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Emergency Preparedness

Emergency Preparedness


Carl Sandburg College is committed to providing a secure and welcoming campus environment for students, faculty, staff and visitors. The following information highlights measures that are in place at Carl Sandburg College to guard and protect the campus population as well as personal safety tips designed to avert acts of violence.


Reporting Emergencies
All emergencies on campus are to be reported to Carl Sandburg College Dispatcher by dialing 5499 from a campus phone or 341-5499 from a cell-phone. Dialing 911 on a cell-phone will connect to local emergency authorities and may delay a response from campus security and local law enforcement and emergency response personnel. Be prepared to provide the following information:

  • Your name
  • Nature of the emergency
  • Location of the emergency or victim or suspect or suspicious activity
  • The phone number that you are calling from if using a cell-phone
  • Stay on the line until the dispatcher says you can hang up


Reporting Suspicious Behavior
When campus personnel witness behavior they believe may lead to a crime or violent situation, they should also report it to the Carl Sandburg College Dispatcher by calling 5499. Such behavior may include the following:

  • Suspicious person loitering.
  • Suspicious person using binoculars or night vision devices.
  • Person acting furtively and suspiciously (e.g. trying not to be noticed).
  • Person departing quickly when seen or approached.
  • Person in place they don’t seem to belong.
  • A strong odor coming from a building or a vehicle.
  • An overloaded vehicle or vehicle in an unexpected location.
  • Fluid leaking from a vehicle, other than the engine or gas tank.
  • Person overdressed for the weather.


Students: Reporting concerns of unhealthy or dangerous patterns of behavior
Carl Sandburg College students have multiple avenues for seeking assistance including Administration, Faculty, Staff or Campus Security. However, if a student is concerned about another student's pattern of behavior, they can report their concerns to the Student Behavioral Intervention Team (SBIT), a team of administrative professionals tasked with evaluating and acting upon, as necessary, reported unhealthy or dangerous behavior exhibited by Carl Sandburg College students.
Such behaviors may include the following:

  • Creating disruptions in class, residence halls, offices, or other campus locations
  • Intimidating faculty, staff and/or students
  • Stalking
  • Acting in a frightening or threatening behavior
  • Communicating in a manner that indicates loss of touch with reality
  • Suggesting intent to harm self or others
  • Evidence of repeated drug or alcohol abuse


Faculty/Staff: Reporting concerns of threatening or dangerous behavior
An Employee Campus Behavioral Intervention/Threat Assessment Team has been assembled and chartered to evaluate and act upon, as necessary, reported threatening and/or dangerous behaviors exhibited by Carl Sandburg College employees. Such behaviors may include the following:

  • Suggesting intent to harm self or others
  • Creating disruptions in the work environment
  • Intimidating other faculty, staff or students
  • Stalking or following someone with the intent to harass, intimidate, harm or cause other malicious activity
  • Acting in a frightening or threatening behavior


General Tips for Personal Safety

  • Avoid walking alone at night and attempt to walk on main walkways / illuminated areas.
  • Maintain a constant awareness of your surroundings.
  • Do not prop doors open.
  • Deny strangers access into residence halls.
  • Keep vehicles locked.
  • Be careful about the information that you share online.
  • Be smart about alcohol and other drugs.


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  • Disclosure of campus security policy and campus crime statistics
  • Disclosure of law enforcement authority of campus
  • Disclosure of security programs to inform students about the prevention of crime