Emergency Notification to Students, Faculty and Staff

St. Augustine Emergency Notification to Students, Faculty and Staff

In compliance with state and federal law, St. Augustine has an Emergency Notification System to reach all students, faculty and staff. This system provides immediate notification to the St. Augustine community through e-mail, cell phone and land line contacts, and is posted on the St. Augustine website about any emergency at any or all teaching locations of the College.

When it is necessary to close the College during regular business hours due to an emergency, including a weather emergency, an announcement indicating that the College is closed will be broadcast on WMAQ (670 AM), WGN (720 AM) and WBBM (780 AM) radio stations.

In order for the St. Augustine Emergency Notification System to reach all students, faculty and staff, you are assigned a St. Augustine e-mail address. In addition, the System will reach you at any e-mail or phone number that you provide to the College when you register for the semester.

Emergency Situations

If you observe a situation that requires an emergency response, call 911 immediately for assistance from the Chicago Fire Department, Emergency Medical Services or the Chicago Police Department.

The addresses when reporting an emergency situation are:

  • Main Campus: 1333-45 W. Argyle, Chicago, IL 60640
  • West Location: 3255 W. Armitage, Chicago, IL 60647
  • South Location: 2610 W. 25th Place, Chicago, IL 60608
  • Southeast Location: 11000 South Ewing Ave., Chicago IL 60617
  • Aurora Location: 841 N. Lake St., Aurora, IL 60506
  • Institute for Workforce Education: 1333-45 W. Argyle, Chicago, IL 60640

Notify the Administration at the Main Campus (773.878.8756) or the West, South or Southeast locations or the Institute for Workforce Education of any emergency either after calling 911 and finding a safe location, or directly if immediate assistance is not required.

Campus Safety and Security and Compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure Act
Originally known as the Campus Security Act, the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (20 USC § 1092(f)) is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses. St. Augustine College complies with the Jeanne Clery Act. In addition, the College complies with the Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act 2013, which expanded the Clery Act’s definition of sexual assault crimes (forcible and non-forcible) to include domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. St. Augustine College collects information to provide institutional safety policies and crime statistics to students. Further information regarding the annual crime statistics is available through the Office of Academic and Student Affairs.

The College Has the Following Policies Regarding Emergency Situations:

Fire Evacuation
Anyone observing or suspecting a fire in any building should immediately:
• Pull the fire alarm;
• Call 911 to alert the fire department to come immediately. Tell the location clearly.
• All students, faculty and staff must immediately evacuate to the parking lot at any St. Augustine building.
• Supervisors and faculty are expected to ensure that all persons in their responsibility have evacuated immediately and are accounted for whenever the fire alarm is sounded.
• Communication should be maintained among faculty and supervisors as the situation progresses or the most immediate person in the chain of command issues an “all clear.”

Violent Assault (no weapon)
Immediately call 911 whenever a violent assault observed, describing the address and location on campus, the situation you are observing, the features of the perpetrator, and if anyone is hurt or injured.
• If reasonable, try to distract the person to stop confrontation, but do not engage in the struggle.
• Find a safe place away from the offender as quickly as possible.
• Alert everyone in the area to the danger and to exit the area.
• If possible, after calling 911 and finding a safe location, contact front office to alert them to the situation and provide assistance as needed.
• At the South and West sites, get security guard to take charge of situation.

Vandalism or Property Damage
• Property damage does not merit risking safety, even if observed.
• Call 911 and notify front office, identifying the address and location on campus, the perpetrator and the situation as thoroughly as possible.
• Assure that anyone in the vicinity is alerted and evacuates area, and exit yourself.

Active Shooter or Violent Threat
• If you see or know that a person has a firearm on campus or if you hear shots fired on campus or if you witness an armed person shooting people, protect yourself first – move to a safe location.
• As soon as possible, call 911. Tell the dispatcher your name, address/location, and cell phone number and describe the situation you are reporting: who, what, when, where, how and why (if known). Is anyone hurt or injured?
• If possible, alert others in the immediate area about the current situation.
• When you encounter the police, keep your hands empty and in plain view at all times. Listen to their instructions and do exactly what they say. If you are evacuating, carry nothing that could be mistaken for a weapon.
• If the shooter is outside the building or in a hallway, turn off all the lights, close and block the door with desks and chairs. If you can do so safely, get all occupants on the floor, remain silent, silence cell phones, and remain out of the line of fire.
• If the shooter is inside your building and it is possible to escape the area safely and avoid danger, do so by the nearest exit or window. Leave in the room books, backpacks, purses, etc.
• As you exit the building, keep your hands above your head and listen for instructions that may be given by police officers. If an officer points a firearm at you, make no movement that may cause the officer to mistake your actions for a threat. Try to stay calm.

Medical Emergencies
• Call 911 and tell the dispatcher the address/location, nature of the medical emergency and your cell phone number and describe the situation you are reporting: who, what, when, where, how and why (if known).
• Administer CPR if trained or reach the nearest Respiratory Therapy faculty, all of whom are CPR trained and can provide emergency assistance, immediately.
• Remain with the person in distress until Emergency Medical Technicians arrive and provide them with as much information as possible about the person and circumstances.
• Contact the front office about the circumstance and action as quickly as possible.

