General Security

INFORMATION, POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

General Safety Table of Contents

 Code of Conduct  

Silver Lake College is a dynamic learning community that strives to provide an environment of mutual respect and concern for each person, both inside, as well as outside of the classroom. In this Franciscan environment, Silver Lake College offers students a foundation in the liberal arts that provides avenues to search for truth, beauty, goodness, meaning in life, and promotes holistic development in order to empower students to actualize their God-given potential. Because of these beliefs, the College's expectation of value-based student conduct is based upon a growth and development model. Value development comes after making choices from a variety of options and accepting the consequences that follow. Respect for yourself and the rights of others and self-discipline are essential for the fulfillment of Silver Lake College's vision, mission and goals for each student.

 Security Policy

  1. The College maintains open and continuous communication with county & local law enforcement agencies.
  2. The College maintains liaisons with the Manitowoc County Sheriff's and Manitowoc City Police Departments to protect its students, employees, and others who utilize the college facility.
  3. The College maintains an environment conducive to learning in which individual rights are respected and personal health and safety are protected. Students are encouraged to be responsive and responsible for their own and other individuals' security.
  4. College personnel are responsible for opening and closing the college at designated times, which are posted on the doors.
  5. A program informing students about security policy, procedures and crime prevention will be held semi-annually during student orientation.
  6. Annual programming will inform students and employees about safety practices concerning the following crimes: robbery, murder, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, and drug and alcohol abuse. Pamphlets concerning these issues will be made available at all times through the Student Life Office.
  7. Silver Lake College students attending classes and activities at an off-campus facility will be under the direction of the host facility and will follow the security policy and procedures of that facility.
  8. The College is mandated to report the statistics concerning the occurrence of any crimes on campus, during the most recent school year, and during the preceding school years for which data is available, of the following criminal offences reported to campus security authorities, and local or county police agencies: murder, rape, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft and hate crimes.
  9. Statistics concerning the number of arrests for the following crimes occurring on campus will also be reported: liquor law violations, drug abuse violations, and weapon possessions.

 Campus Safety and Security Authority

Silver Lake College Safety and Security personnel have the authority to ask persons for Identification and determine whether individuals have lawful business on the Campus.  Silver Lake College Safety and Security personnel have the authority to conduct parking control and enforcement.  Safety and Security personnel do not have arrest powers.  Criminal matters are referred to local law enforcement authorities who have jurisdiction on campus.  The Silver Lake College Safety and Security Office maintains a professional working relationship with the Manitowoc Police Department and the Manitowoc County Sheriff's Department.  All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report crimes to the Campus Safety and Security Office and the appropriate law enforcement agency.  Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

 Voluntary Confidential Reporting

Policy Statement

The Silver Lake College Security Department encourages anyone who is the victim of, or witness to, any crime to promptly report the incident to the local police.  Because police reports are public records, as defined in Wisconsin Statutes, the Silver Lake College Safety & Security Department cannot hold such reports in confidence.  Confidential reporting for the purpose of inclusion in the annual disclosure of crime statistics can generally be made directly to the Silver Lake College Safety & Security Manager or Vice President of Student Life.

Procedure

If you are the victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the Silver Lake College Safety and Security system, or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report.  With your permission, the Safety and Security Manager, the Vice President of Student Life, or a designee, can file a report on the details of the matter without revealing your identity.  The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others.  With such information, the College can keep accurate records of the number of incidents involving students, determine whether there is a pattern of crime, method or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger.  Reports of this nature are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

 Timely Warning

Policy Statement

In the even that an incident arises, either on or off campus, that in the judgment of the Silver Lake College Administration, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide timely warning will be issued.  Threats to the safety of the Silver Lake College community that warrant a "timely warning" include, but are not limited to: ongoing criminal activity, threatening weather, fire, hazardous chemical release, or any other condition that, if allowed to go unnoticed, jeopardizes health and safety.

Procedure

Depending on the particular circumstances of a threat to safety and security, especially in situations that could pose an immediate danger to the community and individuals, a "timely warning" will be issued at the direction of the Office of the President, or a designee.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the condition to the Campus Security Office phone number 686-6179, or the Campus Security mobile phone 374-9993, or the Silver Lake College Business Office 684-6691.

The means by which a "timely warning" may be issued include: the campus web site, SLC e-mail, the campus public address system, telephone notification.  If practicable, copies of a notice may be posted on campus bulletin boards.

 Public Safety Incident Reporting

Policy Statement

Silver Lake College community members, students, faculty, staff and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the Safety and Security Office in a timely manner.

Procedure

To report a crime or emergency on the Silver Lake College Campus: from campus phone dial 9-911; from a cellular phone dial 911.  If assistance is required from local law enforcement, fire services, or emergency medical services, the 911 dispatcher will direct the appropriate response.

To report a non-emergency security or public safety matter, call the SLC Safety and Security office extension 179, or the Security cell phone at 374-9993.  Silver Lake College does not have full time security presence on campus.  A call to the Safety and Security Office may require recording a voice message which will be answered and acted upon as soon as possible after the message is received.

Crimes must be reported to the Silver Lake College Safety and Security Office to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics, and to aid in timely warning notices to the community, when appropriate.

 Class Cancellations   

Class cancellations are announced in the following ways:

  1. Local radio stations (by 6AM for daytime classes and 3:30 PM for evening classes) View a list of local stations
  2. Television: Channel 2 WBAY
  3. The Silver Lake College home page at http://www.sl.edu under "Announcements".

Note: The individual instructor may determine how course material is to be covered according to the syllabus requirements.  Students are requested to check the preceding sources for cancellations and not to call the College.