In accordance with the Clery Act, LIM College will notify the campus community without delay upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff on campus. Warnings may only be withheld if they would compromise efforts to contain the emergency.
LIM COLLEGE EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM
At LIM College we take the safety of our students, faculty and staff very seriously. We are committed to protecting the College community in the event of an emergency on campus or in New York City. To achieve this, the College has partnered with Twenty First Century Communications to implement the LIM College Emergency Notification System.
In the event of an emergency on campus or in New York City, College authorities are able to quickly communicate to all students, faculty and administrative staff who have registered online with the LIM College Emergency Notification System. Students are required to register for the emergency mass notification system at the beginning of the Fall or Spring semester during orientation. In a matter of minutes, each registered member of the LIM community will receive a communication alert from LIM College authorities. The alert will be sent to each of the communication devices that a student, faculty or staff member specifies during their initial registration, including email accounts, cell phones, land lines and text messaging devices. Additional contact information may be added or current information may be updated at any time.
EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM FAQ
How is an emergency being defined?
LIM College will only use the Emergency Notification System when it is imperative to contact students, faculty and staff as quickly as possible. This can include, but is not limited to, cancellation of classes or LIM College closures due inclement weather, a fire requiring the evacuation or closing of a building; or an ongoing criminal incident that requires members of the LIM College community to take action to ensure their safety. Email will still be used to provide important information in a timely manner for situations that do not rise to the level of an emergency.
What contact information should I provide?
The Emergency Notification System allows you to provide up to three phone numbers and two email addresses. By default, your LIM College email account will be one of those email addresses. You can then add another email address you use frequently (for example: Hotmail or Gmail), a cell phone number where you receive text messages, and other telephone numbers (examples: your cell phone, your dorm room or apartment, your parent's home) you would like to receive the emergency voice message. We encourage you to add as many points of contact as possible, as it will increase the likelihood of being promptly notified in an emergency situation.
Why should I sign up for more than one way to get an emergency message?
An emergency can happen at any time and while you are in any place. Having more than one way for LIM College to contact you helps ensure that you will get the necessary notification and information as quickly as possible.
What will show up on my caller ID or in my email account when I am contacted by the Emergency Notification System?
Your caller ID displays (866) 669-9442 when the Emergency Notification System contacts you with a voice message. We recommend that you pre-program this number into your phone as "LIM Alert" so that you will know when you are being contacted by the Emergency Notification System. Email message alerts are sent by email@example.com. We recommend you add this address to the "Safe" address list for your external email account. When you receive a text message the sender's ID varies based on your individual carrier.
Can I sign up to receive (SMS) text messages on more than one cell phone?
No. You can only receive text messages on one cell phone number. You can opt to receive voice messages on two phone numbers.
Can I receive both text and voice messages on the same cell phone?
Yes. You must enter the cell phone number in both the text message box and in the phone number box.
What should I do if I get a new phone number or email address?
Once you have signed up for the Emergency Notification System, you can log on and update your information at any time. Use your LIM College email address as your username and enter the password you created when you signed up.
Once I sign up, do I need to do anything else?
You will need to sign up for the Emergency Notification System at the beginning of each academic year. LIM College sends an email to all students, faculty and staff as a reminder to sign up. Your information is cleared from the system at the end of every academic year so it is important that you take the time to re-register.
How will my contact information be used?
The information you provide will only be used for the Emergency Notification System. It is kept private and confidential and will not be shared with any other entities.
Can parent(s) be notified of an emergency by the Emergency Notification System?
The Emergency Notification System is designed for current students, faculty and staff. However, if you choose to enter your parent(s) phone number or email address on the sign-up form, they will be able to receive messages from the Emergency Notification System.
If I choose text messaging as one of my methods of contact, will LIM College reimburse me for the cost of text messages received from the Emergency Notification System?
No. Please keep in mind that signing up to receive text messages is optional. While we recommend that you designate as many points of contact as possible, you may choose to limit your methods of contact to email and voice mail.
Closings Due to Inclement Weather
The LIM College community is notified six ways of closing due to bad weather. They are:
- An alert through the LIM College Emergency Notification System to specified communication devices which include email, cell phone, land line and text message.
