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The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 and the Jeanne Clery Act of 1998 requires Des Moines University to prepare and publish certain information concerning its policies and procedures which affect all current students, employees and applicants for enrollment and employment. The information, outlined below, must be made available to these groups of persons, upon request, annually. The University considers the information and policies pertaining to individual safety or security described below to be of great importance. However, the University must explicitly disclaim any contract, warranty or guarantee of safety as between it and others on the University campus and arising out of this compliance. No matter what methods and procedures are in place relative to safety and security, an individual’s safety is largely his or her own responsibility.

Accordingly, the following information and policies are provided:

  1. Current campus policy regarding procedures and facilities for students and others to report criminal actions or other emergencies occurring on campus and policies concerning University response to such reports: In the event a DMU student or employee is involved in or witnesses criminal activity, the matter must be reported immediately. During normal business hours, the Director of Security, (extension 1471) should be contacted. Be prepared to provide as much relevant information regarding the incident as possible, including the nature, date, time, location and descriptions of those involved, etc. Outside regular business hours, contact the University contract security service (N.P.I.) at 515-274-3978, with the same information outlined above. The telephone in the University Library is available for making such calls. The Service (N.P.I.) will determine whether to notify the authorities immediately via 911, contact the Director of Security, or record the information for further consideration. For those situations involving emergencies, including immediate peril to students or employees, or significant property damage or loss, 911 should be contacted immediately. Please dial 911 from any phone on campus, or notifying any University office regarding an emergency situation.
  2. Current policies concerning security and access to campus facilities, including campus residencies, where applicable, and security considerations used in the maintenance of campus facilities: Campus academic and research buildings are open during normal business hours, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday and other times to accommodate scheduled classes and activities. Employees and students may also be granted access to buildings for study, research or other legitimate purposes by the Security Director. The University utilizes an access control system with identification cards for after business hours access to buildings on campus. The I.D. cards that are issued to students allow access to the Student Education Center, Academic Center and the Wellness Center during the evenings and weekend hours. The card system functions by presenting your I.D. to a reader located outside the east entrance of the Academic Center and the south or main entrance to the Gym. The reader will beep and door will release. If the reader does not beep your card is broken, please return the card to the security department for a replacement. This system is used for your safety, so please do not prop doors open, or open doors for individuals under any circumstances. If you experience problems with you card, please call ext. 1595 or come to the security office located in the Ryan Hall, room 140. The following is the current schedule for campus and clinic building openings and closings:

    Student Education Center
    Open Monday-Friday 6 a.m. – Midnight
    Library – Open Monday – Friday – 7:30 a.m. – Midnight; Weekends – 9 a.m. – Midnight

    Wellness Center
    Open Monday- Friday 6 a.m. – 11 p.m.
    Open Saturday 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.
    Open Sunday 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.

    Ryan Hall
    Open Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. – 10 p.m.
    Closed Weekends and Holidays

    Academic Center
    Open – 7 a.m. – Midnight
    Closed Weekends and Holidays

    Des Moines University Clinic
    Open Monday-Friday: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
    Closed Weekends and Holidays

