Safety at Western

Clery Report on Campus Crime Procedures & Statistics

Published September, 2013
This publication includes both the annual Crime Statistics Disclosure and the annual Fire Safety Report.

Introduction
This information is provided to all students, faculty, and staff of Missouri Western State University in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of the United States Government. The required information and additional information added by the university is provided for the purpose of assisting campus community members in reducing their risk of becoming a victim of crime while at Missouri Western.

Crime Statistics for the Past Three Years:

Missouri Western State University
(Includes Main Campus, Downtown Campus, and Northland Campus)

Crimes Reported To MWSU Police Department

On-Campus – includes Column 2

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Property

Public Property

Total

(by type) 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Homicide
- Murder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses
- Forcible 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2
- Non-Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Aggravated Assault 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
Burglary 15 7 3 15 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 7 3
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 20 9 5 19 9 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 22 9 5
Arrests and Referrals
Liquor Law Violations
- Arrest 29 17 28 28 9 28 0 0 0 10 4 6 39 21 34
- Referral 24 21 35 24 21 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 21 35
Drug Law Violations
- Arrest 22 18 12 19 16 12 0 0 0 6 2 4 28 20 16
- Referral 35 13 16 35 13 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 13 16
Weapons Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

Hate Crime Statistics: Hate Crime Statistics include all of the above crimes as well as Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, and Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of property.

There are no Hate Crime Statistics to Report for 2010, 2011, or 2012

Missouri Western State University (Main Campus)
4525 Downs Drive Saint Joseph, MO 64507

Crimes Reported To MWSU Police Department

On-Campus – includes Column 2

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Property

Public Property

Total

(by type) 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Homicide
- Murder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses
- Forcible 2 2 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 2
- Non-Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Aggravated Assault 2 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 3 0 0
Burglary 15 7 3 15 7 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 15 7 3
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 20 9 5 19 9 4 0 0 0 2 0 0 22 9 5
Arrests and Referrals
Liquor Law Violations
- Arrest 29 17 28 28 9 28 0 0 0 10 4 6 39 21 34
- Referral 24 21 35 24 21 35 0 0 0 0 0 0 24 21 35
Drug Law Violations
- Arrest 22 18 12 19 16 12 0 0 0 6 2 4 28 20 16
- Referral 35 13 16 35 13 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 35 13 16
Weapons Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0

For additional crime statistics of the area around MWSU Main Campus please use this link to view crimes in the Saint Joseph area:

(Enter the address that you would like to search in the search bar)

Saint Joseph Crime Reports

Hate Crime Statistics:
Hate Crime Statistics include all of the above crimes as well as Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, and Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of property.

There are no Hate Crime Statistics to Report for 2010, 2011, or 2012

Missouri Western State University (Downtown University Campus)
515 N. 6th Street Saint Joseph, MO 64501
(MWSU started this Location in 2007)

Crimes Reported To Saint Joseph Police Department

On-Campus – includes Column 2

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Property

Public Property

Total

(by type) 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Homicide
- Murder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses
- Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Non-Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arrests and Referrals
Liquor Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

For additional crime statistics of the area around MWSU Downtown University Campus please use this link to view crimes in the Saint Joseph area:

(Enter the address that you would like to search in the search bar)

Saint Joseph Crime Reports

Hate Crime Statistics: Hate Crime Statistics include all of the above crimes as well as Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, and Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of property.

There are no Hate Crime Statistics to Report for 2010, 2011, and 2012

Missouri Western State University (Northland Campus)
6339 North Lucerne Avenue Kansas City, MO 64151

Crimes Reported To Kansas City Police Department

North Patrol Division

On-Campus – includes Column 2

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Property

Public Property

Total

(by type) 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Homicide
- Murder 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sex Offenses
- Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Non-Forcible 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Aggravated Assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Arrests and Referrals
Liquor Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Drug Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Weapons Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

For additional crime statistics of the area around MWSU Northland Campus please use this link to view crimes in the Kansas City area:

(Enter the address that you would like to search in the search bar)

(Northland Campus address is 6339 North Lucerne Avenue Kansas City, MO 64151)

Kansas City Crime Reports

Hate Crime Statistics: Hate Crime Statistics include all of the above crimes as well as Larceny-Theft, Simple Assault, Intimidation, and Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of property.

There are no Hate Crime Statistics to Report for 2010, 2011, or 2012

On-Campus, Non-Campus, Public Property Breakdown

Definitions Provided by: The Handbook for Campus Crime Reporting; U.S. Department of Education Office of Post secondary Education 2011.

