Safety and Security Policies
Send an Anonymous Tip
Reporting Crimes & Emergencies
Daily Crime Log
Active Killer Event
College Disaster Plan
Resource Telephone Numbers
Emergency Action Plan [.pdf]
Automated External Defibrillator (AED) Policy/Procedures[.pdf]
Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure Control Plan [.pdf]
Security Reports (Jeanne Clery Crime Statistics)
Concussion Management Policy [.pdf]
The Neosho County Community College Safety and Security Committee was established under the authority of K.S.A. 72-8222:
In summary, K.S.A. 72-8222, as amended by House Bill No. 2426: The board of education of any school district or the board of trustees of any community college may employ school security officers and may designate any one or more of such school security officers as a school law enforcement officer, to aid and supplement law enforcement agencies of this state and of the community in which the school district or community college is located. The protective function of school security officers and school law enforcement officers shall extend to all school district or community college property and the protection of students, teachers and other employees together with the property of such persons on or in any school or college property or areas adjacent thereto, or while attending or located at the site of any school or community college-sponsored function. While engaged in the protective functions specified in this section, each school security officer and each school law enforcement officer shall possess and exercise all general law enforcement powers, rights, privileges and immunities in every county in which there is located any part of the territory of the school district or community college.
The Neosho County Community College Safety and Security Committee (SSC) will be comprised of representatives from all departments of the college. The SSC will be chaired by the Vice President for Operations and vice-chaired by the Dean for Operations/CIO. [ Back to Top]
The Neosho County Community College Safety and Security Committee develops policy for the campus-wide safety/security program. The committee evaluates and assesses existing fire safety and security systems, electronic access and security systems, and security information systems. [ Back to Top]
Emergency Call Boxes
Three emergency call boxes have been installed on the Chanute campus for your safety and convenience. One is located between Stoltz Hall and the residence halls. The second is located adjacent to the Student Union/cafeteria parking lot. The third is located north of Chapman library. All boxes connect the caller directly with the 911 dispatcher. Pushing the button on the speakerphone activates this emergency call box. The 911 dispatcher can immediately identify the location of the caller even if the caller is unable to verbally communicate with the dispatcher.
Night Security Personnel
The college contracts with local security protection services to provide security personnel to regularly patrol the Chanute and Ottawa campuses at night during regular semester periods and when residents are on the Chanute campus. Campus security personnel work directly with college officials and the Chanute and Ottawa police departments to ensure the safety of our students. The Chanute security office is located in the main lobby of Bideau Hall.
Electronic Surveillance Monitoring
Various locations throughout the campus are monitored with electronic surveillance equipment on a 24-hour basis. Audio surveillance is also used in various areas as designated.
Panther Text Net
The college utilizes a cell-phone text messaging system which will be used to distribute and send emergency messages to all subscribers by location. In the event of a college closing due to weather conditions or in the event of a serious emergency, text messages will be sent to all subscribers detailing as much information as is currently available. Students are automatically enrolled and parents can sign up by clicking on the following link and filling in the brief form: Subscribe to Panther Text Net
Crime Prevention Presentations
Presentations on various crime prevention topics are made annually to students living in the residence halls. Additional presentations are made to other students and employee organizations upon request. Information on safety and security is also provided to the campus community through crime alerts, posters, brochures, employee bulletins, and the campus web page.
Anonymous Crime Tips and Comments
Anonymous tips on possible crimes can be submitted via the campus web page here. General comments and suggestions are also welcomed via the web page. [ Back to Top]
Reporting Crimes And Emergencies
Crimes and other emergencies on campus can be reported directly to the administrative office by dialing 0 from any college telephone extension on campus or contacting any SSC member. Emergency call boxes as noted above (identified by a blue light mounted above the boxes) are located in the parking lots and automatically connects the caller to a 911 dispatcher when the button is pushed.
During normal business hours, on-campus callers may also contact a dispatcher through the campus operator by dialing "0." The operator will communicate the emergency to a dispatcher. To reach the dispatcher from off-campus telephones, dial 911. In non-emergency situations, use the following call list:
All emergency situations: Dial 911
All other non-emergency situations:
|Kansas Highway Patrol ||620-431-2100 (Troop H)||785.296.3102 (Troop B)|
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Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to report all suspicious activities and/or persons observed on campus. Such calls should be made promptly to improve an officer’s ability to apprehend suspects and/or prevent potential crimes. Upon receipt of a call, officers are dispatched immediately to the site of the emergency. All incidents are investigated and the investigating officer files a report. [ Back to Top]
Active Killer Event
Profile of an Active Killer
An Active Killer is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a
confined and populated area; in most cases, active killers use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or
method to their selection of victims.
Active killer situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate
deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims.
Because active killer situations are often over within 10 to 15 minutes, before law enforcement
arrives on the scene, individuals must be prepared both mentally and physically to deal with an
active killer situation
How to Respond if an Active Killer is in your vicinity
Definition: Active Killer - one or more subjects who participate in a random or systematic killing
spree, demonstrating their intent to continuously harm others. The overriding objective appears to be
that of inflicting serious bodily injury/death rather than other criminal conduct. These situations are
dynamic and evolve rapidly, demanding immediate deployment of law enforcement resources to stop
the shooting and mitigate harm to innocent victims
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life. Utilize the survival mindset to
ensure that you have the greatest chance for survival. A survival mindset is a protective shield
comprised of three components: Awareness, Preparation, and Rehearsal. The first component, Awareness, involves taking the time necessary to gain a basic understanding of an active killer
situation. Realizing that active killer incidents happen at the individual working level to everyday
people is the starting point to developing the survival mindset. It is important that you become attuned
to your work environment so that you can readily recognize the sights and sounds that are foreign to
that environment. A pre-determined survival mindset will help you take rapid, effective actions in a
The second component is Preparation. There is no substitute for preparation. It includes looking at
your work environment through a survival lens; a lens that is focused on “What If” questions. “What
if” questions are critical in developing effective response strategies. Survivors prepare themselves
both mentally and emotionally to do whatever it takes to make it through their situation. They become
stakeholders in their own safety and security.
The last component, Rehearsal, is practicing your plan. Practicing may include either mentally and/or
physically “walking through your “What if” plan. Rehearsing your plan will reduce response time and
build your confidence. What should I do if I see someone with a gun or hear gunfire?
