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Park University Annual Security Report
This report and the following security policies are being issued pursuant to the Federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (the Clery Act).
Park University is dedicated to providing faculty, staff and students with information that they need to help make each Park campus center safe.
Park University encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of crimes and emergencies. At the Parkville campus such incidents should be reported to the Park University Department of Campus Safety. This report can be filed in person at the department office located in Thompson Center or by phone at 816-584-6444. All other Park University Campus Centers should officially report such incidents to the local policing authority with a follow-up report to the Campus Center Director who shall forward these to the Park University Director of Public Safety for reporting purposes.
Park University Campus Safety officers do not have arrest powers. Any crime or emergency, which occurs off-campus, but at an officially recognized activity of Park University shall be reported as if it happened on campus.
The possession, use or sale of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs on Park University Campus Centers is prohibited.
Student orientation videos and periodic bulletin listings and announcements help inform students, faculty and staff throughout the year about crime prevention and campus security procedures and policies.
In the event that a situation arises, either on or off any Park University Campus, that, in the judgment of the Director of Campus Safety, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide "timely warning" will be issued. This warning will be issued through the university e-mail system and on Pirate Mail to students, faculty and staff, and through the campus newspaper The Stylus.
Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, the Department of Campus Safety may also post a notice on its web site at www.park.edu/safety/crime_alert.aspx providing the university community with more immediate notification. In such instances, a copy of the notice will be posted in each residence hall. If the incident occurs in a campus other than the Parkville Campus a notice shall be posted in plain view at that campus in addition to the above listed locations.
Anyone with information warranting a timely warning shall report the circumstances to the Park University Department of Campus Safety by phone at 816-584-6444 or in person at the Public Safety office in Thompson Center or with the Campus Director of your respective campus.
The Park University Department of Campus Safety prepares and publishes a report of certain crime statistics for the entire university in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (The Clery Act). The crime statistics for the past three years can be viewed by following the link below. The report contains statistics for all Park University campuses. The campuses are listed in alphabetic order.
This report is prepared with local law enforcement agencies surrounding the Parkville campus and all Campus Centers. Other select campus authorities also contribute to this report.
Campus crime, arrest and referral statistics include those reported to the Park University Department of Campus Safety, local law enforcement and designated campus officials included but not limited to Campus Directors, Student Life staff, athletic coaches, residence hall staff, advisors to student organizations, and the Director of Human Resources.
Each year an e-mail notification is made through Pirate Mail and the campus e-mail system to all faculty, staff and students that provide web access to this report. Copies of the report may also be obtained from the Department of Campus Safety located in Thompson Center, the Human Resources Department in Mackay, Admissions in Norrington, your Campus Center Director or by calling the Department of Campus Safety at 816-584-6444.
Crimes can be reported to the Park University in the following locations: NOTE we are listing the offices where it is appropriate to file a report. There may actually be several individuals in that office that may be able to take your report.
If you are the victim of a crime and do not wish to pursue action through the University judicial system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Director of Public Safety can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential, while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yo9urself and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, faculty and staff, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Reports filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the University.
During normal business hours, the University (excluding residence halls) will be open to students, faculty, staff, parents, contractors, vendors, guests and invitees. During non-business hours access to all University facilities is by key or swipe card, if issued, or by admittance via the Department of Campus Safety.
Residence Halls are locked 24 hours a day and admittance is by swipe card. Some facilities on campus may have individual hours which may vary at different times of the year. Examples are computer labs, the library, meeting rooms, 24 hour study room. Thompson Center on the Parkville Campus is open 24 hours a day.
Emergencies may necessitate changes or alterations to any posted schedule. Periodic security surveys are conducted on the Parkville Campus by the Department of Campus Safety and the Campus Safety Committee. These surveys examine security issues such as landscaping, locks, alarms, lighting and communications. The Campus Safety Committee meets once a month to discuss campus safety issues and develop safety policy.
Access to other Park University Campus Centers is determined by the Campus Director at that campus. Since most of the other campuses are on military installations additional access may be determined by the installation authorities. Check with your campus center to ascertain their policy.
