Campus Security

CAMPUS SECURITY: 316-942-4291 ext. 2911

Newman University strives to provide a campus environment that is safe and secure for all students, faculty and staff. Your awareness of policy and procedure is considered essential to campus security. Newman University provides 24 hour, seven days a week uniform security. The officers assigned are licensed through the City of Wichita and are authorized to enforce laws and policies on University property. The Security Department complies with the reporting requirements of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, has close working relations with the Wichita Police Department, and cooperates with all law enforcement agencies.

Emergencies

University policy requires that all emergencies (criminal, fire and medical) be reported immediately by calling 911. There is no charge for dialing 911 from a pay telephone. For non-emergency matters, security personnel can be contacted by calling 316-253-7580 or 316-942-4291, ext. 2911.

Traffic and Parking on Campus

The primary objectives of the parking regulations and their enforcement are to provide everyone with an opportunity for parking in a safe environment. It is the responsibility of the parking permit holder to be familiar with all parking policies and regulations of Newman University.

Parking lots are restricted to those vehicles with valid parking permits. Campus Security Officers patrol the parking lots and issue tickets for violations of University parking regulations. All fines are payable at the Student Accounts Office. Three or more tickets will result in towing of the vehicle at the owner's expense. Vehicle operators are responsible for paying the cost of any damages caused to University property. If the fines are not paid, these charges will act as holds against student accounts, transcripts, grades and graduation privileges. Appeals must be submitted in writing, on the provided form, to Student Accounts within 5 days of the date of the violation in order to be considered by the Parking Committee.

Parking violations in handicap areas, fire lanes and on public streets around the campus may be enforced by the Wichita Police Department. Tickets issued by the Wichita Police must be paid or contested at City Hall located at 455 N. Main, Wichita, Kan.

Building Access

Newman University property and facilities are restricted to faculty, staff, students and persons with legitimate purposes. Access is generally available to most campus buildings from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some buildings open on Saturdays. Trespassing is prohibited and only authorized personnel are allowed to sell goods to students or solicit on campus. Authorized agents will have in their possession a signed statement from the dean of students. The same procedure applies to student organizations that wish to sell on campus.

Residence Halls

Access to Residence Halls is limited to authorized staff, residents, and invited guests. Specific guidelines for visitors are established and outlined in the Residence Life Handbook. For specific information, contact the Residence Life Office at 316-942-4291, ext. 2209.

Severe Weather

In case of severe weather, such as a tornado warning or other disaster, the safety of faculty, staff, students and visitors is our only concern. In the event of a tornado or severe weather warning, seek shelter immediately. The following locations were recommended by the Sedgwick County Emergency Management office:

  • Administration Building - Lower level, interior hallway, away from exterior windows. The old kitchen storage area located to the east of Telecommunications can also be utilized.
  • Eck Hall - Lower level restroom areas.
  • McNeill Hall - Lower level, interior hallway.
  • Heimerman Science Center - Lower level lecture hall area (Room #104). Close all doors.
  • DeMattias Fine Arts Center and O'Shaughnessy Hall - Lower level north side locker rooms located at the east end in O'Shaughnessy Hall.

Residence Hall students should proceed to one of the above locations if time permits. Otherwise, proceed to the lowest level of the building, interior restroom area.

Reporting

Crimes

All crimes occurring on Newman University property should be reported to the Wichita Police Department and to campus Security. The victim of a crime on campus should first call 911 to make a serial numbered incident report with the police and, in an emergency situation, obtain police and/or other emergency services.

Newman University Security will respond to emergency situations on campus and calls for aid, and will offer assistance until other agencies arrive.

Campus crime victims are strongly encouraged to file a formal Incident Report with University Security. Such a report serves to document the incident, enabling the Security Department to become better apprised of the situation and more proactive in follow-up and prevention efforts.

Injuries

All persons reporting any injury sustained on campus need to give the location and circumstances of the injury. If emergency medical attention is needed 911 should be called immediately. When notified, Security will respond to assist. All accidents must be reported to Security.

Suspicious Persons or Objects

If a person is seen acting suspiciously on or around the campus, call 911 for police response. Next, contact campus Security. If possible, observe the activities of the suspect and make notes for the police and security about clothing, vehicle and activities.

Campus Security should also be contacted if a strange or suspicious object is observed. Do not handle any object which is suspicious in nature. Security will investigate and advise the appropriate agencies if necessary. Any object suspected of being dangerous will be isolated by evacuation of the building or area until the item has been identified as harmless or has been removed.

Crime Prevention Tips

Walking at Night on Campus

  1. If you feel unsafe and desire an escort to your car or a campus building, call Security at 253-7580 or 316-942-4291, ext. 2911 for assistance.
  2. Don't walk alone at night.
  3. Stay away from dark, poorly lighted areas, especially buildings and parking lots.
  4. Pay attention to your surroundings and the people in them.
  5. Avoid short cuts; use designated sidewalks.
  6. Walk confidently and be alert, not with your head down, and act like you know where you're going even if you don't.
  7. Trust your instincts.

Safety in Parking Lots

  1. Park in well lighted areas.
  2. Make sure to check the area before leaving your vehicle at night.
  3. Remove all valuables from view of others walking by.
  4. Always remove your keys and lock your vehicle.
  5. When returning to your vehicle, look around and under the vehicle when approaching.
  6. Prior to getting into your vehicle, check the back seat.