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Emergency and Severe Weather Information


In the event of a bomb threat, the campus or specific building will be evacuated and searched. When the building is being cleared, you will be given instructions regarding where to go and what to do. You should follow these instructions and proceed in an orderly fashion to the designated area. After the building/campus has been checked, you will be allowed to reenter the building. Your cooperation during such an event will make things go much more smoothly and will speed your return to your room.

When and if the president makes a decision to delay class start times and/or cancel classes, this information will be immediately transmitted to the following news media: KORN AM 1490, KQRN FM 107.3, KMIT FM 105.9 radio, and KELO-TV, KDLT-TV and KSFY-TV. You may also call 995-2123 for class cancellation information.

Regardless of what decisions are made concerning class schedules before or during weather-related storms and unusual conditions, there needs to be a very clear understanding that each individual is best able to judge her or his circumstances and make appropriate decisions. The university does not encourage anyone to place themselves in life-threatening situations.

When a fire alarm sounds everyone is required to evacuate the building. Everyone is responsible for familiarizing themselves with fire exits and escape routes. When an alarm sounds:

1. Close all windows and doors.
2. Walk-DO NOT RUN-to the nearest exit. Exit routes are posted in each area.
3. Move to designated evacuation area or at least 250 feet away from the building.
4. Stay outside until a clearance signal is given.
5. If you notice a fire in the building,
  a) activate the fire alarm
  b) call 911
  c) notify residence life at extension 2942 or 605-770-1593 with the location of the fire.
6. Do not use elevators.

DWU policy and federal law prohibit false fire alarms. Fire detectors are mandated by state law and must be in working condition at all times.

Anyone failing to evacuate, activating a false fire alarm (intentionally or accidentally) or disabling a smoke alarm may be subject to disciplinary action and/or criminal charges.

Internal fire doors are located in various buildings on campus and throughout each residence hall. These doors are designed to slow the spread of a fire. Each door is to remain shut at all times, unless magnetically or electronically controlled. All interior fire doors are appropriately labeled and identified.

Fire extinguishers are readily available on all floors of all buildings at Dakota Wesleyan University. These extinguishers are clearly marked and are usually at the end of the halls. If needed, use the instructions printed on the extinguisher. The tampering or destruction of fire fighting or detection equipment is a violation of Dakota Wesleyan policy and a federal offense. If a suspect cannot be apprehended for the incident, the floor/building will be assessed a fine in addition to replacement cost of the equipment.

Title II of Public Law 101-542 requires that the university prepare, publish and distribute information on campus crime to all current students and employees and to any applicant for enrollment or employment. Click HERE for a current report of campus crime. These statistics were compiled from July 2008 to June 2009. Additional statistics will be made available as they occur after publication date.

Reporting of Violent and Non-violent Crimes The campus life department is responsible for responding to and recording all crimes in a centralized system. An agreement with local, state and federal law enforcement was implemented Aug. 15 1991, to clarify processing of all criminal activities. A statistical report is available, provided by Dakota Wesleyan University as required by the law.

Crime Stoppers www.mitchellcrimestoppers.org “Get involved without getting involved.” Too often people with vital information about crimes fail to contact police because they fear retaliation or because they don't want to testify in court. As a result, many dangerous criminals who should be in jail are still walking the streets, free to commit more crimes. Crime Stoppers enables anyone to enlist in the war on crime simply by making an anonymous call to Crime Stoppers at 996-1700 with information that could lead to the arrest of criminals.

Mitchell Area Crime Stoppers is an anticrime program run by a citizens' board of directors in cooperation with the Mitchell Police Department and Davison County Sheriff's Department. The money used by Crime Stoppers to pay a reward does not come from any governmental body. Citizens, groups, organizations and businesses throughout the Mitchell area donate all the reward money. Crime Stoppers is a way to participate in the fight against crime through your participation or contributions.

This is your opportunity to stop crime in the Mitchell area by connecting with Crime Stoppers.

  1. If you have information about a crime, call Crime Stoppers at 996-1700, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
  2. Tell Crime Stoppers that you know something about a crime and you want a code number for identification purposes.
  3. If the information that you give Crime Stoppers leads to an arrest, you're eligible for a reward. You can then arrange to have your cash reward dropped at a place known only to you and Crime Stoppers. YOU WILL NEVER HAVE TO MAKE YOUR IDENTITY KNOWN.

If you or a guest require medical assistance, contact a faculty/staff member in academic buildings, RA/RD in residence halls, or the campus nurse at extension 2957 (M-F, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.). If it is an emergency, call 9-1-1 with your location and the nature of the emergency. DWU reserves the right to request medical assistance for any faculty, staff, student or guest on our campus, up to and including an ambulance, if deemed necessary and appropriate. Costs for any medical treatment are the responsibility of the person receiving such assistance.

A tornado watch means that conditions are favorable for a tornado to develop. Basically a tornado watch advises you to watch/listen for indications that a more serious condition, such as a tornado, has developed and be prepared to seek shelter.

A tornado warning means that a tornado or one/more funnel clouds have been spotted and/or is moving into your area. All individuals should listen for and recognize the tornado warning siren. If and when the city of Mitchell chooses to activate the tornado siren, you will hear a pulsating sound. If the siren you hear sounds steady, that means the members of the Mitchell Fire Department are requested for an emergency. You will generally not need to do anything when the fire siren is activated. If the tornado siren sounds, calmly move to a solid structure or designated tornado shelter (basement or interior room without windows in buildings without basements). If you are outside or in your car and unable to safely reach a designated location, lie flat in the nearest depression, ditch, or a ravine. Grab a blanket or pillow if possible to cover your head, if nothing is available use your arms/hands to cover your head to protect it as much as possible from flying debris. Residential life staff will make every effort to alert residents/guests within the residence halls and help them move to the designated locations. Be prepared to stay where you are until the danger passes or you are notified that it is safe to leave and/or resume your activities. All individuals are instructed NOT to go outside in the event of a tornado warning.

On any given day on which classes are scheduled, the majority of students are on campus in residence halls or living in close proximity to the campus. Only in the most serious of blizzards would it be impossible for these students to attend classes and use the library and other campus facilities. THEREFORE, WHEN WINTER STORMS OCCUR, IT IS THE NORMAL PRACTICE OF THE UNIVERSITY TO REMAIN OPEN AND TO OFFER CLASSES AS SCHEDULED.

In the event of any snowfall:

  • All vehicles should be moved off the street (i.e., McGovern Ave. and West University Ave.) and into DWU parking lots when the snow depth reaches two inches.
  • If snow fall results in over two inches and parking lot snow removal is necessary, the maintenance department will notify the DWU community by posting clearing instructions 24 hours in advance of planned removal. Vehicles parked in DWU lots will then have to be moved to the already cleared streets.
  • Failure to move a vehicle will result in towing. If a student plans to be off campus for more than three consecutive days, he/she must notify the maintenance department. It is the student's responsibility to leave an extra set of keys with someone for vehicle movement. The maintenance department will not assume responsibility for any vehicle that has not been registered at the physical plant office and does not have a valid DWU parking sticker.
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