An emergency can happen at any time. The information that follows offers guidelines for the Kenyon community on how to handle various dangerous situations. You can help by reading these guidelines and being prepared.
In an emergency, call 427-5555
Campus Safety: 427-5109
For information on college closing and weather emergencies: 427-7007
Health and Counseling: 427-5525
Kenyon emergency alerts go automatically to cell phones, land lines, and e-mail accounts. To sign up for the cell phone and/or land line alerts please follow this link to register: contact.Kenyon.edu
There are thirty-one (31) blue-light emergency-call boxes on campus. These stations immediately connect you with Campus Safety. Do not hesitate to use the call boxes for emergency assistance and information, medical assistance, fire alert, reporting crimes or suspicious persons, reporting vehicular accidents, or if you feel unsafe for any reason. There is no handset; simply push the button, talk, and you will be in two-way communication with a safety officer. If you are unable to speak, an officer will be dispatched to the call box location immediately. If you are unable to remain in the area, give your name and your intended direction of travel.
Any emergency situation on the Kenyon campus will be classified as a Level I, II, or III emergency. The three levels of emergency are defined from Level I (most serious) to Level III (least serious). The following are the definitions of each level of emergency.
Definition: An unplanned event that may adversely impact or threaten life, health, or property on a large scale at one or more locations within the Kenyon campus. Control of the incident requires specialists, in addition to Kenyon and outside-agency personnel. Long-term effects are likely.
Definition: An unplanned event that may adversely impact or threaten life, health, or property within a single area. Control of the incident is beyond the capabilities of College employees. Outside-agency assistance is necessary.
Definition: An unplanned event that is not likely to threaten life or have an adverse impact on health or property. Control of the incident is within the capabilities of Kenyon employees, and the duration of the incident is short.
If you smell smoke or see flames, pull the nearest fire alarm immediately.
2. Evacuate the building if:
3. If there is smoke, crawl.
4. Feel doors before opening them. If the door or a metal knob is hot, do not open. If the knob is cool, brace yourself against the door, open it slightly, and if heat or heavy smoke are present, close the door and stay in the room.
5. If you get trapped, keep doors closed and place cloth material around and under door to prevent smoke from entering. Signal for help by hanging an object at the window to attract the attention of firefighters.
6. If you catch on fire, stop, drop, and roll to smother the flames.
7. Go to the nearest exit or stairway. If the nearest exit is blocked by fire, heat, or smoke, go to another exit.
8. Do not use elevators.
9. Activate the building fire alarm if it is not already sounding.
10. Do not re-enter the building until safety officers say it is safe to do so.
11. Notify Campus Safety at 427-5555, from a safe distance.
If you detect a fuel leak, evacuate immediately and then contact Campus Safety at 427-5555. Do not use electronic devices near the leak. Do not return to the area until permitted to do so. If time permits and you can do so safely, ventilate the area.
Individuals who need special assistance in an emergency (even temporarily) should plan in advance:
In an emergency:
If you are taken hostage:
In a medical emergency, call 427-5555 or *911.
Health and Counseling Center information
Location: 104 Scott Lane (near Campus Safety)
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
(closed 12:30-1:30 p.m. for lunch)
Contact: Health: 427-5525
In order to ensure that students receive prompt and appropriate attention for alcohol intoxication or drug impairment and that there are no impediments to seeking such assistance, the College hereby institutes a Good Samaritan policy. In those instances in which a student calls the Office of Campus Safety or another College office for assistance with an intoxicated or impaired student, neither the individual calling nor the student in need of assistance will be charged with violations of the College's policies on alcohol and other drugs.
See the Student Handbook for more information, and for information about state and local laws governing the sale, consumption, and use of alcohol and other drugs.
1. If an active shooter is outside your building:
2. If an active shooter is in your building:
3. If an active shooter enters your classroom, residence hall room, or office:
4. Take action against the active shooter:
Signs of a potentially dangerous package include: excessive postage, handwritten or poorly typed addresses, incorrect titles, titles without names, no return address, misspellings of common words, excessive weight, lopsided or uneven packaging, visual distractions, oily stains or other discolorations, peculiar odor, ticking sound, protruding wires or aluminum foil, excessive security material, restrictive endorsements ("personal," "confidential"), postmark that does not match return address.
What to do once a package has been identified as suspicious:
If you or someone you know has experienced sexual misconduct, please contact the Sexual Misconduct Advisors for peer support, information about resources, and guidance with decision making. We can be reached 24/7 at:
(740) 358-1544, calls or texts,
or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Conversations are completely confidential and treated as anonymous.
Campus Safety monitors weather conditions and issues notifications and alerts when severe weather threatens. For severe weather updates, call 427-7007.
A tornado warning is the sounding of the emergency siren for three minutes followed by seven minutes of silence. A warning indicates that a tornado has been sighted or has appeared on radar in the local area.
If the siren sounds or if severe weather approaches:
Some emergencies will require you to remain inside. "Shelter in place" means staying put and, if possible, choosing a small room with as few windows as possible for refuge. To shelter in place:
It's Friday at noon. What's that noise? It's the tornado warning siren—just a test. If you hear the tornado warning siren and it's not Friday at noon, seek shelter. (All is clear when you hear two 30-second signals separated by a thirty-second silence.)
Power outages are not uncommon at Kenyon. When they happen, please stay safe: be careful when you have to move about in the dark, and keep away from downed power lines, fallen trees, or damaged branches that might fall. Don't go outside during high-wind conditions. Provide assistance to others who may be unfamiliar with the space or have mobility restrictions. Turn off all electrical equipment. Do not use elevators. If instructed to evacuate, please proceed cautiously to the nearest clear exit. And be prepared: have a flashlight (and extra batteries) ready.
Preparedness can make a big difference in your ability to cope with an emergency, and it's not hard to assemble a simple disaster-supply kit. Keep the following basic items in a place where you can find them easily should the need arise.