Safety at Missouri Western

Clery Report on Campus Crime Procedures & Statistics

Published September, 2014
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 and Northland Campus)

Crimes Reported To MWSU Police Department

On-Campus – includes Column 2

Residential Facilities

Non-Campus Property

Public Property

Total

(by type) 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
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 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 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 7 3 12 7 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 12
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 9 5 12 9 4 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 5 12
Violence Against Women Act (included above if meeting an above crime category)
 Domestic Violence - - 2 - - 2 - - 0 - - 0 - - 2
 Dating Violence - - 1 - - 1 - - 0 - - 0 - - 1
 Stalking - - 1 - - 0 - - 0 - - 0 - - 1
Arrests and Referrals
Liquor Law Violations
- Arrest 17 28 19 9 28 4 0 0 0 4 6 0 21 34 19
- Referral 21 35 70 21 35 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 35 70
Drug Law Violations
- Arrest 18 12 8 16 12 7 0 0 0 2 4 0 20 16 8
- Referral 13 16 16 13 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 16 16
Weapons Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 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 2011, 2012, or 2013

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) 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
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 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 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 7 3 12 7 2 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 3 12
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 9 5 12 9 4 11 0 0 0 0 0 0 9 5 12
Violence Against Women Act (included above if meeting an above crime category)
 Domestic Violence - - 2 - - 2 - - 0 - - 0 - - 2
 Dating Violence - - 1 - - 1 - - 0 - - 0 - - 1
 Stalking - - 1 - - 0 - - 0 - - 0 - - 1
Arrests and Referrals
Liquor Law Violations
- Arrest 17 28 19 9 28 4 0 0 0 4 6 0 21 34 19
- Referral 21 35 70 21 35 70 0 0 0 0 0 0 21 35 70
Drug Law Violations
- Arrest 18 12 8 16 12 7 0 0 0 2 4 0 20 16 8
- Referral 13 16 16 13 16 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 16 16
Weapons Law Violations
- Arrest 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
- Referral 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 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 2011, 2012, or 2013

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) 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
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
Violence Against Women Act (included above if meeting an above crime category)
 Domestic Violence - - 0 - - 0 - - 0 - - 0 - - 0
 Dating Violence - - 0 - - 0 - - 0 - - 0 - - 0
 Stalking - - 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 2011, 2012, or 2013

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.

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.  The Missouri Western Police Department can be reached by calling (816)271-4438 or from an on campus phone by dialing 4438.  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.

The web based version of the Daily Crime Log does not meet Clery requirements.  The hard copy Daily Crime Log is set up to meet Clery requirements, and is located in the MWSU Police Department office in Blum Union room 201.  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.

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 University Alcohol Policy and Student 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 University Drug Policy and Student 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.

 Violence Against Women Act Information – Is a new requirement for Clery reporting starting in 2014

Missouri Western State University prohibits the offenses of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.

Definitions:

1. Domestic violence

The term “domestic violence” includes felony or misdemeanor crimes of violence committed by a current or former spouse or intimate partner of the victim, by a person with whom the victim shares a child in common, by a person who is cohabitating with or has cohabitated with the victim as a spouse, by a person similarly situated to a spouse of the victim under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction receiving grant monies, or by any other person against an adult or youth victim who is protected from that person’s acts under the domestic or family violence laws of the jurisdiction.

2. Dating violence

The term “dating violence” means violence committed by a person:

  • who is or has been in a social relationship of a romantic or intimate nature with the victim; and
  • where the existence of such a relationship shall be determined based on a consideration of the following factors:
    • The length of the relationship.
    • The type of relationship.
    • The frequency of interaction between the persons involved in the relationship.

3.  Sexual Assault

Sexual assault is any type of sexual contact or behavior that occurs without the explicit consent of the recipient. Falling under the definition of sexual assault are sexual activities as forced sexual intercourse, forcible sodomy, child molestation, incest, fondling, and attempted rape.

