In the event of a substantiated serious security or safety concern, either on College property or in the near vicinity of the campus, we will alert the campus community with a Timely Warning. Goshen College takes its duty seriously to inform students and campus community members of threatening situations and how they can best protect themselves from harm. Information related to crime-related and other potentially threatening situations is provided in an accurate and timely fashion for use by students and other community members to reduce their chances of becoming victims. These notices will be issued as a means of a “Clery Timely Warning Notice” (CTWN) or a “Security Alert” (SA).
To help ensure the safety of our students and employees, Goshen College has partnered with e2campus to provide a multi-tier emergency notification system that includes the following options: email, siren, SMS (Text messaging), and network notification to Macs and PC’s.
Students are automatically signed up for email emergency notifications. Sign up for the SMS service takes place during registration on the Student Information Update web form. All employees are encouraged to download and have ready access to the brief Crisis Management document.
Because of our desire to best serve the educational needs of our students and the investment that they have made, the college normally only closes for weather when there is a state of emergency issued by public authorities and it directly impacts most everyone who travels to campus. If the campus needs to be closed due to an emergency (weather or otherwise), we will announce that on radio stations WGCS-FM (91.1) and WFRN-FM (104.7), and on TV stations WNDU (Ch. 16) and WSBT (Ch. 22). As well, the college will use its emergency announcement system to send emails and text messages to students and employees, and it will also be posted on the Goshen College Facebook page (facebook.com/goshencollege) and the Goshen College website (goshen.edu).
If the college is closed due to a weather emergency, the dining hall will continue to be open for meals. The physical plant crew will clear snow from the sidewalks and parking lots after snowstorms. During normal workday times, the Physical Plant Office (535-7351) would know the status of snow removal efforts. If it is a weekend or outside of normal working hours, please call Campus Safety (535-7599) if you need to come to campus and wish to know if a particular parking lot has been cleared yet.
Though the college does not close frequently for adverse weather, above all, we seek to help ensure and promote the safety of all campus members during periods of hazardous weather or other adverse conditions. Therefore, students and employees are strongly encouraged to use caution and good discretion about traveling in such weather. We encourage you to make the decision that is right for you. If the college is open and you are unable to make it to campus safely for a class, final exams, or for work, please notify your professor, supervisor and other pertinent contacts.
Additional Information & Resources
Processes and procedures to be followed in the event of a crisis involving Goshen College
Questions or concerns? Contact Chad Coleman or Jodi Beyeler, Goshen College’s Crisis Management Coordinators.