Quickly determine the most reasonable way to protect your own life.
Figure Out - What’s going on?
• What is happening?
• Who’s doing this?
• Was it Gunfire?
• Did someone else witness violence taking place?
• Was there an audible alert via Phone or Alert beacons indicating violence?
• How are you going to survive this situation?
o Will you get out?
o Is there a path of escape?
o Will you hide out?
o Is there a chance to get to where the shooter might not find you?
o Are you in the situation where your only option is to take out the shooter?
• If someone starts shooting while you are walking to class or across campus
o Stay in motion
o Find protection (tree, wall, building,) anything that will give you protection
o Figure out the situation and see if you need to do more.
Once you figure out what is going on, you’ll be better prepared to select one or more of the
• If you can get out, get out
• Trust your instinct
• Leave belongings behind
• Warn others
• The best way to survive is to leave the situation. Run until you feel safe, then call 911.
• Run in a zigzag pattern as fast as you can.
• Do not stop running until you are far away from the area.
• Bring something to throw with you in case you would encounter the Active Killer.
• Consider if the fall from a window will kill you.
• Break out windows and attempt to quickly clear glass from the frame.
• Consider using belts, clothing or other items as an improvised rope to shorten the distance you
• Hang by your hands from the window ledge to shorten your drop.
• Attempt to drop into shrubs, mulch or grass to lessen the chance of injury.
• When you get out and feel like you are in a safe location call 911 or use any campus emergency
phone and let authorities know what is going on.
• Do not assume someone else is calling
• Be persistent as the phone lines may be busy
• Calmly and quickly tell them where you are and what’s happening
• We can’t alert others until someone provides the first critical information
• Give details in plain language
• Who, what, where, when and how information.
• Location of killer, number of killers if more than one.
• Physical description of killer/s.
• Number and type of weapons held by the killer/s.
• Number of victims.
• The shooter may be between you and the only exit, or they may be in the area that you would
need to enter
• Sometimes it may be a better option to find a safe place, barricade, and hide.
o Find a hidden location
o Find protection from gunfire
o Avoid places that trap or restrict movement if possible
o Keep out the shooter by locking and barricading doors with anything and/or tie down the
door using any type of strap. All classrooms and most offices on the Chanute and Ottawa
campuses have footbolt security devices on the inside of the doors. To engage, press
down firmly on the top of the foot bolt as noted. To release, press down firmly on the
release bolt as noted.
o Close and lock windows and close blinds or cover windows.
o Turn off lights.
o Silence all electronic devices.
o Remain silent.
o Look for alternate escape routes (windows, other doors).
o Identify ad-hoc weapons.
o Help others stay calm
o When safe to do so, use strategies to silently communicate with first responders, if
possible (e.g., in rooms with exterior windows, make signs to silently signal law
enforcement and emergency responders to indicate the status of the room’s occupants).
o Move out of the doorway in case gunfire comes through.
o Hide along the wall closest to the exit but out of view from the hallway (which would
allow the best option for ambushing the shooter and for possible escape if the shooter
enters or passes by the room).
o Keep yourself out of sight and take adequate cover, spread out don’t huddle in groups.
o Remain in place until given an all clear by identifiable law enforcement.
o Try not to trap or restrict your option for movement.
o Once secured do not open the door for anyone. Police will enter the room when the
situation is over.
o Call 911 when safe to do so.
• As events unfold you should be continue to figure out what’s happening so that you can adjust
• Fight it Out
o If you are in the same room as the shooter it may be necessary to take offensive action
.Commonality of people who are involved in these types of incidents is that they all had
a mindset to survive, I will never give up, I will live
o Total commitment and absolute resolve are imperative. You must be prepared to do
whatever is necessary to neutralize the threat
o You have to assume that his intentions are lethal to you
o Convince yourself that you have what it takes to survive when your life is on the line
o Disrupt his actions – Throw things, yell, improvised weapons, use whatever is available
o Chances are there is one of him and you have him outnumbered. Use that to your
advantage and work as a team to incapacitate him using any means necessary.
o Act as aggressively as possible against him/her.
o Throwing items and improvising weapons.
o Create as much noise as possible.
o Attack as a group (swarm).
o Grab the killer’s limbs and head and take them to the ground and hold them there.
o Fight dirty-bite, kick, scratch, gouge eyes, etc.
o Run around the room and create chaos.
o Commit to your actions.
o If you have control of the killer call 911 and tell the police where you are and listen to
their commands when officers arrive on scene.
• When law enforcement arrives
o Be prepared to calmly, quickly and accurately tell them what they need to know.
Location of the shooter
Number of shooters
Physical description of the shooter (approximate height, weight, clothing
Number of weapons (and type if you know)
o Do not expect them to help you, they are they to find and neutralize the shooter first.
They are trained to go to the sound of gunshots and eliminate the threat first.
o If you come into contact with them do exactly as they say.
Do not point at them
Do not run at them
Don’t scream or yell
Make they can see your hands at all times. Raise them in the air. Officers are
trained to look at your hands to recognize threats.
Do not have anything in your hands
Realize they don’t know who’s a threat and who is not at this point
o Remember that officers are trained to assume everyone is a threat on initial contact
• Be prepared to provide first aid. Although trauma kits are available in all classrooms, be
prepared to also think outside the box. Tampons and feminine napkins can be used to stop
blood loss. Shoes laces and belts can be used as tourniquets. Weighted shoes can be tied
around a person’s head to immobilize it. Remember it may be several hours until an injured
person can be safely moved. The immediate actions you take could save someone's life.
• If you are in lockdown for a long period of time, give consideration to issues such as bathroom
use, keeping people calm, etc.
• Discuss beforehand with people in your office or classes where you will meet up should you
have to evacuate and make it a place easily accessible and far away from the scene.
• Talk to your students and co-workers beforehand to know if they have any special skills.
Consider strategic placement of these people in a classroom or office setting. You may have
current or ex-military personnel, medically trained persons, or even people trained in martial
arts that can provide assistance in this type of incident.
• Consider setting up classrooms and offices to make it harder for an Active Killer to enter and
Remember that customers and clients are likely to follow the lead of employees and managers during
an active killer situation.
