Safety and Security
Students have access to their residence hall at all times when the university is in session. An electronic door-access system near most doors requires use of a resident’s K-State ID card. All entrances to the residence halls are locked 24 hours a day. Each night from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., the main front doors are the only accessible entrance to each hall. The side entrances may not be used during those hours. There will be a door assistant at the main entrance during limited access hours, who will ensure that only residents and their registered guests enter the residence hall. Exterior wing doors have electronic sensors that detect when doors are left ajar.
All residence halls have appropriate fire protection equipment, including a smoke detector in each room and a general fire alarm system. Smoke detectors are equipped with either a tamper-evident seal or electronic monitoring device. If seals are removed or broken, a charge is assessed to the residents of the room.
Community assistants, hall staff and emergency facilities management staff are available 24 hours a day to respond to the needs of students. Housing and Dining Services has arranged for a campus police officer to walk the perimeter of all halls on a scheduled basis. In addition, a free campus-sponsored escort program known as Wildcat Walk is available 24 hours a day to accompany residents walking on campus.
Students are encouraged to lock their door and carry their room key and K-State ID card at all times.
Video Series on Campus Safety
View this series of videos containing additional info about staying safe on campus.
What To Do During Storm Warnings
Residents must be aware of developing storm situations so they are not taken by surprise. When a storm watch is issued, residents should mentally rehearse a plan of action to take if the warning sirens sound.
In the event of a tornado warning, the university asks that you:
- Go to the designated tornado shelter for the building. In most cases this is the lowest floor, in the central core of the building, and away from glass windows.
- Outdoor sirens will sound a steady three-minute blast when the need to take cover is necessary.
- If you are outside when the sirens go off, seek shelter immediately. Go into the closest building and seek out the lowest floor in the center of the building.
- The university's K-State Alerts notification system will alert the campus community. Sign up for K-State Alerts.
- After the tornado has passed, report any injuries. Call 911 for ambulance and fire; call the University Police (785-532-6412) to report building damage.
Residents may tune in to local radio and television stations for updated weather information, such as: B104.7 FM Country, 94.5 Country FM, 1350 AM News Talk, Sunny 102.5 FM and 101.5 K-Rock. Multiple weather resources are accessible from your smartphone.
It is advisable for all residents to have a battery-powered portable radio and a flashlight. Storms occur at night as well as during the daytime.
The all clear comes from 1350 KMAN and 91.5 KMKF - FM radio stations in Manhattan. No one should leave shelters or premises until an all clear from these stations is given. A second blast of the siren indicates another storm has been sighted — it is not an all clear signal.