4. Stalking

The term “stalking” means engaging in a course of conduct, more than 1 incident regardless of timeframe, directed at a specific person that would cause a reasonable person to:

  • fear for his or her safety or the safety of others; or
  • suffer substantial emotional distress

Domestic Violence and Dating Violence

Documentation of the incident in a Domestic Violence or Dating Violence situation is extremely important.  It is strongly encouraged that you notify the Police to report Domestic Violence or Dating Violence.  Bystanders who happen to witness or believe they are witnessing a Domestic or Dating Violence situation are urged to notify Police immediately, or at the very least notify a University employee.  If bystanders and/or witnesses feel the need to intervene only do so after notifying the Police.  All Domestic or Dating Violence reported through Police will be investigated as a crime, and will follow normal policing practices of criminal cases.  Cases reported to the Police are subject to Municipal charges or State charges for the offenses related to Domestic Violence or Dating Violence.

For situations of Domestic or Dating Violence that are not reported directly to the police, but through either Residential Life staffing or Student Affairs staffing.  The following is an outline of what the process will be:

  • Permission from the victim to move forward with police reports will be attempted.
  • Information (in writing) notifying the victim of services and support available to them both on campus and off campus.
  • Assisting in relocating the student even if the event was off campus.
If the student does not want to proceed with legal action then here is what to expect:
  1. Signing a form (witnessed by two people), stating that you do not wish to press charges
  2. A follow-up letter acknowledging this and informing you if you change your mind where to go
  3. providing campus and area services for them.
If the student does agree to move forward there will:
  • be a no-contact order issued immediately,
  • arrangements for housing location adjustments on campus, and
  • adjustments to academic class schedules if necessary.

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.

Stalking

If a person believes that another person is stalking them, these incidents need to be reported to either the Police Department, Residential Life staffing, Student Affairs staffing, or any other University official.  In cases where you are in fear for your safety or someone else’s safety is in question.  Contact the Police immediately.  Depending on the severity of the stalking being reported some or all of the following  may apply:

  • no-contact order
  • relocation of perpetrator
  • change of academic classes
  • University probation and possibly suspension
  • Arrest with criminal charges

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: Student Handbook

Student Discipline Process

Procedures

In cases where disciplinary action against a student(s) is sought or indicated as a result of the complaint of a member of the university community, the complainant shall make his/her complaint to student affairs in writing setting forth the time, date, and details giving rise to the complaint and/or by a report filed with the University Police Department. The Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee is the primary officer for administration of discipline for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. The Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee may invoke such discipline or sanctions for violations of the Student Code of Conduct as set forth in this section of the Missouri Western State University student handbook.

Missouri Western State University Police Department reports or reports from other law enforcement agencies may also be used in order to invoke discipline or sanctions for violations of the Student Code of Conduct.

Complaints

Any member of the Missouri Western State University Community may file complaints against a student for violations of the Student Code of Conduct. Complaints are usually filed by submitting an incident report to Student Affairs and/or to the University Police Department. Once an incident report has been submitted, it will be the charge of the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee to determine which, if any, violations of the code of conduct have allegedly occurred and how the case will be adjudicated. Any complaint should be submitted as soon as possible after the event takes place, preferably within one (1) week.  All complaints shall be presented to the charged student in written form. A time shall be set for an informal disposition or a formal hearing, not less than three (3) days after the student has been notified.

Conduct Hearings (Informal Dispositions and Formal Hearings)

Disciplinary action begins with a conduct hearing (informal disposition or formal hearing) where the incident report or the formal complaint is presented to the charged student(s) and the facts surrounding the alleged violations are explored. Missouri Western State University Police Department reports, the reports of other university officials, witnesses and those of other law enforcement agencies are reviewed, and witnesses are produced and interviewed.   All of this information becomes university evidence, should an appeal be requested. These conduct hearings are conducted by the Student Conduct Officer. An advocate for the student whose role is solely that of providing emotional support to the student may accompany the student.  As part of the conduct hearing, the Student Conduct Officer shall investigate any reported student misconduct before initiating disciplinary sanctions, and give the student the opportunity to present his/her personal version of the incident or occurrence. The Student Conduct Officer may discuss, consult and advise with any student whose conduct is called into question, and the student shall attend such consultations as requested.

