Campus Life | Security

Safety and Security

Ripon College holds the safety and well-being of its community members and visitors as one of its highest concerns. While Ripon College is a relatively safe place to be, it is certainly not exempt from the same crime problems that exist in surrounding communities.

Our goal is to provide a safe environment, one in which all campus members can work, learn and live. To attain this goal, all members must take responsibility for the safety and security of themselves and their neighbors. There needs to be a communal responsibility in all members of the College community. This means that all members not only must abide by accepted behavior standards, but also that each member will encourage acceptable behavior among their peers. In particular, criminal activity or unsafe practices such as propping open exterior doors for convenience’s sake should not be tolerated.

Community members are encouraged to report crime and unsafe conditions or acts to appropriate College officials.

Emergency Numbers

  • Fire: 911
  • Police: 911 or 748-2888
  • Medical-Ripon Medical Center ER: 748-9126 or 911
  • Medical-Ripon Medical Center: 748-3101
  • Rescue Squad: 911
  • Poison Control Center: (800) 815-8855
  • Campus Security: 748-8142 or 748-8703

Residence Life

  • Campus Apts./Johnson/Tri-Dorms HD Apartment: 745-7047
  • Campus Apts. RA Office: 745-7068
  • Johnson Hall Office: 745-7048
  • Scott Hall: 745-7054
  • Scott Hall: 745-7055
  • TriDorms RA Office: 745-7062
  • Quad Hall Dir. Apartment: 745-7041
  • Quad Office: 745-7077

College Services

  • College Counselor: 748-8312
  • College Health Services: 748-8141
  • Dean of Students: 748-8111
  • Director of Residence Life: 748-8186
  • Director of Security: 748-8174
  • Vice President for Finance: 748-8108

Community Agencies

  • Crisis Intervention for Fond du Lac County: (920) 929-3535


Security Measures

The Ripon College Physical Plant Department and Night watch Security provide 24/7 radio coverage for emergency number (920) 748-8703 calls. Night watch security officers do not have arrest powers and do not carry weapons.

City of Ripon Police provides routine patrol of public areas adjacent to the College and is available to assist community members upon request.

There is hall director on-call coverage available for residence hall issues during school sessions. The hall director on call also monitors the 8703 emergency number with a radio. All radios carried are two-way, and voice communication can be established. In addition to residence hall directors, there are resident assistants on duty to assist residents with safety and security issues.

An escort service is available by calling the 8703 extension. Escort service is available 24 hours, seven days a week. Security or maintenance personnel can escort community members to campus locations anytime of the day or night.

Keycard readers at selected building entrances in all residential student buildings enable the exterior doors to remain locked 24 hours per day. In addition to the residence halls, the Farr Hall of Science and the Kemper Computer Center are equipped with key card readers to enhance security for those working after normal class room/lab hours.

Maintenance contractors are required to register at the Physical Plant Department before entrance to any campus buildings occurs. This reduces the chances of unauthorized or untimely entrance to residence halls.


Crime Reporting

The Campus Safety Officer is designated and authorized by the College to maintain the safety and security of College surroundings. All community members are urged to report crimes in progress, other criminal activity and suspicious behavior so that investigation and remedial activities can occur in a timely manner. Community members may report emergencies directly to the City of Ripon public safety agencies by using 911 or can report emergencies through the campus emergency extension 8703. It is at the discretion of the caller which number to use. Witnesses of crimes in progress may call 911 to access City Police; 911 also may be used to request an ambulance or firefighting equipment. Calls reporting incidents or situations not appropriate for public safety but rather campus security or Physical Plant issues would be made through the emergency 8703 extension.

As examples, reports of suspicious people, deficiencies in door locks or windows, problems with building utilities, minor injuries or requests for escort would be appropriate for 8703. The 8703 emergency number is monitored 24/7 by the Physical Plant or Night watch Security.

Crimes may be reported at the following offices: These calls may not necessarily remain confidential.

  • Campus Safety Office:   748-8174
  • Physical Plant Office:      748-8142
  • Dean of Students Office: 748-8111

Crimes also may be reported to Residence Hall staff. These reports may not remain confidential.

The Campus Safety Office, Dean of Students Office and Office of Marketing and Communication can issue crime warnings to the campus community. These warnings are used to alert the campus community of recent crime so the community can take appropriate precautions. These warnings can be in the form of text messaging using the new Rave system, e-mail, postings or meetings with targeted groups.

