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Campus Safety

Last updated January 28, 2021

Campus Safety

Residence and Campus Facilities

The University has eight buildings classified as residence halls, each housing 12-350 students. Head Residents (HRs) and Resident Assistants (RAs) are upper-class students who have been carefully selected and trained to assist individuals on the floor and help maintain a healthy educational environment in the buildings. Area Coordinators are professional members of the Residence Life team who live in the residence hall setting. The Residence Life staff receives training in basic security and emergency situations.

Residence halls are locked 24-hours a day. Residents may obtain entry using the keys or Fobs they were issued upon arriving on campus. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that his or her room is secure.

During Christmas Break, all students are required to vacate the halls except with permission from the Office of Residence Life. The halls are not fully staffed during this break, so keys are collected from students to limit access to the halls. All other breaks, students will not be asked to turn in their keys but will be required to notify their RA that they will be on campus at such time.

Hall meetings at the beginning of each term provide the opportunity for residents to learn about building security, campus and residential policies, and enforcement procedures.

All guests in the residence halls must have a student host and are subject to college policies and regulations. The host is responsible for the actions of and any damages caused by the guest. Overnight guests are usually permitted on the weekends but may not stay more than two consecutive nights. If a roommate objects to the presence of an overnight guest, that guest may not spend the night. Members of the opposite sex may only be on a floor or in a student room during visitation hours. However, main lounges in the residence halls are not subject to these restrictions. Visitation hours in the residence halls are from 10 a.m. to 1 a.m., Sunday-Thursday. There are no limits to visitation on Fridays and Saturdays except for first-semester freshmen, whose visitation on these days is between 10 a.m. and 2 a.m. Individual floors may choose to restrict hours even beyond the visitation guidelines set by the college.


Facility Access Policy

During business hours, the University (excluding certain housing facilities) will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, and invitees. During non-business hours, access to all University facilities is by key/FOB if issued or by admittance via the Campus Safety and Security Department or the Residence Life staff. In the case of periods of extended closing, the College will admit only those with prior approval to all facilities.


Security Awareness Programs

Any time during the year Campus Safety and Security, Residence Life, and Counseling Services are able and willing to offer students programs concerning personal safety. Programs include safety in the residence halls, at parties, and while on campus. Morningside College works with various local agencies and the local police department to present various programs for the benefit of the students, faculty, and staff at the College.

At all times, Campus Safety and Security stresses during the year and during the various programs safety starts with the student, faculty and staff member.

When time is of an essence, information may be sent via the Morningside Electronic Notification System, campus e-mail, or signs posted around campus.

If anyone would like to schedule a program for their group, they are encouraged to contact Campus Safety and Security at (712) 274-5234 which will help in the planning of such program.


Safety Tips


Personal Security Recommendations

Never walk alone at night.

Walk in well-lit areas and remain on sidewalks.

Walk close to the curb, away from bushes and alleys.

If you must walk alone, inform someone at your destination when to expect you so he or she will be waiting.

Request a campus security escort if you are alone during hours of darkness.

If you are attacked, SCREAM !!! Bite, kick and stomp the attacker’s foot with your heel. Do anything to bring public attention to your situation.

Keep items of value out of sight.

Safeguard any documents that include personal information that others could use to commit identity theft.

Lock your door whenever you leave your room.

Report any suspicious activity immediately to Campus Safety and Security(712) 274-5234 or the Sioux City Police Department (712) 279-6960.


Residence Hall Safety and Security Advice

Lock your room door – even if you are just going to the restroom or into the room next door. Most crimes that occur on a residential campus are crimes of opportunity and happen when a door is left unlocked.

Lock your door before you go to sleep.

Do not prop open residence hall exterior doors.

Do not lend your keys to anyone at any time.

Inform your roommate or friends where you will be if you plan to remain away from your room overnight.

Mark articles of value with an identifying number/mark. Photograph valuable property and keep a record of this information. Do not use your Social Security number or any other number that could have value to others.

Notify Campus Safety and Security by calling (712) 274-5234 if you need an escort from a parking lot, classroom building or residence hall.


Severe Weather Advice

Move to the lowest part of the building or a central hallway without windows

Stay as far away from windows, mirrors, or unsecured objects such as dressers, cabinets, or bookcases.


Be ready to assist those with disabilities

Remain in the shelter area until the warning has expired and you have been given the all-clear from Campus Safety and Security or Residence Life

Listen to local TV or radio stations on AM/FM radio or your weather radio if you have one

Planning ahead and knowing where you are to go in severe weather situations will help save your life!


Armed Assailant Advice

Remain calm

Lock and barricade yourself in the nearest room.  Use large items to block the door.  Try to tie the door closed if possible with belts or other items.

Turn off all lights

Close blinds.

Turn off computers if possible.

Get away from all windows and doors.  Keep low to the ground but be prepared to act quickly. 

If you are able to, call the Sioux City Police Department by calling 911 with the location of the assailant and your location.  Have someone else call Campus Safety and Security at (712) 274-5234.  When calling give your location, the number of individuals in your location, any injuries, the name of the assailant if possible, any descriptions of the individual, what they are wearing and have with them. Any information will assist them in finding the suspect. 

Try to remain on the line even if you are not speaking to allow the dispatcher to hear what is going on.

Try to stay as quiet as possible, any noise will alert the shooter to your location.

Silence cell phones.

If you try to leave a secure area, have a plan in mind and leave any items behind as they will hinder you as you leave. When approached by the Police Dept. do not be alarmed, have your arms in the air, and work with them giving them any information that will lead them to the shooter.  You may have to break a window to leave a room safely. 

If the assailant enters the room be prepared to use force.  Use items in the room such as books, desks, chairs, or anything that you can throw at the assailant.  Be prepared to overcome the assailant with force as well by taking them down.  Having a group of individuals trying to overcome the assailant maybe an option. 


Sex Offender Registration

In accordance with the “Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act” of 2000, which amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act, the Jeanne Clery Act, and the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, Campus Safety and Security is providing a link to the Iowa Sex Offender Registry. This act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement 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 of each institution of higher education in the State at which the person is employed, carries a vocation, or is a student. In the State of Iowa, sex offenders much register through the Iowa Sex Offenders Registry which is maintained by the Department of Public Safety.

The Iowa Sex Offenders Registry