On-Campus
Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area and used by the institution in direct support of, or in a manner related to, the institution’s educational purposes, including residence halls; and Any building or property that is within or reasonably contiguous to paragraph (1) of this definition, that is owned by the institution but controlled by another person, is frequently used by students, and supports institutional purposes (such as a food or other retail vendor).

Non-Campus
Any building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or Any building or property owned or controlled by an institution that is used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution’s educational purposes, is frequently used by students, and is not within the same reasonably contiguous geographic area of the institution.

Public Property
All public property, including thoroughfares, streets, sidewalks, and parking facilities, that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.

Policies Regarding Crime Statistic Disclosure
All Missouri Western State University students, faculty and staff are encouraged to report criminal actions to the Police Department, Blum Union 201. Faculty or staff who become aware of incidents, as students confide in them, are also encouraged to report the incident to the Police Department to aid in the development of crime statistics.
Those who report criminal actions to the Police Department may choose to remain anonymous. No attempt will be made to discover the identity of campus community members that report crime anonymously. Missouri Western State University provides this voluntary, confidential reporting service in order to present the most accurate crime statistics. You may make a report online by using the following link: https://www.missouriwestern.edu/policedepartment/crimereport/

Daily Crime Log
The daily crime log is not a general, catch-all incident log. Its purpose is for recording alleged criminal incidents that are reported to the campus police department. For example, if a student reports losing his or her wallet in the parking lot behind a dorm, it is not a criminal incident, and there is no requirement to record it in the log. However, if a student reports that his or her wallet was stolen from the student’s dorm room, this is a criminal incident and our institution is required to record it in the log. Specific traffic violations to include, should they be reported, are driving under the influence (DUI), driving while intoxicated (DWI), hit-and-run (of a person), and vehicular manslaughter. Violations not considered to be “crimes” (i.e., citations for moving violations) are not required to be recorded.

To view the Missouri Western State University Police Department Daily Crime Log online please visit:

https://www.missouriwestern.edu/policedepartment/daily-crime-log/

Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
Missouri Western State University offers a comprehensive, redundant, emergency notification system. The system is activated by the Missouri Western Police Department and is designed to be used for emergencies on campus that affect or could affect multiple persons and or cause significant infrastructure or property damage.

For further details and to sign up for Griffon Alert please visit: http://www.missouriwestern.edu/griffon alert/

Missouri Western State University will without delay, and taking into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency. The Missouri Western State University Police Department will evaluate and determine that there is a significant emergency, determine the location/locations to notify, determine the content of the notification, and initiate the notification process. The Griffon Alert system is tested at least once a year. All portions of the system are tested and evaluated. During the testing process all portions of the system will display or enunciate “this is a test” in a form set by the Notification System committee. For more details on Evacuation Procedures please review: Campus Evacuations

Missing Student Notification
The Missouri Western State University Police Department should be notified any time a student has been missing for 24 hours. Students residing in on campus housing may also notify Residential Life staff, who will in turn notify the Police Department. Any official missing student reports are to be referred immediately to the Missouri Western State University Police Department. Once the Missouri Western Police Department is notified of a missing student, a police report will be made, an investigation will be started, and if determined to be a missing student the Police Department will contact the Emergency Contact listed for the student. Any currently enrolled student at Missouri Western State University is encouraged to supply Emergency Contact information. Emergency Contacts will only be notified in cases of emergencies (Disaster situations, Missing Persons). Students may add or update Emergency Contact information at the Registrars Office located in Eder Hall room 102. Even if a student has not registered an emergency contact, the Missouri Western Police Department will still be notified. Any students under 18 years of age and not emancipated will result in automatic notification of the students parent or guardian. For more information on Missing Persons please review: Missing Persons

Safety On Campus
Missouri Western State University staff are at work 24-hours a day working to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff. The Police Department staff patrol the campus on foot and in vehicles throughout the day and night. To contact the dispatcher or officer-on-duty, simply call 4438 from any phone on campus, or (816) 271-4438 from a non campus phone.

A special emphasis is placed on safety and security in Missouri Western’s residence halls. Security, Residential Life staff, and Police Officers patrol the halls and the areas around them each evening from 4:00 pm to 8:00 am.

Other buildings on campus are locked at midnight each night. Faculty, staff, or students may also call Courtesy Patrol at 4438 for an on-campus escort each evening after dark. For more information about the Courtesy Patrol program.

Police Officers
Missouri Western State University employs a staff of full-time professional Police Officers. All full-time Missouri Western State University Police Officers are commissioned as Police officers. As such, they have the full powers of reasonable search, seizure, and arrest. A minimum of one of these officers is on campus at all times.