The City of Ripon police meets with Residence Hall staff during their orientation period to discuss crime prevention and crime-reporting procedures. Any issues that the residence hall staff present are addressed at that meeting. The Ripon Police communicate recent crime and safety information utilizing text and email messaging through, a free service, that faculty, staff, students and family members can sign-up for at anytime.


Crime Prevention

Community members can avoid being a victim of crime by practicing the following suggestions:

  • Simple theft is the most frequently reported crime at Ripon College. If you leave your room or office for even a few minutes LOCK THE DOOR. Never leave a wallet or purse on top of a desk, put it in a drawer or other out-of-sight place. Avoid carrying unnecessary amounts of cash or credit/debit cards. If you keep valuables in your vehicle, lock them in a trunk. Engrave your driver’s license number on computers, stereos, bikes, etc.
  • Avoid walking alone at night in dark or poorly lit areas. Escort service is always available.
  • Report suspicious people to the 8703 emergency number or call (prefix) 911 to report crimes in progress. From campus phones dial 9-911.
  • Report crimes to the Campus Safety Officer or your residence hall staff.
  • Do not prop open secured doors. This action exposes others to potential crime victimization.

The Campus Safety Committee generally meets at least once per semester. You are encouraged to contact the chairperson of the committee if you have questions or suggestions regarding safety issues.The Campus Safety Committee is a group of nine faculty, staff, student and community members who review safety issues for Ripon College. Administrative and support staff members are appointed by the President and serve two-year terms.

Crime Statistics

All crimes reported are based on Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) definitions. Sources of reports include the City of Ripon Police, the Campus Safety Office, and the Dean of Students Office.





Criminal homicide




Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter




Negligent manslaughter




Sex offenses








Aggravated assault








Motor vehicle theft








Liquor law




Drug law




Weapons Violation




People not listed in the above statistics but referred to the campus judicial system for disciplinary action are listed below.




Liquor law violators




Drug law violators




Weapons violators





Emergency Procedures

Bomb Threat Response Plan

Bomb Threat Response Plan


To provide guidelines for action after a bomb threat is received.


Any person receiving a bomb threat will attempt to obtain as much information about the threat as possible. Reference to the attached bomb threat questionnaire will provide guidelines to the information sought if the threat is delivered by telephone. Threats on notes or similar “not live” communications will be preserved and forwarded to appropriate authorities. Threats will be evaluated on their individual circumstances. The decision to evacuate will come after circumstances of the threat are evaluated. All threats ultimately will be forwarded to City of Ripon Police for investigative purposes.

Background information

Bomb threats are a serious occurrence that may lead to destruction of property and loss of life. Bomb threat may just be threats that lead to disruption of scheduled activities.

Questionnaire for Telephone Reception

    1. In what building is the bomb located?
    2. Where in the building is the bomb located?
    3. When is the bomb going to explode?
    4. What does the bomb look like?
    5. What will make the bomb detonate?
    6. Why did you plant the bomb?
    7. What is your name?

Listen to background noises and accents or other characteristics of the caller’s voice. These may provide clues to assist police investigations. Document these observations for Police information.

The person receiving the bomb threat should report to the Physical Plant office in Pickard Commons and remain there until the police of campus administrators have had a chance to debrief the receiver of the call.


After a bomb threat has been received the following notifications should be made as soon as possible.

Initiate administration notification by calling extension 8703 on a campus telephone. Determine a meeting place so that any information received can be relayed for further action determination.

The receiver of the 8703 call will call the following administrator. If the first cannot be reached within one minute, the second on the list should be called, and so on.

Phone numbers:

  • Director of Physical Plant: 748-8174
  • Assistant Dir. of Physical Plant: 748-8173
  • President: 748-8118
  • Vice President of Finance: 748-8109
  • Director of Residence Life: 748-8146The first administrator reached will assemble members of the Crisis Management Team as described in the Emergency Management Disaster/Crisis Plan.The City of Ripon Public Safety Agencies at 748-2888 should be included in team activities.


  • Building evacuations will be for entire buildings, i.e., evacuations will not be for a specific floor or wing.
  • Evacuation routes are posted in all buildings, and occupants should be familiar with evacuation routes.
  • When a building is evacuated for a bomb threat, consideration should be given to adjacent buildings if the adjacent building is within 1,000 feet of the primary evacuation building.
  • People initiating the evacuation notice should not initiate the evacuation in a manner that would cause panic. Phrases like “evacuate immediately because a bomb threat has been received” should be avoided.
  • Instead, phrases like “evacuation of the building is necessary until this immediate situation is investigated” should be used.
  • When a building is evacuated, re-entry should not occur until a senior college administrator has approved re-entry with City of Ripon Public Safety Officials.

