9. Safety and Emergency Procedures
Fire and Security Alarms
Fire and security alarms and cameras have been installed in many areas. Take a moment to locate the nearest fire alarm pull station and fire extinguisher in the event of an emergency. All occupants must leave the building when an alarm occurs.
Tampering with cameras, fire alarms and/or fire extinguishers or any type of safety equipment is a violation of State Law and will result in criminal charges, as well as fines assessed to those responsible. In the case where the individual responsible cannot be identified, all residents will be held responsible, and share in paying the fine.
Possession of fireworks or any explosive device on the campus is not permitted and will result in disciplinary action.
Pod Door Security
The Pod Doors at the A, B and C dorms are the central entry for those residence halls. It is imperative to the safety and security of the pod residents that doors remain firmly closed to assure the safety of building occupants. Doors left propped open will result in discipline. Please be considerate of your pod mates and make sure doors remain closed.
FIRE EVACUATION PROCEDURES
Fire Safety Awareness
An evacuation plan is posted at fire extinguisher boxes and on each floor. Know where your exits are located. The following are some helpful tips to keep your room safe from risk of fire:
• Do not overload your electrical outlet.
• Turn off heat bearing appliances (e.g. irons, curling irons, etc.). Keep room exits and windows clear.
• Microwaves and refrigerators must be plugged directly into the outlet. Other electrical items should be plugged into a power strip with a surge protector
• The use of candles, incense, oil or halogen lamps, etc., is strictly prohibited.
• Toaster/broiler ovens, grills, bottled gas appliances or flammable liquids are strictly prohibited in the residence halls.
• If you see defective equipment or someone tampering with equipment, call 918-781-7200.
Bacone College takes every precaution to prevent fires in the Residence Halls. Take the following steps to ensure your safety if you hear the alarm or see a fire. a) remain calm b) act fast, but do not panic! c) In case of fire, place your hand on your room door to determine the following:
1. If the door is hot or if smoke is seeping in:
Immediately call 911. Do not open the door. Stay in your room. Let someone know you are there by opening your window just enough to hang a sheet out. This is a signal to those outside that someone is in the room and needs help.
• Wedge a cloth or towel under the door. If water is available, soak the towels before placing them under the door.
• Make a tent for yourself with the sheet in the window or cover your face with a wet cloth to avoid inhalation of smoke. Wait until you are rescued, especially if you are on the second or third floor.
2. If the door is cool:
• Open the door slightly, but be ready to close it if you find smoke or flames in the corridor. Leave only if the corridor is free from smoke or flames.
• If there is no smoke, take your room key and walk to the nearest fire exit.
• If smoke is detected or if the corridor is dark, crawl to the exit, counting doors so you don’t get lost.
• Close all doors behind you.
• Turn back if you encounter heavy smoke.
• Leave the building as quickly as possible, using the proper exits and meet at your designated meeting area.
Walk quickly in a single file line down the covered hallway to the nearest fire exit. DO NOT RUN! Proceed immediately to the parking area behind the Inn (facing Save-a-lot). Wait there until your Housing Manager determines the presence of all residents or gives an all-clear signal.
Walk quickly in a single file line down each side of the hallway to the nearest fire exit (one fire exit is located on each floor.) Proceed quickly across the lawn north toward the Warrior Gym. DO NOT go across the access road to the campus. If the fire exit is not passable, proceed to the stairway in the center of the building and out the front doors. Proceed to the front of Warrior Gym football practice field.
Walter Starr Hall
Walk quickly in a single file line down each side of the hallway to the nearest fire exit. Proceed quickly across the lawn north toward the Warrior Gym. DO NOT go across the access road to the campus. If the fire exit is not passable, proceed to the stairway in the center of the building and out the front doors. Proceed to the front of Warrior Gym football practice field.
Walk quickly in a single file line down each side of the hallway to the nearest fire exit. Proceed quickly out the front and the two side front doors and two side front doorways and go to the flagpole. DO NOT go across the access road in back of McCoy Hall. If you are in the basement, go out the back door and proceed around the building toward the flagpole. If the fire exit is not passable use another exit.
