Student Handbook 2020-2021

Emergency Response and Evacuation

When a serious incident occurs that causes an immediate threat to the campus, the first responders to the scene are usually the Yates County Sheriff’s Office (YCSO), the New York State Police (NYSP), Penn Yan Police Department (PYPD) and/or the Branchport-Keuka Park Fire Department (BKPFD). These units typically respond and work together to manage the incident. Depending on the nature of the incident, other Keuka College departments and local or federal agencies could also be involved in responding to the incident.

The fire alarm systems are directly connected to the Yates County 911, which is monitored 24 hours per day. When an alarm sounds, all occupants must vacate the building quickly, safety and meet in the designated rally areas. The fire department, campus safety officers, and residence life staff members (when applicable) will ensure that the building has been properly evacuated. Any resident found in the building during an alarm will be subject to disciplinary sanctions. The fire department determines when it is appropriate to return to the building. Under no circumstances should you return to the building unless you are told to do so by the fire department, campus safety officers, or a residence life staff member acting for the fire department.

General information about the emergency response and evacuation procedures for Keuka College is available here and is also publicized each year as part of the institution’s Clery Act compliance efforts, which is available on the College’s website at