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Institutional Policies

Criminal Violations

Upon receiving a signed allegation of a criminal violation, the President or a designee will notify the proper law enforcement officials. Students, faculty, or staff members wishing to report a criminal violation that they feel has occurred on the NPCC campus or at an NPCC sponsored activity shall put the allegation in writing, sign the statement, and present this statement to the Office of the President or a designee should the President not be available.

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In the event of fire any person may sound the fire alarm. A student should notify the nearest faculty or staff member to ensure that the Piney Fire Department is called promptly.

Staff members and students should know where fire extinguishers are located and are asked to use them if possible.

Everyone should evacuate the building and move to safety. The person reporting the fire should remain available to give the location to the proper authority and explain any necessary details.

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Inclement Weather

National Park Community College will continue to address inclement weather situations similarly to past practices and consistent with the Governors Policy Directive and the NPCC Board policy. The general policy is that NPCC does not close due to inclement weather if avoidable. However, the obligation to provide services to the citizens of the area must be balanced with the risk of danger to students and employees.

The President or the Vice President for Instruction will determine when the inclement weather policy is implemented based on area weather conditions. Local media, listed below, will be used to notify students and employees of policy implementation. The state policy provisions regarding late arrival and leave time will apply to NPCC employees.

In the event of early morning severe inclement weather conditions in the NPCC area, the President or Vice President for Instruction will determine whether to cancel classes or delay their start and will publicly announce between 6:00 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. if possible. If there is a delayed start, classes will begin at 10 a.m. with the classes as regularly scheduled at 10 a.m. The decision to declare the inclement weather policy in effect for evening classes will be made by mid-afternoon and announced between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. if possible. Announcements affecting Saturday classes will be made between 7:00 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. when possible. Please announce the time schedule and stations to your classes.

In an effort to inform students, staff, and faculty of any college closing due to inclement weather, the following radio and TV stations will be notified:



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Tornado Alert

An alert will be given on campus to indicate that a tornado warning has been issued for Garland County by the National Weather Bureau. In case of a tornado alert, students and staff should take cover in a lower level corridor, basement area free of glass exposure to the outside, or in spaces on the southwest side of a building below ground level.

The following suggested areas of cover are recommended: Campus Center - 1st floor in Bookstore and student activity room; Math and Science Building - lower level Art Department; Library - rest rooms; Liberal Arts Building - lower level south side of the building; Faculty Offices - rest rooms; Health Sciences Building - lower level, south side; Gymnasium - hallways, away from windows. Computer Center - lower level, south side classrooms away from windows.

All personnel should keep away from windows and, if possible, seek the protection of a table or desk. The greatest hazard of a tornado is flying glass and debris. If a person is unable to secure the protection of a building and is caught outdoors, a depression in the ground such as a gully, culvert, or deep ditch is better protection than nothing at all. Regardless, if caught outside during a storm, lie flat on the ground to reduce the hazard of being hit by flying objects.

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