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Campus Safety and Security: Programs and Resources

The following programs and resources are available to foster a safe and secure environment, both on the KCAD campus and in the surrounding areas of Grand Rapids. Learn more about specific programs and resources by following the links in the index below:

CAMPUS SECURITY MEASURES

The following safety and security measures are currently being implemented on the KCAD campus:

  • 24-hour response to building alarms
  • Card-only access to undergraduate and graduate studios at 89 Ionia
  • Designated safe rooms throughout campus
  • Regular patrols of all interior floors and exterior of campus buildings by uniformed campus security staff
  • Security cameras with recorded feeds
  • Uniformed campus security staff stationed in reception areas

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CAMPUS SECURITY STAFF

KCAD utilizes the services of DK Security, a company with extensive experience serving higher education institutions in Michigan. All uniformed security staff carry radios, have CPR and AED training, and have been trained in the college’s emergency response protocol.

If a student encounters an emergency of any type or degree on campus, they should call 911 first. Then, they should notify the security personnel of the building where the emergency is occurring:

17 Fountain St. building/89 Ionia studios - (616) 430-1794
Woodbridge N. Ferris building - (616) 350-3820
Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts (UICA)/Master of Architecture studios - (616) 340-7273

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CONCERNED ABOUT A STUDENT - BEHAVIORAL REVIEW TEAM

The purpose of the Behavioral Review Team (BRT) is to provide a forum for faculty, staff and students who want to report concerning behavior of any person within the KCAD community who exhibits signs of distress or behavior that could result in harm to self or others. The BRT works in an advisory capacity to review situations and recommend actions in accordance with existing University policies.

Report a Person of Concern (Do not use this form for emergencies)

It is the responsibility of faculty, staff and students to immediately report any situation that could possibly result in harm. Anyone may seek input and advice from the BRT, especially if they are dealing with students whose behaviors are negatively impacting the learning environment. If you are unsure if a situation warrants a referral to the BRT, make the referral. The BRT will assess the situation and determine recommendations if needed.

The BRT typically is called together when faculty or staff and their supervisors identify situations where they would like additional resources to help them deal with a disturbed or distressed student or employee.

The Behavioral Review Team will:

  • Receive, review and document information regarding behavior of individuals within KCAD’s community.
  • Perform initial review of risk and refer cases to appropriate offices and officials as needed.
  • Seek clarification from or make referrals to Security Personnel, Human Resources, General Counsel’s Office, Student Conduct, Counseling, the Dean of Student Success, the Dean of the College or others deemed necessary.
  • Coordinate support services among offices involved.
  • Maintain effective communication among those involved.
  • Offer strategies and possible action plans to those involved in an attempt to offer appropriate assistance.
  • Engage in appropriate follow up.

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CONCERNED ABOUT A STUDENT - EARLY ALERT SYSTEM

KCAD has established an early alert system to help identify students who may need contact from a staff member. Send an alert to kcaders@ferris.edu.

  • In the alert, share the behaviors witnessed and summarize conversations with the student.
  • If course work is affected, discuss your expectations with the student for moving forward in the class regarding behavior, attendance and coursework deadlines.
  • The email is shared with staff from a variety of departments who review the information and provide suggestions/assistance for the student.
  • It is helpful to have a one-on-one meeting with the student focusing on the behaviors you have noticed.
  • Provide referrals to the Counseling Center, Learning Labs, and/or Disability Services prior to sending the email.
  • If behavior remains unchanged or additional assistance is needed, contact the early alert system.
  • Alerts will be answered as soon as possible, but should not be used for emergencies. Responses can be expected in a timely manner on Mon-Fri from 8am – 5pm, excluding holidays or campus closures.
  • Examples of concerns: financial, behavioral, attendance, course performance, food, housing, inability to obtain supplies.

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DASH LOT AFTER-HOURS TRANSPORTATION

For students, faculty, and staff who choose to park in the City of Grand Rapids DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) lots, city Protective Service Officers are available to escort you to your vehicle after 6 p.m. or when the DASH bus service ends.

Call (616) 456-3751 approximately 15 minutes in advance of your desired pickup time to schedule an escort to your vehicle. A Protective Services Officer will pick you up at the time and location you specify in a red security vehicle or a Chevrolet Uplander minivan with security markings. The officer will transport you to your vehicle and remain in the lot until you are on your way.

Protective Services Officers will also help you jump start a battery, get keys out of a locked car, change a flat tire, or assist with most any car-related problem you could run into downtown.

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DOWNTOWN AMBASSADORS

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc.’s Downtown Ambassadors team is comprised of local citizens who act as friendly and accessible concierges on the street. Attired in distinct teal and blue uniforms, Downtown Ambassadors offer walking escorts, help with directions, connections to social services, and information about local businesses and restaurants, all while keeping an eye out for criminal activity and streetscape repair issues.

Ambassadors and unarmed and operate – on foot, bicycle, and Segway – in the downtown district seven days a week, 360+ days a year, generally between the hours of 7 a.m. and 3 a.m. For assistance call (616) 250-8263 to reach the Ambassador on duty.

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EMERGENCY TEXT ALERTS

Accessed through a voluntary enrollment process, official emergency text alerts from KCAD allow students, faculty, and staff to be the first to know about time-sensitive campus safety issues and campus closings due to inclement weather or other disruptions.

More information on emergency text alerts can be found here. To sign up to receive emergency text alerts, visit MyFSU and click on the link in the "Emergency Text Alerts" channel.

If you do not have a cell phone or the ability to receive text messages on your cell phone, you can find out about emergencies on the KCAD website, MyFSU message channel, ferris.edu email account or KCAD social media (Facebook and Twitter), or posted to electronic digital displays on campus.

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FIRST AID KITS AND AUTOMATED EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATORS (AEDs)

First aid kits can be found on campus in the following locations*:

17 Fountain St. Building
  • Main lobby desks (Fountain St. entrance and Division Ave. entrance)
  • Activities and Resources Center
  • 4th floor computer lab
  • Administrative Services (7th floor)
Woodbridge N. Ferris Building
  • Main lobby desk

*Small mobile kits are available in designated areas on each floor of both buildings for minor needs. In addition, all KCAD labs contain first aid cabinets.  

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) are located at the main lobby desk (Fountain St. entrance) and 7th floor Administrative Services area of the 17 Fountain St. building, as well as in the 3rd floor corridor of the Woodbridge N. Ferris building. 

Anytime an AED or larger items from the first aid kits are utilized, please contact the building security guard immediately.

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GRAND RAPIDS POLICE DEPARTMENT

KCAD has a strong community partnership with the Grand Rapids Police Department (GRPD). GRPD headquarters are located just two blocks south of the KCAD campus.

GRPD emergency number: 911
GRPD non-emergency number: (616) 456-3400

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LOST AND FOUND

The KCAD library, located on the 2nd Floor of the 17 Fountain St. building, has a Lost and Found area for items left anywhere on campus. Please retrieve lost items during regular library hours.

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