Parent and Family Handbook

Safety

Campus Security

The college Safety and Security Office is responsible for safety and security on campus. The office is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Macalester campus is located in a safe city neighborhood. However, we continually work with our students regarding their personal safety. We teach them to take their safety seriously by practicing good habits and using the tools available on campus. The Safety and Security Office responds to campus emergencies, conducts routine campus patrols, and serves as a liaison with St. Paul City police, fire and medical emergency agencies.

Emergency Alert Notification

Macalester College faculty, staff and students are invited to register their mobile-phone numbers and email address with the college’s Emergency Notification System – Mac Alert. This system will be used by the Safety and Security Department only in the most extreme cases involving the safety of the college community. The Macalester Emergency Notification System “Mac Alert” is capable of sending text messages to:

• Mobile phones of all faculty, staff and students who choose to register their phone.

• Macalester e-mail accounts of all faculty, staff and students who choose to register their email address.

This is voluntary and there is no cost to sign up for the new system. Those who do not register a mobile number may choose to receive emergency alerts via e-mail. Depending on your mobile phone plan, you may be charged for the text message that is sent to you.

In case of Emergency between the hours of 8 AM and 4:30 PM CST call the Office of Student Affairs at 651-696-6220 and we will locate your student if you are unable to make contatct. After hours, call the 24-hour Campus Security Officer at 651-696-6555 for assistance. Review the Emergency procedures website for more information.

SAFEWalk Service

The SAFEWalk provides a safer walk for Macalester students, faculty, and staff within a one-mile radius from the campus boundaries. Escorts are provided to and from any location within the designated boundaries. The service is operated by students, funded through the Campus Programs, and supervised by Campus Center Staff.

The Safe Walk operation hours are Sunday through Thursday from 9:00 PM until 1:00 AM daily. All requests for escorts made after hours will be referred to Campus Security.

The escorts go out in pairs of one woman and one man and can be identified by their navy blue jackets or orange vests. They carry a flashlight and a two-way radio so as to keep in contact with the dispatcher (the Information Desk Assistant) and the Campus Security Officers.

At times when the Safe Walk persons are not available, Macalester Security Officers will escort community members within the campus boundaries.