Campus Safety Emergency Information and Resources

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In Case of Emergency

Call 911 for police, fire, health and other emergencies

Southwestern Michigan College has police protection from the city of Dowagiac Police Department, the Cass County Sheriff, Michigan State Police and the Pokagon Band Tribal Police. Do not hesitate to call 911 if you are experiencing an emergency. Describe which campus (Dowagiac or Niles) you are at and try to include as much detail as possible, including building location and room location or room number.

Each room on campus has a poster that shows the room number and address of the room you are in, as shown in the example below.

Example of emergency posters in each room

Non-Emergency Contact Information

If immediate, non-emergency assistance is needed on the Dowagiac campus call 269-782-1234 OR dial 1234 from any campus phone. On the Niles Campus, contact the uniformed officer or deputy.

The Campus Security Office is located on the Dowagiac Campus in the Briegel Building, Room 2104. On the Niles Campus the security desk is located in the administration suite. These locations are staffed during business hours and can be contacted for non-emergency questions during business hours at 269-783-2194 (Dowagiac), 269-687-1600 (Niles) or security@swmich.edu.

More information can be found at swmich.edu/campus-services/safety.

Report Suspicious or Concerning Information

Students, staff and others can report information that they feel may be concerning by using SMC’s Concerns Reporting System.

This report can be filed anonymously and is a way to notify college officials of information.

Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Reporting and Resources

Mental Health/Suicide Resources

For emergencies, call 911.

Personal Wellness Resources

Emergency Alerts

All of Southwestern Michigan College’s registered students and staff will receive alert information regarding school closings, weather alerts and other emergencies through the SMC ALERT (RAVE) system. The system will automatically send out notifications to personal phone numbers on file and to SMC email addresses. Students and employees may also elect to receive text alerts. To update your information and to sign up for text alerts go to swmich.edu/rave.

Severe Weather/Tornado Procedures

Active Violence Procedures

If there is an active violence situation on campus, the college will issue a RUN, HIDE, FIGHT directive.

  • Run away if you know what/where the threat is or
  • Hide where you are, being sure to silence cell phones, lock or barricade doors, turn out lights, remain quiet and
  • Prepare to fight to defend yourself using whatever you can to survive.
  • Help the wounded when you can do so safely. Apply direct pressure and first aid techniques. AED boxes throughout campus have Bleeding Control Tourniquets in them.
  • Don’t come back or leave a hiding place until notified through the SMC ALERT system to resume activities.

This video explains the procedure in more detail.

Policies Related to Minors on Campus

Annual Security and Fire Safety Report