The Police Department at Missouri Western maintains a close working relationship with the surrounding city, county, state and federal law enforcement agencies. When one of these agencies handles a situation involving known Missouri Western students, the incident is also reported to the MWSU Police Department. The St. Joseph Police Department is called whenever backup is needed. Any incident that Missouri Western Police personnel are involved in or made aware of is quickly and accurately documented in Police reports. These reports are considered while forming crime statistics information.

The Office of Student Services (including the Counseling Center), as part of the Division of Student Affairs, strongly encourages its staff to report criminal actions that they become aware of.

Safety Programs
Missouri Western State University provides ongoing programs regarding campus safety awareness. These programs include posters, flyers, brochures, campus activities, and presentations. The Residential Life staff, Drug and Alcohol Awareness staff, and the Police Department conduct programs. Several academic classes such as College 101 and the Griffon Edge provide life development programs with chapter emphasis on personal safety awareness. The Police Department also provides Operation ID and Courtesy Patrol.

Alcohol and Other Drugs
The possession of alcohol on the Missouri Western State University campus is strictly prohibited. Students found in possession of alcohol are submitted to the campus judicial system for review and appropriate sanctions. For full details on MWSU Alcohol Policy see https://ppm.missouriwestern.edu/dotnet/noAuth/login.aspx?auto=false&public=true and http://griff.vn/handbook.

Missouri Western State University has a “zero-tolerance” policy toward the possession of illegal drugs. Any student, on or off campus, found to have possessed, sold, or used illegal drugs will be submitted to the campus judicial system. The most likely outcome in such cases will be dismissal from Missouri Western State University. Students found in possession of illegal drugs on campus will be arrested by Police Department personnel. For full details on MWSU Drug Policy see https://ppm.missouriwestern.edu/dotnet/noAuth/login.aspx?auto=false&public=true and http://griff.vn/handbook.

A variety of programs are in place at MWSU to educate and prevent alcohol and drug use. All these programs are in compliance with the Higher Education Act, section 120 (a) – (d). Information about specific programs can be garnered by contacting the appropriate office. Following are some of the offices involved in these efforts: Student Services, Student Activities, Housing & Residential Life, Multicultural Education, and Athletics.

Sexual Assault
The Departments of Student Activities, Housing & Residential Life, and the Police Department all provide sexual assault awareness and prevention programs. These programs focus on general safety tips for potential victims, awareness initiatives for potential offenders, and survivor-advocacy services.

In the event a sexual assault occurs, it is crucial that university staff be contacted as soon as possible for a variety of reasons. Ideally, the survivor (victim) should contact the Police Department as soon as they are able. However, the survivor may choose to contact a Housing staff member or someone else they are more comfortable with initially. If the survivor desires, this person will then contact Police personnel.

One of the primary reasons the Police Department needs to be contacted quickly is that evidence of a sexual assault will begin disappearing quickly. The survivor should not take a shower. If they choose to change their clothes, the old clothes should be placed into a bag. The survivor should be transported to the hospital, which will administer a rape kit at no charge to the survivor. All of these options, including the option to have the police pursue a prosecution, will be left up to the survivor. Evidence must be collected quickly, however, in case the survivor later decides to pursue the case. University staff will assist the survivor in any way possible through this process.

The Department of Student Services (Counseling Center) has a staff of counselors available to sexual assault survivors or other students affected by the situation. All counseling is free of charge to students. If the survivor would feel safer in a new living environment or academic schedule, the Housing Office or Dean of Student Development can make the necessary changes.

The University may choose to submit the assailant (accused) to the campus judicial system. In this event, a campus judicial board or campus hearing officer would hear the case and decide if university policy (including the policy against assault) was violated and the appropriate sanctions to issue to the accused.

Both the accuser (survivor) and accused will have the opportunity to present relevant evidence and witnesses in this process. The accuser and the accused will both be made aware of the outcome of the hearing. If the accused is found in violation of the assault policy, possible sanctions include warning, probation, loss of privileges, restitution, residence hall suspension, residence hall expulsion, university suspension, and university expulsion. The hearing officer or board will choose the most appropriate sanction. Missouri Western State University will not tolerate sexual assault and will apply severe sanctions to any student found to have committed such an offense.