Information to provide to law enforcement or 911 operators:
• Location of the active killer
• Number of killers, if more than one
• Physical description of killer/s
• Number and type of weapons held by the killer/s
• Number of potential victims at the location
The first officers to arrive to the scene will not stop to help injured persons. Expect rescue
teams comprised of additional officers and emergency medical personnel to follow the initial
officers. These rescue teams will treat and remove any injured persons. They may also call
upon able-bodied individuals to assist in removing the wounded from the premises.
How to react when law enforcement arrives:
• Remain calm, and follow officers’ instructions
• Put down any items in your hands (i.e., purses, bags, jackets)
• Immediately raise hands and spread fingers
• Keep hands visible at all times
• Avoid making quick movements toward officers such as holding on to officers for safety
• Avoid pointing, screaming and/or yelling
• Do not stop to ask officers for help or direction when evacuating, just proceed in the
direction from which officers are entering the premises
Once you have reached a safe location or an assembly point, you will likely be held in that area
by law enforcement until the situation is under control, and all witnesses have been identified
and questioned. Do not leave until law enforcement authorities have instructed you to do so.
Reactions of Managers
During an Active Killer Situation
Employees and customers are likely to follow the lead of managers during an emergency situation.
During an emergency, managers should be familiar with their EAP, and be prepared to follow ALICE
• Try to remain calm
• Take immediate action
Assisting Individuals with Special Needs and/or Disabilities
• Ensure that EAPs, evacuation instructions and any other relevant information
cover individuals with special needs and/or disabilities.
• Your building should be handicap-accessible, in compliance with ADA requirements.
If you witness a crime being committed:
- Do NOT attempt to apprehend or interfere with the criminal except in case of self-protection.
- Do, if safe, get a good description of the criminal. Note height, weight, sex, color, age, clothing, method and direction of travel. If there is a vehicle involved, note the license plate number, make and model, color, and outstanding characteristics.
- Use the emergency call box to get help, or call 911 for officers. Advise them of your situation, provide your name and location, then remain where you are until contacted by an officer.
If you are involved in a crime involving money, you should:
- not resist — do as the person says.
- give up the money immediately.
- wait until the person departs before sounding the alarm.
- attempt to get a good description of the person and direction of flight.
- shut down your operation and secure the crime scene.
- ask any witnesses to remain for the arrival of campus security officers or police department
In the event of civil disturbance:
- Continue as much as possible with your normal routine.
- Stay away from doors and windows if the disturbance is outside.
- Do not interfere with those persons creating the disturbance, or with law enforcement authorities on the scene.
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State law regulates the purchase, possession or consumption of alcoholic beverages. Under state law, no one under the age of 21 may purchase, possess or consume alcoholic beverages.
Alcohol consumption is not permitted in residence hall rooms, regardless of age. In addition, consumption of alcoholic beverages is forbidden in all public and common areas.
Students and employees found to be in violation may be subject to the provisions of state law, College policy and the Student Handbook. [ Back to Top]
As prohibited by state and federal law, College students and employees are not permitted to be under the influence of, possess, manufacture, distribute or sell illicit drugs at College-sponsored or approved events, on College property or in buildings used by the College for its educational or recreational programs.
Students and employees found to be in violation are subject to arrest. Conviction may result in probation, fines, and imprisonment. Students are also subject to disciplinary action under the Student Handbook.
Vandalism and Malicious Mischief
As prohibited by state and federal law, College students and employees are prohibited from intentionally injuring, damaging, mutilating, defacing, destroying, or substantially impairing the use of any college property.
Students and employees found to be in violation are subject to arrest. Conviction may result in probation, fines, and imprisonment. Students are also subject to disciplinary action under the Student Handbook. [ Back to Top]
- Terroristic threats usually occur by telephone.
- The person receiving the call should ask specific questions (below) and report as much information as possible to any SSC member.
- Immediately call emergency dispatch at 911, giving your name, location, and telephone number. Inform them of the situation and provide all the information you have received.
- Inform your supervisor and/or department head.
- A member of the Safety and Security Committee will be responsible for building evacuation. The Dean of the Ottawa campus will be responsible for the Ottawa campus. The Dean of Student Development (or on-duty designee) will make the decision to evacuate a student housing facility.
- If you spot a suspicious object, package, etc., report it to any SSC member, but under no circumstances should you touch it, tamper with it, or move it in any way.
- If instructed to evacuate, move a safe distance away from the building (a minimum of 300 feet). If inclement weather conditions exist, you may move to another building a safe distance away.
- Do not attempt to re-enter until instructed that it is safe to do so by any SSC member.
Bomb Threat Questions
- When is the bomb going to explode?
- Where is it right now?
- What does it look like?
- What kind of bomb is it?
- What will cause it to explode?
- Did you place the bomb?
- What is your present location?
- What is your name?
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In Case of Fire: RACE
- Rescue anyone in danger.
- Sound the Alarm and call dispatch at 911.
- Contain the fire if possible.
- Extinguish the fire using a portable fire extinguisher.
To Use a Fire Extinguisher: PASS
- Pull the pin.
- Aim the extinguisher.
- Spray at the base of the fire.
- Use a Sweeping motion.
- Location of nearest fire extinguisher.
- Location of nearest alarm pull station.
- The evacuation route from your location.
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NCCC has been designated as the first StormReady community college in Kansas. Please see the NOAA website for more information.
- A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH: Severe thunderstorms are possible in your area. Thunderstorms are defined as severe if they produce winds in excess of 58 mph and/or produce hail of ¾ of an inch in diameter or larger. No EAP message will be issued.
- A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING: Severe thunderstorms are occurring, or imminent. Keep in mind that tornadoes occasionally develop in areas where severe thunderstorm watches or warnings are in effect. Remain alert to signs of approaching tornados and seek shelter if threatening conditions exist. An EAP message may be issued, depending upon the severity of storm system.
- A TORNADO WATCH: Indicates that conditions exist for a tornado to develop. Be prepared to move to a safe area. An EAP message will be issued.
- A TORNADO WARNING: Indicates that a tornado has actually been sighted or indicated on radar. If a tornado warning has been issued for your area, move to your pre-designated place of safety (found below and on the last page of this document). An EAP message will be issued.
The key to disaster action lies in being prepared. NOAA and the National Weather Service provide an early warning system through the use of "Watches and Warnings" with area notification by sirens. When you hear the warning sirens, immediately go to a place where you can hear a radio.
