Creating and maintaining a safe environment for students, faculty and staff is of the utmost importance. The College has a comprehensive Emergency Response Plan that is regularly reviewed and updated. The plan provides detailed information on responding to emergencies of all types. The College is also in regular contact with the Emergency Response Team for the City of New London.
The College's internal emergency response team includes representatives from all relevant divisions and offices. Team members meet continually and use regular training and tabletop simulations to improve their ability to respond to emergencies.
We use the Connect-ED communications alert system to notify members of the College community of emergencies, and test it at least once each semester. The system's built-in redundancy (campus phone, cell phone, multiple email addresses) makes it very effective, and our campus community is participating at very high rates.
Recent initiatives connected to campus safety and security include:
- Think S.A.F.E. (Sexual Assault Free Environment), originally called the Think S.A.F.E. project, was established at Connecticut College with a $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office on Violence Against Women, and is now funded by the College. It is raising awareness on campus about sexual assault, date violence and stalking.
- We have revised our parental notification policies so that we can better engage parents as partners in helping students who have repeated alcohol incidents or other disciplinary issues. The director of student wellness works closely with students to engage them in a wide range of alcohol and drug education programs.
- We have completed a pandemic plan that covers three scenarios: a campus outbreak of a pandemic disease; an evacuation of campus in response to the possibility of a pandemic; and the return from overseas of individuals infected or possibly infected with a contagious disease. We have identified and stockpiled medical supplies and MREs (meals ready to eat) for a potential outbreak.