411) for assistance. 

 

Locations of Defibrillators:

  • Campus Security
  • Concession area of Al Wheeler Activity Center
  • Athletic Training Department
  • Student Center Entry

Missing Student

 

A student shall be deemed missing when he or she is absent from PSC for more than 24 hours without any known reason.  If you believe a student might be missing:

  • Report missing student information as soon as possible to the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs (VPEMSA), the Dean of Student Life, and/or Campus Security who shall investigate each report. 
    • Do not contact law enforcement yourself.  Administration will determine if and when law enforcement will become involved and make appropriate contact.
    • If a parent is on campus or contacts the College, direct the parent to one of the above resources.  AT NO TIME SHOULD YOU ASSIST THE PARENT WITH FINDING THE STUDENT.  You do not know if the student and parent are experiencing problems, if there is an abusive relationship, etc.
    • If the student is residential, do not provide access to the residence hall to any individual without direction from a campus administrator.
  • Reminder: FERPA rules and regulations continue to be in effect.  Please follow our policy on appropriate information which can be released to individuals without an educational interest. If you do not feel comfortable releasing information, you may direct the individual requesting information to your supervisor. 
  • Refer all media inquiries to the Director of Marketing and Communications.
  • The VPEMSA will make a determination whether the student is missing in accordance with this policy.
  • The VPEMSA, or designee, will initiate appropriate contact with an individual the student designated as their emergency contact and with law enforcement.
  • The VPEMSA, or designee, will be responsible for filing all related missing person reports with other agencies as may be required and conduct an investigation.
  • The VPEMSA, or designee, will organize support personnel when a student is determined missing and make appropriate contacts within and external to the College.

 

Pandemic Influenza Outbreak

 

Click here to view the Peru State Pandemic Influenza Outbreak Plan

 

Person with a Weapon

 

If you observe someone with a weapon or hear shots/threats:

  • Call 911 immediately and Campus Security (2411)
  • Observe from a distance and provide the following information to law enforcement/Campus Security if possible:
    • Your location and the location of the person(s) involved
    • What is currently happening or what has happened? Are there injuries?
    • A detailed description of the person(s) involved, including gender, race, clothing and distinguishing characteristics such as facial hair, glasses, etc.
    • Describe the weapon involved, if possible
    • Describe any vehicle(s) involved, including license plate number(s), if possible
  • Under NO circumstances should you confront a person believed to be armed
  • Should gunfire take place on campus, take cover, seek an area that locks and has phone access, or evacuate the area if it does not put you at risk. Make every effort to get others out of the immediate area. If you are in harm’s way, close and lock doors and stay away from windows.
  • Be observant. Your memory could be helpful later.

 

If you are directly confronted by a person with a weapon:

  • Ask the person to put the weapon in a neutral location.
  • Do not argue, threaten or block an exit.
  • Do not make a sudden move to disarm the person.
  • If you are caught by the intruder, it is suggested not to struggle, obey all commands and avoid eye contact.
  • If violent action is likely, do your best to take cover.
  • If you react spontaneously and fight back, do anything you can in an attempt to disable or slow down the aggressor. You can use many types of items as weapons, including books, trash cans, desks or other small items.

The College emergency messaging system, two-way radio system, and KBox system will be the primary methods utilized to ensure the campus community is aware of the situation as necessary.

 

Prank Phone Calls

 

If a prank phone call occurs:

  • Hang up
  • Dial *57 to determine the originating phone number
  • Report incident to Campus Security

 

Potential Stalker

 

Below are some tips if you or someone you know believes they are being stalked.

 

  • If you are in immediate danger, call 911 followed by Campus Security (2411).
  • Trust your instincts. Don’t downplay the danger. If you feel you are unsafe, you probably are.
  • Take threats seriously. Danger generally is higher when the stalker talks about suicide or murder, or when a victim tries to leave or end the relationship.
  • Contact a crisis hotline, victim services agency, or a domestic violence or rape crisis program. They can help you devise a safety plan, give you information about local laws, refer you to other services, and weigh options such as seeking a protection order.
  • Develop a safety plan, including things like changing your routine, arranging a place to stay, and having a friend or relative go places with you. Also, decide in advance what to do if the stalker shows up at your home, work, school, or somewhere else. Tell people how they can help you.
  • Don’t communicate with the stalker or respond to attempts to contact you.
  • Keep evidence of the stalking. When the stalker follows you or contacts you, write down the time, date, and place. Keep e-mails, phone messages, letters, or notes. Photograph anything of yours the stalker damages and any injuries the stalker causes.
  • Ask witnesses to write down what they saw.
  • Contact the police. Every state has stalking laws.
  • The stalker may also have broken other laws by doing things like assaulting you or stealing or destroying your property.
  • Consider getting a court order that tells the stalker to stay away from you.
  • Tell family, friends, roommates, and co-workers about the stalking and seek their support. Tell security staff at your job or school. Ask them to help watch out for your safety.

Resources:

  • Dean of Student Life, Campus Security, Residence Life, Counseling Services, Nemaha County Sheriff’s Department
  • National Center for Victims of Crime 1-800-FYI-CALL (1-800-394-2255) or gethelp@ncvc.org or www.ncvc.org

 

Sexual Assault

 

College employees are required to report sexual harassment and sexual assault allegations to one of the following designated College administrators and/or employees responsible for student services, who will follow up with the appropriate individuals:

  • President
  • Vice Presidents
  • Academic Deans
  • College Title IX Coordinator – Human Resources Director
  • Dean of Student Life
  • Housing/Residence Life Staff to include:
    • Assistant Director of Residence Life
    • Hall Directors
    • Resident Assistants
    • Residence Hall Mentors
  • Coaches and Assistant Coaches
  • Campus Security Officers

 

Suicidal Threat

 

If an individual communicates intent to commit suicide to you, the following protocol should be followed:

  • Note the individual’s name, location (if off campus, physical address should be noted), physical description of the individual, details on the individual’s state of mind and potential weapons available to them.  This information will be requested when you call the authorities.
  • Call 911 immediately followed by Campus Security (2411)
  • Campus Security will activate resources available on campus to assist the individual

Your role in this situation is not to determine if the individual has the means to carry through on the threat to commit suicide but to notify the authorities who are trained to assess the situation and assist the individual.

 

Terroristic Threat

 

Terroristic threats are crimes generally involving a threat to commit violence communicated with the intent to terrorize another, to cause evacuation of a building, or to cause serious public inconvenience, in reckless disregard of the risk of causing such terror or inconvenience. It may mean an offense against property or involving danger to another person that may include but is not limited to recklessly endangering another person, harassment, stalking, ethnic intimidation, and criminal mischief.

If a terrorist threat is made:

  • The person discovering or receiving the threat must notify Campus Security (2411) immediately
  • Campus Security will notify local law enforcement and consult with the President and local law enforcement to determine the next steps
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times and report any suspicious behavior to Campus Security
  • The College emergency messaging system, two-way radio system, and KBox system will be the primary methods utilized to ensure the campus community is aware of the situation as necessary.