- Beginning at 5:00 a.m., an updated voice mail message indicating the status of LIM College at the main phone number: (212) 752-1530.
- A message on all LIM College email accounts.
- A posting on LIM College’s News & Events.
- A listing on the radio on 880 WCBS AM, CBS television Channel 2 or on the WCBS website (click on the “school closings” link in the left column).
- A listing on 1010WINS AM on the radio or on the 1010WINS website (click on the “school closings” link in the right column).
Fire drills are held regularly throughout the year. They are taken seriously. No use of cell phones or talking is allowed during the drills.
The Townhouse (12 East 53rd St.)
The fire alarm consists of a loud horn blaring continuously. If in a classroom, follow the instructor’s directions. If in a non-class area, with no faculty or administration available, such as a bathroom or lounge, follow the posted instructions without waiting for a faculty or staff member. During the evacuation process, there should be no sauntering. Leave your area immediately and proceed to the street. Follow the directions of the Fire Safety Director, keeping the front of the building clear until the Fire Safety Director indicates that you may re-enter the building. In order to exit the building promptly and in an orderly fashion, the following procedures should be followed:
Lower level offices: Exit up to the first floor via the main stairwell from the lower level
Classrooms 5331, 5332, 5333, 5341, 5342, 5343, 5361, Faculty Offices and Executive Offices: Exit down to the first floor via the main stairwell in the center of the building
Classrooms 5351, 5352, 5344, 5345, Offices of Admissions, Student Financial Services, Human Resources and the Student Lounge: Exit down to the first floor via the fire escape and through FashionOpolis
Instructors will open the fire escape doors located at either the front or back of the classrooms and have the students exit onto the fire escape, proceeding immediately by the outside fire stairs to the ground level, thru FashionOpolis and out onto the street. Instructors will follow the last student, closing the exit door behind them.
Maxwell Hall (216 East 45th St.)
The fire alarm consists of a loud whooping sound. At the sound of the alarm, remain quiet and listen for instructions. The designated fire warden on each floor will call the Fire Safety Director from the fire warden call box. An announcement will be made over the public announcement system notifying occupants of which exit to use when vacating the building.
Fifth Avenue (545 Fifth Ave.)
Scenario One: Once the fire alarm sounds, the building Fire Safety Director will make an announcement through the public address system providing instructions. Staff, faculty and students will follow the instructions. In case there is no announcement made, the Fire Warden or Deputy Fire Warden should call the fire command station to be given instructions by the Fire Safety Director. In case of an evacuation, the Fire Safety Director will outline any special instructions.
Scenario Two: If there is a visible fire or smoke on the floor and the alarm did not sound, anyone can pull the fire alarm device located by the emergency exits. If at any point you feel unsafe or that your life is in danger in a heavy smoke situation, drop to the floor and move away from the heat and dense smoke to an exit. In a visible fire situation immediately move away from the fire to the nearest exit. Be sure to check the exit door for heat prior to opening it.
1760 Residence Hall (1760 Third Ave.)
Emergency procedures for the Residence Hall can be found on the College’s website and in the Residence Handbook which is distributed to all resident students.
What to do if you see smoke or fire:
- If you do not see a faculty or staff member or cannot pull the alarm, call the Fire Department at 911.
- Do not use the elevators.
- Stay calm. Do not panic. Stay low to the floor in smoke conditions. Close doors to confine fire and smoke.
- Feel doors and do not open them if they are hot to the touch.
- With information about fire drills at LIM College
- With all fire exits and re-entry doors
- With fire alarm boxes throughout the College and how to use them
Annual Security & Fire Safety Report
In compliance with the Clery Act, LIM College’s 2014-2015 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (with 2011-2013 crime statistics included) provides information about crime statistics for the previous three years, institutional policies concerning campus conduct, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes and other security and safety information.
Applicants for enrollment or employment may also request a hard copy of this information by sending a written request for the Report to: LIM College Office of the Registrar, 545 5th Ave., New York, NY 10017 or by calling (212) 752-1530 ext. 404.