A message from Hiram’s Director of Campus Safety:
Dear Campus Community,
Welcome Back! I hope this message finds you well and that you are ready for a great spring semester.
In recent weeks, there has been an increasing number of demonstrations around the country to protest the recent presidential election. Additional protests are anticipated to take place in Ohio and throughout the country over the upcoming days.
Your safety and well-being will always remain our highest priority. With that in mind, please take the time to read this information as it contains a list of action steps that can be taken to help keep our campus community safe:
- We are in close contact with our local and county officials and will continue to keep you informed of potential safety risks and concerns within the area that may arise. Currently, there are no active threats to the Hiram community of which we are aware.
- The campus and village will increase patrols for the next few weeks.
- In the event of an emergency, we will use the campus emergency notification system to provide important information and updates. On Tuesday, January 19 we will send out a text and email message to test the system. Please make sure you opt-in for this service if you haven’t done so already. To do so, visit the self-service Banner, then select “Update your Emergency Text Number” under the “Personal Information” tab. Students, please contact the registrar’s office if your number is already set up and you do not receive a text on Tuesday. Faculty and staff may contact Jenelyn Barcikoski, x5284 for assistance.
- The attached campus emergency flip chart offers guidance on what to do in the event of an emergency while on Hiram’s campus. Please familiarize yourself with this document and keep it handy for quick reference.
- Per the student and employee handbooks, possession or use of firearms or explosives of any kind, including those for which a person possesses a permit or license, are prohibited on campus property, including parking lots. This includes, but is not limited to, fireworks, dynamite, B-B guns or pistols, paintball guns, flare guns, air pistols, stun guns, knives, swords, martial arts weapons, ammunition, and pocket knives with blades longer than 2.5 inches.
Remember, it is everyone’s responsibility to help keep our campus safe. We ask if you see something, to say something, whether it is on campus or on social media. Please report any suspicious activity to the Office of Campus Safety.
While we respect the right of individuals to engage in peaceful protest or demonstration, we encourage you to always consider any risks associated with organizing or participating in such activities. On campus protests and demonstrations must be pre-approved with approval being contingent upon risk management factors including the Covid-19 virus.
The Hiram College Office of Campus Safety and the Hiram Village Police are committed to ensuring the safety and security of students, faculty, staff, and guests. As a reminder, call Campus Safety at 330-569-5110, or the duty phone at 330-469-4119, should you ever have a safety concern. Additionally, there are 12 emergency phones located around campus to request an escort or to be connected with local police dispatch in case of an emergency. A list of locations can be accessed here.
Hiram Village Police can be contacted at 330-569-3236, on-duty phone at 330-357-7057, or by dialing 911.
We are excited to have you back on campus. Let’s all do our part to make it an outstanding and safe semester!
Daniel A Fynes
Director of Campus Safety
Kennedy Center, 2nd Floor
Hiram, OH 44234