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Office of Public Safety

Campus Safety

The Office of Public Safety operates 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Officers provide parking lot shuttle service, event management support, event security, parking and traffic control, and building security. In addition, officers are trained in first aid, CPR, and the use of Automatic External Defibrillators.

The Office of Public Safety responds to:

  • Medical emergencies
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Reports of theft
  • Lost and found property
  • All other service requests concerning the safety and security of our campus community

Here are ways the Office of Public Safety keeps the campus safe:

Blue Light Telephones
There are 34 “blue light” emergency security contact phones located on campus. Their blue lights easily identify them as emergency contact phones. Simply touching the large circle on the face of the phone places you in contact with the Office of Public Safety dispatch center.
Read more about the Blue Light Telephones

Emergency Notification Service
In the event of any threat of potential harm to students, faculty, staff, and/or campus facilities, the Office of Public Safety would activate the College’s emergency notification system, or ENS. The ENS sends campus alerts to students, faculty, and staff by text message, email message, secondary email message, cell phone call, and secondary/home phone call.
Read more about Carthage’s emergency notification system 

Annual Security Report
Carthage College is required by federal law to publish an Annual Security Report by Oct. 1 of each year, prepared and distributed in compliance with The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990.
Click here to read the most recent Annual Security Report 

Snow Removal Policies
With Carthage located on the shores of Lake Michigan, snow and snowstorms are a fact of life. Office of Public Safety personnel will monitor the condition of the campus drives and lots.
Read more about the College’s snow removal policies

Communicating with Parents
Carthage College has a Facebook group for parents of current students. If a campus safety concern arises, the Office of Communications will utilize this group to share updates with parents. Go to to join. In the event of a campus emergency, our first priority will be keeping our students, staff, and faculty safe. Parents will be able to find information on our website and alerts will be posted to our Campus Alert webpage,

Active Threat/Active Shooter Situations
Carthage College has an Emergency Operations Plan that includes guidelines to deal with an active threat/active shooter situation. An Employee Emergency Procedures Guide is located in every classroom on campus. This guide includes an easy-to-find and easy-to-follow Active Threat/Active Shooter response. In addition, Carthage holds active shooter training events on campus every year. These sessions are open to students, faculty, and staff. An active shooter training video is available for viewing by all Carthage College employees within the campus portal.

The Office of Public Safety conducts its own extensive training for active threat/active shooter situations. That training includes joint training sessions on campus with Kenosha law enforcement agencies. Carthage has held on-campus training sessions with local law enforcement six times in the last five years.

Mental Health Support on Campus
In a campus crisis response situation, our counseling services and campus pastor would serve students as determined by the circumstances of the situation. This may include walk-in or scheduled appointments, engaging spaces for support in a group setting, immediate crisis response, and referral to long-term care providers.

Emergency Procedures Guide


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