Filed under General University Policies

Campus Safety Warnings

ABTU will issue timely warnings to the campus community of violent crimes against a person, a substantial crime against property or an emergency situation on or near campus that represents a serious or ongoing threat to the college, its staff, faculty and students both on and off campus. Campus Safety/Crime warnings are intended to heighten safety awareness and may also seek information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

 

Emergency Notification

Federal law also requires universities to “immediately notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff occurring on the campus, unless issuing a notification will compromise efforts to contain the emergency”.
Administrators of the College are responsible for issuing these alerts.  The Administrators, without delay, decide whether to issue a timely campus safety/crime warning or emergency notification on a case-by-case basis considering the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Information for timely campus safety/crime warnings and emergency notifications may also come from other law enforcement agencies. College Administrators will also determine the appropriate segment or segments of the campus community which will receive the notice, and whether to disseminate the emergency information to the larger community based on the above-described analysis.

Crimes for which a timely warning may be appropriate include, but are not limited to: murder, manslaughter, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, arson, motor vehicle theft, and hate crimes.
Timely warnings will typically include the following information, if known:

  1. A succinct statement of the incident, including the nature and severity of the threat and locations or persons who might be affected;
  2. Any connection to previous incidents;
  3. Physical description and/or composite drawing of the suspect;
  4. Date and time the warning was released;
  5. Other relevant and important information, such as any bias motive, the gender of the victim, and/or student/non-student status;
  6. Appropriate safety tips.

Depending on the particular circumstances of the incident, timely campus safety/crime warnings and emergency notifications may be distributed by any one or more of the following means:

  1. ABTU text messaging system or recorded messages to other phones or devices;
  2. e-mail;
  3. posting an alert on the ABTU eLearn home page and/or other sites where information will be likely to reach the campus community.
  4. posting in the main entrance of the ABTU Campus
  5. Door to door notification of each department

Anyone with information warranting a timely campus safety/crime warning or emergency notification should report the circumstances to a member of the ABTU Administration in person or by phone or email.
Ramsey Atieh, President. Ramsey@abtu.edu
Lute Atieh, CEO. Lute@abtu.edu

816-279-7000 or 800-908-9329

 

Alert Systems for urgent messages

ABTU also has a text-message and email based alert system to transmit brief, urgent messages to a large segment of the ABTU population as quickly as possible. Information about power outages, inclement weather and other factors that may impact faculty, staff and students is sent via email and text message. Staff members enroll upon employment and students are auto enrolled at enrollment. Both staff and students may opt out of receiving these text messages at anytime.  ABTU Administration strongly recommend staff and students do not opt out of these messages.

Emergency Response

ABTU has adopted emergency and evacuation procedures for on-site ABTU staff, faculty and students. The procedures are outlined in detail below.  ABTU will test its emergency response and evacuation procedures on at least an annual basis through scheduled drills, exercises, and appropriate follow through activities designed to assess and evaluate the emergency plans and capabilities. The tests may be announced or unannounced.

 

Loss of Power Plan

In order to maintain server up-time ABTU has implemented a power restore procedure.

In the event the ABTU headquarters loses power, the following procedure will go into effect.

1) If power loss extends beyond 15 minutes the ABTU backup generator will be activated.

2) Technology Services will forward all calls to the ABTU emergency mobile phone.

3) A temporary voice mail message on the mobile phone will be changed to alert callers that ABTU is experiencing a power outage and to use the live chat on our website to communicate with ABTU during this time.

4) Designated staff members will use ABTU provided mobile devices to conduct student chats on our website.

5) If power loss extends beyond 30 minutes, all non essential staff members, not responsible for server / generator maintenance or responding to live chats will be asked to go home.

6) Power outage lasting beyond 24 hours will activate the backup servers located off-site and out of state.

7) At 24 hours + a notification email / text message will be sent to all ABTU staff, faculty and students with detailed plans on how / when services will be restored.

During this time, lectures should not be impacted as faculty, students and servers responsible for lectures are housed off-site.

 

Fire / Tornado / Other required evacuation Procedure

Members of the ABTU staff and Faculty that are located on-site should follow posted emergency exit routes during an emergency that requires members of the staff to seek shelter or evacuate the building.

In the event fire extinguishers are required, they are identified clearly on the escape plan located at each of the exits.

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