The Student Conduct Officer, in making his/her investigation and disposition, may utilize students, faculty, or administrators to make recommendations to him/her, which he/she shall consider in exercising the authority vested in him/her. Usually someone associated with the location where the infraction is alleged to have occurred such as the residence halls, recreation facilities, or at university-sponsored events, activities or events and activities sponsored by student organizations will conduct the conduct hearing. The Vice President for Student Affairs will designate professional staff members throughout the Division of Student Affairs who may be called upon to be Student Conduct Officers. The Vice President of Student Affairs or his/her designee, along with another Student Conduct Officer(s) whom he/she designates, will conduct all the conduct hearings serious enough to result in suspension or expulsion from the university. Students have the right to appeal sanctions imposed during a conduct hearing. These appeals will be directed to the appropriate appellate process outlined below.

Immediate Temporary Suspension

The Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee may temporarily dismiss a student from the university facilities, including the residence halls, pending formal procedures when he/she finds or believes from information coming to his/her attention that the presence of the student would be a seriously disruptive or would constitute a danger to the health, safety and welfare of the people present in said areas. It is only through consultation with the Vice President for Student Affairs that a student may be temporarily dismissed from campus. Although the temporary suspension will be imposed at an informal proceeding, the dismissal must be submitted in writing to the student when the decision is communicated to the student. The student will then have the right to appeal in writing the immediate temporary suspension within five (5) business days from the date of notification. After temporarily suspending a student, the Dean of Students or his/her designee will have up to three (3) business days to contact the student and arrange to adjudicate the case. Because they are considered to be particularly disruptive to the mission of the university, the following actions and similar actions could result in immediate temporary suspension until review has occurred:

  1. Violating federal, state or local laws resulting in the student being charged with or found guilty of a felony crime.
  2. Assaulting, striking, intimidating, threatening, or endangering, the well-being of another, or sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person without consent or when that person is incapacitated.
  3. The brandishing or use of anything that can reasonably be construed as a weapon.
  4. Efforts to intimidate individuals or groups of people.
  5. The abuse of property including grossly negligent or irresponsible use of property whether it belongs to other individuals or Missouri Western State University.
  6. Being in possession of enough illegal substances such as drugs including so-called party drugs or alcohol to warrant suspicions of intent to distribute.

In these occurrences, it is the responsibility of the Vice President for Student Affairs, or his/her designee, acting on behalf of the best interests of the university, to implement the sanction of immediate temporary dismissal from the university. Because the student conduct is the responsibility of the student, the university assumes no responsibility for any of t the potential ramifications resulting from temporary or permanent disciplinary sanctions, such as inability to participate in regularly scheduled academic activities including examinations; extracurricular activities such as athletic events; loss of financial aid or employment; how a student is perceived by peers or others on and off campus; or whether a student is able to continue his or her educational endeavors at other institutions of higher education.

The Vice President for Student Affairs, or his/her designee, has the authority to take appropriate immediate action against a student who poses a danger of imminent or serious physical harm to himself/herself or others at the university, or where the Vice President for Student Affairs, or his/her designee determines that an emergency exists which affects the health, safety or welfare of a student or the university community.

Emergency Measures include but are not limited to, one or more of the following:

  1. Interim Suspension. A student under interim suspension may not attend class, may not be on or come onto university property, and may not use university facilities, equipment or resources.

  2. Interim Removal from University Housing. A student under interim removal from university housing may not come into university housing facilities and/or adjacent areas of university housing.

If the Vice President for Student Affairs, or his/her designee, determines that other interim measures are appropriate to protect the health, safety, or welfare of the student or university community, they may:

  1. Restrict or bar attendance to any or all classes;
  2. Restrict or bar access or contact with individuals in the university community;
  3. Restrict or bar access to university property, places, facilities or equipment;
  4. Restrict or bar participation in university activities or organizations;
  5. Otherwise restrict conduct or ban access to university resources.

Violations of Federal, State or Local Laws

Missouri Western State University proceedings may be instituted against a student charged with conduct that potentially violates both criminal law and the Student Code of Conduct (that is, if both possible violations result from the same factual situation) without regard to the pendency of the civil or criminal litigation in court or criminal arrest and prosecution.

