PWSC Campus Safety
PWSC Valdez Campus Security Report
Providing a safe instructional, living, and working environment is an important goal at PWSC. PWSC is required by federal law to report crimes that occur on campus and at off-campus locations where University classes and other sponsored activities occur. Those statistics are available by clicking on the button below:
Reported Crimes, Arrests, Disciplinary Referrals, and VAWA Statistics
Related Campus Security Report Information
For a complete listing of all campus security policies pertaining to the Prince William Sound College, see the UAA 2015 Campus Security and Safety Report. Following is a partial compilation of campus safety policies, procedures, and programs in place at the Valdez Campus.
Reporting a Crime
Students, staff, faculty, and visitors should report campus crimes to the Valdez Police Department, and then contact the College Director or Student Services.
- In an emergency, dial 911 and then contact the College Director or Student Services.
- For non-emergencies, phone Soldotna Police and Guardian Security and then contact the College Director or Student Services.
|Police Department||College Director||Student Affairs|
|Valdez Police||Dan O’Connor||Ana Hinkle|
For information on gender-based and sexual misconduct, including information on domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assualt, and stalking, please visit:
UAA’s TIX Website, and PWSC Policies and Procedures – Title IX Equity, and Compliance tab OR contact Bridget Dooley Acting Director & Title IX Coordinator, or Ana Hinkle PWSC Director of Student Affairs: 907-834-1612.
Timely warnings are issued to the Prince William Sound College (PWSC) community when a Clery crime that occurs within our Clery geography is reported to a campus security authority and is considered to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. A timely warning may also be issued for other non-Clery crimes that occur within or near campus when they have the potential to be a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. The College Director or his designee is responsible for coordinating the response. Timely warnings may be communicated through the UA Alerts Notification System which allows participants to choose to be contacted via text message, phone or email; via UAA email; the classroom intercom system; postings throughout the buildings; verbally and/or the College website. Registered students and current employees are automatically enrolled in UA Alerts. To update your contact information in UA ALerts, to to http://uaalert.alaska.edu. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the College Director by phoning 834-1662 or visiting Room 141B in the main campus building. In the evening hours, please call 911 first, and then notify PWSC administration by calling 661-809-2347.
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Emergency Notification: Valdez Campus
At the Prince William Sound College (PWSC), the College Director or designee should be contacted at the first indication of an emergency. The College Director may be notified by calling 834-1662 or visiting Room 141B in the main campus building. Depending on the nature of the emergency, it may be necessary to phone 911 first and then contact the College Director or designee. However, if you call 911, it is still important to contact the College Director or designee because local emergency responders may not notify the College Director or designee that they are responding to an emergency on campus. In the evening hours, please call 911 first, and then notify PWSC administration by calling 661-809-2347. The Housing Manager may also be contacted by calling 907-834-1634 during business hours or 907-831-1660 during non-business hours.
The College Director or designee will notify the campus or the appropriate segment of the community, upon verification of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of some of all students or employees occurring on campus. The College Director or designee will take into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification, and initiate the notification system, unless notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. This notification may occur via PWSC email, broadcasts over campus telephones, calls teach student’s residence hall room, or through the UA Alerts Notification System which allows participants to choose to be contacted via text message, phone, or email. Students and employees are automatically enrolled in UA Alerts. To update your contact information in UA alerts go to http://uaalert.alaska.edu/. In addition, the PWSC Incident Management Team (IMT) will initiate a “phone tree” system to attempt to notify employees by email, phone, and/or text message as soon as possible.
As soon as is practical, the College director or designee will assemble members of the PWSC IMT who will assist the College Director to manage the emergency. PWSC IMT members include the College Director, Student Services Administrator, Administrative Services Director, Assistant to the Director, Academic Affairs Director, Student Affairs Director, Administrative Services Director, Director of Workforce Development &Training, Copper Basin Extension Center Director, and Cordova Extension Center Director. If the College Director or designee has not already made an emergency notification, the IMT will determine who should be notified, decide the content of the notification, and initiate the notification system.
The PWSC IMT will notify and may consult the Anchorage campus Incident Management Team. The IMT has both the decision-making and financial authority needed to address emergencies on campus. The IMT may ask the Campus Community Emergency Response Team (C-CERT) to help respond to the emergency. The C-Cert is a volunteer group of faculty and staff members who receive periodic training on how to be a first responder including fire-fighting, triage, firs-aid, and light search-and-rescue. The C-CERT can be contacted by calling 834-1620 during business house and 907-831-1182 after hours. The IMT also receives C-CERT training. The IMT meets once a semester for training and to review campus emergency plans. After the initial notification, the IMT, C-CERT, or their agents may issue subsequent notifications to the PWSC campus community. they may post flyers at each entrance to academic buildings affected by the emergency. Likewise, Residence Life may post flyers at the entrance to residence halls and the front door of each apartment that is affected by the emergency. Valdez Police or the IMT may use public address systems on the main campus building or in the student housing complex. Valdez Police or the IMT may make announcements using speakers on patrol cars or by walking around campus and using megaphones. The College Director and Assistant to the Director may also disseminate information to the larger Valdez community by contacting local media including radio stations and appropriate agencies.
In the event that a building needs to be evacuated, the occupants will be directed to the emergency assembly area. The IMT may provide information regarding where events scheduled for that building have been relocated. In the event that the entire PWSC campus needs to be evacuated, the IMT may indicate the campus is closed. In the event of a campus-wide evacuation, on campus residents would be asked to stay with relatives or friends that live in or around Valdez. If on campus residents do not have local relatives or friends off campus. Housing will coordinate alternative housing for on campus residents. In the event of an emergency, the IMT may ask everyone to shelter-in-place.