Pod style Apartments
Walk quickly out of your apartment. Proceed quickly to the football practice field. If you are unable to exit using the front door, crawl out of the window. If you are on the second floor, do not jump out of the window. Instead, climb out of the window and hold onto the windowsill.
Allow your body to hang as low as it can and then drop to the ground. Proceed to the football practice field.
Your Housing Manager, Campus Police, and other emergency personnel will be helping to evacuate the buildings. Help them by reporting to your designated evacuation area quickly, so they can begin a head count. Report any missing persons.
TORNADO SAFETY PROCEDURES
The State of Oklahoma is well known for severe weather conditions and tornadoes. The months of April through October are known as “Tornado Season”. “. The City of Muskogee has implemented a Tornado Warning System by placing sirens around the city. In case of such an emergency you will hear these sirens signaling loudly and continuously. DO NOT wait, go directly to your nearest area designated for protection.
In case of a tornado or high wind warning, leave your room at once:
Take a pillow with you. Proceed immediately to the campus Dining Hall located within the interior of the building on the first floor. Sit on the floor, knees to chest, head down with pillow over your head.
Take a pillow with you. Proceed to the first floor; sit along the first floor hallway walls, knees to your chest, head down, pillow over your head.
Take a pillow with you. Proceed to the basement and sit along the hallway walls, knees to your chest, head down, and pillow over your head.
Walter Starr Hall
Take a pillow with you. Proceed to the ground floor and sit along the hallway walls, knees to your chest, head down, and pillow over your head.
Pod Style Apartments
Take a pillow with you. Go immediately to the Warrior Gym. A Bacone College representative will direct you to either the locker room or restrooms. If there is not sufficient time to make it to the gym, go to a first floor apartment bathroom and shut the door to prevent injury from flying glass or debris.
Take a pillow with you. Proceed to the ground floor and sit along the hallway walls, knees to your chest, head down, and pillow over your head.
FIRE AND TORNADO DRILLS
You will be given instructions on fire safety before drills are performed. In compliance with Oklahoma State fire laws and for your own safety, fire drills will be conducted each semester, unannounced. It is mandatory that all residents participate in a fire drill so you will be prepared in the event of a real fire. Fines will be assessed for refusing to evacuate during a drill. You will find fire and tornado drill procedures posted in each wing and floor. The Residence Halls will also go over these procedures with you in a small group.
It is a proven fact that those who participate in such drills will not react in a panic at the real threat of a fire or tornado. You will be helping save your own life and that of others by participating and learning what to do in case of a fire or tornado.
OTHER PERTINENT INFORMATION
All students have access to an assigned mailbox located in the Student Life Center. No mail will be delivered to students other than through an assigned mailbox. Mail is delivered to the College Monday through Friday only. All mail must include the student's name and mailbox number.
Lost mailbox keys, or keys not returned at semester end will result in a key charge to the student. Students housed at the Conference Center must also receive their mail as outlined above. Student mail will not be accepted at the front desk of the conference center.
Maintenance Request Procedure
• Utilize the Help Desk button located on the home page of the college website to report routine repair requests: www.bacone.edu or send an email request to (non-emergency) firstname.lastname@example.org
• Contact the Housing Customer Service Office. You can call or come to the service window from 7 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Please notify the Director of Housing immediately if the request has not been addressed promptly so follow-up can be made.
If you experience illness or injury of an emergency nature call 9-1-1. If you are dialing from a campus phone you will need to dial 9-9-1-1 then call the Campus Police number 918-781-7200, as soon as possible. Transportation to the nearest hospital may be provided by ambulance upon dispatch from 9-1-1.
It is the student’s responsibility in every case to see that all his/her medical bills are paid,
whether reimbursed by insurance coverage or not. Bills from doctors and hospitals are to be mailed directly to the student, who must arrange payment through his/her primary coverage. The College will have no responsibility for the consequences of a student’s failure to pay his/her financial obligations, including medical obligations, in a timely manner.
