A number of high profile campus emergencies in recent years, from the 2007 shooting rampage at Virginia Tech to the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina on New Orleans colleges and universities, have raised awareness about the importance of crisis preparedness for all colleges and universities.
Agnes Scott College’s Crisis Management Plan has been designed to provide guidance on how to plan for and respond to campus emergencies. It is based on multiple sources, including policies at other institutions and recommendations from law enforcement agencies. While the guide does not cover every conceivable situation, it supplies basic administrative guidelines necessary to cope with most campus emergencies.
These policies and procedures are to be followed by all college administrators. Any exceptions to these will be initiated by, or with the approval of, those administrators directing and/or coordinating the emergency operations.
Crisis preparedness requires a commitment to regular education, simulation and review of crisis management procedures. The college’s policies on crisis preparedness are described in detail in section VI of this plan. Under the leadership of the vice president for student life and in coordination with the director of public safety and the director of communications, this plan will be reviewed and updated annually prior to the start of the fall semester. It will be posted on the dean of students’ intranet site; the Web site at www.agnesscott.edu and the emergency Web site at emergency.agnesscott.edu.
Suggestions for improving Agnes Scott’s emergency policies and procedures are always welcome. All requests for procedural changes, suggestions or recommendations should be submitted to the Crisis Coordinating Committee for review. The Crisis Coordinating Committee will present recommendations for changes to the Executive Council for evaluation and adoption.
President, Agnes Scott College
(800) 868-8602 ext. 6280
141 E. College Ave.
Decatur, GA 30030