The Park University Department of Campus Safety does not have arrest powers. However, they will respond to and investigate all reports of crime on Campuses located in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
If minor offenses involving University rules and regulations are committed by a University student, the Department of Campus Safety may refer the individual to the disciplinary division of Student Life.
Misdemeanors and major offenses such as rape, murder, aggravated assault, robbery, arson and auto theft will be jointly investigated by the Department of Campus Safety and the Parkville Police Department or Platte County Sheriff if they are committed on the Parkville Campus or at a Park University event in Platte County. If the crime occurs at the Downtown Campus the Department of Campus Safety will investigate the crime with the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. If the crime occurs on the Independence Campus the crime will jointly be investigated with the Independence Police Department. The prosecution of all crimes will be conducted either in the appropriate Municipal Court or in the County Court in the County in which the offense occurred.
Crimes committed on other campuses will be investigated by the appropriate civilian or military law enforcement agency with a report being filed with the Department of Campus Safety. Prosecution of those crimes will be conducted in the court having jurisdiction where the crime occurred.
The Park University Department of Campus Safety works closely with the Parkville Police Department and the Platte County Sheriff. Park University has direct radio contact with Parkville Police and Platte County in an emergency.
The Park University Department of Campus Safety Officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Park University. Public Safety Officers have the authority to issue parking tickets and citations for moving violations on campus. These fines are billed to the financial accounts of faculty, staff and students. Public Safety officers also have the authority to sign complaints which will result in the arrest of persons violating the law on Park University property.
Faculty, staff, students and guests are strongly encouraged to report all crimes and emergencies to the Department of Campus Safety. The Department of Campus Safety is staffed 24 hours a day 365 days a year and can be reached at 816-584-6444. Public Safety dispatchers will take your call and dispatch an officer, and if necessary call the police, fire department or EMS agency to assist in you emergency.
If you are on a campus other than the Parkville Campus, please report you crime or emergency to the Campus Center Director or the appropriate law enforcement agency.
Crimes should be reported to the Department of Campus Safety so that the statistics can be reported to the U.S. Department of Education in compliance with the Clery Act.
Escort services are available on the Parkville Campus through the Department of Campus Safety. If you want an escort to your car or residence hall after an evening class or activity call the Public Safety Dispatcher at 584-6444 and request an officer to escort you.
The Department of Campus Safety in consort with the Residence Life Staff presents a program for residence hall students at the beginning of each semester. The Department also publishes brochures with a common theme of awareness and crime prevention materials that encourage students and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own security and the security of others.
The Department of Campus Safety sponsors a program on women's safety presented by the Kansas City Missouri Police Department. This program is comprised of a lecture and hands-on self defense techniques. Officers of the department also give presentations on crime prevention to clubs and organizations when invited.
Park University does not have any Fraternities or Sororities.
Park University prohibits the use, sale, possession or distribution of alcoholic beverages on campus, in campus facilities or at Park University sponsored activities planned for or by students. Under certain circumstances the consumption of alcohol at events on or off campus is allowed with a waiver issued by the university president.
Possession or use of alcohol by anyone under the age of 21 is against the law in Missouri. Persons under the age of 21 caught possessing or using alcohol on campus or at a Park University sponsored event are subject to arrest and prosecution. In addition they will be referred to the Student Life office for possible disciplinary action. Students over the age of 21 caught possessing or consuming alcohol on campus or at a Park University sponsored event will be referred to the Student Life office for possible disciplinary action. The Park University Department of Campus Safety is responsible for enforcing the University Alcohol Policy.
The manufacture, use, possession, sale or distribution of illegal or illicit drugs on any Park University property or at any Park University event is prohibited. Those caught manufacturing, using, possessing or distributing said illegal or illicit drugs are subject to arrest and prosecution. Students will be referred to Student Life for possible disciplinary action. Faculty and staff will be referred to Human Resources for possible disciplinary action. The Park University Department of Campus Safety is responsible for enforcing the University Drug Policy.
Park University has developed a program to prevent the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students and employees. The program provides services related to drug and alcohol abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals and college disciplinary action.
Park University provides the following services:
Alcohol and Drug Education: Employee Assistance Program, Classes during first year seminar for students. Periodic education programs by Student Life.