In all cases, when you hear a siren, tune your radio to any station.
Listen to emergency information and instructions broadcast by NOAA and the National Weather Service.
Local radio stations will also broadcast information about the status of college functions — if they are open, closed, who should or should not report to work.
Please utilize text messaging as your primary means of communication and avoid voice calls during an emergency. [ Back to Top]
Emergency Action Plan
This document has been prepared to offer guidelines for events that are unusual to the campus environment. It is provided to the faculty, staff, and students of Neosho County Community College. Most disasters are caused by circumstances beyond our control, but with proper preparation, we will strive to minimize the inconvenience to the campus populations. In planning for any natural or man-made disaster, a decision to evacuate the building or to take cover is not always clear-cut. Important variables are the amount of time to prepare, the time of day, and the degree of potential destruction.
Chain of Command and Emergency Closings
The emergency disaster plan deals with problems with facilities. The chain of command would, by necessity, extend from the President and Vice-presidents toward the Deans and Directors. The procedure has been established for many years to follow a particular guideline in closing the college. The decision to close the Chanute campus is made by the Vice-President of Student Learning or his/her designee in conjunction with the Vice-President for Operations. The decision to close the Ottawa campus is made by the Dean of the Ottawa campus or his/her designee.
The Vice-President or Dean is responsible for notifying a specific list of staff members of the decision. From these initial contacts, others are notified, and subsequently local radio and TV stations are notified. [ Back to Top]
College authorities will make the decision to close the campus, usually prior to 6:00 a.m. the day of classes. The decision to close evening classes will be made prior to 5:00 p.m. Information will be made available to the following radio and TV stations:
|Chanute Campus ||Ottawa Campus |
|KINZ – 95.3 FM ||Chanute ||KOFO – 1220 AM || |
|KKOY – 105.5 FM ||Chanute ||LAZER – 105.9 FM ||Lawrence |
|Cablevision of Chanute ||Chanute ||KLWN – 1320 AM ||Lawrence |
|KKOW - 96.9 FM ||Pittsburg ||WIBW – 580 AM ||Topeka |
|KOAM TV CH 7 ||Pittsburg ||WIBW – CH 13 ||Topeka |
|KIKS - 101.5 FM ||Iola ||97Country - 97.3 FM ||Topeka |
|KLKC - 93.5 FM ||Parsons ||CH 4, CH 5, CH 9 ||Kansas City |
| || ||KJHK - 90.7 FM ||Lawrence |
In addition, the College's phone system message will be updated with the latest closing information. Chanute campus students may call 800-729-6222 (KS only) or 620-431-2820 at any time for Chanute campus closing information. Ottawa students may call 888-466-2688 (KS only) or 785-242-2067 at any time for Ottawa campus closing information.
The College also utilizes a cell-phone text messaging system which will be used to distribute and send emergency messages to all subscribers by location. Students are automatically enrolled and parents can sign up for the text messaging system by clicking on the following link and filling in the brief form: Subscribe to Panther Text Net
Appropriate action will be taken. The storm warning take cover siren may be activated. Everyone should go to an area away from outside glass.
Do not leave buildings during severe lightning. Bring inside any persons who are outside. Keep as far away as possible from windows, outside doors, metal fixtures, and plug-in electrical appliances. Refrain from using telephones. If already in a vehicle in a parking lot, stay there. When leaving a vehicle, or a building, avoid walking in puddles.
A. Notify any SSC member. (Dial 0 or 911 if warranted)
B. Attempt to isolate troublemaker(s). (SSC member)
C. If necessary, the SSC member will call the police.
Internal Gas Leaks
A. Notify any SSC member. (Dial 0 or 316-377-8911 if no answer, page maintenance at 913-396-9506).
B. Evacuate building if necessary.
C. The SSC member will determine if the fire department should be notified.
D. If necessary, the SSC member will cancel activities in a building or section of campus.
A. Call any SSC member. (Dial 0 or 316-377-8911 if no answer, page maintenance at 913-396-9506).
B. Determine hazard potential if possible.
C. Determine whether to evacuate or remain in classes.
D. Determine need to shut off fresh air intakes. (Maintenance)
E. Keep doors closed.
F. Turn off ventilation system if necessary. (Maintenance)
High Hazardous Material Incident
In a high risk hazmat incident, with a large spill of potentially toxic, flammable, explosive or reactive material, the fire alarm will be activated by any SSC member or faculty/staff in order to initiate the evacuation of the building(s).
All persons within the building(s) will be notified to leave in an orderly fashion, using the same evacuation procedures as for a fire. Do not use the elevators, and assist handicapped persons to evacuate.
You will be notified by a SSC member when it is safe to return to the buildings(s).
Low to Moderate Hazardous Material Incident
In a low or moderate risk hazmat incident with an incidental spill of insignificant toxic, flammable, explosive or reactive material, you may be asked to evacuate a room, several rooms, or an entire floor. Faculty or any SSC member will direct you away from the spill area for your safety and so that you do not impede cleanup operations.
You will be notified by a SSC member when it is safe to return to the area.
In all hazardous material incidents, a trained Hazmat Team will respond to the location of the incident. If needed, other outside agencies will be notified. [ Back to Top]
Call for help if the victim:
- is or becomes unconscious.
- has trouble breathing or is breathing in a strange way.
- has chest pain or pressure.
- is bleeding severely.
- has pressure or pain in the abdomen that does not go away.
- is vomiting or passing blood.
- has seizures, a severe headache, or slurred speech.
- appears to have been poisoned.
- has injuries to the head, neck, or back.
- has possible broken bones.
- Do not move a seriously injured person unless a life-threatening situation exists.
- Call the dispatcher at 911. Give your name, location, and telephone number. Provide as much information as possible regarding the nature of the injury or illness, whether or not the victim is conscious, etc. Officers are trained in emergency first aid and CPR; they will also contact and direct medical personnel to the scene.
- After you call dispatch, return to the victim, if necessary. Administer first aid and/or initiate CPR if you have been trained.