Student illness insurance coverage information is available on the College's web site. It is the student's responsibility to access the web site and print student insurance certificates and other insurance information. Claim reporting forms may be found online at
In case of illness, the following facilities are available:
Muskogee Regional Medical Center
300 Rockefeller Dr., Muskogee, OK 74401
W.W. Hastings Indian Hospital
Tahlequah, OK 74464
A HEALTHY AND SAFE CAMPUS
Bacone College is committed to providing a healthy and safe campus for students and staff.
Routine opportunities for participation in health education seminars and informational programs
are available each semester.
Alcohol Abuse - AA 24 hour Hotline 1-800-229-7708
National Substance Abuse Hotline 1-880-662-4357
CDC National STD/AIDS Hotline (24 hours) 1-800-458-5231
RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network) 1-800-656-4673
Suicide Hotline – 1-800-Suicide
All vehicles on campus must be insured, properly registered with your state's motor vehicle department, and driven by a licensed driver. Be sure to have your insurance paperwork and license with you at all times while driving, and make sure your registrations are up to date.
Parking is free for currently enrolled students, but requires registration with the Bacone College Housing Office. You may register for a parking decal or temporary pass at the Housing Office. Remember that without a decal and a decal that matches your vehicle fines, booting, or towing may occur.
Parking decals must be placed in a visible of the front windshield. Parking permits are required yearly, even if you are a returning student. You must register your vehicle yearly and provide updated insurance, registration, and driver's license information to be issued a parking decal. The college is not responsible for any damage incurred to a vehicle when parked on campus.
The following rules and regulations pertain to all vehicles on campus:
1. All vehicles must be properly registered and insured.
2. Failure to comply with state law, register or insure your vehicle will result in disciplinary action from the college or a municipal court citation by Campus Police. Other citations will be minor discipline in the College.
3. The speed limit on campus is 20 MPH and is strictly enforced.
4. Yellow painted curbs mean no parking is allowed at any time.
5. Any vehicle that blocks handicap parking, emergency access, sidewalks, and driveways,
will be fined and may be towed at the owners’ expense.
6. No parking on the grass at anytime except areas designated for overflow parking.
7. No student parking in designated faculty parking lots.
8. There is no parking or standing along Old Bacone Road at any time.
9. Vehicles not parked in a designated parking area may be towed at owners' expense.
Parking regulation is enforced by citation, towing, and booting.
All Bacone College students will be provided with a photo I.D. card upon completion of their enrollment. Your student I.D. card must be presented for the following:
1. Library use
2. Meals in the Dining Hall and with specific off-campus vendors
3. Bookstore purchases
4. When asked by staff or Campus Police
Your card must be renewed yearly. If you misplace, damage, or lose your I.D. card, a $25 fee will be charged for a replacement card. This may be charged to your account when the replacement card is issued. The Housing office is responsible for the issuance of cards.
Take a moment to program the non-emergency number for Campus Police into your phone; the number is (918) 781-7200. Report all lost or stolen items, suspicious behavior or criminal activity immediately to Campus Police.
Keep your room or apartment locked at all times, including use of the deadbolt where available. Make sure that others don't “piggyback” on your entry into buildings, and do not allow unsupervised guests in dorms. Call campus police or your Residential Advisor when you do not recognize them in your dorm.
Personal possessions are the student’s responsibility and appropriate steps should be taken to protect them. Look into insurance policies for valuables, and mark items in several conspicuous areas with an electric engraver. We also highly recommend to register your electronics online with the vendor from whom you purchased it from. You can also register your belongings with the Campus Police Department.Try a unique identifier like your driver's license number (never your Social Security number!). Cable locks are an inexpensive way to prevent theft of laptops, desktop computers, video game systems, and televisions.
Fire Code stipulates that floor doors must remain closed at all times. It is a violation of state law to prop open exterior doors and fire escapes. Use of fire escapes, except under emergency conditions, is prohibited. Entry through windows is prohibited.