Counseling Services: Counseling services are available through Campus Counselor, Synergy Services and United Health Care Insurance Services
Referral Services: Referrals are made to Campus Counselors and Synergy Services and Employee Assistance Programs.
University Disciplinary Actions: Students are referred to Student Life for disciplinary actions. Employees are referred to Human Resources for disciplinary actions.
Additional programs may be available from the military for students and staff located at our Campus Centers. Please refer to your Campus Center Directors for assistance in accessing these programs.
Park University strongly denounces sexual assault in any form and advocates the immediate reporting of any incident to University authorities. University personnel will assist the student(s) in such notification if so requested. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent provided by rules, regulations and legislation. Individuals, groups and organizations that desire information or programs that address sexual assaults and how to prevent such incidents should contact the Director of Public Safety at 816-584-6444. Staff in the Student Counseling Center 816-584-6237 will also assist in referrals to counseling and mental health agencies for victims. In all cases, the protection of any physical evidence is of utmost importance.
Within the guidelines of the discipline procedures, the accuser and the accused may have other individuals of their choosing present during the discipline hearings. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the University's final determination and any sanctions concerning the alleged incident. Park University, may, upon final determination and confirmation of an alleged infraction (forcible or non-forcible); impose sanctions ranging from counseling to dismissal.
The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (CSPA) of 2000 is a federal law that provides for the tracking of convicted sex offenders enrolled at or employed by, institutions of higher education. The CSPA is an amendment to the Jacob Weatterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Act. The federal law requires state law enforcement agencies (in Missouri it is the Missouri State Highway Patrol) to provide Park University with a list of registered sex offenders who have indicated that they are either enrolled, employed or carrying on a vocation at Park University.
Park University is required to inform the community that a registration list of sex offenders will be maintained and available at the Park University Department of Campus Safety office located on the 1st floor of Thompson Center on the Parkville Campus. For other campuses a list will be maintained by the Campus Center Director.
In addition, a list of all registered sex offenders for each state that Park University has a campus is available from the following sites:Missouri: http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/CRID/SOR/SORPage.html
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Park is dedicated to providing students, faculty, and staff with information they need to help make each Park campus safe.
Park encourages the accurate and prompt reporting of crimes and emergencies. At the Parkville campus such incidents should be reported to Park Department of Campus Safety. All other Park campuses should officially report such incidents to the local policing authority with a follow-up report to the Campus Center Director who will funnel these to the Director of Public Safety for reporting purposes.
Park's sites are open campuses. Park personnel do not have arrest authority.
Any crime or emergency which may occur off-campus, but at an officially recognized activity of a student organization should be reported as if it had happened on campus.
The possession, use, or sale of alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs on Park campuses is prohibited.
Student orientation videos and periodic bulletin listings and announcements help inform students and employees throughout the year about crime prevention and campus security procedures and practices.
Sexual Assault Policy Statement
Park strongly denounces sexual assault in any form and advocates the immediate reporting of any incident to campus authority. Institutional personnel will assist the student in such notification if so requested. Confidentiality will be maintained to the extent provided by rules, regulations, and legislation.
Individuals, groups and organizations that desire information or programs that address sexual assaults and how to prevent such incidents should contact the Director of Public Safety (816-741-2000, Ext. 6226). A file containing such information is maintained in the Home Campus library. The Student Counseling Center (Ext. 6237) will also assist in referrals to counseling and mental health agencies for victims.
In all cases, the protection of any physical evidence is of utmost importance.
The Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services will assist student victims of sex-related crimes with changes in academic schedules and living arrangements as is reasonable and within Park's control.
All campus disciplinary procedures involving a student are the responsibility of the Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Services.
Within the guidelines of the discipline procedures, the accuser and the accused may have other individuals present during discipline hearings. Both the accuser and the accused shall be informed of the school's final determination and any sanctions concerning the alleged incident. Upon final determination and confirmation of an alleged infraction (forcible or non-forcible) Park University may, impose sanctions ranging from counseling to expulsion.
A crime report is to be completed for each incident as it occurs. An annual report is compiled by the Home Campus for distribution at the Resident Centers.
Procedure: Incidents of Crime Reports