A full explanation of the university judicial process, hearing format, and sanctions can be found in the student handbook. The student handbook may be viewed by clicking the following link: http://griff.vn/handbook

Sexual Offender Information
The “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” (section 1601 of Public Law 106-386) is a federal law enacted on October 28, 2000 that provides for the tracking of convicted, registered sex offenders enrolled as students at institutions of higher education, or working or volunteering on campus. The Act amends the “Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act” to require sex offenders already required to register in a State to provide notice, as required under State law, of each institution of higher education in that State at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. The Act also requires that state procedures ensure that this registration information is promptly made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions of higher education are located and that it is entered into appropriate State records or data systems. These changes took effect October 28, 2002. In Missouri, the sex offender list is maintained at the county level. Members of the Campus Community who wish to be informed of the identities of registered sex offenders who reside in Buchanan County or a surrounding county are encouraged to contact the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department for this information.

Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office 501 Faraon St. Joseph, MO 64501 (816) 271-5555 or http://www.buchanancosheriff.com/

Maintenance of Campus Facilities
The campus facilities are maintained by MWSU Physical Plant and patrolled by the Police Department. The Physical Plant maintains the campus buildings, grounds and roadway with a concern for safety and security. They inspect campus facilities regularly, make repairs affecting safety and security and respond to reports of potential safety and security hazards, such as broken windows, locks and lighting. Officers report the need for replacement of lights and any other physical hazards. Call Physical Plant at 271-4417 during business hours or the Police Department after hours to report any safety or security hazard in or around campus buildings, grounds or roadways.

Timely Warning Policy
In addition to the yearly statistics provided in this policy, the Police Department will make periodic reports or Crime alerts, to the campus community of recent crimes that may affect the quality of life in the campus area. These reports may include crime prevention recommendations and are intended to raise awareness regarding criminal activity so that the community can increase or implement personal safety strategies.

The procedure for determining when a Timely Warning as defined in the Clery Act will be made is as follows:

    1. The Chief of Police or his/her designee will review all crime reports on a daily basis. If the Chief believes that circumstances exist that may require the issuance of a Clery Act “Timely Warning” based upon the review of a specific reported crime or pattern of crimes, the Chief shall immediately, and in any event, no later than 12 hours after the determination, convene a committee (as specified below) to:
      1. Review the circumstance of the reported crime or pattern of reported crimes and;
      2. Determine whether there is a threat to the campus community based on the information presented and;
      3. Determine whether the threat is such that a “Timely Warning” is required under the provision of the Clery Act and;
      4. Determine the wording for any “Timely Warning” notice that is to be issued and;
      5. Determine the manner and means by which the “Timely Warning” shall be issued to the campus community.
    2. The committee shall consist of:
      1. The Chief of Police (or appropriate designee)
      2. The Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs (or appropriate designee)
      3. The Vice President for Financial Planning and Administration (or appropriate designee)
      4. Any other members of the campus community, the Chief of Police believes necessary to aid in the determination.
    3. The criteria for determining whether a “Timely Warning” shall be issued will be in accordance with the requirements of the Clery Act as stated in the Clery Act (20 USC § 1092) and 34CFR668.46.
    4. Notwithstanding the above, at any time the Chief of Police or his/her designee believes it necessary to issue a “Timely Warning” to protect the campus community, he or she has the authority to do so without the consent of the above committee and may do so immediately upon his or her determination that a threat may exist to the campus community.

Crime Alerts may be disseminated via campus e-mail, posted in selected offices on campus, including student public areas, residence halls, campus buildings, the campus newspaper, and the MWSU Police Department web site.

Access to Building and Key Control Policies The university maintains policies regarding access to buildings and key control distribution as part of its general polices. These polices can be accessed at https://ppm.missouriwestern.edu/dotnet/noAuth/login.aspx?auto=false&public=true.

Policies regarding access to residence halls can be accessed at the Residence Hall web site.

Student Consumer Information Please visit the list of Student Consumer Information about Missouri Western State University which you are entitled to receive if you so request, and how you may acquire that information.

Annual Fire Safety Report
Published September 2013

Introduction: Any institution that offers on campus housing must report annually the Fire Statistics for any Residential Facility as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315)

The 2009 year was the first year Fire Statistics have been required.

These statistics also include Arson

Residential Halls and Areas

Number of Fires Reported

Number of Deaths related to Fire

Number of Injuries related to Fire

Value of Property Damage related to Fire

2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Commons Building 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Logan Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Beshears Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Juda Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Leaverton Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Vaselakos Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Scanlon Hall 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Griffon Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Griffon Hall opened August 2011, and will only have Fire Statistics starting with the 2011 reporting year.