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Any member of the college community who commits sexual offense is subject to criminal prosecution and college disciplinary procedures. Under college disciplinary procedures, a variety of sanctions may be imposed including dismissal or loss of employment. By law, all college disciplinary procedures provide due-process protection for the accuser and the accused. At the conclusion of the mandated hearings related to sexual offense, both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the decision and sanction. Any student who is sexually assaulted should report the incident to either any SSC member or the police or sheriff’s department regardless of whether or not the student intends to press charges. A victim's physical and emotional well-being is of paramount concern.
However, it is important to consider preserving physical evidence to assist in apprehending and prosecuting any attacker.
Students who are victims of a sexual offense will be assisted in continuing their studies by changing academic or living arrangements whenever requested by students and if such changes are possible.
Stalking is an intentional, malicious and repeated following or harassment of another person and making a credible threat with the intent to place such person in reasonable fear for such person's safety, as defined by K.S.A. 21-3438, and is a criminal offense. If you feel you are a victim of a stalker, please notify the police department or sheriff’s office immediately. [ Back to Top]
The possession or use of lethal weapons on College premises is strictly prohibited. Lethal weapons include but are not limited to firearms, ammunition, bows/arrows, knives, explosives, and dangerous substances as defined by K.S.A 72-89a01(h). Any person found in violation may be subject to the provisions of state law, College policy, and the Student Handbook.
Excerpt from existing NCCC Safety and Security Policies
HANDGUN EXCEPTION TO WEAPONS POLICY
In accordance with the Kansas Personal and Family Protection Act, K.S.A. 75-7c01 et seq., as amended (the “Act”) and other applicable Federal/State laws, it is permissible and will not be a violation of the NCCC Weapons Policy for the carrying of a concealed Handgun on Campus as permitted and specifically allowed by the Act, and also in accordance with the Concealed Carry Restrictions set forth below.
Concealed Carry Restrictions:
Concealed Carry: Each individual who lawfully possesses a Handgun on Campus (must be at least 21 years of age) shall be wholly and solely responsible for carrying, storing and using that Handgun in a safe manner and in accordance with the law and this Policy. Individuals who carry a Handgun on Campus must carry it concealed on or about their person at all times. “Concealed” means completely hidden from view and does not reveal the Handgun in any way, shape or form. “About” the person means that an individual may carry a Handgun if it can be carried securely in a suitable carrier, such as a backpack, purse, handbag or other personal carrier designed and intended for the carrying of an individual’s personal items. Moreover, the carrier must at all times remain within the exclusive and uninterrupted control of the individual. This includes wearing the carrier with one or more straps consistent with the carrier’s design, carrying or holding the carrier or setting the carrier next to or within the immediate reach/control of the individual. It shall be a violation of this Policy to openly display any lawfully possessed Handgun while on Campus.
Statutory Restrictions: Kansas Statutes define when an individual is permitted to carry a concealed Handgun and impose criminal penalties for violations. Violation of State and Federal Laws, Rules, and Regulations applicable to firearms in general and concealed Handguns specifically is a violation of this Policy.
Location Restrictions: Certain Campus buildings and/or Public Areas (as defined at K.S.A. 75-7c20) within Campus buildings can be permanently or temporarily designated to prohibit concealed Handguns. There are no Campus buildings or Public Areas that have been permanently designated to prohibit concealed Handguns with Adequate Security Measures (ASMs) in place. However, the NCCC Vice President for Operations (VPO) may temporarily designate a specific location as prohibiting concealed Handguns and use temporary ASMs as defined and required by law. Appropriate notice will be given whenever this temporary designation is made.
Campus locations leased by NCCC or used for Off-Campus Activity, and owned by an entity that may lawfully exclude or permit firearms at their premises (concealed or otherwise), may choose at their sole discretion to exclude or permit Handguns from their premises, notwithstanding a lease or use arrangement with NCCC. If Handguns are excluded at such locations and would otherwise be permitted by this Policy, individuals are expected to comply with the rules imposed by the location.
Safety Requirements: To reduce the risk of accidental discharge on Campus, when carrying a concealed Handgun on Campus (whether on the person or in a carrier), the concealed Handgun is to be secured in a holster that completely covers the trigger and the entire trigger guard area and that secures an external hammer in an un-cocked position through the use of a strap or by other means. The holster is to have sufficient tension or grip on the Handgun to retain it in the holster even when subjected to unexpected jostling. Handguns with an external safety are to be carried with the safety in the “on” position. Semiautomatic Handguns are to be carried without a chambered round of ammunition and revolvers with the hammer resting on an empty cylinder.
Storage: Handgun storage is not provided by NCCC. Individuals may store a Handgun in the individual’s vehicle when the vehicle is locked and the Handgun is secured in a location within the vehicle that is not visible from outside the vehicle; Handgun storage by any other means is prohibited.
Specifically, it is prohibited for any individual to store a Handgun: i) in a vehicle that is unlocked or when the Handgun is visible from outside the vehicle, ii) in an individual’s office, iii) in an unattended backpack/carrier, iv) in any type of locker or v) in any other location and under any circumstances except as specifically permitted by this Policy and by state and federal law.
Training: Training on the proper handling of a concealed Handgun is encouraged. All NCCC employees are eligible for NCCC continuing education training reimbursement to supplement training for local, noncredit workshops, which could include a gun safety course (for reimbursement, employees must submit an Application to Staff or Faculty Development). Additionally, NCCC may periodically offer on-campus presentations to students/employees related to safe Handgun practices.
Any report of Weapons on a NCCC Campus will be addressed by local police departments in coordination with NCCC. The lawful carrying of a concealed Handgun should not create concerns on Campus; however, anything other than the lawful carrying of a concealed Handgun has the potential to create confusion and additional risk during police responses.
Applicability: This Policy applies to all Neosho County Community College (NCCC or “College”) students, employees and visitors: i) on the NCCC main campus, Ottawa campus, and within locations owned or leased by NCCC that are not part of the NCCC main or Ottawa campuses (collectively, “Campus”), or ii) when attending/participating in or performing College duties at any off-Campus College sponsored or supervised classes, practices, activities or other programs (collectively, “Off-Campus Activity”).
Enforcement: Any individual violating this Policy will be subject to appropriate disciplinary action, including but not limited to suspension/expulsion, termination of employment, immediate removal/trespass from the premises and/or arrest. Enforcement of violations of this Policy will be administered by the NCCC Dean of Student Services or Director of Human Resources, as appropriate.
