Southwestern Michigan College is dedicated to providing a safe and secure campus for its students and staff members.
Each campus is patrolled by campus security and local law enforcement. The college also contracts with private security, the Dowagiac Department of Public Safety, the Cass County Sheriff’s Office, and other law enforcement agencies to provide 24-hour protection and response for the college.
The National Weather Service has certified both of SMC’s campuses as StormReady. This means that SMC has outstanding weather monitoring and reporting systems in place, including 24/7 monitoring of National Weather Service alerts.
Students and staff receive training throughout the year on various hazardous situations, including active shooter training, severe weather and evacuation procedures, and Rape Aggression Defense training. Each building has designated first responders for medical response and evacuation situations. Emergency procedures and contact information is posted in every room.
The college uses outdoor sirens and the RAVE notification system to alert students and staff of emergency situations and campus closings. The RAVE system sends notifications via phone calls, text messages, emails and on-campus computer monitors. Update your contact information in the RAVE system online.
Campus safety is enhanced through a web of security features such as video cameras, electronic door locks and specialized lighting. On-campus housing has additional security features including secured keycard entry into parking lots, residence halls, suites and bedrooms; a residential assistant on each floor; a residence hall manager in each building available 24/7; and a front desk in each building where visitors must check in.
An anonymous reporting system is also in place in order to identify concerning behaviors and incidents. Security can also be contacted directly at the phone numbers above.