Baker University regards the safety and security of all students, faculty, staff and visitors as a primary responsibility. This responsibility is shared by all members of the University community. Active involvement in one’s personal safety and the safety of others, and cooperation in prompt reporting of observations and incidents will ensure that Baker University continues to be a safe atmosphere for learning and growth.
Baker University Graduate School of Education and School of Professional and Graduate Studies officials work in cooperation with the Overland Park, Topeka, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City and Wichita Police Departments, as applicable, to protect the University community. At the Overland Park site, uniformed security patrol officers conduct patrols on campus after business hours and are authorized to stop a crime in progress although the Overland Park Police Department would have to be involved for an arrest.
Campus Security Reports
In accordance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act and recent congressional Higher Education Amendments, the following statistics are provided for your information. Each institution of higher learning is required annually to prepare a Uniform Campus Crime Report (UCCR), consistent with the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) System. The report is to reflect the crime statistics on the property of the institution for the preceding year.
Crime Statistics 2011-2013
Violence Against Women Act
The vice president and dean of the Graduate School of Education and School of Professional and Graduate Studies, the Wichita executive directors, and the director of Student Services are responsible for the general security of the University community and for reporting crimes to appropriate authorities as well as taking appropriate disciplinary action. Students, faculty, staff and guests of the University are encouraged to report emergencies and all situations that may involve criminal activity to the local police department and the director of academic advising at 913.491.4432 for incidents in Overland Park, Topeka, Lee’s Summit and North Kansas City, or the Wichita executive directors at 316.636.2322, ext. 6323, to report incidents on the Wichita campus.
The police department and University personnel will respond with appropriate action, which may include the following:
- Contacting the local police
- Direct intervention to resolve a problem or obtain additional information
- Action through the University to discipline individuals involved or to provide support and assistance for victims of crime
- Timely reports to the University community to create an awareness regarding crimes that have occurred
If no immediate danger exists, victims of or witnesses to criminal activity may file a report with the Academic Advising Office in Overland Park or with the administrative offices in Wichita. The Academic Advising Office is located at the Overland Park facility at 8001 College Blvd., Suite 100, Overland Park, Kan., 66210. The office can be contacted at 913.491.4432. The Wichita Administrative Office is located at 3450 N. Rock Road, Bldg. 400, Wichita, Kan., 67226. The office can be contacted at 316.636.2322.
Adherence to all University policies and local, state, and federal laws, as well as general practices of common sense, helps to assure personal safety and the safety of others. Although the opportunity for crime exists throughout society, the diligence of everyone will lessen the chances of crime occurring.
The administrative offices at all sites—Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, Topeka, North Kansas City, Wichita—are secured at 5:30 or 6 p.m., depending on location. When in evening use, a security officer or staff member locks the classroom facilities in Overland Park, Lee’s Summit, North Kansas City, Topeka, and Wichita at 10:20 p.m. Buildings that are closed for the evening are not to be entered under any circumstances.
Alcohol, Drugs, Firearms
Specific policies regarding the possession, use and sale of alcoholic beverages and drugs, and the possession or use of firearms are included in both the Graduate SOE and SPGS Catalog and Student Handbook and Baker University Employee Handbook. University policy will be strictly enforced by administrative officials, and, if necessary, local law enforcement officials will be called for assistance.
Possession and use of cereal malt and/or alcoholic beverages is prohibited on University sites. Baker University prohibits the unlawful possession, use, manufacture and distribution of drugs or alcohol by its students on its property or as a part of any of its activities. Students found to be in violation of this policy will be reported to the appropriate law enforcement officials and will be subject to disciplinary action taken by the state or federal authorities.
Sexual Assault & Rape
Baker University is committed to maintenance of an environment free from sexual exploitation and intimidation. Persons who have been raped or sexually assaulted are encouraged to contact University resources for assistance. The director of Academic Advising or executive directors will investigate all incidents related to sexual assault or rape at University sites and institute action and sanctions as necessary.
It is the policy of the University and our goal to provide a place free from tensions involving matters that do not relate to the University’s mission. Particularly, an atmosphere of tension created by sexual remarks or unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, and other conduct of a sexual nature shall not be permitted. If any such verbal or physical conduct takes place, the offended individual is asked to immediately notify a supervisor or appropriate University official so that the University can deal with the problem in a confidential manner, and so that appropriate action may be taken.
Rape and sexual assault are defined as any form of sexual contact without the consent of all parties involved to include:
- Sexual intercourse committed by physical force, coercion, threat or intimidation, actual or implied by a person(s) known or unknown to the victim
- Attempted intercourse, sexual touching, exhibitionism, or sexual language of a threatening nature by a person(s) known or unknown to the victim
- All other conduct that violates Kansas law now or subsequently in effect including, but not limited to, conduct defined as rape, sodomy or sexual abuse
The need for consent of individuals shall include situations where a person is unable to consent because of mental incapacitation, drug or alcohol influence, or loss of consciousness to make a decision about a sexual act.
Persons who have been raped or sexually assaulted are encouraged to use the following procedures:
- Contact the local police authorities.
- Contact a University resource for assistance. The resources include:
- Dean of Graduate SOE and SPGS
- Executive Directors
- Director of Academic Advising
- Academic Advisors
Note: All information reported to the University will be handled in a confidential manner.
Sex Offender Registry & Access to Related Information
The law requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. Law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders in Kansas may be obtained through the Kansas Bureau of Investigation website at http://www.accesskansas.org/kbi/, and/or the sheriff’s department in the county where the campus is located. Law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders in Missouri may be obtained through the Missouri State Highway Patrol website at http://www.mshp.dps.missouri.gov/MSHPWeb/PatrolDivisions/CRID/SOR/SORPage.html, 1.888.767.6747, or the sheriff’s department in the county where the campus is located.
Baker University B Alert Safety Notification System
Baker University's B Alert safety notification system is a text message alert system to help the Baker community stay informed of potential emergencies and school closings caused by inclement weather. The text message emergency notification system allows phone lines to remain open for first responders and 911 callers. The emergency personnel will know that the public is informed and can focus on the situation. To make sure the system is working properly in the event of an emergency, the system is tested once or twice a year. Besides the testing, students only receive messages in the event of an emergency or school closing. If an emergency situation should occur, text messages are sent out with information of the situation and instructions to help protect you. This system is only activated if a situation occurs or is imminent that has the potential to place the safety and security of the entire campus community at risk. Enrollment must be updated each year. Enroll or reenroll in B Alert by scrolling to the bottom of the page and entering your contact information.
The cooperation and involvement of students are crucial to ensure a secure environment. Students must assume responsibility for their own personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common sense precautions. Student awareness of the environment and surroundings is the best place to start.
- Cars should be parked in lighted areas and kept locked at all times. Valuables should be concealed.
- Emergencies and suspicious-looking individuals should be reported immediately to campus security or staff.
- Students should walk in well-lit areas in groups of two or more.