Safety In The Residence

Security Tips And Policies Specific To Clare Hall

Residence Life Safety Table of Contents

  • General Safety
  • Firearms & Weapons
  • Keys
  • Room Entry
  • Drug, Alcohol and Tobacco Use Policies
  • Fire Safety in the Residence
  • Missing Student Policy and Procedures

General Safety and Security

For the safety and protection of the student's personal belongings, students should always lock their apartment doors. Thefts should be reported promptly to a Community Advisor. Exterior doors to the residence hall are locked nightly. These doors are locked to discourage access to the residence and to provide students with a secure environment. Therefore, outside doors should not be propped open. As with any security system, the residents play a significant role in ensuring that no breach of the system occurs. Therefore, it is the residents'
responsibility to abide by these policies. Any violation will be subject to disciplinary action. Silver Lake College does not accept responsibility for loss, theft or damage to personal property. It is strongly recommended that each student provide insurance for all personal property.

Firearms & Weapons

Residents may not possess or store firearms or other lethal weapons in their rooms or the student residence. Anyone possessing firearms and/or lethal weapons such as (not an inclusive list): airsoft guns, bow and arrows; swords; police batons; brass knuckles; knives; blowguns; dart guns; wrist rockets; pellet guns; paintball guns; bee-bee guns; catapults; switchblades; or martial arts equipment. Possession of these weapons is subject to College disciplinary action which could include expulsion.


All keys necessary for living in the student resident community are issued to residents upon checking in. Each resident will be issued one key and one swipe card. These keys will provide students access to the building and floors and to the student's room. If a key to a room is lost, the student will be billed the cost to have the lock changed and new keys issued to the residents. This charge will be billed through Student Accounts in the Business Office. A student with an unpaid account will not be eligible to receive a diploma or an official transcript of credits or be allowed to register until the account is settled. Keys are the property of Silver Lake College. Student Residents are prohibited from making copies of keys issued to them.

Include policies/fines involved in losing keys????

Room Entry  

Community Advisors, the Dean of Students, Residence Life Staff (or designee), and physical plant staff have the authority to enter a resident's apartment, after knocking, at reasonable times during the day for the following reasons: required maintenance and repairs; health and safety matters; emergency procedures; and suspicion of violation of College/Residence Life Policies and Procedures. (Residents need not be present on-site.)

Drugs, Alcohol and Tobacco Use

For details on Residence specific policies concerning Smoking, Alcoholic Beverages and Containers and Drugs please see the Campus Safety page on Controlled Substances, Alcohol, and Tobacco.

Fire Safety in the Residence

Fire fighting equipment, fire alarm systems, sprinkler system, smoke detectors, and fire evacuation procedures are provided for the protection of life and property of residents.

Students should familiarize themselves with the type and location of equipment, exits, and the proper evacuation procedures.

Students will be fined $100.00 per incident and placed on Disciplinary Probation for a semester for any violation of a fire safety policy, in addition to any sanctions by the Manitowoc Fire Department. Examples (not inclusive):

  • misuse of fire fighting equipment, fire alarm system, sprinkler system, and/or smoke detectors;
  • possession display/use of candles/oil lamps/incense;
  • possession/display/use of halogen lamps;
  • improper use of barbecue grills;
  • failure to follow the smoking policy;
  • failure to evacuate building when fire alarm system is activated.

Fines will be billed through Student Accounts in the Business Office. The Dean of Students and/or Residence Life Staff is responsible for assessing fines and administering this particular sanction. The use of multi-outlet plugs or power strips is acceptable ONLY IF the equipment has a built-in circuit breaker.

Missing Student Policy and Procedure

Silver Lake College (SLC) takes student safety very seriously. To this end, the following policy and procedure has been established to
assist in locating SLC students living in SLC owned on-campus housing who, based on the facts and circumstances known to SLC, SLC has determined to be missing.

  • At the beginning of each academic year, SLC will inform students residing in on-campus housing that SLC will notify either a parent or an individual selected by the student not later than 24 hours after the time the student is determined to be missing. This information will include the following:
    • Students have the option of identifying an individual to be contacted by SLC not later than 24 hours after the time the student has been determined to be missing. Students can register this confidential contact information through the Residence Life Office.
    • If the student is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, SLC is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian not later 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
    • SLC will notify the appropriate law enforcement agency not later than 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing.
    • If SLC Security or law enforcement personnel has been notified and makes a determination that a student who is the subject of a missing person report has been missing for more than 24 hours and has not returned to campus, SLC will initiate the emergency contact procedures in accordance with the student's designation.
  • SLC will follow the following notification procedure for a missing student who resides in on-campus housing:
    • Once SLC receives a missing student report via the Vice President of Student Life, SLC Security, the Office of Residence Life or other source, the following offices will be notified: 
      • SLC Security
      • Vice President of Student Life
      • Director of Residence Life
    • Any official missing person report relating to this student shall be referred immediately to Security.
    • If SLC Security, after investigating the official report, determines the student has been missing for more than 24 hours, SLC will contact the individual identified by the student, the custodial parent or legal guardian if the student is under 18 and not emancipated, or local law enforcement if these do not apply.
  • Upon notification from any entity that any student may be missing, SLC may use any of the following resources to assist in locating the student. These resources may be used in any order and combination.
    • Through the Director of Residence Life, the Community Advisors may be asked to assist in physically locating the student by keying into the student's assigned room and talking with known associates.
    • Security may search on campus public locations to find the student (library, cafeteria, etc.).
    • Security may issue an ID picture to assist in identifying the missing student.
    • The Vice President of Student Life may try to contact known friends, family, or faculty members for last sighting or additional contact information.
    • Student Life or academic departments may be contacted to seek information on last sighting or other contact information.
    • Security may access card access logs to determine last use of the card and track the card for future uses.
    • Security may access vehicle registration information for vehicle location and distribution to authorities.
    • IT may be asked to look up email logs for last login and use of SLC email system.
    • If there is any indication of foul play, the local police department will immediately be contacted for assistance.