The Office of Administrative Services strives to keep students, faculty and staff at the forefront of safety at PWSC.

Below are just some related topics and where you can find additional information on them. If you do not find what you are looking for please visit the Business Office web page, or contact the Office of Administrative Services.

General Contact Information

Contact Information

Mailing Address
Business Office
P.O. Box 97
Valdez, AK 99686
Physical Address
303 Lowe St.
Valdez, AK 99686

O.A.S. Risk Management Staff

Steve Shiell
Director of Administrative Services
Area(s) of responsibility
Risk ManagementEmergency Preparedness and ResponseAlertsCampus SafetySafety Committee

Risk Management

The University of Alaska is self-insured and has adopted the concept of Collaborative Risk Management. This means PWSC students, staff, faculty and administration will work together as well as with subject matter experts to evaluate the risk of activities they plan to engage in well before they take place. The goal is to provide a defensive shield for students and the University and sustain legal and regulatory compliance as well as prudent risk management and business practices.

Below are some things to consider if you are planning an activity:

What if my activity includes minors?

Below are the Board of Regents Draft policies currently being used to govern minors on campus. Also available below is the UA Protection of Minors Handbook which gives further information, guidelines, form and details for the implementation of the Protection of Minors regulations.

UA Minors Regulations Draft

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UA Protection of Minors Handbook

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The University of Alaska has partnered with Praesidium to provide a full range of services to aid in the protection of minors. These services include risk management solutions as they pertain to minors and a comprehensive training program designed to educate and protect those involved with minors on campus. The document below has a description of this training program and which courses are recommended by the University for Staff, Faculty and Volunteers. Contact the Office of Administrative Services Director to register.
Armatus Online Training Course

What if I am traveling for my activity?

Below are some excellent resources to maximize your safety and preparedness as well as insure you are following UA regulations.


What inherent risks are involved in this activity and what can I do to mitigate those risks?

UAA Risk Services has identified these top eight Red Flags:

  1. Transportation of people using common and non-common carriers, (includes personal vehicles), to transport students, guests, and visitors.
  2. Involvement of minors (under the age of 18) in any university program or activity. See program evaluation and planning tools at: Minors in UA Programs & Events
  3. Use of hazardous chemicals or materials in any program or activity.
  4. Performing hazardous activities (extreme sports, wilderness events, ice or mountain climbing, bonfires, use or carrying of firearms, etc.).
  5. Contracts and memoranda of agreements with outside entities that include insurance or indemnification clauses that have not been approved by General Counsel and/or Risk Services.
  6. Foreign travel by employees and students (includes Mexico and Canada).
  7. Paying student salaries through the university system to work for other entities.
  8. Renting vehicles for use by non-employees.
Risk Assesment Guide

This Risk Assessment Guide has been created to aid you in assessing and mitigating the risk in your program.

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Please visit the UAA Risk Services website for more information. As always, keep in close contact with the Office of Administrative Service and plan ahead to insure a successful experience for the students of PWSC.

Emergency Preparedness and Response

The University of Alaska and PWSC takes emergency preparation very seriously. PWSC would like to provide you with information to assist you in the event of an emergency. Below you will find our Emergency Operations Plan as well as those for our extended campuses and cities we work with. You can also keep informed on what we are doing to better equip ourselves for emergencies by browsing our After Action Reports.

Emergency Operations Documents 2015
After Action Reports


The University of Alaska Notification System makes every effort to release information about emergencies (incidents) that may disrupt university operations. This multi modal system of notification includes:

Personal Notification
Via email, telephone, and text message blasts via Blackboard Connect
Mass Notification
Loudspeaker and hallway beacon alerts (where available)
Community Alert
Press releases and contact with local media, alert notices on Facebook sites and Twitter feeds and the PWSC homepage.

Students and employees can visit the UA Alerts website to learn how to sign up.

Campus Safety

While Valdez is a safe community, nowhere is immune to accidents and criminal behavior. UAA has adopted the theme “Safety is Everybody’s Business” and here at PWSC we subscribe to that same theory. It is our responsibility to provide you with the safest environment possible and we encourage you to be alert to issues regarding your own safety concerns. You are urged to use common sense and caution on campus and bring to our attention anything you identify as unsafe. You can do this by contacting any Faculty, Staff or by calling the Office of Administrative Services at 907-834-1620.

Safety Committee

Meeting Minutes

Office of Administrative Services – Risk Management

Last modified: May 8, 2017, modified by mcradotich