  3. Current policies concerning campus law enforcement, including (a), the enforcement authority of security personnel and their working relationship with state and local police; and (b), policies which encourage accurate and prompt reporting of all crimes to the campus security personnel and appropriate police agencies: If a student or employee becomes aware of criminal activity, the security office must be apprised. Victims against person are encouraged to seek confidential counseling from campus professional counselors and/or pastoral counselors. While the details of an incident discussed with these counselors remain confidential, the victim can authorize the counselor to provide related “statistical data” to the security office for inclusion in this annual report. A policy is in place for the reporting of such incidents. The presence of on-campus security consists of the Security Office (ext. 1471) in Ryan Hall, room 140 supplemented by contract security services that conduct nightly and daily periodic drive and walk-through service of the entire campus. The Security Office has established working relationships with state law enforcement and fire investigative officials, as well as with city patrol and detective officials. In addition, a form is available through the Health & Safety Office in Ryan Hall, 2nd floor, room 231 for use in reporting incidents such as those not consistent with the normal operation of the University, e.g., accidents, injuries, disturbances and other complaints or mishaps, including criminal activity. Procedures in completing this form are described in its instructions. When completed, all such forms relating to campus law enforcement or criminal activity should be submitted to the Director of Security.
  4. The types and frequency of programs designed to inform students and employees about campus security procedures and practices and to encourage students and employees to be responsible for their own security and the security of others, including a description of programs designed to inform students and employees about the prevention of crimes.
    1. Employee orientation is held periodically and new employees are addressed by the Director of Security and made aware of the following:
      1. Past criminal activity on campus and in the neighborhood.
      2. Method to report crimes.
      3. Ways to better ensure own security.
      4. Ways to help each other ensure security through good neighbor policy.
      5. Necessity to accept ultimate responsibility for one’s own security.
    2. Employees and students receive a copy of the Employee or Student Handbook Each handbook contains copies of campus security policies and tips to ensure personal security.
    3. Memoranda are sent to employees and students whenever crime alerts become necessary. In the event of crimes or situations that are considered to pose a threat to the University community, the Clery Act requires the University to notify the University community in a timely manner. Des Moines University has established procedures for making timely warning reports to the campus community of incidents that pose a potential threat to students and other members of the university community. In these situations, the Security Director will make a decision, in consultation with other administrative personnel, whether to disclose the incident through a public notice to the community via print and electronic means. A crime log is available for viewing in the security office Monday – Friday between the hours of 8:15 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Emergency, disaster and recovery plan is a living document that describes the steps that are to be taken in the event an emergency occurs and ensures the safety of employees, students and public, data retention and retrieval, communication, chain of command and business resumption. While the best efforts have been put forth, this document is not all-inclusive and will evolve and grow, as the University’s needs change. The University’s Emergency, Disaster and Recovery Plan is modeled after the Incident Command System. The proven system provides mission oriented management and provides a common management terminology and unified command.View the Des Moines University Emergency, Disaster and Recovery Plan (pdf)
    4. Orientation of new student classes in August includes talks on security consciousness methods, and crime prevention.
    5. Students and employees, through student and employee newsletters, are furnished information directing their attention to personal safety and security.
  5. Statistics concerning the occurrence on campus, non-campus and public property during the most recent school year, and during the two preceding school years for which data are available, of the following criminal offenses reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies, are as follows:
    Des Moines University crime statistics – 2010-2012
      On-campus Non-campus Public property
      2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
    Murder & Non – Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Negligent Manslaughter 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Non-Forcible Sex Offenses 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Robbery 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Aggravated assault 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Burglary 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Motor Vehicle Theft 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Larceny Theft 0 4 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Hate Crimes 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Arson 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  6. Policy concerning the monitoring and recording through local police agencies of criminal activity at off-campus student organizations whose participants are students at the University. The off-campus student organizations are those recognized by the institution. All student organizations meet on-campus.
  7. Statistics concerning the number of arrests for the following crimes occurring on campus, non-campus and public property are as follows:
    Des Moines University Crime Statistics – 2010-2012
      On-Campus Non-Campus Public Property
      2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
    Liquor Law Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Drug Abuse Violations 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
    Weapons Possession 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
  8. Policy regarding the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and enforcement of Iowa underage drinking laws and a statement of policy regarding the possession, use and sale of illegal drugs and enforcement of federal and state drug laws and a description of any drug or alcohol abuse education programs as required under section 1213 of the Higher Education Act of 1965, as amended, is as follows:
    1. Des Moines University prohibits the illegal manufacture, distribution, dispensation, possession and use of illicit drugs, alcohol and controlled substances on University property at all times by students and employees. Any student or employee convicted of a criminal drug law violation must notify the University within five days of said conviction. Failure to do so will result in immediate termination of student or employee status.
    2. Legal sanctions under local, state and federal law for the unlawful possession, distribution or use of illicit drugs, alcohol or controlled substances include but may not be limited to the following:
      1. Substantial fines
      2. Imprisonment
      3. Probation
      4. Practice limitations and restrictions
      5. Loss of professional licenser or certification.
    3. The health risks associated with use of illicit drugs and controlled substances and the abuse of alcohol include but are not limited to the following:
      1. Psychological effects including depression, paranoia, etc.
      2. Impairment and/or permanent loss of mental ability and judgment.
      3. Loss of immune system functions, for example, AIDS.
      4. Cardiac impairment and dysfunction.
      5. Damage to tissues and vital organs–stomach, lungs, liver, etc.
    4. The University will make available substance abuse counseling and/or rehabilitation programs, either through University facilities or by referral in necessary cases for any student or employee in need of such counseling and/or rehabilitation to any appropriate facility.
    5. In case of a violation of the standards of conduct set forth by this policy statement, Des Moines University – Osteopathic Medical Center will impose sanctions on students and employees, consistent with local, state and federal laws, the Faculty and Staff Orientation Manuals, the Agreement between the University and Local 1547 of the AFSCME-AFL-CIO, the Employee Handbook and the Student Handbooks of the various colleges. Sanctions may range from completion of a rehabilitation program, reprimand, probation, suspension, expulsion or termination and possible referral for criminal prosecution for violations of the standards of conduct set forth by this policy.
    6. The University will conduct a biennial review of its program to (a) determine its effectiveness and implement changes if they are needed; and (b) ensure that the designated sanctions are consistently enforced. University policy complies with federal and state guidelines under the Drug Free Schools and Campuses regulations and is printed in all Student Handbooks.