Fire Response Plan

Fire Response Plan


  1. CFR 29 1910.38 Employee Emergency Plans and Fire Prevention Plans
  2. OSHA pamphlet 3088 “How to Prepare for Workplace Emergencies”

This plan provides guidance about:

  1. Emergency escape procedures and emergency escape route assignments for occupied campus buildings.
  2. Procedures to be followed by employees who remain to perform or shut down critical operations.
  3. Procedures to account for all building occupants after evacuation has been completed.
  4. Rescue and medical duties for those employees who are to perform them.
  5. The preferred means for reporting fires and other emergencies.
  6. Regular job titles of people or departments to be contacted for further information or explanation or duties under this plan.

I. Policy

Ripon College does not utilize an in-house fire brigade to respond to fire emergencies. Occupants are instructed to evacuate the building in the event of fire, to call (prefix) 911 to notify public safety agencies; account, for Fire Department information, for all people thought to have been inside to determine the chance that someone remains inside the building; to assist public safety agencies as requested, if appropriate; and follow public safety agencies directives.

II. Procedure

RACE is an acronym for the basic actions to be taken immediately upon discovering a fire:

  • R for Rescue
  • A for alarm
  • C for contain
  • E for evacuate

The order of the actions rescue, alarm, contain and evacuate are dictated by the situation. For example, if you are walking down a hallway and see smoke pouring into the hallway, the first step may be to yell into the room to see if anyone answers. The second step may be to close the door to contain the fire. Next, the building alarm would be pulled to notify all occupants of the emergency. Next would be assisting in evacuation to a spot away from incoming fire department traffic but near the scene so that head counts can be reported to the fire department.

Use of a fire extinguisher is recommended only if all of the following conditions are met:

  • The person has had training on fire extinguisher operation.
  • The exact location of an extinguisher is known to be nearby (don’t waste time looking for one).
  • The fire was witnessed when starting (don’t attempt to extinguish a fire in progress. It may be too big and growing too fast).
  • A certain emergency pathway to safety exists.

Evacuation Route Assignments:

  • Building occupants are instructed to evacuate the building via exit pathways that avoid the room(s) of fire origin.
  • Building occupants are to meet in a pre-determined meeting area for head count and instruction from Ripon College Administration or Ripon Fire Department.

Critical Operations

  1. Fire Involving mechanical or building equipment rooms may require that the gas supply be turned off. This will be done by City of Ripon Fire Department or Alliant Energy.
  2. Post-Fire Activities
    • Inspect for damage. If arson is suspected, leave the scene undisturbed for City of Ripon Fire Department investigation.
    • Responsibility of the Physical Plant:
      • Photograph the damage.
      • Restore the fire alarm system.
      • Check electrical system for faults.
      • Check for structural damage.
      • Evaluate the need for security or safety barricading of the area.

Rescue and Medical Duties

    1. Rescue and medical duties are assigned primarily to public safety agencies.
    2. Any person or people involved in rescue and medical duties are to observe procedures established in the College Bloodborne Pathogens policy.

Preferred Means of Reporting Fires and Other Emergencies


  1. Anyone discovering a fire should pull the building fire alarm to alert all building occupants.
  2. The City of Ripon Fire Department must be notified of the fire location: 9-911 from residence hall locations 9-911 from all other buildings
  3. Notify the Physical Plant about the fire and location and if the Fire Department has been called. Dial 703 to connect with walkie-talkie.
  4. Call 142 to connect with office staff.

Names and job titles of people or departments to be contacted for further information or explanation of duties under the plan:

1. Brian Skamra

  • Work telephone: 748-8174
  • Home phone: 748-4809
  • Cell phone: (920) 896-2830

2. Mark Fitzwater

  • Work telephone: 748-8173
  • Home phone: 748-2229
  • Cell phone: (920) 896-2892

Severe Weather Procedures

Severe Weather Procedures/Shelters

Reference The St. Paul Companies Guide to Disaster Recovery Planning Policy Ripon College designates safe areas of buildings to be used during severe weather. Students, staff and visitors are encouraged to remain in safe areas during the duration of the storm warnings.


