Emergency and Safety

Campus Safety

The COA Public Safety Department is a small, effective, student service oriented department. Millard Dority, serves as Director of Public Safety, Brent Walton and Howdy Houghton as night watchmen. The goal of the public safety department is to ensure that those who use the College facilities feel safe in doing so.

The night watchmen are available to assist students seven nights a week. They can help students who forget their backpacks in the library, lock themselves out of their rooms, forget their books in the Zoo Lab, or need an escort from their house to the library. The night watchmen are always willing to lend a hand or offer advice.

Millard Dority can be reached in a variety of ways. His office extension is 5690; his cell phone is 266-0790. In the evening he can be reached at home 288-4237 or on the COA Emergency Line ext.5910 on campus, or 288-9001 for those living off-campus.

For more information about public safety or the night bus please contact Millard Dority at ext. 5690.


In the event of an emergency, a community member should always dial 911 to access local police, ambulance and fire emergency services. From College phones, remember to dial 9 first for an outside line. In the event that a 911 call is necessary, please call the COA Emergency Line 288-9001 immediately afterwards so that the Director of Campus Safety can coordinate with local emergency services.

The COA Emergency Line is staffed 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. There are times, however, during commute when you may reach voicemail. Please wait for a minute and call back. Bob Nolan at 288 2944 ext. 5691 or 288-3540 after hours is also available for help.

If any student living on-campus would like to speak to a student staff member, there is a Resident Advisor on-call 24hrs a day, 7 days a week. He/she can contact the RA On-Duty by calling the emergency cell-phone. The RA On-Duty may refer him/her to one of the other emergency numbers, but if a student is uncertain as to whether something is an emergency, the RA On- Duty is a good resource to help you make that decision.

For non-emergency maintenance issues, please report them by using ext. 5691, 5800, or 5690.

Snow Closures

It is rare for COA to be buried in snow, but it does happen. The Academic Dean is responsible for canceling classes or closing the school for various amounts of time. A campus email will be sent as early as possible to inform the community of closure or delays. Community members can listen to or watch the following stations WLBZ (Ch 2- local, Ch 3-Time-Warner Cable), WABI (Ch 5-local, Ch 6-Time-Warner Cable) or FM Radio 94.5(WKSQ), 99.1(WLKE), 104.7(WBFB), 101.7(WFZX), 102.1(WGUY), or AM 910(WABI) on stormy days. Please be aware that town restrictions exist on overnight parking in Bar Harbor from November 1 through April 15.

During snow events a weather alert will be posted via email from the Office of Public Safety. With the occurrence of such an event, a campus-wide overnight parking lot ban will be in effect as follows:

  • Overnight parking is allowed only on the west side (Route 3) of the south end of campus, and either the garden lot or the north lot on the north end of campus. Overnight is defined as the hours between 12:01am and 7:00 am.
  • Vehicles parked elsewhere on campus will be towed at the owner’s expense.
  • After an announcement that the parking ban has been lifted, all vehicles must be moved to a clean parking lot as soon as possible. Cars not moved within 24 hours will be towed to a clean lot at the owner’s expense.

Campus Crime Reporting

In order to comply with the Campus Security Act (the ‘Clery Act’), the College is required to publicly report all campus crime according to the following categories. These reports are compiled by the Director of Public Safety in conjunction with the Bar Harbor Police Department. These statistics are available on-line at <http://ope.ed.gov/security/>.

The College is also required to make a separate report for the same classes of crimes happening on campus which have been motivated by hate or bias as prescribed by the Hate Crimes Statistics Act.

In addition, the College is required to inform its community members of where they can find law enforcement agency information provided by the State concerning sex offenders who may be present on-campus. That information can be found at the Maine State Police’s Sex Offender Registry, on-line at http://www.informe.org/sor/

Sexual Assault Procedures

The College's goal is to provide prompt, effective, sensitive assistance to survivors of sexual assault and to protect other members of the community from harm. The College will strive to empower the survivor insofar as possible, giving her/him control over decisions about notification, medical or other treatment, filing of criminal charges, and other matters, but the College recognizes that the survivor's wishes and the legal and ethical need to protect the community may at times be in conflict.