State and Federal Law: The foregoing Handgun Exception To Weapons Policy shall be subject to State and Federal Laws, Rules and Regulations as they may be amended or interpreted. If any part of any rule or restriction set forth above is determined to be unenforceable due to any such law, rule, or regulation, it shall not affect the enforceability of the balance of the policy. The office of the Vice President for Operations (VPO) or designee may from time to time disseminate a summary of Kansas statutory restrictions and definitions which shall thereafter be incorporated in and made a part of this policy.
- Suspected violations of this Policy should be reported to the office of the VPO, designee, or NCCC Safety Officers:
- Call: 620-432-0301 Chanute campus; 785-248-2798 Ottawa campus
- Emergency reports concerning threats or violence on campus:
- Call: 620-432-0301 Chanute campus; 785-248-2798 Ottawa campus
- Walk- in:Operations office, Sanders Hall, Chanute campus only; Dean of Ottawa and Online Campuses, Ottawa campus only
- Via web site: NCCC Share A Concern at https://cm.maxient.com/reportingform.php?NeoshoCountyCC&layout_id=20.
- Call 911
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Loitering / Illegal Entry
Loitering in classrooms, hallways, parking lots and other areas not generally considered to be gathering locations on campus is strictly prohibited. College officials have the right to remove any person or persons found loitering or causing general disturbance on the campus.
Any person or persons found in the act of illegal entry, whether to personal property or the property of the College, will be detained and turned over to the proper authorities, and may face fines and/or imprisonment as prescribed by state and local statute.
Interference with College officials during the lawful performance of their duties is a criminal offense as defined by K.S.A 21-3828. The police and/or sheriff’s office will be called to remove such violators.
Access to sensitive information handling areas such as Technology Services operations shall be physically restricted to authorized personnel only. Restricted information handling areas, Technology Services network operations, computer labs, and hazardous materials areas, should be protected by motion detector alarms during hours when no authorized persons are present. It will be the responsibility of the Director of Technology Services to set and regularly change security codes of the alarm systems and notify/train appropriate staff.
Keys/ID cards used to control access to physical facilities shall be stringently controlled via an inventory system and related procedures under the direction of the Chief Operations Officer (see College Keys). The Vice-President for Operations serves as the "CHIEF OPERATIONS OFFICER", or "COO" for the college. Access to buildings after hours shall be limited. Keys to NCCC facilities shall be issued only to full-time/permanent part-time employees that need specific access outside regular business hours. Key capture devices shall be used for all master keys. Keys may be checked out on a temporary basis from the Chief Operations Officer or designee, provided the appropriate checkout forms have been completed. Following is the standard key control procedure:
NCCC Key Inventory List
|Key Recipient ||Access Detail |
|Administrator ||Key to individual office and building, vault if necessary |
|Staff ||Key to individual office and building, vault if necessary |
|Faculty ||Key to individual office, classroom, and building |
|Clerical ||Key to vault if access is necessary, key to building, office |
|Coaches ||Key to individual office, building, and athletic facilities as appropriate |
|Maintenance ||Key to whatever building they have responsibility for only and access to other offices as granted by owners |
See additional personnel safety security requirements in the Physical Security appendix.
College Keys/ID badges
Employees will be issued an appropriate key(s) and ID badges to the areas(s) where they need access. Each employee will sign an agreement acknowledging receipt of the key(s) and ID badges agreeing to the following conditions:
1. Not to transfer, give possession of, misuse, modify or alter the above key(s) and ID badges;
2. Not to cause, allow or contribute to the making of any unauthorized copies of the above key(s) and ID badges;
3. Any lost or broken key(s) and ID badges shall be reported immediately to the Chief Operations Officer or designee. The employee who loses a key or ID badge may be assessed the cost of replacing the key or ID badge and re-keying the system;
4. Keys(s) and ID badges can be checked out by any employee by contacting the Chief Operations Officer or designee;
5. Employees who need access to an area on a permanent basis will be issued a key by the Chief Operations Officer upon receiving a written request signed by the supervisor;
6. Employees leaving NCCC shall be required to return key(s) and ID badges on or before the end of the last scheduled workday. If key(s) and ID badges are not returned to the college, the employee’s final paycheck will be held until key(s) and ID badges are received by the Chief Operations Officer or designee.
This college provides access to the vast information resources of the Internet to students, faculty and staff in their educational endeavors via our college network. The facilities that provide this access represent a considerable commitment of resources for telecommunications, networking, software, hardware and personnel.
First and foremost, the Internet for this college is an educational tool, provided to you at significant cost. That means we expect you to use your Internet access primarily for educationally related purposes, i.e., to communicate with students, other college personnel and colleagues, to research relevant topics and obtain useful educational Information. We insist that you conduct yourself honestly and appropriately on the Internet, and respect the copyrights, software licensing rules, property rights, privacy and prerogatives of others, just as you would in any other personal or business dealing.
This college network and Internet access must not be used to violate the laws and regulations of the United States or any other nation, or the laws and regulations of any state, city, province or other local jurisdiction in any material way. The college will cooperate with any legitimate law enforcement investigation activity, including production of Internet activity logs, computer network and Internet access information upon proper request.
No employee, student or patron may use the college network or Internet access to knowingly disable or overload any computer system or network, or to circumvent any system intended to protect the privacy or security of another user (commonly known as "hacking"). No employee, student or patron should attempt to disable, defeat or circumvent any college security facility.
Use of college network or Internet access or other means to commit infractions such as misuse of college assets or resources, sexual harassment, unauthorized public speaking and misappropriation of intellectual property are also prohibited by general college policy and will be governed by the relevant provisions of the Board Policy Handbook and Computer Resource and Internet Usage Policy.
NCCC reserves the right to remove any user from the college network or Internet access at any time. Violators may also be subject to additional disciplinary and/or legal action as provided for in the Board Policy Handbook, Computer Resource and Internet Usage Policy, or appropriate state or federal statutes.
Deviation from any of these policies requires prior approval of the CIO.
The Board of Trustees at all times reserves the right to add to, delete from, alter or amend these policies.
