Welcome to the Stephens College Emergency Information site, which provides up-to-date information about campus alerts during emergencies or unfavorable weather situations. In the event of an emergency, this space will be used to provide timely information to the Stephens community. It will be updated regularly as new information becomes available.
From the Office of Safety and Security:
On August 30, at approximately 12:30 p.m., a Stephens College student reported to campus Security that she was approached by a Hispanic male, driving a tan colored 4-door Ford Taurus. The student reported she was approached while walking on Windsor Street near Searcy Hall parking lot. The driver of the vehicle attempted to persuade the student into getting into his vehicle. After ignoring the driver, the student reported that she was followed for a short distance. The driver of the vehicle is described as a Hispanic male approximately 35 years old, with dark short hair, and dressed in grungy clothing. The Columbia Police Department has been notified and is currently following up on the report.
If you see any suspicious vehicles or individuals on or near campus, please immediately notify 911 or campus security at (573) 876-7299. Whenever possible try to travel in groups and always remain aware of your surroundings. If you are ever uncomfortable walking on campus the security team is available for escorts.
In addition to posting information on this site, we will also release emergency information via the Stephens Alert System (via Rave). Sign up to receive emergency communications via text and email. These alerts and this site are your sources for the most up-to-date information about emergency or similar situations on campus.
You'll find below additional information for Students, Parents and Campus that you may find helpful.
Please know that your safety is always our top priority. Plans are always in place to handle inclement weather and you will be notified of critical information as it becomes available. In the event of an emergency, please contact your parents to assure them that you are safe.
Stephens Health Care Plan (offered through Boone Medical Group)
Safety is a top priority at Stephens College. We encourage you to develop a communication plan with your students in advance.
Limited healthcare services are provided to students by Boone Medical Group.
Counseling Services are also available.
Media and Info Outlets
April 1, 2018:
Stephens College will operate on a normal schedule on Monday, April 2. All students who live locally and on campus will be expected to attend classes as scheduled. Students whose return to campus was delayed on Sunday by hazardous travel conditions will be excused from Monday classes and should contact their faculty to make up missed work.
Feb. 1, 2018:
Active assailant training exercise to be held on campus on Wed., Feb. 28. Stephens will be the site of a police, fire and first responder “active assailant” training exercise on Feb. 28. This exercise will be planned and directed by the Columbia Police Department and the Columbia Fire Department, with support from Stephens’ Office of Safety and Security. The officers in charge of this event are highly experienced and extremely well trained to conduct these simulation exercises. Stephens is proud to be the host of this exercise; it’s a great service to our community, it ensures our local police and fire are very familiar with our campus, and it prepares them to respond effectively should there ever be a real incident here in Columbia. For more information about the event, see Press Release from Joint Communications; Frequently asked questions; Office of Safety & Security Feb. 17 Email Update; Office of Safety & Security Feb. 26 Parking Update ; Campus map of exercise area; Street closure map, ABC17 announcement, Columbia Tribune announcement.
Jan. 11, 2018:
Campus will close on Jan. 11 at noon. In light of current weather advisories, and with an abundance of caution and a commitment to the safety of our Stephens community, we will close campus at noon today, Jan. 11. All classes are cancelled for the remainder of the day. Employees whose function on campus is essential to the safety and security of our students will continue to work and should coordinate with supervisors. As of now, regular operations will resume on Jan. 12.
Find previous updates in our archive.
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