Campus Safety

Home » Campus Safety

From the Mitchell College Campus Safety Director

Jim_GilmanSquareGreetings on behalf of the members of the Mitchell College Department of Campus Safety. Our staff of professional campus safety officers provides security for the Mitchell College community 24 hours a day, seven days a week on our 68-acre campus located along the historic and picturesque Thames River. The safety and well-being of our students, faculty and staff is the main priority of the campus safety staff. Our department accomplishes this mission by focusing on four areas of concentration: Prevention, Education, Accessibility and Enforcement.  Our department vigorously patrols the Mitchell College property/community and also responds to calls for service including routine and emergency calls along with day and night escorts. We also work closely with the local and state police to provide the most professional level of safety and security for our college community. Each year the Mitchell College Department of Campus Safety publishes the Jeanne Cleary Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistic Act, commonly known as The Cleary Report. This publication provides essential information regarding the college’s safety services, programs, and current policies along with occurrences of crimes on and around our campus. The Department of Campus Safety here at Mitchell College is dedicated to maintaining a safe, pleasant and harmonious environment to live, work and most importantly learn. Please enjoy and review our informative website.  Questions, comments, or suggestions are always encouraged.  And always, Safety Awareness For Everyone.

James Gilman
Campus Safety Director
gilman_j@mitchell.edu

Important Phone Numbers

On Campus

Campus Safety: 860-443-0214 860-941-9316 or 4590 from any campus phone
Campus Safety Anonymous Tip Line: 860-629-6007
Campus Safety Guard Booth: 860-629-6163

Local Emergency/Law Enforcement

Emergency: 9-1-1 or 9-9-1-1 from a campus phone
New London Police 860-437-6373

Student Wellbeing

Health and Wellness: 860-701-7787
Campus Life: 860-941-5125

Other Campus Offices

Admissions Office: 860-701-5036
Advising: 860-701-5079
Bookstore: 860-629-6005
Bursar’s Office: 860-701-5061
IT Help Desk: 860-701-6190

Links & Hotlines

Suicide Prevention Hotlines
860-886-9302 (New London, Southeastern Mental Health Authority), OR
2-1-1 (or dial 9-2-1-1 from a campus phone), OR
1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ (National Suicide Prevention Hotline)

U.S. Department of Education: Campus Safety and Security https://ope.ed.gov/campussafety/

U.S. Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women’s Changing Our Culture Clearinghouse (for information on sexual assault) http://changingourcampus.org

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism https://www. collegedrinkingprevention.gov

 Sexual Assault Crisis Center of Eastern CT (SACCEC) ]. 24 hour crisis hotline 860-437-7766 or www.saccec.org

Connecticut State Sex Offender Registry

2017 Annual Crime Report

When Should I Call?

 You should contact Campus Safety at 860-443-0214 IMMEDIATELY when there is…

-any crime whether actual or suspected

-any incident where a weapon is displayed or indicated or found

-any suspicious or unknown packages are observed

-any suspicious activity or person is observed on or near campus

-any injury whether accidental or intentional

-any requests for police or medical services

-any other hazards such as electrical, environmental or slippery conditions around campus

Remember: If you witness an event which you would consider life threatening call “9-1-1” immediately and then call Campus Safety.

Rave Emergency Alerts
Emergency Alerts through RAVE Mitchell College has partnered with Rave Mobile Safety, the leader in mobile safety, to offer an emergency notification system. Rave Alert is capable of sending users text, voice, and email messages in the event of campus emergencies. Sign Up or Edit Contact Information Mitchell College students, faculty and staff may sign up to receive emergency alerts through RAVE or edit their contact information for an existing RAVE account at https://www.getrave.com/login/mitchellUse your Mitchell College network ID and password. If you need help accessing, please email helpdesk@mitchell.edu.
Emergency Blue Lights
The campus has nine blue light emergency towers and twelve emergency call boxes strategically placed around campus to aid students, faculty and staff in times of an emergency. Each location has instructions on what to press in order to be immediately connected to Campus Safety. These emergency light towers and building call boxes are readily identifiable by the blue light beacons affixed to the tower or directly above the call box.
What To Do If...

I lose my student ID?
Report the lost identification to Campus Safety. Go to the Library anytime during regular hours, M-F from 8:30am-5:30pm, to obtain a new student identification for a $25.00 fee.
I need to report something lost or stolen?
Contact Campus Safety at 860-443-0214 or x4590 from any campus phone.
I need a ride off campus?
Contact Uber, Lyft or a local taxi company. Zipcars are also available on the Mitchell College campus.
I am locked out of my room?
Contact your RA or Residence Hall Director
I need an ATM machine?
The only ATM machine on campus is located in the lobby of the Yarnall Center. The hours of the Yarnall Center are Sunday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-7pm, and Saturday 8am-5pm. After hours, you may contact Campus Safety at 860-941-9316 to let you in.
I need to add money to my laundry card?
The laundry card machine is located in the lobby of the Yarnall Center. The hours of the Yarnall Center are Sunday-Thursday 8am-9pm, Friday 8am-7pm, and Saturday 8am-5pm.
There is a parking ban?
If there is a parking ban in effective all vehicles on upper campus MUST be parked in the commuter lot until the parking ban has been lifted. If you are a RAVE subscriber, you will be notified via RAVE message when the parking ban is in effect and when it has been lifted.

