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 Misconduct policy & INTERIm COMPLAINT PROCEDURE

To view the COA Sexual Misconduct Policy and Interim Complaint Procedure, please visit the Policies and Handbook section of this website.

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


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