Proceedings under this Student Code of Conduct may be carried out prior to, simultaneously with, or following civil or criminal proceedings off campus, at the discretion of the Vice President for Student Affairs or his/her designee. Determinations made or sanctions imposed under this Student Code of Conduct shall not be subject to change because criminal charges arising out of the same facts giving rise to violation of university rules were dismissed, reduced or resolved in favor or against the criminal law defendant.

When a student is charged by federal, state, or local authorities with a violation of law, the university will not request or agree to special considerations for the individual because of his or her status as a student. If the alleged offense is also being processed under the Student Code of Conduct, the university may advise off-campus authorities of the existence of the Student Code of Conduct and of how such matters are typically handled within the university community. The university will attempt to cooperate with law enforcement and other agencies in the enforcement of criminal law on campus and in the conditions imposed by criminal courts for the rehabilitation of student violators (provided that the conditions do not conflict with campus rules or sanctions).

Individual students and other members of the university community, acting in their personal capacities, remain free to interact with governmental representatives, as they deem appropriate.

For the full details and to see the entire Student Handbook:  Student 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.

To locate or search Missouri registered sex offenders:  Missouri Sexual Offenders

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  Human Resources Policy Guide.

Individuals eligible for key/chip requests include staff, part-time faculty, and students (interior keys/chips only). Students requesting keys/chips for academic areas must have the approval of the department chair and appropriate Dean of the College responsible for those areas. All other student key/chip requests must have approval of the Dean of Student Affairs. Student key/chip requests will be on a semester basis ONLY. Students must return the key/chip(s) at the end of each semester. Failure to do so will result in a hold being placed on the student’s transcripts, registration, and grades. A fee of $10.00 shall be charged for lost key(s). Payment for lost key(s) must be made before additional keys may be issued. Generally, campus doors are opened at approximately 7:00 a.m. and locked by 10:30 p.m. Monday-Friday (except on holidays). For security purposes, University policy is that all persons entering a building at other times must clear entry with a University Police Officer. (University Police will issue keys and provide access only to authorized persons.) Request forms are available in the Key Distribution Office.

Outside Door Keys – requests for outside door key authorizations for campus buildings should be submitted in a written format and must be approved by the Department Chairperson, appropriate Dean of the College (for faculty) and the appropriate Vice President. Criteria for eligibility for an outside door key: “a compelling reason(s) to enter a specific building at anytime during the hours of 10:30 p.m. – 7:00 a.m. Monday-Friday, and on Saturday/Sunday/holidays which cannot be reasonably accommodated through the Parking and Security office.”

Sub-Master Keys – requests for sub-master key authorizations for specific buildings must be submitted in a written format and must be approved by the appropriate Vice President. Criteria for eligibility for a sub-master key: “a compelling reason(s) to frequently have access to an entire building (includes most offices) which cannot be reasonably accommodated through the Parking and Security office.”

Grand Master Keys  the University President, Vice Presidents, Chief of University Police, and specifically authorized personnel in the Maintenance Department shall have access to grand master keys. All other individuals must specifically be approved for a grand master key by the President. The approval process for issuance of a grand master key: requests shall be in a written format to the supervisor, forwarded to the appropriate Vice President with written approval by the President. Criteria for eligibility for a grand master key: “a compelling reason(s) to frequently access each building on campus (including the dormitories) which cannot reasonably be accommodated through the Parking and Security office.” (NOTE: for infrequent usage a grand master key may be checked out for a limited time period to previously approved persons.)

  1. MWSU faculty and staff using locked University facilities between the hours of 10 p.m.and 7 a.m. (and weekends) will wear their MWSU ID card on the front of their clothing. A device for attaching the ID to clothing will be provided by MWSU.
  2. Students seeking to use locked rooms after 4:30 p.m., or to enter (or use) locked buildings between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (and weekends) must possess a current signed building entry pass. Students accompanied by MWSU faculty or staff are exempted from needing a building entry pass.
  3. Students using locked University facilities between the hours of 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. (and weekends) will wear a Building Entry Pass on the front of their clothing.

Policies regarding access to residence halls are maintained by Residential Life to visit their website use the following link 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 2014

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)

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

2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013 2011 2012 2013
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 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Griffon Hall 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

Cause of each fire:

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. The 2012 fire occurred outside of a facility that houses students on campus, and did not effect the actual facility that houses students.

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