Storm Warning Systems

The Physical Plant and contract security routinely monitor weather conditions and weather reports when the weather is threatening.

  • When bulletins of severe thunderstorm watch or tornado watch are issued, the Physical Plant and contract security will monitor National Weather Service information and prepare for emergency procedure implementation. This information may be obtained from television and radio reports.
  • When bulletins of severe thunderstorm warnings or tornado warnings are issued, the Physical Plant and/or Security will implement emergency procedures.

The City of Ripon operates sirens that will blow warning of approaching severe weather.

  • City sirens blow warnings only, they do not blow all-clears.
  • The City of Ripon monitors weather bulletins and uses trained spotters.
  • The City of Ripon also monitors Green Lake County and Marquette County bulletins, because these are the weather systems most likely to affect Ripon.

Severe Weather Warnings

    • Severe thunderstorm watch: This indicates the possibility for tornadoes, thunderstorms, frequent lightning, hail and winds of greater than 75 mph.
    • Severe thunderstorm warning: This announces the probability of frequent lightning, and/or damaging winds in excess of 50 mph, three-quarter inch hail and heavy rain.
    • Tornado watch: This means tornadoes could develop in the designated area.
    • Tornado warning: This warns that a tornado has been sighted in the area or is indicated by radar.

Emergency Procedures

When the Physical Plant or contract security personnel receive information of a severe thunderstorm watch or a tornado watch, they shall continuously monitor the storm situation and be prepared to implement emergency procedures in the event of severe thunderstorm or tornado warnings are issued as outlined above.

When the National Weather Service issues severe weather warnings or the City of Ripon sirens blow warning during normal business hours, the Physical Plant secretary or Physical Plant managers will notify by telephone the following buildings, instructing them to take immediate shelter for the duration of the storm warning:

Primary extensions/secondary extensions:

  1. Library: ext. 8175 or 8750
  2. Middle Hall: ext. 8109 or 8106
  3. West Hall: ext. 8378 or 8109
  4. East Hall and Todd Wehr: ext. 8399 or 8109
  5. Farr Hall: ext. 8144 or 8109
  6. Bartlett Hall: ext. 8111 or 8119
  7. Harwood Union: ext. 8112 or 8172
  8. Kemper Computer Center: ext. 8320 or 8343
  9. Storzer Physical Education: ext. 8133 or 8315
  10. Rodman Center for the Arts: ext. 8791
  11. Communicating Plus: ext. 8156
  12. Dining Hall: ext. 8169 or 8138

Non-normal business hours notification is to be completed by the Maintenance Department second shift before 10 p.m. or contract security after 10 p.m.:

  1. Tri Dorms Hall director: ext. 8061 or 8062
  2. Johnson Hall director: ext. 8047 or 8048
  3. Scott Hall director: ext. 8054 or 8055
  4. Quads and Merriman hall director: ext. 8057 or 8044 or 8041
  5. Storzer Physical Education: ext. 8315
  6. Todd Wehr Computer Labs: ext. 8385
  7. Dining Hall: ext. 8138
  8. Pub: ext. 8172
  9. Rodman Center lobby: ext. 8380
  10. Communicating Plus: ext. 8156

Note: Residence hall directors on call carry a two-way radio; contact them on Channel 3 and request call tree assistance to other residence hall staff.

Post Warning Activities

The Physical Plant or contract security will make rounds after the storm warning is lifted to inspect for damage and to notify any occupants who still may be in shelter that the storm warning is expired.

  • Physical Plant and contract security shall notify public safety agencies for injuries requiring medical transport and shall direct the ambulance at the street as necessary to provide quick access the the scene of injuries.
  • If injuries, property damage or power outages occur, notify management of the Physical Plant management so they can come to the College and begin mitigation activities. Physical Plant management can refer to the Emergency Management Plan for reference to notify senior administrators of storm-related adverse occurrences.

Telephone Numbers


  • Brian Skamra , Campus Safety Officer/Director of Physical Plant
    • Work number: 748-8174
    • Home number: 748-4809
    • Cell phone: 920-896-2830
  • Mark Fitzwater, Assistant Director of Physical Plant
    • Work number: 748-8173
    • Home number: 748-2229
    • Cell phone: 920-896-2892
  • Georjean Cotton, Housekeeping Manager
    • Work number: 748-8794
    • Home number: 748-2727
    • Cell Phone: 920-896-2916
  • John Tobin, Grounds Manager
    • Work Number: 748-8142
    • Home Number: 748- 6716
    • Cell Phone: 920-896-2285

Emergency Communications

    • VOIP telephone system
    • Wireless communication
      • See above for Campus Safety Officer/Physical Plant Director and Maintenance Manager cell numbers.
      • See above for Campus Safety Officer pager number. The Physical Plant maintains two cell phones for vehicle fleet use. Those are kept in the Plant office and can be used if hardwire communications fail.
      • Two-way radios with repeater.