Some personal safety tips to consider are:
1. Never leave your car unattended/unlocked if you have your belongings in it.
2. Avoid walking alone. Travel in pairs or groups, especially at night.
3. Walk on well-lit paths. If the lights are out on one path, use another. Avoid taking shortcuts through dark or deserted places.
4. Never allow an unknown person to enter the residence hall behind you when unlocking the door.
5. Before leaving or entering your car, check the area and the interior for potential danger.
6. Park in well-lit areas and never leave your keys in your car, even for a few minutes.
7. Report unlit areas or broken security lights and all incidents that you consider to be safety related to Campus Police.
8. If you think you are being followed, go to a populated place and notify the Campus Police.
9. Keep your room door locked at all times.
10. Carry your room key and student ID. Show your ID as requested by College officials.
11. Report lost keys to Campus Police and Housing immediately.
12. Register a contact person with the Housing Office.
13. Keep your money in a bank account; carry as little cash as possible with you.
14. If you are going to be away, even for one day, check out with your Housing Manager and let Campus Police know.
CAMPUS CLOSING HOURS
Bacone College Campus is closed to all visitors at midnight every night except the weekends. Visitors on campus after closing will be asked to leave. If a visitor refuses to leave he/she may be subject to arrest or banned from campus.
Because we are an educational institution, and care about your well being, we prefer you to be inside the residence hall after campus is closed. Resident students may come on and off campus as they wish. However, students roaming around campus after curfew will be subject to discpline from the College.
The following rules are also in force:
1. Visitors are not allowed after midnight, even if accompanied by a student. Visitors will be instructed to leave immediately or face arrest for trespassing.
2. All persons must show identification (students must provide student ID) when asked by
law enforcement or a staff official.
Note: Campus Police Officers, Deputies and Staff have the right to instruct resident students to go inside the residence hall to maintain the peace or if they determine potential danger or problems may exist.
DRUG FREE POLICY
The College has established a drug-free policy that includes drug and alcohol testing. The purpose of testing is to determine whether the body system contains a detectable amount of illegal drugs or alcohol.
Students who are convicted of a violation of criminal law involving drugs, including a plea of no contest, are not eligible to receive Federal Financial Aid (Title IV funding). Students who are in violation of the drug-free policy may be subject to discipline up to and including expulsion. The presence of such drugs or alcohol, if detected and verified at or in excess of the prohibited levels, will be grounds for discipline. A student's failure to properly execute and fully comply with the terms, conditions, and obligations of our policy will automatically result in disciplinary sanctions.
1. All students are subject to random testing at any time.
2. All athletes are subject to testing as required by league and NAIA rules.
All students are required as a condition of status as a student, to comply with the following requirements:
1. Voluntary, written, continuing consent (as required by the College) authorizing the collection of blood and/or urine specimen(s) from the student for the purpose of
performing urinalysis and/or blood testing to detect specified levels of drugs and alcohol;
2. Voluntary, written consent to authorize the release of the testing conclusions to the College;
3. Providing samples as and when required in conformance with this Policy; and
4. Performing the other duties stated in this Policy.
The College prohibits the following conduct at all times on or off College premises by students:
1. Distributing, dispensing, manufacturing, possessing, selling, transferring, obtaining or using illegal drugs or controlled substances or drug paraphernalia are prohibited at all times.
2. Abuse of legal (“Prescribed”) drugs including but not limited to distributing, dispensing, obtaining or selling prescription drugs or abusing legal drugs in any manner contrary to the specified restrictions imposed by valid prescription.
3. Drunkenness, public intoxication, and underage consumption of alcohol.
Any person who has any knowledge of any violation of any part of this Policy is required to immediately and fully report the matter to the Campus Police 918-781-7200.
Failure to report a known or suspected violation constitutes a violation of this Policy and will subject the student to disciplinary action.
A student whose alcohol or drug test is confirmed positive, or who otherwise violates this Policy, is subject to discipline as follows:
1. Confirmed positive test results for illegal drugs or substances in excess of established
limits: Referral for discipline up to and including expulsion and/or arrest.
2. Referral for discipline.
Other violations of law may result in referral for discipline up to and including expulsion and/or arrest.