Security Policy/Organizational Structure
Information is a principal organizational asset and it shall be protected to a degree commensurate with its sensitivity and criticality. Information shall be appropriately protected in all its representations (verbal, handwritten, electronic, etc.) and it shall be protected in all its environments (time-sharing system, public data network, in-house computer, etc.). Information shall be protected throughout its processing life cycle (origination, entry, processing, dissemination, storage, and disposal). It shall be both indicated and acknowledged that the president and administration shall be responsible for providing the direction, resources, support, and review necessary in ensuring the appropriate protection of information. Accountability and responsibility for the protection of all information assets shall be assigned to the CIO. Some responsibility for information security, however, shall rest with all employees on an ongoing basis.
The CIO shall be assigned the duties of information security coordinator. Supervisors will be responsible for security in individual areas pursuant to following policies. Information security efforts throughout NCCC shall be coordinated via the Technology Services department. The following specific staff members are identified as the people to handle information security emergencies, by area, should such emergencies arise.
Chain of Command:
|Area ||Primary Contact ||2nd Contact ||3rd Contact ||4th Contact |
|Administrative Affairs ||President ||VP for Student Learning ||VP for Operations ||CFO|
|Academic Affairs ||VP for Student Learning ||Division Chairs ||President || |
|Safety/Security ||VP for Operations ||Associate Dean for Operations ||President ||VP for Student Learning |
|Emergency Action Plan (EAP) ||President ||VP for Student Learning ||VP for Operations ||CFO |
|Tech Services Operations ||Director of Technology Services ||Dean for Operations / CIO ||VP for Operations ||Network Services Administrator |
|Business Operations ||CFO ||President ||Accounting Specialist ||Cashier |
|Student Services ||Dean of Student Services ||Registrar ||Director of Financial Aid || |
|Buildings/Grounds ||Director of Facilities ||VP for Operations ||Dean for Operations / CIO || |
|Building/Room Scheduling ||AA for President ||AA for VP for Student Learning ||AA for VP for Operations ||VP for Operations |
|Vehicle Scheduling ||AA for VP for Operations ||VP for Operations ||Director of Facilities ||Dean for Operations / CIO |
|Housing ||Director of Residence and Student Life ||Coordinator of Residence Life ||Dean of Student Services ||VP for Student Learning |
|Ottawa ||Dean ||Assistant Dean ||VP for Student Learning ||President |
|Keys/Physical Access ||VP for Operations ||Dean for Operations / CIO ||Director of Facilities || |
|Athletics ||Athletic Director ||Asst. Director of Athletics ||President || |
The information security coordinator (and the dean of Ottawa campus) will be responsible for maintaining a contact phone list with the appropriate emergency services.
Physical Security Appendix
The opening of emergency only exits will cause an audible alarm to sound. All outside areas shall be adequately lighted per ADA or OSHA standards. Emergency lighting shall also be installed in all inside rooms, per ADA or OSHA standards.
Physical access to the network control center in technology services operations shall be restricted to authorized technology services personnel only. The back door to the Student Services office shall be locked between the hours of 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 a.m.
College seal and signature stamps shall be kept in a secure place per statutes. Signature stamps and other items used to indicate management approval of output shall be kept in a secure location away from sensitive output forms (such as check stock).
Cash box should be secured when the cashier is not present but will be under video surveillance at all times.
Mirrors should be placed in low visibility areas in offices to assist staff with security monitoring.
Confidential material or sensitive hardcopy output shall be properly disposed of by either shredding or burning. If sensitive hardcopy data are kept stored prior to disposal, this storage should be in secure containers (e.g., locked metal mailbox-like containers). File cabinets containing confidential or sensitive data should be locked when not in use.
Information Security Appendix
The Associate Dean for Operations serves as the "CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER", or "CIO" for the college. The CIO is responsible for information security procedures. Security policies will be regarded as reasonable directives of the immediate supervisor. Failure to comply is valid reason or cause for suspension, demotion, or termination of any employee.
Personnel access shall be limited to only the information required to perform a job (also referred to as “need to know”).
The identity of all users on NCCC network shall be authenticated with a password and user-ID code; such that no user will be allowed to use the system without having been positively identified first. All user-Ids shall be unique to individual assignees. Passwords shall be required to be changed, automatically, every 31 days, and should under no circumstance be shared with other individuals. In addition, no user should sign on and allow another individual to use that workstation without first signing off. Users should never leave a signed-on workstation unattended.
The work of all persons involved in on-line data input and output will be traceable to such individuals via data base record time stamp, and individual library.
Data input and output operators shall be prohibited from working alone, unless authorized by their appropriate supervisor.
Employees and students at NCCC may have access to certain on-line computer services pursuant to agreement(s) which may be entered into between NCCC and Internet service providers.
With regard to use of on-line computer services, NCCC employees and students shall use the software and access provided through NCCC only in accordance with licensing and use agreement(s) with the service provider, and shall not utilize the service to violate the privacy of any other employee or students, or to obtain or release private or confidential information or records of NCCC, its employees or students.
NCCC employees or students learning of any misuse of software or on-line computer services at the college shall notify the CIO.
The CIO shall be responsible to conduct investigation of any breach of computer information security reported to him and insure compliance with board policy. The CIO shall have the right to immediately terminate on-line computer access of any employee or student for violation of this policy. NCCC reserves the right to log Internet use and to monitor file service space utilization by users while respecting the privacy of user accounts. NCCC also reserves the right to remove any user from the network at any time.
The Technology Services department shall create and keep current a procedures manual describing standard operating procedures, etc. User-related procedures should be documented by individual departments and kept current.
NCCC licenses the use of its computer software from a variety of outside companies. NCCC does not own this software or its related documentation and, unless authorized by the software developer, does not have the right to reproduce it.
With regard to use on local area network or on multiple machines, NCCC employees shall use the software only in accordance with the license agreement.
NCCC employees learning of any misuse of software or related documentation within the college shall notify their immediate supervisor.
The Director of Technology Services shall be responsible to insure compliance with board policy and the US Copyright Law. The director shall have the right to immediately remove any illegally installed software in accordance with board policy.
Local Area Network Server/Personal Computer Backup
The Technology Services department (or delegate) will be responsible for the backup and recovery of all NCCC local area network (LAN) servers. Backup will be done regularly and will provide for adequate safety in the event of a data loss. The Technology Services department will document specific LAN server backup and recovery procedures.
It will be the responsibility of Technology Services to maintain the appropriate software license for all software contained on the PC. The Technology Services department may require proof of license for any software package located on any machine. Software without supporting license documentation will be removed immediately from the machine as per board policy.