The IMT and the Administrative Services Director make safety announcements and reminders to the College community throughout the year. When the IMT needs to inform the campus community about school closures due to snow or other safety issues, notifications will be made using the following forms of communication:
- PWSC Website
- Your PWSC-assigned email inbox
- Radio stations KVAK 93.3 FM and KCHU 770 AM
Once a year, campus building evacuation drills occur across the entire campus, In coordination with campus building evacuation drills, PWSC will publish its emergency response and evacuation procedures by including a link to the Emergency Operations Plan in a campus-wide email announcement. The Administrative Services Director keeps a description of each drill including the date and time and whether the drill was announced or unannounced. To see the evacuation results for a particle building on campus, see the Administrative Services Director.
Both College employees and students are invited to participate in emergency preparedness training exercises once per year. In every planned exercise, there is an after-action review that is written and distributed to the C-CERT and administration. The Administrative Services Director keeps a description including dates and times of the exercises and whether they were announced or unannounced.
Emergency Notification: Cordova and Copper Basin Extension Centers
At the Copper Basin or Cordova extension centers, the Center Director or deisgnee should be contacted at the first indication of an emergency. The Copper Basin Extension Center Director can be notified by calling 907-822-3673. The Cordova Extension Center Director can be reached by calling 907-424-7598. Depending on the nature of the emergency, it may be necessary to phone 911 first and then contact the Center Director. However, if you call 911, it is still important to contact the Center Director because local emergency responders may not notify the Director that they are responding to an emergency on campus.
The Extension Center Director or designee will notify the IMT on the Valdez Campus to assist in managing the emergency. The Extension Center Director or the IMT will notify the appropriate segment of the community, upon verification of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all students or employees occurring at that site. The IMT and/or Extension Center Director will take into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification, and initiate the notification system, unless notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. This notification will be communicated in person due to the small size of each building. See the Valdez Campus section above for a description of the role and response plan of the IMT and C-CERT for PWSC.
Subsequent notifications may be made via the respective community’s radio station (KXGA 90.5 FM in Glennallen, or KCHU 88.1 FM in Cordova), by email, or be conducted by other means available within those smaller communities.
Building Access, Safety, and Maintenance
Most Prince William Sound College (PWSC) campus educational buildings and facilities are accessible to members of the community, guests, and visitors. During the academic year, normal business hours are Monday through Friday, while limited or no hours are maintained on Saturday and Sunday. During semester breaks, hours of access may be greatly reduced. During summer breaks and semester breaks, the College often undertakes maintenance and renewal projects that might interfere with building and parking access. For College-observed holidays, most buildings are closed to all but employees.
PWSC Maintenance personnel maintain security of all campus buildings. Maintenance staff members lock and unlock buildings as scheduled by the Instruction Department and the Facilities Office. During weekdays, Maintenance personnel unlock buildings starting at 7:00 am and lock them after the last scheduled class has ended for the evening. Request for access to buildings after hours or on weekends is coordinated by an administrator or the Facilities Maintenance staff on a case-by-case basis. Valdez Police frequently patrol the PWSC campus.
The maintenance staff responds to all requests for repairs. If you need to have College property repaired, please call Facilities Maintenance at 834-1636. For after hour maintenance emergencies, contact the Facilities Supervisor at 907-612-0618. The Campus Safety Committee meets monthly during the fall and spring semesters to review concerns about safety on campus. Maintenance staff monitor campus facilities and address safety concerns as they arise. Safety concerns may also be directed to Facilities Maintenance. For example, it would be appropriate to call Maintenance to report concerns about icy sidewalks. Members of the campus community at large are encouraged to communicate safety concerns as they are identified. Safety is everyone’s business.
The Valdez campus provides on campus housing for up to 44 students. Apartment-style residence halls are secured 24 hours a day and are accessible only by swiping an authorized key card. Apartments also remain locked at all times;only current residents are provided key cards that access their apartments. Access to residential community living spaces is restricted to residents of a specific residence hall or apartment and their escorted guests. residents must escort guests at all times.
Student Housing and Residence Life staff are available to address students’ concerns during normal business hours. Within the housing complex, resident advisors are on duty from 5:00 pm to 8:00 am weekdays and 24 hours a day on weekends and college holidays. They can be reached outside business hours by calling 831-1264, and they can contact an on-call administrator to assist with any significant problems. In the residential facilities, maintenance requests can be called in to the Help Desk at 834-1600 or emailed to email@example.com. Residents should submit a maintenance request to the Residence Life Office immediately for services such as smoke detector battery changes or carbon monoxide detector maintenance. The Housing Manager can be reached by calling 834-1634 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Silent Witness is a program where anyone may anonymously report criminal or other suspicious activity at PWSC to the College Administration. To file an anonymous report, concerned citizens may submit a form on the Silent Witness webpage. Types of crime/incidents reportable on the form include alcohol/drugs, domestic violence/abuse, stalking/harassment, assault, and disruptive/concerning behavior. The form asks individuals to report the location, date/time, and description of the incident as well as subjects involved.
If you are reporting an emergency or a crime in progress please call 911. Silent Witness is for reporting non-emergency suspicious behavior or other information of concern.
Information submitted via this form is reviewed by the Director of Student Services and/or Campus Safety Officer (Director of the Office of Administrative Services) during regular business hours, excluding UA holidays and other campus closures. The Silent Witness program should not be used to report crimes in progress. To report crimes in progress, call the Police at 835-4560 or dial 911 in the case of an emergency