Parking Permits

Faculty & Staff Parking Permits

All faculty and staff are required to obtain a Mitchell College parking permit if they intend to park on Mitchell College property. Parking permits may be obtained from Campus Safety in Nathan Hale 105, M-F from 7am-3pm. There is no fee for the parking permit and the permit is active for the entire time you operate the vehicle while you are employed by Mitchell College. Parking rules and regulations will be provided when you obtain your permit.

Student Parking Permits
Download Student Parking Permit Application
View Parking Policy

All resident and commuter students are required to obtain a Mitchell College parking permit if they intend to park on Mitchell College property. Parking permits may be obtained from Campus Safety in Nathan Hale 105, M-F from 7am-3pm. There is no fee for the parking permit and the permit is active for the entire time you operate the vehicle while a student at Mitchell College. Parking rules and regulations will be provided when you obtain your permit. There is NO student parking on the main campus M-F from 7am-6pm.

Students who are also part-time employees of Mitchell College are required to follow the student parking regulations regardless of whether or not they are working at the time they park.

Photo Identification
Photo identification cards/replacement ID cards for current students, faculty or staff may be obtained in the Mitchell College Library M-F from 8:30am-5:00pm. Library hours are posted at http://mitchell.libguides.com/.
Local Weather
Local New London, CT weather at https://weather.com/weather/today/l/06320:4:US
Campus Map & Directions
Personal Safety

Campus Safety & Local Police Campus Safety Officers are employed by our college to monitor activities in and around campus to ensure the safety and security of the entire Mitchell College community.  The New London Police Department is the local police force, which has criminal jurisdiction over the Mitchell College campus and the city of New London. The Department of Campus Safety maintains a fabulous relationship with the New London Police, which enhances the overall safety and security of our community. Prevention is the best way to protect yourself. Opportunity crimes (like stealing an unattended laptop) are among the most common campus crimes. Adapt the suggestions below to minimize your personal danger:

Lock your doors and windows when you leave your living space or car! By locking up, you remove opportunities for an intruder to get in easily.

Be aware of your surroundings! It’s best not to wear earbuds and focus on your phone when you walk. Not paying attention makes you a target. If you choose to wear earbuds, keep one of them out and keep the volume low enough that you can hear danger approaching

Walk with a friend at night! A person walking alone makes a better target.

Park in areas that are well-lit and patrolled! Keep in mind that street parking is often darker and less likely to be monitored by campus safety staff.

Have your keys ready! In a dangerous situation, having your keys in hand can allow you to get into your living space or car as quickly as possible.

Keep intruders out! Propped doors give easy access to people who are not well-intentioned and create an opportunity for them to commit crimes and do harm. So, close any propped doors and report them right away! Put the emergency and non-emergency numbers for campus safety into your phone! You can call campus safety to report a crime, when you notice something strange or when you feel threatened. Trust your instincts!

Stash your valuables in a safe, hidden spot! It’s best to minimize the number of valuables you bring to college. Using a small personal safe or an unexpected hiding spot (like an empty cereal box) might prevent someone from swiping something important.

Immediately report facility problems! If a window won’t close or a lock is jammed, report the problem to your residence hall staff right away!

Escorts: Campus Safety will provide escorts around the campus upon request.

ALICE Tips

5 Tips for College Students to Increase Survivability in an Active Shooter Situation (print PDF) As students head off to college for the first time or are returning after the summer, they need to know that they have options for how to respond when faced with an active shooter situation on campus. While it is very rare, violent events are not unusual and students must be prepared. ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate) is a comprehensive program that teaches individuals what their options are in a violent intruder or active shooter situation. Mitchell College Campus Safety Officers and many College staff and faculty have had instruction in ALICE. Being aware of your surroundings is important, regardless of the location. Having a plan and being mentally prepared will improve your chances of survival. So as you get ready to head back to school or start your first year, keep these important safety tips in mind:

Step 1: Know your ALICE options WHY: If your instincts tell you something’s not right, don’t ignore it…act on it and notify law enforcement immediately. Electronic devices can be distracting and lower levels of awareness which may cause you to miss important signs of danger. You don’t need to be paranoid, simply be aware of your surroundings. It’s better to notify law enforcement of something suspicious and have it be nothing versus not saying anything and having it turn into a very serious, perhaps even life threatening, situation.

Step 2: Be aware of what’s going on around you and trust your gut! WHY: We have been taught since preschool to dial 911 if you need law enforcement. And while that is still a good option, be aware that many college and university campuses have their own law enforcement agency on campus and may be able to respond faster to your distress call than the city or county surrounding the campus. Find out if your campus law enforcement agency has its own “911” direct number and program it into your phone’s speed dial. Note, if you call 911, you will still get help coming your way but the city or county may have to route your call back to the campus police and possibly waste precious time. In times of danger, seconds count.

