Happy New Year!
I hope your winter break was restful and you were able to spend some time re-charging, whether you took time off or just enjoyed the relative quiet of the campus.
Unfortunately, December’s brightness was dimmed by the shootings in Newtown, CT and from e-mails I’ve received, I know this event weighs heavily on you, as teachers, as parents and as compassionate members of the world community. The recent shootings at Caspar College and Hazard Community College add to the heightened anxiety individuals may feel. While crime statistics reinforce that college campuses are safer than non-campus areas, it still feels like our learning communities are targets for these incidents. At least part of this is the amount of media attention these incidents draw reminding us of these tragedies while singular street crimes that occur hundreds of times a day go unnoticed.
Whether the source of our concern is the number of incidents that occur or our perception because of the amount of information available through our 24 hour news cycle, the purpose of this e-mail is to provide information so we are better prepared as a community. I hope the information provided below and attached is helpful to you.
- Emergency Procedures are posted in each classroom on campus near exit doors. These have been posted since 2008 and recently updated (the updated procedures are on green paper and going up this weekend). A more complete emergency handbook is available online at: http://www.keene.edu/emergency/.
- I have also attached a copy if you would like to discuss the procedures with your class or department or if you would like to post them in your office.
- If you teach in a classroom where there is no Emergency Procedure sheet, please e-mail me with the building and room number and I will make sure one is posted ASAP.
- We continue to work closely with the Keene Police Department to coordinate information exchange and emergency response. Campus Safety monitors and responds toall emergency responses to campus by the Keene Police and Fire Departments.
- Make students aware of what to do in an emergency, even if it is as simple as having them dial 9-1-1.
- Consider putting emergency procedures in your syllabi.
- If you have not yet signed up for the CityWatch Emergency Notification System since July 1, 2012, please click on CityWatch or cut and paste this link into your browser:
Other important information:
- Contact 9-1-1 or Campus Safety (358-2228) immediately if you observe any of the following:
- Any individual showing or carrying a weapon on campus
- Any direct threat to a person, place or system
- An individual who identifies plans, tools, weapons, materials, and/or timeframein which to carry out an attack
- An individual has expressed specific plans of self-harm
The most important thing you can do is to be observant and contact someone if any behavior isof concern to you. The College has systems in place to assist and support students, faculty and staff that may be experiencing stress.
- Student concerns – contact Dean of Students Gail Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org, Counseling Center at 358-2437 or Campus Safety at 358-2228
- Faculty or staff concerns– contact the department chair/supervisor, Director of Human Resources Kim Harkness at email@example.com or Campus Safety at 358-2228
- For any other concerns, contact Campus Safety at 358-2228
- Examples of behaviors that indicate an individual may need support include the following (this list is not exhaustive):
- Difficulty connecting with others (does not include socially awkward individuals or individuals with some disabilities)
- A preoccupation with or resentment of a specific person, object or subject and they can’t seem to “let it go”
- A confused or deteriorating thought process
- Intimidating language or behavior
- Explosive, erratic or excessively impulsive behavior
- A change in academic or work performance, quality of work, class or work attendance
- An individual has expressed thoughts of self-harm and/or engaged in “last act” behaviors i.e. giving away personal property
- Concerns of classmates or co-workers regarding behavioral observations
- Other behaviors that you would consider unusual for this individual based on prior experience
In the next several weeks, Campus Safety will be hosting training for faculty, staff and students on emergency management and procedures. Class schedules and sign-up links will be distributed via the GAL. A message similar to this, applicable to students, will be posted and sent out via the MyKSC site.
Amanda Guthorn Warman
Director of Campus Safety/Adjunct Faculty
Keene State College
229 Main St.
Keene, NH 03435-3701
24-hour Dispatch (603) 358-2228