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Media Guide - SECURITY & SAFETY
"Our vision at K-State Salina is a campus atmosphere that not only allows success, but encourages excellence. This vision can only be obtained in a safe and secure environment that encompasses the academic, social, recreational, and housing areas of the campus. All members of our K-State family are part of a team that determines and develops this campus atmosphere. Students have a major impact developing an atmosphere through their active involvement and campus leadership. Faculty and staff strive to create structured learning environments using the latest technology in a safe and controlled manner. Alumni and our corporate sponsors share their equipment and safety expertise to enhance the learning environment on the campus. As a result of the collective efforts of the K-State Salina team, a safe and secure environment that will encourage excellence can be established."--Dr. Dennis Kuhlman, Dean, College of Technology and Aviation
K-State at Salina is a community of more than 125 faculty and staff and approximately 1,000 students. The 125-acre campus is located in Salina, a city of approximately 44,000 residents. The university has not experienced a significant number of major crimes in the past, but it must be noted that crime is a national concern that affects us all.
Developing a safe and secure environment at an academic institution is the responsibility of the entire community. The Department of Public Safety on the K-State main campus and the security department on the Salina campus have the responsibility to identify programs, methods, and approaches to help the Salina campus maintain a reasonably safe and secure environment.
Additional administrative units that assist with campus safety are college advancement, student life, residence life, and the Student Governing Association.
The K-State at Salina safety/security department helps preserve a safe campus environment where diverse social, cultural, and academic values are allowed to develop and prosper. The safety/security department consists of four full-time security officers. One university police captain from the university police department in Manhattan is assigned to the Salina campus to serve as a liaison with local law enforcement agencies and direct security services for the Salina campus. The K-State at Salina security department maintains a close working relationship with local and state law enforcement agencies in an effort to maximize the services provided to the University community.
Kansas State University-Salina campus buildings are opened each weekday by security and custodial service personnel and as needed on the weekend. All buildings are locked daily following the conclusion of scheduled activities for each building. Any exterior doors found to be malfunctioning are reported to the facilities department for repair.
During the time buildings are closed, security personnel regularly check each building to ensure interior and exterior doors are secured, no unsafe conditions exist, and perform other security related matters. Written reports are made of their findings and appropriate university personnel are informed of any problems found.
An electronic door-access system is used in the Aviation Building and Technology Center, which requires the use of an authorized university ID to gain entry into the facilities or certain rooms when the building or doors are locked. Only those students, faculty, or staff members having key card access may gain access into the building or room.
Members of the Kansas Fire Marshall’s Office and the University Fire Marshall’s office inspect the buildings annually for fire safety.
In 1992, K-State Salina installed additional security and parking lot lights to improve the lighting on campus. Security personnel daily inspect existing lighting, noting those lights not working or in need of maintenance. Excluding weekends and holidays, those lights requiring service are reported to the facilities department the following day. Security personnel and campus administrative staff regularly inspect the campus during nighttime hours to determine future campus lighting needs.
The facilities department grounds section is responsible for trimming trees, shrubs, and other vegetation regularly and upon request to ensure that exterior lights are not blocked.
The campus offers two on-campus living options, Harbin Hall and Residence Hall. Each building is co-educational and can house a maximum of 100 residents each. Each residence hall is locked 24 hours/day, seven days a week, a change from 1997 when Harbin Hall was not locked throughout the day. An electronic door-access system requires the use of an authorized university ID to gain entry into the facilities when the building is locked. Only those residents having key card access may gain access into the building.
A number of security features and safety programs are in place to assist students in becoming comfortable and safe in their home away from home. Deadbolt locks and keys are provided for each student room. For security purposes, lock cylinders must be replaced when a room key is lost; students are charged for the cost of replacement. Residents are encouraged to lock their room door and carry a key at all times. Entrance doors are kept locked 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Residents use student IDs (key cards) to enter and leave the building as they wish. Residence hall staff members are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to respond to resident needs. Telephones are located on the outside of the south entrances both to the Residence Hall and to Harbin Hall to allow residents and guests to contact residents to gain access if needed.
All academic departments on campus have procedures and policies in place to ensure the safety of students, faculty and staff using the laboratories or special equipment. These procedures and policies are generally determined and maintained by a safety committee made of up faculty and staff from the college’s departments.
In the case of all laboratories, students are instructed in safety precautions and procedures before using any equipment or laboratory space. There are Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS) accessible to students, faculty and staff, in each laboratory and room where these materials and chemicals are used and/or kept.
The aviation department, due to the nature of its laboratories and equipment, has additional policies and procedures in place to ensure a reasonable amount of safety in operating aircraft.
There is a student policy and procedure manual that all pilot students are required to have (both in courses and when flying) that establishes guidelines for all aircraft operation and security, including such items as ramp operations, building security and emergency procedures. Students also are able to fly only after completing a risk assessment before each flight. This quantitative assessment takes into account a variety of factors including weather, time of day, experience of the pilot in that aircraft and how much sleep the pilot has had. A flight instructor must sign off on the assessment, based on the assessment’s numeric score, in order for the student to be approved to fly.Great care also is taken with the K-State aircraft and other laboratory equipment. All K-State aircraft are maintained by the university’s professional maintenance crew fully certified by the Federal Aviation Administration. The aircraft are rigorously maintained, following all standards of maintenance, at or exceeding the highest standards set by the manufacturer and the FAA. No shortcuts are taken. In addition, a pilot will review the maintenance record of his or her aircraft during the pre-flight preparation, each time a plane is checked out to be flown.