Step 3: 911 may not be your closest help WHY: Following a person into a locked building and not using one’s own key or access card is called tailgating. This occurs most frequently in the residence halls. Oftentimes, intruders will use this tactic to enter locked facilities and commit criminal acts. Make sure you close the door behind you in these situations and do not let tailgaters follow you in. Many students also find it more convenient to prop their residence hall room door open because they “will be back in a minute” however, intruders can easily gain entry into your room and even be waiting for you to return.

Step 4: Locks don’t help if you don’t use them WHY: Each semester brings a new schedule with new classrooms and surroundings. Make sure you know the layout of your classroom, library, student union, etc. Where are your exits and how can you quickly evacuate? Under the stress of an emergency, if you are mentally prepared, you will have a more effective and rapid response. Also, have a plan of how you would barricade your classroom, dorm or any room you are in if you had to do so. Does the door have a lock? Which way does the door open? What furniture would you move to help stop the intruder from opening the door? If the intruder got in, what would you use to defend yourself?

Step 5: Mental preparation WHY: Each semester brings a new schedule with new classrooms and surroundings. Make sure you know the layout of your classroom, library, student union, etc. Where are your exits and how can you quickly evacuate? Under the stress of an emergency, if you are mentally prepared, you will have a more effective and rapid response. Also, have a plan of how you would barricade your classroom, dorm or any room you are in if you had to do so. Does the door have a lock? Which way does the door open? What furniture would you move to help stop the intruder from opening the door? If the intruder got in, what would you use to defend yourself?

Contact the Department of Campus Safety ALICE Instructors with any questions at campussafety@mitchell.edu.

Fire Safety

Know where to access and how to use fire extinguishers. Know where they are and consider purchasing one for your bedroom. P.A.S.S. Method of Fire Extinguisher Use   PULL… Pull the pin. This will also break the tamper seal. AIM… Aim low, pointing the extinguisher nozzle at the base of the fire. SQUEEZE… Squeeze the handle to release the extinguishing agent. SWEEP… Sweep from side to side at the base of the fire until it appears to be out.

Evacuate every time the fire alarm sounds. Late night alarms are inconvenient, but evacuating will save your life – and protect first responders – in a true emergency.

Be aware of the location of emergency exits. If smoke is in the hallway, could you evacuate? Count the number of doors to a fire exit in a residence hall and make sure you know the location of secondary exits in off-campus residences.

Make sure smoke alarms are functional. Smoke alarms should be tested twice a year. In off-campus residences, there should be one inside every bedroom, outside sleeping areas and on every level (including the basement). Any batteries should be replaced annually.

Refer to the Student Handbook for guidance on what is and what is not allowed in your dorm room!!!

For more information regarding fire safety go to the U.S. Fire Administration at https://www.usfa.fema.gov.

Meet the Campus Safety Team

Full-Time Staff

James Gilman

Campus Safety Director

Wayne Ford

Campus Safety Officer

Gerard Marquis

Campus Safety Officer

Joseph Ridarelli

Campus Safety Officer

Keith Beaupre

Campus Safety Officer

Gary Jost

Campus Safety Officer

Chanel McClardy

Campus Safety Officer

Paul Worobey

Campus Safety Officer

Michael Bowe

Campus Safety Officer

Michael Liparulo

Campus Safety Officer

Carissa Pelletier

Campus Safety Officer

Part-Time Staff

Doug Arpin

Campus Safety Officer

William Nash

Campus Safety Officer

Brian Lanoue

Campus Safety Officer

Johnathan Saucier

Campus Safety Officer

Richard Miller

Campus Safety Officer

Howard Tinney

Campus Safety Officer

Apply!

The process is simple. Get started now

A few words on fit.

 

"Fit” is the modern buzzword of the college search process. And frankly, rightly so. As you consider your college experience, we encourage you to look for a place that feels right. It’s also a good idea to make a list of the qualities and characteristics that make a college and you a winning combination.

 

If you are looking for a college that: 

 

  • Gets to know and understand each student as a uniquely talented individual

  • Identifies potential and encourages students in very intentional ways

  • Fosters growth in each student, giving them a foundation for life and career success

  • Is small enough to deliver on the promise of a personalized experience

  • Goes beyond “career services” and offers a progressive 4-year career development model, partnering with local businesses and nonprofits for professional experience

  • Promotes an inclusive culture that encourages students to experiment in new clubs and activities

  • Is nationally recognized for its academic support systems, from professional content tutors (not students) to proven comprehensive support for students with learning differences

  • Connects students to service opportunities that impact their world

  • Is in a location that offers access to New England’s natural places and some of America’s greatest cities

 

 

 

…Mitchell College delivers in a powerful way.

You have Successfully Subscribed!