Safety at Missouri Western

Frequently Asked Safety Questions

Is Western a safe campus?
Western is a safe campus. Based on the crime statistics of institutions in Missouri, Western has among the lowest incidents of violent crime in the state. According to the 2003 crime reports, Western had only one sexual offense reported compared to some peer institutions who reported as many as eight sexual offenses the same year. According to the National Survey of Student Engagement and the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory results, students report feeling safe on campus.

How does Western keep the campus safe?
Western offers many programs to assist in crime prevention and create a safer environment.

  • The Western Police Department patrols campus 24 hours a day, and 7 days a week. The department’s officers are fully trained, commissioned officers who receive the same training and certification as local police officers.
  • The Western Police Department website, offers a variety of services including the ability to report a crime, give information on a crime, and other crime prevention information.
  • The Western Police Department maintains a courtesy patrol to escort students, faculty or staff in the evenings.
  • The Western Police Department provides a property identification program for students in the residence halls.

How does Western educate students about safety?

  • The Western Police Department participates in crime prevention programming in a number of different venues.
  • Residence life staff provides information for students about protecting themselves on campus and utilizes a sophisticated locking system to help insure the students’ safety in the residence halls.
  • Western’s education on safety issues begin in orientation and are followed by programs throughout the year.
  • The Counseling Center offers individual counseling as well as educational sessions regarding a wide variety of personal safety and wellness issues.

How does Western respond to a crime report?
Western takes every report seriously and investigates all reports fully. Western routinely consults with other law enforcement agencies and the city and county prosecutor’s offices on cases. After investigating a report, Western can respond in these ways:

  • Cases can be turned over to the city or county prosecutor for action.
  • Cases can be turned over to the Dean of Student Development for judicial review and appropriate sanctions outlined in the Student Handbook.
  • Cases can be reported, investigated and determined not to merit further action by the college.
  • When a case involves an ongoing danger to the campus community, a Clery Timely Warning Notice can be posted to alert the campus of the situation.

What does Western mean by the judicial review process?
Western’s student handbook outlines a code of conduct for all students. Any conduct which violates college policies or regulation may subject a student to disciplinary action. Disciplinary action can involve a wide variety of sanctions from probation to residence hall expulsion to college expulsion. The Student Handbook guarantees students a due process in these procedures. The Dean of Student Affairs investigates the violation and may offer a student an informal disposition of the case, which means the Dean and student agree to the appropriate sanction based on the violation. If the student does not agree to the suggested sanction, a formal hearing can take place. The college hearing panel will hear the case and be able to determine what, if any, sanctions are placed upon the student. The student also has the ability to appeal the decision to an appellate panel. For a complete listing of the disciplinary action process, please refer to the student handbook.

How does Western comply with the Clery Act?
The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act requires colleges and universities to post annual reports of crimes on campus, maintain an updated crime log open to the public, and in certain cases provide an early timely warning for crimes that pose an ongoing danger to campus. The college’s annual crime report for the past three years is available at the Western Police Department website. Western’s crime report log is printed each week in the Griffon News and is available in the Public Safety Department for any campus or community member to review. When an incident appears meet the requirements of the act, Western has and will continue to post Clery Timely Warning Notices to the campus community.

Are there specific steps the campus community should take to be minimizing the risk of crime?
With any crime it is important to be educated to know how to minimize the opportunity for an incident to occur. The Western Police Department, Residence Life staff, and Counseling Center all provide ongoing education and services about ways to keep safe and prevent crime.

What services does Western provide victims of crime?
Western provides many services to victims of crime. Western has a fully staffed Western Police Department that responds to calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In addition, Western has a Counseling Center with counselors on call 24 hours a day to provide counseling and support to any victim of crime as well as other students on campus.