Because of the range and depth of emotions associated with sexual assault, members of the College community are expected to respect the confidentiality of the parties involved by channeling information relevant to an assault, rumored or actual, directly to the Associate Dean of Student Life or any of the Sexual Assault Allies.

The procedures outlined below describe the steps to be taken in case of an assault on a student, with particular attention given to describing the roles of the professional staff who may become involved. The confidentiality issues involved in reporting sexual assaults are provided to allow assault survivors to understand their options. The College recognizes that students will most likely speak to a friend, resident advisor, or their faculty advisor first – and to support that first-step provides information about the following procedures and resources.

Community members can minimize the opportunity for sexual assault by considering the following:


  • When you go to a party, go with a group of friends
  • Arrive together, watch out for each other, and leave together.
  • Don't leave your beverage unattended or accept a drink from an open container.
  • Don't allow yourself to be isolated with someone you don't know or trust.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
  • Think about the level of intimacy you want in a relationship, and clearly state your limits.
  • Above all: trust your instincts. If a situation feels awkward, try to get to a safe place with friends you trust as soon as possible.
For more information on how to keep yourself safe, community members can visit the Downeast Sexual Assault Services website at: http://www.downeasthealth.org/sex_assault.html



  1. Preserving the evidence: In the event of an assault, an immediate, crucial consideration is that of preserving evidence. Should a student even remotely consider the possibility of eventually pursuing criminal sexual assault charges, the evidence (found on, in, or near the body) must be collected by trained medical personnel (see section on Following Notification for more details). While this can feel like adding trauma to trauma, at the very least the student should consider not immediately taking a shower or destroying the clothes associated with the assault.
  2. Notification (or, who to seek help from): In the case of an assault on-campus or involving COA community members, the student’s next decision is whom they should inform about the assault or seek assistance from. It is important to remember that in making that choice, one factor to be carefully considered is the legal requirements of certain college employees to “report.” The student's options and their legal requirements are outlined below:
    1. A. COA’s Health Services: A student may approach any of the College’s contracted medical or mental-health providers for help. Both our counselors and our nurse have legal responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of a survivor’s disclosure, and only those whom the survivor wishes will be notified, except in cases where the survivor is a minor, judged to be potentially dangerous to herself/himself, or there is an immediate perceived danger to others in the community. In the last instance, the practitioner would speak with the Associate Dean of Student Life and proceed as outlined in option C.
    2. COA’s Sexual Assault Advisors (SAA):There are several staff members who are identified to help students with issues of sexual assault: the Coordinator of Health, Wellness, and Counseling; Coordinator of International Student Services. Because of their training and familiarity with the local resources available, they are willing to help a survivor maintain control over the situation by ensuring that a survivor is fully aware of the options open to them at a given point. Should a survivor report an assault to any of the Advisors, the others will be informed that a report has been made – although without names attached – to ensure that each Advisor has a support network for themselves. They are also obligated to report the details of an assault to the Associate Dean.
    3. Student Life:When a victim talks to any staff (or faculty) member, including our student staff members, the Resident Advisors, about what actually happened (as opposed to describing a hypothetical incident), that staff or faculty member is required, by law, to “act” on the report. Acting will usually involve consulting with the Associate Dean of Student Life.
      1. If a student feels more comfortable dealing directly with a peer, she/he can contact a Resident Advisor on their 24-hr emergency cellphone at (207) 266-3421. If a student wishes to communicate with the Associate Dean directly, she/he can call directly at 266-0773.
      2. If, in the Associate Dean's judgment, there exists the possibility of repeat assaults and/or danger to other community members, an investigation and possible legal and/or campus judicial action could likely result. The victim will be consulted regarding this possibility, and every effort will be made to protect her/him and preserve her/his confidentiality throughout.
