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Crime Reporting and Prevention

Last updated January 28, 2021

Campus Law Enforcement

Morningside University Campus Safety and Security staff members have the authority to ask individuals for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Morningside University. Morningside University Safety and Security staff members have the authority to issue tickets, which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty, and staff. Safety and Security do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the Sioux City Police Department who has jurisdiction on the campus. The Campus Safety and Security Department maintains a highly professional working relationship with the Sioux City Police Department and other law enforcement agencies in the area. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report crimes to Campus Safety and Security and the Sioux City Police Department. Prompt reporting will assure timely warning notices on-campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

Reporting Criminal Activity and Emergencies

Any emergency situation or knowledge of a crime should be reported immediately to Campus Safety and Security by calling (712) 274-5234 or by going to the Campus Safety and Security Office located in the Olsen Student Center or in the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center. You may also dial 911 to reach the Sioux City Police Department or Sioux City Fire Rescue. When calling either number, you should stay on the line until the appropriate authorities tell you to hang up. You should be able to provide the exact location, the status of the situation. and who is involved in the incident.

Please keep the following in mind when involved in or witnessing a crime:

  • Make every effort to ensure that physical evidence is maintained and protected. Immediate reporting will aid in preserving evidence.

  • Obtain a description of the offender(s) including sex, age, race, hair, clothing, and other distinguishable features. Attempt to obtain a description and license number of any vehicles involved and the direction of travel of those vehicles.

  • Preserve the crime scene. Do not touch any items involved, nor allow anyone into the area until Campus Safety and Security or Sioux City Police Department personnel arrive.

Emergency Code Blue Call Boxes are located in the following places: Roadman Hall Main Entrance; Roadman Hall South, south entrance; Residence Complex, lower main entrance; East Entrance Dimmitt Hall on Vine Ave; the north side of the Walker Science Center by the atrium; Poppen Hall upper entrance;  Waitt Hall upper entrance; and Lags Hall south entrance.

General Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency

Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report crimes and public safety-related incidents to the Campus Safety and Security Department in a timely manner.

To report a crime or an emergency, call Campus Safety and Security at (712) 274-5234.

Campus Safety and Security is available 24 hours a day to answer your call. Once your call is received, Campus Safety and Security will take the appropriate action needed at the time of the incident. They will ask the victim to file a report with the appropriate authorities at the time as well.

All Campus Safety and Security reports are forward to the appropriate people for further action. This may include Resident Life, Campus Judicial Officer, Business Office, and in some cases, the Sioux City Police Department. Additional information collected during the investigation is always forwarded to the Sioux City Police Department unless the victim does not wish to pursue criminal charges.

If assistance is required from the Sioux City Police Department, Sioux City Fire Rescue, or the Siouxland Paramedics, Campus Safety and Security and/or Residence Life will contact the appropriate units. If a sexual assault or rape should occur, the staff at the scene, including Campus Safety and Security will offer the victim a wide variety of services. Morningside College has access to a variety of agencies that assist the victims in these situations such as the Council on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV). At any time, anyone can ask about these resources through the Director or Assistant Director of Campus Safety and Security, Title IX Coordinator/Dean of Student's Office, Campus Chaplain, Nurse, or Personal Counselor.

Crimes should be reported to the Campus Safety and Security Department to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the campus community, when appropriate.

Confidential Reporting Procedures

If you are a victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the Morningside College system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report.

You may file a confidential report with the following:

Director of Student Health                                    (712) 274-5178

Personal Counselor                                              (712) 274-5606

Campus Chaplain                                                 (712) 274-5148

The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others. With such information, the University can keep an accurate record of the number of incidents involving students, determine where there is a pattern of crime with regard to a particular location, method, or assailant, and alert the campus community to potential danger. Records filed in this manner are counted and disclosed in the annual crime statistics for the institution.

Crime Reporting

The Campus Safety and Security Department encourages anyone who is a victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to Campus Safety and Security. Campus Safety and Security make all attempts to keep information that would possibly jeopardize an investigation confidential until such time is deemed that such information can be released. In most cases, in the daily crime log, names are left out for the privacy of such individuals. All Clery Act crimes are included in the Annual Security Report.

To Report a Crime

Contact Campus Safety and Security at (712) 274-5234 or dial 911 for the Sioux City Police or Fire Rescue. You may also use the Code Blue phones located at the entrances of the residence halls. Any suspicious activity on or around campus should be reported to Campus Safety and Security of the Sioux City Police Department immediately.

You may also contact the following people in Campus Safety and Security, Student Services, Residence Life, or the Academic Affairs Office to report any crime:

Director Campus Safety and Security (712) 274-5500

Assistant Director of Campus Safety and Security

(712) 274-5505
Vice President for Advising (712) 274-5030
Director of Student Health (712) 274-5178
Dean of Students/Title IX Coordinator (712) 274-5191
Director of Residence Life

(712) 274-5335

Area Coordinator, Student Activities (712) 274-5337
Area Coordinator, Student Engagement (712) 274-5339
Personal Counselor (712) 274-5606
Vice President for Academic Affairs (712) 274-5103
Vice President for Enrollment and Student Life (712) 274-5257

Crime Prevention Programs on personal safety and theft prevention are sponsored by various campus organizations throughout the year. Campus Safety and Security personnel facilitate programs for students, faculty, staff, and student organizations, in addition to working with Residence Life on programs for students on how to protect themselves against sexual assaults, theft, and other crimes.

At all times, students, faculty, or staff can call Campus Safety and Security for an escort at night. Campus Safety and Security also encourages students to walk with others and not alone at night.

