Campus Safety and Security
The University of Saint Mary is committed to providing a safe environment to all individuals who visit, work, and live on this campus. The university has adopted policies and procedures as a means of informing and guiding individuals concerning steps they can take to report criminal activity and crime prevention. The university maintains its own security staff. The department is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The officers are not commissioned law enforcement officers. The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act) requires the University to disclose campus crime statistics, security policies, emergency response and evacuation procedures, and procedures for handling complaints of sexual offenses. The primary purpose of the Clery Act is to make campuses safer by ensuring students, employees, and visitors are informed about campus security. Based upon the university’s commitment to providing students, faculty, staff, and visitors with a safe and secure campus environment and its obligations under the Clery Act, the university President, Vice President for Finance and Administrative Services, the Vice President for Student Life, the Director of Campus Safety and the Assistant Director of Facilities are designated responsible for campus security and are charged with the responsibilities of developing, administering, and updating procedures to comply with the Clery Act.
Campus Safety and Security works towards maintaining a safe living and learning environment. Campus Safety and Security maintains a regular patrol, enforces policies pertaining to safety and security, issues vehicle citations, and addresses and controls disorderly conduct, loitering, prowling, and other similar and improper conduct along with local law enforcement.
The Campus Safety and Security Department is not a guarantor of the safety of students and their property at Saint Mary. Campus safety and security depends on everyone. Student attitudes and actions can help protect the entire Saint Mary community. Students must take precautions to prevent injury, harm, or damage to persons or property including such things as avoiding dark and vacant areas, closing and locking doors and windows, not propping doors open, and reporting suspicious persons, misconduct, and acts that may cause harm or pose a threat to persons or property.
The Campus Safety and Security Department is located on the ground floor of Berchmans Hall in Berchmans 012. The Campus Safety Officer on duty may be contacted through the following methods:
The primary number is (913) 683-5201 (cell phone). The cell phone is always carried by on duty officers.
The office number is (913) 758-4346 (ext. 6446 on campus). Officers may not always be in the office, the best option is the cell phone.
Crime Reporting Procedures
In the event of an emergency—that is, a dangerous or life-threatening situation—students should first call 911 (9-911 from an on-campus phone) and then public safety. Any suspected criminal action (such as theft, abuse, etc.) that occurs on campus must be reported to the campus safety and security cell phone at (913) 683-5201 immediately.
Provide the police or campus safety and security with the time, description, and location of the incident. If known, also provide the names of individuals involved in the incident. Students may request to remain anonymous when reporting a crime.
Campus safety and security officers or members of the University of Saint Mary community designated as campus security authorities who are informed of the commission of a serious crime such as outlined in the Annual Security Report are required to report the information to the department of campus safety and security for entry into the Annual Security Report. Reports concerning campus crimes become part of the crime statistics for USM, which are published annually by the department of campus safety and security in the Annual Security Report.
Campus security authorities include, but are not limited to:
all members of the campus safety and security department
USM executive staff
all members of the student life department
athletic director and all coaches
Annual Distribution of the Annual Security Report
This procedure is intended to comply with the Clery Act and its regulations and guidance.
Current Students and Employees – The Director of Campus Safety and Security, or his/her designees, will distribute, on or before October 1, of each year, an Annual Security Report to all current students and employees on all campuses. The report is also located on the University’s website at http://www.stmary.edu/Files/Public-Safety-Support-Docs/AnnualSecurityFireSafetyReport.aspx
Prospective Students and Employees – The Annual Security Report will be provided to prospective students and prospective employees, upon request. Arrangements will be made to inform these individuals of the availability of the report, they will have access to a summary of the reports contents, and they will be given the opportunity to request a copy of the report.