Indiana Tech: Campus Safety

Safety and Security Policies

Access to Campus Facilities

Access to campus buildings and grounds is a privilege extended to students, faculty, staff and authorized guests. The university encourages an open environment with limited constraints to ensure reasonable protection of all members of the community. Except for residence halls, most campus facilities are open during weekday business hours. Individuals who wish to access university buildings or property during non-business hours or special events should contact the appropriate department administrator, conference or event services, or Indiana Tech security.

An automated card access control system is installed on several buildings. University members with questions about the system should contact the director of facilities management at ext. 2246 or 260-399-2829.

Special procedures for residence hall access

Three of the four residence halls are equipped with an automated card access control system. Kalbfleisch Hall is controlled with a high security key, which can only be duplicated by an employee of the university who has prior authorization. Unlimited access is available to students and authorized staff and faculty via the system. Guests and other visitors may visit the residence halls as long as they have been authorized by a member of the community. The exterior doors to student residence halls remain locked 24 hours a day.

In addition to the automated card access control system, all exterior doors and first floor window screens in the residence halls are equipped and monitored with an electronic alarm system, excluding Kalbfleisch Hall which has a remote release burglar bar system.

Campus Alcohol Policy

Students at Indiana Tech are expected to be acquainted with and abide by the state laws and university regulations regarding alcohol and drugs. The university policy prohibits the possession, consumption and the serving of alcoholic beverages on campus, except during university sponsored events where alcohol is served by an individual licensed to sell or serve alcohol in the state of Indiana. 

Campus Drug Policy

Indiana Tech does not condone the possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of illegal substances or drug paraphernalia of any kind in any amount. Students in violation of this policy may be suspended or expelled from the university.

Drug and Alcohol Abuse Education Programs

Indiana Tech promotes the prevention of drug and alcohol abuse through educational opportunities such as university forums, guest speakers, targeted activities, and awareness events. The university also has brochures and community resources available for students and staff to obtain from the wellness center and the residence life department. The university distributes our policies regarding alcohol and drug use and possession via the student handbook at the beginning of the school year to every student. The handbook is also available online for our nontraditional student population. Finally, student organizations such as the Greek societies help to promote responsible behavior by sponsoring awareness programs and also undergoing risk management seminars and TIPS training through their national affiliations.

National Institute on Druge Abuse

Science of Addiction (PDF)

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

Rethinking Drinking (interactive brochure)

Rethinking Drinking (PDF)

Campus Policing and Security Policies

Indiana Tech security officers have the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Indiana Tech.  Indiana Tech security officers have the authority to issue parking tickets, which are billed to financial accounts of students, faculty and staff. Security officers do not possess arrest powers. Criminal incidents are referred to the Fort Wayne Police Department. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to Indiana Tech security and the Fort Wayne Police Department. Prompt reporting will ensure timely warning notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.

Campus Sex Crime Prevention Act

The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. In Indiana, this information is accessible at www.insor.org. You may also visit your local police or sheriff’s office for information regarding registered sex offenders in your area.

University Policy on Sexual Misconduct

The university educates the student community about sexual assaults and date rape through distributed brochures and educational opportunities which may include student life programming, university experience classes, freshmen orientation, or residence life distributions. The police department offers sexual assault education and information programs to university students and employees upon request. Literature on date rape education, risk reduction, and university response is available through the associate vice president-student services and the university Wellness Center.

If you are a victim of a sexual assault at this institution, your first priority should be to get to a place of safety. You should then obtain necessary medical treatment. The university strongly advocates that a victim of sexual assault report the incident in a timely manner. Time is a critical factor for evidence collection and preservation. An assault should be reported directly with local police, to a university security officer, a resident assistant, and/or to the associate vice president-student services. Filing a report with a university security officer or official will not obligate the victim to prosecute, nor will it subject the victim to scrutiny or judgmental opinions from officers.

Filing a report with the Fort Wayne police department will:

  • ensure that a victim of sexual assault receives the necessary medical treatment and tests, at no expense to the victim
  • provide the opportunity for collection of evidence helpful in prosecution, which cannot be obtained later (ideally a victim of sexual assault should not wash, douche, use the toilet, or change clothing prior to a medical/legal exam)
  • assure the victim has access to free confidential counseling from counselors specifically trained in the area of sexual assault crisis intervention.

A student should understand that reporting a sexual assault with both the university as well as the local police department are separate acts, and we encourage students to report to both agencies.  The victim of a sexual assault may choose for the investigation to be pursued through the criminal justice system and the university or through only one entity. The associate vice president-student servicess will guide the victim through the available options and support the victim in his or her decision. Campus Ministries is the only on-campus resource for counseling support.  Various counseling options are available from the community including the Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau. Counseling and support services outside the university system can be obtained through the Rape Crisis Hotline, the YWCA shelter, the National Women’s Health Organization, or the Center for Non-Violence.  For information on how to contact these resources, consult the student handbook for on campus resources and the crisis management plan for external resources.

University disciplinary proceedings, as well as special guidelines for cases involving sexual misconduct, are detailed in Techniques, the student handbook. The hHandbook provides, in part, that the accused and the victim will each be allowed to choose one person who has had no formal legal training to accompany them throughout the hearing. Both the victim and accused will be informed of the outcome of the hearing. A student found guilty of violating the university sexual misconduct policy could be criminally prosecuted in the state courts and may be suspended or expelled from the university for the first offense. Student victims have the option to change their academic and/or on-campus living situations after an alleged sexual assault, if such changes are reasonably available.

Missing Student Policy

Reports of missing students should be submitted to the Indiana Tech security office in Pierson Center, 260.399.2805. The security officer on duty will collect the information and submit a report which will be provided to the associate vice president-student services and the director of facilities management. Any data collected by university staff during the investigation process will be provided to security to amend the submitted report.

When a student moves into the residence hall, the student will be asked to identify a contact person(s) whom the associate vice president-student services or designated university staff member shall notify if the student is determined missing by the university. This designated person’s contact information will be kept confidential, accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement, and may not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation. Students are advised on the document that if they are under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the institution must notify a custodial parent or guardian when the student is missing, in addition to any additional contact person designated by the student. Once the university determines that the student is missing, the university will notify the local law enforcement agency, unless the local law enforcement agency was the entity that made the determination that a student is missing.

Confidential Reporting Procedures

The university does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics. All reports will be investigated. Violations of the law will be referred to law enforcement agencies and when appropriate, to the University Disciplinary Committee for review. When a potentially dangerous threat to the university community arises, timely reports or warnings will be issued. The security department distributes campus safety alerts in three ways. Once the university determines that an alert will be issued:

  • an announcement is e-mailed to students, staff, and faculty
  • a text message is sent to those who have signed up through Tech Connection.
  • the department posts alerts on bulletin boards throughout campus 
     
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