Health and Safety

Emergency Numbers from any Campus Phone

Paxton Fire Department/Police/Ambulance: 8-911
Campus Security Cell Phone: 8-494-9010
Duty RA Cell Phone: 8-527-9120

Emergency Numbers from your Cell Phone
Paxton Fire /Police/Ambulance: (508) 791-6600 (State Police at 911)
Campus Security Cell Phone: (508) 494-9010
Duty RA Cell Phone: (508) 527-9120

Personal Safety
Safety is very important at AMC. The doors of the residence halls are always locked. Residents gain access to their building by using their AMC ID card. There are phones located at the entrance of each building and at strategic locations on campus. These phones may be used to call Security 8-494-9010 (cell phone), dial 8-911 or call any campus phone.

Residents should not open the doors of the residence hall for a person that they do not know. Guests are welcomed, but must be let into the residence hall and then signed in by the resident host. Propped doors should be immediately closed by residents and then reported to the RA staff and/or Security. Missing or damaged ground floor screens should be reported to the RA staff.

Residents are urged to lock their room door at any time they leave their room. Safety begins with residents carrying their room keys at all times and keeping room doors locked. An unlocked room door is an invitation to theft. Residents who are locked out of their rooms should contact the RA staff. Repeated lockouts carry a fine, so residents should get in the habit of carrying their keys!

Identity theft is a growing concern for everyone. While in the residence halls, students should take steps to protect their personal information. There is useful information on preventing identity theft at Shred all credit card offers (don't just toss them in the trash at the mail room). Don't give out personal information on the phone or computer unless you have initiated the contact (don't fall for phishing on-line where you are asked for information in an email that looks legitimate but is not). Protect passwords (don't keep your pin number with your ATM card and don't share passwords with others, not even your roommate). Limit the access others have to your personal data and items (using a lock-box for paperwork such as credit card receipts, bank statements, social security card, etc., and keep your credit cards, wallet, and check book in a secure location, not out in plain view). Don't forget when you are in chat rooms or using instant messaging to keep your location, real name and other personal information out of the conversation! Be suspicious, be wary, be safe!

AMC's Security Officers can assist students with a variety of issues and concerns. Security is always available and can be reached from any campus phone by dialing 8-494-9010 or from your cell phone at 508-494-9010. Sgt. Mark Savasta is the Director of Security and can answer questions about safety on campus. You may reach him at 508-849-3456 or 3456 from a campus phone.

Fire Safety
Fire safety equipment in the residence halls includes smoke and heat detectors. The building alarm sounding will activate a response from the Paxton fire department. Students are expected to respond immediately to the building fire alarm and room smoke alarms.

Fire Alarm Procedures

When the building alarm sounds:
  • Check for smoke/fire in your area; Take coat/blanket with you
  • Exit room if safe to do so and close door
  • Leave the building by the nearest exit
  • Be quick and quiet
  • Gather at the designated area and await instruction from staff
Remember: Personal Safety First!!!

When a room alarm sounds:
  • Check for smoke/fire in the area
  • If there is smoke/fire, exit the building immediately pulling the building alarm as you go and follow instructions above
  • If there is no smoke/fire, call Security, 8-494-9010 from any campus phone, 508-494-9010 from a cell phone and report the alarm

Illegal drugs and/or the abuse or misuse of prescription medications are not tolerated at AMC. This includes possession and/or use of drug paraphernalia. The following are all considered to be evidence of drug policy violations and sufficient grounds for full disciplinary actions: the presence of a controlled substance/illegal drug; drug paraphernalia; smoke or odors (in the case of marijuana). All students present at the time of the violation and all residents of the room (present or not) will be held responsible for the infraction. Any resident who feels jeopardized by the actions of his/her roommate(s) should seek assistance from the Residence Life staff. Residents are subject to all state and federal laws while on campus.

The Alcohol Policy at AMC in its entirety is enforced in the residence halls. This Policy may be found in the Student Handbook and copies are available in the Office of Residence Life. In summary, resident students should be aware that:

  1. Students under the age of 21 may not have alcohol in their possession at any time. If all residents of a room are under 21, there is to be no alcohol in that room under any circumstances.
  2. Residents who are of legal drinking age (21 or older) may consume alcohol in their residence hall rooms.
  3. Students who are of legal drinking age shall not provide alcohol to minors.
  4. Open containers of alcohol are not allowed in any public areas, including the hallways, lounges and bathrooms of the residence halls. Staff may check cups, mugs or other unsealed containers for alcohol.
  5. Quantities of alcohol exceeding the limit set in the AMC Alcohol Policy are not allowed in any resident's room. The limits are one (1) liter of wine, two (2) pints of spirits and 15 standard size cans/bottles of beer or malt beverages (including wine coolers, Zima, hard lemonade, etc.) per legal-aged resident assigned to the specific room. Spiked punch, "Jello" shots and grain alcohol are not allowed. Kegs, beerballs or other large containers are not allowed, even if they are empty. Taps are not allowed and may be confiscated regardless if a keg is found. Drinking games and drinking paraphernalia are not permitted.
  6. Persons who are apparently in violation of the Alcohol Policy may be asked to remove all alcohol from their possession (this, if in a room, may include emptying alcohol from the refrigerator, closet, under beds, backpacks or other hiding or storage places). The student(s) involved in the presence of a staff person shall dispose of all confiscated alcohol appropriately.
  7. As the use of alcohol is not an excuse for behavior, disciplinary action may be taken in situations where a person's behavior is inappropriate due to alcohol use.
Anna Maria College has resources available to assist students, who wish help around issues of drug or alcohol use. The Counseling Center and the Health Center personnel are available to talk with students about concerns and can refer students to appropriate off campus agencies for assistance if needed. If you have any questions about your own or someone else's drug and/or alcohol use, please utilize these confidential services.

Substance Free Living
All members of the Substance Free Floor must be committed to the guidelines that are set for living there. By signing the Substance Free Living contract, you are agreeing to live according to these guidelines while promoting the goals of Substance Free living.

  1. No one living on or visiting the Substance Free floor can bring alcohol or illegal drugs onto the floor.
  2. Substance Free includes no storing of cigarettes, cigarette products or chewing tobacco anywhere on the Substance Free floor.
  3. Floor members and their guests may not be on the Substance Free floor in a disruptive manner.
  4. If the problem presents itself where any alcohol, tobacco products or illegal drugs are found anywhere in the Substance Free environment, the residents of that floor will intervene and choose in what manner the situation, in their home, should be dealt with. Individuals who are in violation of AMC policy will be documented and sanctioned through regular channels.
  5. All students on the Substance Free floor will work to support the goals of the floor and any community standards that are developed.
Individual residents who violate any of these guidelines may lose their living privileges on the Substance Free floor. This may mean suspension from the residence halls.