Cause of each fire:

2010:

Unintentional fire in a trash can outside of Scanlon Hall near a smoking area, cause was undetermined, but is believed to have been from a cigarette.

This fire was short lived and caused minimal to no Property Damage, and had no value associated.

2012:

Unintentional fire grass area in front of Leaverton Hall, did not involve the building.

This fire was short lived and caused minimal to no Property Damage, and had no value associated.

In an effort to keep MWSU Faculty, Staff, and Students informed of fire information, the above information was provided to the community. None of the reported fires met the requirements for annual reporting. Neither 2009 fire occurred within a facility that houses students on campus. The Commons Building is a separate building within the Residential Complex, that does not house students, but is host to many daily activities of Residential students. The second fire of 2009 occurred outside of a Residential Hall facility, and posed no danger to the facility or its occupants. The 2010 fire occurred outside of a Residential Hall facility, and posed no danger to the facility or its occupants.

Fire Safety System

Logan, Beshears, Juda, Leaverton, and Vaselakos Halls

Each Residential Facility in this category are equipped with a Fire Alarm system. The Fire Alarm system is monitored 24 hours a day 365 days a year by an outside agency. Each Residential Facility has Smoke detectors located in each room, living area, common areas, lobby areas, and hallways/walkways. These residential facilities offer Fire Extinguishers in various locations.

Scanlon Hall

Each Residential Facility in this category are equipped with a Fire Alarm system. The Fire Alarm system is monitored 24 hours a day 365 days a year by an outside agency. Each Residential Facility has Smoke detectors located in each room, living area, common areas, lobby areas, and hallways/walkways. These residential facilities offer Fire Extinguishers in various locations, and are equipped with a sprinkler system.

Commons Building

Each Residential Facility in this category are equipped with a Fire Alarm system. The Fire Alarm system is monitored 24 hours a day 365 days a year by an outside agency. Each Residential Facility has Smoke detectors located in each room, living area, common areas, lobby areas, and hallways/walkways. These residential facilities offer Fire Extinguishers in various locations, and are equipped with a sprinkler system. Although the Commons Building resides within the remainder of the Residential Halls, it is not considered a Residential Facility since it does not house students.

Griffon Hall

Each Residential Facility in this category are equipped with a Fire Alarm system. The Fire Alarm system is monitored 24 hours a day 365 days a year by an outside agency. Each Residential Facility has Smoke detectors located in each room, living area, common areas, lobby areas, and hallways/walkways. These residential facilities offer Fire Extinguishers in various locations, and are equipped with a sprinkler system.

Fire Drills

Fire Drills are conducted at least once per semester.

Policies on portable electrical appliances, smoking, and open flames

For a complete list of Residential Facility policies please see: http://griff.vn/handbook

FIRE SYSTEM: Sounding false fire alarms, tampering with the fire fighting or safety equipment including extinguishers, smoke detectors, sprinklers exit signs, pull stations, fire exit alarms, and stairwell fire doors etc. is a serious offense. Those found in violation of setting off a false fire alarm will be removed from the residence halls and fined. The University may pursue criminal charges.

EXPLOSIVES: The possession and/or use of explosive materials is prohibited in residence halls. The university assumes that possession of explosives and /or highly flammable materials in any form implies intent to use them. The possession and/or use of explosives is dangerous and constitutes a serious fire hazard. Consequently, the penalties for possession and/or use of explosives may be severe. Students found in violation of the explosives policy are subject to cancellation of their residence hall contract and/or suspension from the university.

ELECTRICAL APPLIANCES: If electrical appliances are used it is expected that safe conditions be maintained.

  • All electrical appliances must be UL Approved.
  • Only UL approved Power Strips may be used to extend appliance cords to electrical outlets. • Halogen lamps are prohibited in the residence halls.
  • “No Boundaries 5-Light Multicolored Floor Lamp” (Wal-Mart) and other lamps with a similar plastic shades are prohibited with use of standard incandescent bulbs. Residents must either replace the bulbs with “cool to the touch” compact florescent bulbs that burn at a lesser temperature or remove the shade/lamp.
  • For safety reasons using black light bulbs in university fixtures is prohibited.

CANDLES/INCENSE: Decorations with open flame or which present a fire hazard, such as candles, wick lamps, Incense, etc. are prohibited in Student Rooms and Common Areas. However, candles with unburned or removed wicks are allowed for decorative purposes. Electric candle warmers are also prohibited.

Who to contact and report a fire

  • For an active Fire dial 911
  • Residential Life 383-7100
  • Missouri Western Police Department 271-4438