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Campus Safety Information

Hood College is committed to providing a safe campus environment for its students, faculty and staff. Campus Safety is a national concern. While no campus is immune to crime, we want you to be aware of some of the steps that Hood has taken in an attempt to provide a safe environment for our College community.

The department of campus safety patrols the campus 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Officers patrol on foot, by bicycle and vehicle. There are 12 full-time and 6 on-call officers. The patrol section is supported by full-time and on-call dispatchers who staff the Whitaker Information Desk and the College Communications Center. All officers undergo continuous training in accordance with College and state guidelines.

This campus safety team patrols the perimeters of the campus as well as the College grounds. Their presence is evident on campus but not obtrusive. The campus safety officers enforce the laws and regulations of the College and the state of Maryland. officers maintain and preserve peace and good order on campus. The Frederick police department and Frederick County sheriff’s office provide the campus safety department with reports of crimes that occur in their jurisdiction. In addition, the campus safety department maintains a close liaison with other police departments through membership in law enforcement associations at the county, state and national levels.

Please review the following information to become familiar with the programs and services provided by the College so you may become involved as a responsible member of the College community. A copy of our daily crime log is available at the office of campus safety.

Educational Programming

The department of campus safety offers programs that focus on preventing hazardous situations, protecting one’s property, reacting when the unexpected occurs and action is necessary, and taking proactive steps to improve campus safety.

The College strives to ensure that students do not prop open residence hall doors, loan their keys and keycards to others, leave valuables at risk or engage in situations which facilitate acquaintance or date rape.

A student handbook will be issued to every new Hood student this fall. We ask that students become familiar with it.

Parking and Vehicle Registration

Vehicles parked on Hood College property (including the German House) by students, faculty and staff members must be registered with the department of campus safety and must have a vehicle registration hang tag displayed. Vehicles must be registered within 48 hours of bringing the vehicle on campus or before the end of the first academic day following the time any vehicle is on campus. Vehicles may be ticketed for nonregistration and illegal parking. Parking permit is free.

To provide a safe, secure and convenient place for College faculty, staff, students and visitors to park on campus, members of the Hood College community must abide by the rules and regulations of the department of campus safety. Faculty, staff and students must obtain a parking permit to park on campus. Students may register their vehicles online through Hood’s Self-Services portal.Visitors must obtain a visitor pass from the Communications Center in Whitaker Campus Center. Permits are color-coded for distinct College community groups. Complete parking rules and regulations are available through the department of campus safety.

Automobile parking on the campus is very limited. Because of the increased demand for on-campus parking, the College has adopted a policy for strict enforcement, including the use of fines and towing, to better protect the rights of drivers who observe the regulations. See the Campus Safety website for detailed parking regulations.

Fire and Fire Drills

Hood College observes fire and safety precautions and expects students to participate actively in maintaining a safe environment in the residence halls. For fire and safety guidelines, see the student handbook.

Residence Hall Phones

There is a phone on each residence hall floor and in each residence hall lobby, accessible 24 hours a day, with 911 access. In case of an emergency, dial ext. 3111 from any campus phone to contact the telecommunications officer, who will notify the proper authorities.

Emergency Phones

Red Phones

Red emergency phones, which provide immediate access to the College telecommunication office without dialing, can be found on each floor of every residence hall and in the Marx Center.

Blue Light Outdoor Phones

There are 14 outdoor emergency phones that give immediate access to the College telecommunication office. These phones are located throughout the campus and in all of the parking lots.

Call Boxes

A call box is located by the front door of each residence hall for guests to use to contact a resident of that hall. For emergencies, an emergency button on the call box accesses the College telecommunication officer directly.

Residence Hall Staff

The residence halls are staffed by trained, full-time, professional-level Area Coordinators (ACs) and Resident Assistants (RAs). One AC is on duty each night and can be reached by phone. There is one RA living on each floor of the residence halls.

An AC is on duty each night and can be reached by phone. There is one RA living on each floor of the residence halls.

Safety Escort

Officers will provide a safety escort for students, faculty or staff if they are within a one-mile radius of the campus. This service is available and performed 24 hours per day by uniformed officers on foot and in a mobile unit.

Hood Alert

General Information:

  • Hood Alert is the College’s emergency notification system.
  • College administration and security professionals use Hood Alert to reach participating students, faculty, staff, parents and others with time-sensitive information during unforeseen events or emergencies.
  • The system uses voice, e-mail and text messaging.
  • During critical situations, Hood College officials can use the system to broadcast pertinent information and provide instructions as appropriate.
  • The system is ordinarily utilized for emergency purposes only, but it also includes a nonurgent notification option for nonemergencies (i.e., inclement weather, construction or repair work in a building).

What is a Nonurgent Notification?

  • Closure or delays for inclement weather
  • Closure of specific buildings for repairs
  • Campus road closures due to construction

Types of Emergency Text Messages:

  • Serious campus-wide emergency
    • Text directs people to not come to campus. If already on campus, it directs people to stay where they are or move to another location.
    • Classes, activities and events are canceled until the emergency condition is over.
    • Example situations include someone with a gun on campus, armed robbery, or another crime in progress.
     
  • Threat to a specific location
    • Text indicates an emergency at a specific building or location and directs people where to evacuate. It also directs people not to come to campus.
    • Example situations include a bomb threat or hazardous condition in one building on campus.
     
  • General emergency
    • Notifies that an emergency condition exists and directs people to Hood’s website for more information.
    • Example situations include flooding, utility failure or an emergency near Hood.
     
  • Severe weather
    • Text directs people to seek shelter indoors.
    • Used when Frederick County issues a severe weather warning for thunderstorms, severe winds, blizzards, tornados, etc.
     

Severe weather notifications are not school closing notifications.

See the forms to complete section of this notebook for specific instructions on how to sign up for Hood Alert.