Although Nebraska Wesleyan deals with the possibility of crimes through various measures, prevention and the reporting of crimes are ultimately the individual's responsibility. Various programs designed to aid students to learn safe personal living habits are provided in the residential facilities and the Greek Houses.
The University will inform its students, faculty and staff of confirmed incident(s) that could threaten their health and/or safety. The type of communication and its delivery will depend upon the circumstances of the incident.
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NWU employs a security agency to provide security for students, faculty, staff and facilities. Their purpose is to be the “eyes” and “ears” of our campus, and to assist LPD.
Having security personnel is a proactive measure with the intent to prevent crimes. In conjunction with students’ own precautions, Security can be an immediate resource in preventing crime.
Security staff are trained in crime prevention, fire prevention, safety, patrol techniques, first aid and public relations. Each also receives training on campus to familiarize him or herself with the facilities and procedures.
Security carries a cellular phone 402-432-9238 to take calls. Security’s duties are twofold: to protect students and other persons, and to protect University property. Their responsibilities include: securing buildings, checking offices, classrooms, noticing signs of break-ins, patrolling campus grounds, off campus properties owned by NWU and parking lots, providing an escort when requested, and reporting security related maintenance requests.
NWU is under the jurisdiction of LPD’s Northeast Team. LPD Officers have the right and the obligation to come onto campus property. Security is independent of LPD and state police agencies; however, they provide reports of crime and may call the LPD for service as conditions warrant. LPD communicates to the University on a timely basis any criminal activity engaged in by our students.
Lincoln Fire Department (LFD) responds to all fire and rescue calls to the campus and is authorized to investigate and prosecute incidents regarding false fire alarms, fire extinguisher tampering and any fires of suspect origin.
Campus escort service
Security can escort students, faculty and staff on campus 24 hours a day 7 days a week. Security will escort the individual as he/she is available. More information about the program can be obtained through the Physical Plant.
Campus Security Authorities and Reporting Crimes on Campus
Campus Security Authorities (CSAs) are individuals who are responsible for reporting crimes to campus administrators as required by the Clery Act Law. It is important to note that CSAs must also report online crime applicable to the Clery Crimes listed below.
- employees who are specified as an individual to whom students and employees should report criminal offenses, and/or;
- officials who have significant responsibilities for student and campus activities.
This designation was based on the definition of “Campus Security Authority” as it appears in The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy, Campus Crime Statistics Act and guidance issued by the U.S. Department of Education. A full definition of “Campus Security Authority” can be found on page 4-2 of the Handbook for Campus Safety.
The Clery Compliance Team has identified web-based training to prepare CSAs for their role and will be completed annually.
CSA duties are in addition to Responsible Employee duties. Whereas all staff and faculty at NWU are responsible employees and are required to report sexual misconduct to a Title IX Coordinator, a Campus Security Authority is required to report any crime covered by the Jeanne Clery Act and listed below that involves NWU faculty, staff or students. A complete list of Clery-reportable crimes is as follows:
- Aggravated Assault
- Criminal homicide: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, manslaughter by negligence
- Dating Violence
- Destruction/Damage/Vandalism of Property
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Abuse Violations
- Liquor Law Violations
- Motor Vehicle Theft
- Sexual Assault: rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape
- Simple Assault
- Weapons Law Violations
If a person has not been seen by a roommate, classmate, faculty member, family member or other campus staff in a reasonable amount of time, their absence may be cause for concern.
If a member of the NWU community has reason to believe that a student is missing, whether or not the student resides on campus, efforts will be made to locate the student to determine their state of health and well being through collaboration with LPD, Campus Security and Residential Education. If a student resides on campus, either Campus Security or the residential education coordinator will conduct a welfare check into the student’s room. If the student resides off campus, Campus Security will work with local police to request a welfare check. University officials will also attempt to determine the student’s whereabouts through contact with friends, faculty or on-campus employers of that student verifying class attendance, work schedules, organizational or academic meetings.
If located, verification of the student’s state of health and intention of returning to a campus routine is made. When appropriate a referral to Counseling Services will be made.
If not located, notification will be made to the emergency contact provided by the student within 24 hours of receiving the initial report. If the student resides off campus emergency contacts and family will be encouraged to report the situation to the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Suzanne’s Law requires law enforcement to notify the national Crime Information Center when someone between the ages of 18 and 21 is reported missing (Federal law as of 2003 and part of the national “Amber Alert.”)
Students are encouraged to register an emergency contact in case they are determined missing. Students living on campus should register their emergency contact person with the Residential Education Office. Students residing off campus should inform the Registrar’s Office of their emergency contact.
Greek housing security
The fraternity and sorority chapter houses on the perimeter of the campus are not operated by Nebraska Wesleyan University; however, Greek chapter houses meeting approved University Housing standards are considered to be approved housing. The 1990 Campus Security Act includes these facilities within the jurisdiction of the Act. Members should familiarize themselves with the particular safety and security procedures for their individual chapter houses. Members who detect any physical structures that present a safety or security risk should report them to the house manager, chapter president, or house director. Members should follow the procedures for emergencies established by each chapter; generally these are to call 911 for life-threatening situations and to report criminal activity to the Lincoln Police Department. The University’s security guards are not authorized to provide services to the interiors of Greek chapter houses.
Access to Greek chapter houses is restricted to members and their invited guests.
Campus safety violation fines
To protect the safety of all NWU students, visitors and other community members, individuals who operate vehicles on the campus beyond approved drives and individuals who are on the roof of any campus building will be automatically assessed a $300 fine. In addition, these individuals may be subject to further disciplinary action under the Code of Student Conduct.
Outdoor recreational activities
In order to ensure the safety of all members and guests of the NWU community, students, faculty and staff are asked to be considerate of others while engaging in any recreational or sporting activity on the campus. Any sporting or recreational activity being conducted must not interfere with any classroom activity or present a safety hazard to others on the campus. Additionally, the use, possession or storage of hover boards or similar devices on this campus is not permitted.
Possession, storage or use of any type of firearms or weapons including, but not limited to knives, paintball guns, B.B. and air guns, or explosive material of any kind, including but not limited to fireworks and flammable liquids are not allowed on University property or in Greek Houses. Firearms or other weapons confiscated by Nebraska Wesleyan officials will be turned over to the Lincoln Police Department for appropriate disposal and the student will be referred to the Student Conduct Board.