      3. The victim's name and/or details about the assault will be released only when necessary to protect her/him and/or other members of the community. The Associate Dean will also make decisions regarding notification of people such as other officers of the college, community members in general, the police, and parents (based again on an estimation of the likelihood of repeat assaults and/or danger to the victim and/or others). The victim's wishes regarding such notification will be respected as much as possible, and she/he will be consulted and informed about every aspect of the situation.
    4. Campus Safety: The Director of Campus Safety, Millard Dority, can be accessed directly through the College Emergency Line at 288-9001. He will advise the victim of the options available to him/her – and share the information with the Associate Dean. The Dean will then proceed as outlined in option C.
    5. Downeast Sexual Assault Services (DESAS) Crisis Line: The DESAS Crisis Line (1-800-228-2470) is a 24-hour crisis line. A victim can remain anonymous, and the crisis line has no duty to report.
  3. Following Notification: The health practitioner, Sexual Assault Advisor, student life staff member or Director of Campus Safety will explain the victim's options:
    1. If the victim needs or wants immediate medical attention beyond what our on-campus health services can provide, or if our health services office is closed, or the victim has been raped and wishes evidence to be collected, either 911 will be called (if emergency care is needed) or transportation to the Mount Desert Island (MDI) Hospital emergency room will be arranged. The MDI Hospital triage nurse will be notified that a rape victim is coming. At the emergency room the victim should expect the following:
    2. A Sexual Assault Advocate from DESAS will accompany the victim through the procedures and inform him/her about counseling options available through DESAS.
    3. If the victim wishes, the hospital will notify the Bar Harbor police when the victim comes in.
    4. A patrol officer will be detached to conduct the initial investigation. The officer’s initial report may be turned over to a detective for further investigation, and will be turned over to the District Attorney’s office for evaluation.
    5. If the victim chooses to have evidence collected, he/she can elect to choose either an anonymous rape-kit or a “reported” sex-crime kit (identified by their name, with the intent to pursue a criminal charge); a victim can also choose to decline any part of the sex-crime kit. The cost of the sex-crime kit is covered by the State’s Attorney General’s Office; the hospital will bill the State directly.
    6. Return transportation to the victim’s residence or to a safe place will be provided. The DESAS Advocate will ensure that the victim feels safe.
    7. The DESAS Advocate will offer resources and coordinate follow-up care and counseling.
  4. If the victim is not in need of immediate medical attention, the counselor, SAA, student services staff member, or Director of Campus Safety will offer support and explain the resources available as outlined above and including:
    1. Students living on-campus can request a change; students living off-campus can request a move onto campus.
    2. Immediate overnight safe space can be made available through the Associate Dean of Student Life.
    3. Counseling resources are available on and off campus.
    4. The Director of Campus Safety can advise the victim about police reports, assist the victim in dealing with police procedures, and advise about other legal options.
    5. The Associate Dean of Student Life or the Equal Opportunity Officer can advise the victim about College of the Atlantic’s judicial processes for dealing with issues of sexual assault. Complaints of sexual assault are processed through the College’s Sexual Harassment procedures – and would require notification of the Equal Employment Opportunity Officer (EEOO). Those processes are explained in the Complaint Procedures section of the handbook. It is critical to note that should a victim make a complaint of sexual assault, that complaint will be processed through the College’s formal procedures. Under no circumstances will the victim be asked or expected to mediate their complaint with the respondent. Whether the respondent is a student, faculty, or staff member, and in the interest of preserving the integrity of community life, the President is empowered to suspend an individual from campus pending a sexual harassment hearing.
    6. The Associate Dean can provide assistance to the victim with academic problems that may arise in relation with the assault.

Safety & security report

To view the College of the Atlantic Safety & Security Report for the 2013-2014 Academic year, click here.

Important Numbers

  • COA Emergency Line
    207.288.9001 (or ext. 5910 from a campus extension)

    Student Life Emergency Phone

    207.288.2944, ext.5800

    Resident Advisor Phone