Annual Security and Fire Safety Report
Missouri State University-West Plains is committed to supporting the welfare of its students, faculty, staff and visitors. Missouri State University-West Plains' Annual Security and Fire Safety Report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by Missouri State University; and on public property within the campus or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as policies concerning alcohol and other drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault and other matters. Persons may obtain a paper copy of this report by contacting the director of business and support services, Cass Hall 104, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7258 or by accessing the following website: experts.missouristate.edu/display/WP08/Annual+Security+and+Fire+Safety+Report.
Additionally, Emergency Procedures posters are displayed in every room in every campus facility. The posters advise campus community members and guests of actions to take in the event of fire, tornado, earthquake and more. The posters may be accessed in the "Procedures" section of the Campus Safety website at: wp.missouristate.edu/CampusSafety/.
Emergency Response and Evacuation Procedures
The Emergency Response and Evacuation Plan establishes policies and procedures that will be employed when there exists the potential for an emergency condition, such as severe weather; an emergency situation that has occurred or is occurring; or in any situation where it is necessary and beneficial for the operations of Missouri State University-West Plains to be conducted out of a single location. In order to ensure the various plans at Missouri State University-West Plains will work in an emergency situation, the University participates in drills and exercises that include campus personnel as well as local, county and state public safety agencies.
The University has several procedures in place to communicate with faculty, staff, students and media regarding any emergency on campus and has established an emergency mass notification system, known as "Missouri State Alert", on all Missouri State University campuses. Complete details about the Emergency Response Plan (Crisis Management) and the Missouri State Alert System are available from the Director Of Business And Support Services, Cass Hall 104, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7258 or can be found at the following website at: wp.missouristate.edu/CampusSafety/.
Missing Person Policy
In accordance with the Higher Education Act of 2008, all students who reside in on-campus housing may identify an individual who will be contacted by University or law enforcement personnel after it has been determined that the student is missing. If campus officials determine that a student for whom a missing person report has been filed has been missing for more than 24 hours, then within the next 24 hours, they must: notify the individual identified by the student to be contacted in this circumstance; notify a parent or guardian if the student is under 18 years old; and notify law enforcement. If at any time foul play is suspected or suspicious circumstances are uncovered, the dean of student services, the director of business and support services and law enforcement officials will be contacted immediately. The complete policy is available from the office of student life & development, Putnam Student Center, Missouri State University-West Plains, (417) 255-7233. The policy is also available on the web at the following address: experts.missouristate.edu/display/WP08/Missing+Persons.
Sex Offender Registration and Community Notification
Under provisions of the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act (Wetterling Act), any person who is required to register under a state sex offender registration program must notify the state when he or she enrolls at an institution of higher education or is employed at such an institution and must notify the state of any change in enrollment or employment at an institution of higher education. Sex offender registration information is to be transmitted from each state to the law enforcement entities where the registered sex offenders reside. In Missouri, the sex offender list is maintained at the county level.
The University's Campus Safety website (wp.missouristate.edu/CampusSafety/), includes a link to the Missouri State Highway Patrol Registry Sex Offenders List. Members of the University Community who wish to be informed of the identities of registered sex offenders who reside in Howell County are encouraged to access this information.
Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Policy
The Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Policy can be obtained from the office for institutional equity and compliance, Missouri State University, Park Central Office Building, Suite 111, Missouri State University, (417) 836-4252 or at the following web address: www.missouristate.edu/policy/Op1_02_8_Harassment.htm.
The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in its education programs and activities and it is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 ("Title IX") not to discriminate in such a manner. The University is committed to maintaining an environment that is safe and free from sexual violence and sexual harassment, including sexual assault and stalking. The University will take immediate action to eliminate harassment, prevent its recurrence and address its effects. When an allegation of sexual misconduct is brought to a responsible University employee's attention and a respondent is found to have violated this policy, serious sanctions will be used to reasonably ensure that such actions are never repeated. This policy reaffirms these principles and provides recourse for those individuals whose rights have been violated. Title IX, state law and University policy also prohibit retaliation against an individual who has brought forward a complaint of sexual misconduct or taken part in a conduct process as a result of a sexual misconduct complaint. A copy of the University's policy on sexual misconduct and complaints that originate from acts of sexual misconduct, as outlined in Title IX, can be found at the following web address: wp.missouristate.edu/Equity/title-ix-policy.htm.
Sexual violence refers to physical sexual acts perpetrated against a person's will or where a person is incapable of giving consent due to an intellectual or other disability. This can include, but is not limited to, rape, sexual battery and sexual coercion.
Missouri State University prohibits sexual harassment, including sexual violence and sex discrimination. All complaints of sexual harassment, including sexual violence and sex discrimination, will be investigated pursuant to the Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Policy approved by the Board of Governors September 15, 2005. Persons may obtain a copy of this policy from the office for institutional equity and compliance, Missouri State University, Park Central Office Building, Suite 111, Missouri State University, (417) 836-4252 or at the following web address: www.missouristate.edu/policy/Op1_02_8_Harassment.htm.
Missouri State University prohibits domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault and stalking. The University has prepared a document that addresses some frequently asked questions about these matters and also provides contact information for University offices, resources and agencies available to employees and students for assistance.
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