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3.11.2 Institutional Environment

 

The institution takes reasonable steps to provide a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all members of the campus community. 

 

_X_  Compliance           ___  Partial Compliance          ___  Non-Compliance

 

Narrative

 

Mid-America Baptist Theological Seminary (MABTS) maintains an institutional safety plan and is committed to providing a healthy, safe, and secure environment for all members of the campus community. The Vice President for Finance and Operations (VPFO) has primary responsibility for providing a healthy, safe, and secure environment. The school also provides a crisis communications plan and reviews all facilities and grounds regularly, both of which are tested. The institution ensures campus security and disseminates emergency procedures and other health and safety procedures as needed.

 

Institutional Safety Plan

 

The seminary seeks to follow the guidelines of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). All emergency plans are published in the MABTS Emergency Plans Handbook (EPH) [1]. Safety inspections of all major equipment are conducted annually as required by state law.

 

Workplace Health and Fire Safety

 

Local fire and law enforcement conduct routine inspections annually. Specific risk assessments are made upon request. Periodic fire drills are held to familiarize staff and students with exit procedures. The evacuation routes are reviewed with the faculty at the annual in-service training at the start of every school year. The evacuation routes are published as Appendices B and C in the EPH [1]. Fire extinguishers are located in every area of all of the buildings and first-aid kits are available in the main kitchen, Business Office, Campus Life office, library circulation area, and maintenance office.

 

Crisis Communications Plan

 

MABTS maintains an EPH that covers all potential safety and emergency situations [1]. Regular, periodic safety drills are conducted to ensure all students are aware of proper safety procedures. In case of a drill or an actual emergency, students exit the buildings orderly and in single file through the nearest exit and assemble in the assigned location. In the event of a tornado, students exit and assemble on the lower floor of the building. The EPH contains procedures for fire safety, tornados, earthquakes, natural gas leaks, hazardous material incidents, bomb threats, active shooters, and hostage situations [1]. The EPH contains training for faculty as to communication via cell phones and notification to students, and classroom responsibilities during an emergency situation.

 

Facilities and Grounds

 

The facilities and grounds of the institution are regularly reviewed/or tested for health and safety concerns, including [1]: evacuating the campus buildings, tornado warnings, earthquakes, natural gas leaks, hazardous material incidents, bomb threats or suspicious packages, active shooter situations, hostage situations, suicide or suicide attempts, and for death on the property. Furthermore, inspections of all major equipment are conducted annually as required by state law.

 

Campus Security

 

MABTS is subject to Tennessee State legislation known as the “College and University Security Information Act,” whereby all institutions of higher education are required to report and maintain crime statistic records for on-campus crime. These records are maintained in the Campus Security Office and are reported to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI) through the TBI Crime Statistics Unit (CSU). These statistics are required by the TBI and are made available to MABTS employees, current students, and prospective students. An example of the form is provided [2].

 

Dissemination of Emergency, Health, and Safety Procedures

 

In a collaborative and proactive manner, the office of Campus Safety is immediately accountable for safety and security at MABTS. This office reports to the Director of Operations and Maintenance. Campus Safety works with Campus Life, Human Resources, and the Academic Office to ensure the safety and health of the student body in the following key areas: classrooms, offices, cafeteria, library, chapel, gym, and parking areas.

 

All emergency plans are published in the MABTS EPH [1]. There is no clinic onsite at either campus, but a referral list of family physicians and dentists is available. Information may be secured from the Campus Life Office [3]. The EPH contains plans in the event there is a death on the property, a suicide or suicide attempt, as well as plans for suspicious packages.

 

Documentation

 

1. MABTS Emergency Plans Handbook

2. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation-Crime Statistics Unit Reporting Form

3. List of Doctors and Dentists TN

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