The Technology Services department will be responsible for maintaining license materials for all software contained on the NCCC LAN servers. License materials will be inventoried and stored as per the Technology Services standard operating procedures manual.
Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990
The college administration works with local law enforcement agencies in preventing and reporting criminal activities involving all college-sponsored events. Uniformed security officers are hired for special occasions such as ball games and dances.
Students and staff should report any unlawful activities to college officials including, but not limited to, the president, vice president of academic and student affairs, vice president for operations, deans of student development, outreach and workforce development and the Ottawa campus, and coordinators of residence and student life. Students and staff will be informed of the appropriate officials through the distribution of the student handbook and the personnel handbook during orientation activities or in-service meetings.
Residence students should report unlawful activities to the coordinators of residence and student life. The coordinators will inform the president, vice presidents, dean of student development, and local police, as necessary.
At the beginning of each semester the dean of student development, the coordinators of residence and student life, and the vice president for operations will inform dormitory students of procedures for reporting unlawful activities and discuss expectations during college-sponsored activities. Security and safety handouts are available to students during orientation and to staff during in-service meetings. These handouts are also available in the administrative offices on both campuses.
Local law enforcement agencies record all arrests of students involved in activities both on and off-campus. All campus criminal activities and arrests based upon information from local law enforcement agencies are published once each year in the student handbook. Interested persons may contact the dean of student services for the latest statistics.
The consumption, distribution, or possession of alcohol (including 3.2 beer) or illicit drugs by students or employees is prohibited in any college building, on college grounds, or at any college-sponsored activity.
Any student who consumes alcohol or uses illicit drugs before entering any college grounds or college building, attending any college-sponsored activity, or traveling to and from any college-sponsored activity shall be refused entrance and admission and may be placed on probation, suspended, or expelled in accordance with the provisions of board policy, student handbook, and state law. For the same reasons, employees may be placed on probation, suspended, or discharged from work.
A student or any employee may also be required to meet with a campus counselor. College personnel may refer students or employees to any medical treatment or social service agency to complete a drug or alcohol abuse education or treatment program as a condition of continued enrollment or employment when such student or employee is reasonably believed to be abusing alcohol or other drugs. The cost of completing such a program will be the responsibility of the student or the employee.
The assistant dean of enrollment management works with various community agencies to provide education and assistance for students and employees who seek drug and alcohol abuse information. These agencies are also listed in the student handbook and the personnel handbook.
Students and employees are reminded that local, state, and federal laws provide for a variety of legal sanctions and penalties for the unlawful possession, distribution, and consumption of illicit drugs and alcohol. These sanctions include, but are not limited to, incarceration and monetary fines.
The Federal Controlled Substance Act provides penalties of up to 15 years imprisonment and fines of up to $25,000 for unlawful distribution or possession with intent to distribute narcotics. For unlawful possession of a controlled substance, a person is subject to up to one year of imprisonment and fines up to $5,000. Any person who unlawfully distributes a controlled substance to a person under twenty-one years of age may be punished by up to twice the term of imprisonment and fines otherwise authorized by law.
Kansas law provides that any person who violates the criminal statues on controlled substances by possessing, offering for sale, distributing, or manufacturing opiates and narcotics, such as cocaine and heroin, shall be guilty of a class “C” felony. For a conviction of a class “C” felony, the court may sentence a person to a term of imprisonment of a minimum of three to five years with a maximum of 10-20 years and a fine of up to $15,000. Unlawful possession of a depressant, stimulant, or hallucinogenic drug is punishable as a class “A” misdemeanor, with a penalty of up to a year in jail and a fine of $2,500. Depressants include barbiturates and Valium. Hallucinogens include LSD, marijuana, and psilocybin. State law classifies amphetamines and methamphetamines as stimulants.
Article 7 of the Kansas Liquor Control Act provides for punishments ranging up to six (6) months’ imprisonment and fines of up to $1,000 for violations of statutes relating to the possession and distribution of alcohol.
More detailed information regarding drug abuse is available through student services, counseling services, and the libraries.
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Resource Telephone Numbers
|NCCC Counseling Services || |
(Chanute) 620-431-2820 x 280(Ottawa)785-242-2067 x 303
|AIDS Awareness ||800-342-AIDS |
|AIDS Resource Network ||800-738-AIDS |
|Alcoholic Anonymous ||620-431-1064 |
|Child Abuse & Neglect Hotline ||800-922-5330 |
|DECCA (Ottawa) ||785-242-7100 |
|Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) ||866-327-8200 |
|Kansas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Services ||620-473-2242 |
|Kansas Alcohol and Drug Abuse Section (SRS) ||785-296-3925 |
|Kansas Arson/Crime Hotline ||800-KS-CRIME |
|Kansas Crisis Hotline (Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault) ||888-363-2287 |
|Kansas Division of Environment (Emergency Spill Response) ||785-296-1679 |
|Kansas Division of Health (Bioterrorism Incident) ||877-427-7317 |
|Kansas Epidemiologic Services (Reportable Diseases) ||877-427-7317 |
|Kansas Highway Patrol ||620-431-2100 |
|Kansas State Fire Marshall ||866-542-9628 |
|Mid-America Poison Control Center ||800-222-1222 |
|National Institute on Drug Abuse ||800-662-4357 |
|National Cocaine Hotline ||800-Cocaine |
|National Clearing House ||800-SayNoTo |
|National Response Center (Toxic Chemicals, Oil Spills & Terrorist Threats) ||800-424-8802 |
|National Runaway Switchboard ||800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) |
|National Suicide Prevention Lifeline ||800-273-8255 |
|Southeast Kansas Mental Health Center ||620-431-7890 |
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When the National Terrorism Advisory System announces a security alert the College will act promptly to notify all constituents.
The National Terrorism Advisory System, or NTAS, replaces the color-coded Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). This new system will more effectively communicate information about terrorist threats by providing timely, detailed information to the public, government agencies, first responders, airports and other transportation hubs, and the private sector. It recognizes that Americans all share responsibility for the nation's security, and should always be aware of the heightened risk of terrorist attack in the United States and what they should do. (Source: NTAS website, www.dhs.gov/alerts)
Current NTAS Alerts can be found at the following link: http://www.dhs.gov/files/programs/ntas.shtm#current . [ Back to Top]