Snow Emergency
• A snow emergency is determined by the President based upon the forecast or ongoing circumstances like an accumulation;
• Elements for consideration are combination of ice, driving conditions are/will be exceptionally hazardous, etc.
• The President or his designee will notify a snow emergency to the system for distribution to radio, TV, and websites. Once the Emergency Notification System is implemented, messages will be sent to all students, faculty and staff regarding the cancellation.
• Options could be cancellation for morning, evening, or both. Customarily St. Augustine is closed for only one day.

Gas Leak or Chemical Spill
• Call 911 immediately if a gas leak is smelled or a chemical spill occurs. If there is a gas leak, the dispatcher will relay a message to the gas company. Be sure to tell the dispatcher the address and location of the gas smell/leak or chemical spill.
• Do not touch any chemicals that have been spilled or attempt to clean up. Rather, keep everyone away, and be sure that no one places a spark or fire source near a gas leak or chemical spill.
• Evacuate everyone in the immediate vicinity of any gas leak or chemical spill and assist in alerting everyone in the building if a gas leak threatens the safety of students, faculty and staff beyond the immediate vicinity.

Power Outage
• If there is a power outage, wait 30 minutes before dismissing if it is still daylight.
• Dismiss in 15 minutes if it is after dark (Emergency lights in hallways allow for student/faculty who evacuate outside classrooms to wait for a reasonable amount of time).
• Administrative office will check with ComEd for a status report on restoration of power. However, the estimate from ComEd can be more extended than actual restoration. So please hold students for at least 15 minutes if possible before dismissing.

Heat Outage
• Heat loss usually takes up to 12 hours, and, therefore, advanced notice will be provided to all faculty, staff, and students through the new Emergency Notification System if a heat outage of more than 6 hours is anticipated. Please do not dismiss classes if the heat has gone out during class as the temperature will not drop sufficiently in the three hours of class to justify dismissal.
• A notice will also be posted on the Chicago message system about any heat outage or water main breakage that results in closing the college. These are the messages that are scrolled across TV screens and announced on the radio.

Tornado Watch/Warning
• A tornado warning will trigger surveillance as to the direction and intensity of an anticipated tornado to prepare for a possible evacuation.
• Evacuation will immediately be ordered and the fire alarm system will be activated if the Chicago Fire Department sirens are sounded or a tornado warning has been issued by the National Weather Service for the any campus location.
• Evacuation is expected to the 1st floor hallways in all buildings.
• Supervisors and faculty are expected to assure that all persons in their responsibility have evacuated and are accounted for.

Evacuation Drills
• Faculty and supervisors are asked to be sure that those under his/her responsibility know the location of the nearest exit at the beginning of each course.
• If a fire alarm is sounded, it is the responsibility of the faculty and staff to ensure that everyone leaves the building immediately and that all within their class or area have evacuated.

• Doors may not be locked in stairwells from the inside
• Fire alarms are checked routinely according to contract and law
Policy on Controlled Substances and Alcohol Abuse
Drug and alcohol abuse constitutes a grave threat to physical and mental well-being and significantly impedes learning. No student, staff member, faculty, or any other person or persons can manufacture or use, possess, deliver, sell, or distribute any state- or federally-controlled substance on College premises, except as authorized by law. No student, staff, faculty or any other person or persons of legal age, as defined by the State of Illinois, are to consume, transport, or possess any alcoholic beverage on the Main Campus or other locations except as authorized by law or College administrative directives. Any person found to be under the influence of alcohol or other controlled substance while on college property may be subject to disciplinary action by the College.

Any student in need of professional assistance to deal with drugs and alcohol problems shall contact an Academic Advisor, who shall provide information about available community agencies. Staff or faculty in need of assistance should contact Human Resources.

The College reserves the right to act firmly to control either drug or alcohol usage including dismissal from the College and employment. Students should be aware that violations of any state, federal or municipal law while on the main campus or other locations may be subject to enforcement of these laws.
• Smoke-Free Campus
As of July 1, 1993, all College facilities and vehicles are smoke-free environments. This policy is designed to promote and protect the health of students, employees, and visitors and to protect College furnishings and equipment from smoke damage.
• Alcohol and Drug-Free Campus
The College promotes safety in the work place and employee and student health and well-being. Involvement with drugs and alcohol can adversely affect performance, morale, and safety. The College, therefore, maintains a work/study environment free from the effects of drug and alcohol abuse.
• Sanctions
The use, possession, sale, transportation, or distribution of controlled drugs, drug paraphernalia, or alcohol by anyone while on College property or on College business will be cause for discharge. Illegal substances shall be confiscated, and the appropriate law enforcement agencies shall be notified. Notwithstanding this policy, the College may serve alcoholic beverages in moderation at certain College-sponsored social functions.
• Student Assistance Program
Consistent with this goal and with the requirements of the Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1989, the College encourages students with a drug or alcohol problem to contact the Office of Academic Advising for help in dealing with these problems in themselves or in their families.

All communications will be strictly confidential. Students will not be subject to discipline for voluntarily acknowledging their drug or alcohol problem prior to detection. However, voluntary acknowledgment and referral for assistance will not thereafter excuse violations of this drug and alcohol policy for which the student is subject to discipline.