Rave Mobile Safety FAQ

Why are we doing this? The leadership of Ripon College concluded that our emergency communication would be more effective in a real emergency using a system like Rave.

Does it cost me anything? The only cost to the user would be for text messages received from Rave when you do not have a texting plan, typically $0.10-$0.20 per message. Otherwise, there is no cost to registered users.

Do other colleges like Ripon use this kind of system? Yes. Essentially all ACM campuses are already using Rave or a similar system for emergency notification. Rave works with hundreds of colleges and universities around the country, including UW-Madison.

Why am I being opted in? We assume most people will want to be part of the communications chain in the event of an emergency, for their safety and the safety of others. The automatic opt-in is a well-established best practice for maximizing the effectiveness of an alert service. You may opt out at any time.

How do I opt out? To stop/prevent getting messages, you may login at site and remove your number, or text the word, “STOP” to 67283.

What if I don’t have a texting plan? Almost any mobile phone can receive text messages if the user enables it. Depending on your provider, you may be charged $0.10-$0.20 per text in such cases. If you disable texting entirely, you will only receive the email from Rave, so we encourage you to enable texting on your phone, at least when you are on campus.

How will I identify incoming messages from Rave Alert? You will be sent messages from what are known as short codes. The messages will come from either 67283 or 226787. We encourage you to save these numbers into your phone so you will recognize them when messages are sent. Some smaller carriers do not support short code messaging. For these carriers, you will receive messages from

What type of messages will I receive? Ripon College will only send you messages related to emergencies. You will never receive advertisements and your information is never provided to advertisers.

Who can subscribe to/use the service? Any student, staff or faculty member of Ripon College can subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the Rave Alert service. Community leaders and emergency officials in our area will also be invited to register.

What is my username? Your username should be your Ripon College email address and your password is whatever you set when you sign up.

What mobile phone carriers are supported? All U.S. mobile carriers are supported.

What if my cell phone number changes? If your mobile number ever changes, please login to and update your contact details.

What if my cell phone provider changes? If you keep the same mobile number, and simply change cell phone provider, you do not have to change anything. It may take several weeks, however, for your mobile provider to update the Rave Alert system. During that time it is possible that you will not be able to receive messages unless you login to update your carrier information.

Will I receive advertisements or text messaging SPAM? No, never. We respect your privacy and you will never receive anything besides official Ripon College emergency communications.

What happens if someone attempts to respond to the text message? The inbound message is logged and is available via a downloadable report. This is a key part of the solution, allowing the sender to solicit critical information about the recipients. This enables an alert to ask a question, such as “Do you need help?”

How do you handle delivery of messages to international phone numbers? Currently international text messaging is only supported via SMTP. Recipients enter their international number address as their preferred email address. There is no phone number validation process for international numbers.

How do you secure student phone numbers and information? Student phone numbers and profiles are stored in Rave’s internal databases at secure collocation facilities. Profile information is inaccessible on Rave’s site to users outside the school and guarded from external parties by both Rave’s and the school’s secure authentication systems. Rave maintains a strict privacy policy to protect user information.

What happens if I graduate or otherwise leave Ripon College? Students may opt-out of Rave at any time. Graduates and students/faculty/staff who transfer or leave will be removed from the Rave system.

What kinds of contact info does Rave store per user? Rave stores school email addresses, preferred email addresses and mobile phone numbers if provided. Additional attributes such as college, graduation year and residence hall or building can also be saved for use in targeted alert messaging.

What does Rave do to guarantee uptime? Rave’s server facilities are located in multiple geographically-distributed collocation facilities with independent electrical supplies and redundant data connections to multiple internet backbones. The servers themselves are under 24/7 automated monitoring with any issues immediately relayed to our systems team. In addition, alert functionality is constantly tested end-to-end by automated server and handset tools, as well as further guaranteed by manual checks several times a week.

Who do I contact for assistance? If you need assistance, please contact