Students who are of the legal drinking age of 21 may possess or consume alcoholic beverages only in their private living quarters. If a student has a roommate, they, along with anyone else in the room, must be 21 also to consume alcohol in the room.

Morningside University complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226. Illegal drugs and paraphernalia are not permitted on campus. Morningside College works closely with the Sioux City Police Department and cooperates with all law enforcement agencies to ensure that all laws pertaining to illegal drugs are being enforced. Possession, use, or distribution of any kind of illegal substance goes against Morningside University’s commitment to the Siouxland Community, is illegal, and may result in immediate suspension or expulsion from campus.

The student handbook contains a detailed list of all other campus disciplinary policies and procedures, including alcohol and drug policies. Provisions for counseling and treatment opportunities are also addressed. Morningside University will make a reasonable effort to enforce all federal, state, and local laws.

Students may refer to all rules and regulations in the Student Handbook

Alcohol and Substance Prevention Programs

The University has programs to assist in the prevention in the illicit use of drugs and the abuse of alcohol by students. The program provides services related to drug and alcohol use and abuse including dissemination of informational materials, educational programs, counseling services, referrals, and college disciplinary action.

Morningside University Residence Life and Personal Counseling Services provide the overall coordination of these programs. These programs include:

Alcohol and Drug Education: Programs by Residence Life staff and Personal Counseling services address issues of concern throughout the year.

Counseling Services: Morningside personal counselors will meet with students on alcohol and drug-related issues.

Referral Services: if warranted, Residence Life and Counseling Services will have students seek off-campus counseling and referral services, usually at Jackson Recovery Services.

College Disciplinary Action: In most cases, disciplinary action will be taken including fines and in severe cases, removal of the student(s) from the college, including classes and the residence halls. The student does have the right and ability to appeal the action.  These steps are outlined in the Student Handbook.


For the entire campus’s safety, shotguns, rifles, handguns, air guns, bows and arrows, ammunition, and all other types of weapons are not permitted. There is no on-campus storage allowed at any time, and no weapon may be stored in any vehicle located on campus. All types of explosives, including fireworks, are strictly prohibited on campus. Please refer to the Morningside University Student Handbook for additional prohibitions regarding residence halls.

Sexual Abuse and Sexual Assault Policy

Morningside University is concerned about the safety and welfare of all campus members and guests. In an effort to promote the dignity and well-being of members of the campus community, the University is committed to addressing allegations of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault and providing educational programs to promote the awareness of rape, acquaintance rape, and other sex offenses. The University has developed this policy, which is consistent with the Student Right-To-Know and Campus Security Act, Public Law 101-542, and the Iowa House File 2028. Sexual abuse and sexual assault also have certain criminal and civil law repercussions. When Morningside University determines that a case of sexual abuse and/or sexual assault might have taken place, the University will fulfill its legal obligation to report the same to the appropriate law enforcement or other legal authority for appropriate disposition.

Crime Prevention Tips

The following tips are meant to help protect the campus community from crime and injury. If a crime has already occurred, please contact Campus Safety and Security at (712) 274-5234.

General Tips:

  • Report all suspicious persons.
  • Report all thefts.
  • Be attuned to your surroundings. Walk or travel in well-lit, well-traveled areas. If you think someone is following you, abruptly switch directions or cross the street. If you’re still being followed, go to a public place and ask for help.
  • Keep your purse, backpack, briefcase, cell phone, portable computer, and any other valuable property in your possession at all times. Don’t take a break and leave them behind.
  • If you receive a harassing phone call, hang up immediately. Don’t try to find out who the caller is and don’t show any reaction.
  • Know your neighbors and make sure they know you. Ensure a roommate or friend knows your routines. Tell someone if you are going to be late or are out of town.
  • Notify Campus Safety and Security of any broken lights, overgrown shrubbery near walkways, telephones that don’t work, and doors with broken locks.
  • Label your books, notebooks, and personal property with your name.
  • Never open doors of campus buildings to strangers.
  • Morningside University students, faculty, and staff should always have their University ID in their possession and present the ID when requested by Campus Safety and Security.

Residence Hall Safety Tips:

  • Lock all doors, even if you are leaving for a short time.
  • Make certain to lock your door before you go to sleep.
  • Never prop open any locking residence hall door.
  • Avoid leaving notes on your door saying that you are out.
  • Do not loan your keys to anyone, or leave your keys unattended.
  • Do not put your name and/or room number on your key ring.
  • There are phones at the entrances to the residence halls that can be utilized in emergencies. There is also a blue light emergency phone in all parking lots.

Campus Office and Lab Safety Tips:

  • Be sure doors are locked whenever you leave an unattended office or lab.
  • Never leave doors propped open or leave keys in an unlocked cabinet or desk drawer.
  • It is not advisable to tape extra keys under desk drawers or in file cabinets.
  • When leaving your office or lab for the day, make sure that all windows are closed and locked, all valuables and confidential materials are locked up and all desks, files, and doors are locked.

Parking Lot Safety Tips:

  • Have your key ready when you approach your vehicle.
  • Check before you get in your vehicle to make sure no one is hiding beneath or inside the vehicle.
  • When you park, choose a well-lighted, designated parking area.
  • If you carry valuables in your car, keep them out of sight in the trunk.
  • Always lock your vehicle.
  • There is a blue light emergency phone in all main parking lots for emergencies.

Sexual Assault/Date Rape Prevention Tips:

  • Anyone can be the victim of sexual assault or rape, regardless of age, sex, race, status, or type of dress. Please keep these tips in mind:
  • Be alert and aware when dating.
  • Trust your instincts or “gut feelings.”
  • Do not send mixed messages. Be clear, say “no” when you mean it.
  • Be careful when you invite someone into your residence.