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2010 Annual Security Report

A Secure and Safe Campus

Drake University is proactive in one of its most important goals — ensuring the safety and security of our students and campus community.


The mission of Drake Campus Security is to provide a safe and secure environment for students, faculty, staff and campus visitors.

Drake Security strives to achieve this mission through a community-friendly approach that enhances safety through the visibility of security personnel, preventive patrols, 24-hour accessibility, positive conflict resolution, and crime-prevention and awareness programs. Drake Security collaborates with local law enforcement and community organizations in fulfilling its mission.

In addition to their role in keeping the campus community safe, Drake Security officers also are trained to assist in medical emergencies and have access to portable defibrillators for use in emergency situations.


Drake Campus Security is one of the largest private campus security forces in the state of Iowa, consisting of 20 full-time officers who patrol the campus around the clock and throughout the year. A computerized communications/dispatch post is staffed 24 hours a day to coordinate security activities.

Campus Security officers undergo regular, mandatory training under the direction of certified law enforcement professionals, including an initial 30-day training period that includes areas ranging from conflict resolution and use of force to diversity and CPR.

Our security force conducts routine patrols to enhance the safety of our campus by deterring crime before it happens. Security officers work closely with the Des Moines Police Department in preventing crime in our surrounding neighborhood and, when necessary, making arrests and investigating crimes.

The presence of the Des Moines Police Department Traffic Unit is another strong deterrent to crime on or near the Drake campus. Housed in a University-owned building at 1222 24th Street, the DMPD Traffic Unit facilitates direct interaction between the DMPD, Campus Security, members of the Drake community and citizens in the surrounding neighborhood.


Drake University received StormReady® certification from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s National Weather Service. The certification signifies that the University is well prepared to respond to threats of severe weather. Drake was the third of four colleges or universities in Iowa — and only one of 28 in the nation — to be recognized with the StormReady® designation. While StormReady does not mean stormproof, as

StormReady community, Drake is better prepared to save lives and property in the event of severe weather.


Using the Blackboard Connect-Ed® program, Drake can reach thousands of individuals in minutes. The program has the ability to store up to six phone numbers per student or faculty/staff member, including campus, cell and home phone numbers, ensuring that time-sensitive messages reach all recipients as quickly as possible. The same messages can also be delivered via e-mail or text message.


Drake’s top priorities include providing a safe environment in which students are mentally and physically able to study, work and play. The University CARE team focuses on prevention by proactively responding to students showing signs of distress such as sadness, anxiousness, irritability or depression. The team meets regularly to provide guidance to faculty, staff and students who are responding to troubled students and preventing campus disruptions. Discussions, recommendations and actions of the team remain confidential to the extent feasible under the circumstances.

Parents are an important partner in the health and safety of the campus community as well. The CARE team may contact parents, when permitted by law1, as a preventative measure when signs of distress have been identified, and the CARE team encourages parents to do the same if they have concerns about their child.

For more information about the Drake CARE team, contact the Dean of Students Office at 1-800-44-DRAKE, x2835.

1Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), schools may disclose education records to parents if (1) the student consents, (2) the student is a dependent for income tax purposes, (3) a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter, (4) if the student who is under age 21 has violated any law or school policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance, and (5) a school official may generally share with a parent information that is based on that official’s personal knowledge or observation of the student.


Drake University uses a number of CCTV smart cameras, monitored and recorded 24/7, to enhance safety in student parking lots and other exterior locations.


A total of 50 security phones that connect directly to Campus Security are located inside buildings and in heavily traveled outdoor locations across campus. You also are encouraged to call Campus Security from the residence halls and campus offices whenever you observe something that concerns you.


Front desk receptionists are on duty in every Drake residence hall 24 hours a day. All hall doors are locked at night and the main doors are locked at 11 p.m. If you or a guest enters any residence hall — even your own — after 11 p.m., you must present identification.

Any guest must be accompanied at all times by a hall resident. You must leave your Drake ID card or driver’s license with the receptionist when visiting a residence hall other than your own. To be admitted to other campus buildings after business hours, you may also be required to show your ID to a monitor — not to hassle you, but to protect your safety.


• Call Campus Security. No matter how trivial an incident seems, or how harmless an unknown visitor appears, call Security any time of the day or night. The emergency number is 811 and the non-emergency number is 2222.

• In case of fire or if an ambulance is needed, you should first call the Des Moines emergency number, 9-911, from any campus phone. Follow that call with a call to Drake Security. You should have your street address available when you call the Des Moines emergency number. If you need help in contacting Security or any public authorities, ask your resident assistant or a University administrator.

• Three’s a crowd. Don’t walk alone. Muggers and thugs don’t like company. Walk close to the curb, away from bushes, alleys or driveways. Stay in well-lit areas when walking at night and call a friend for an escort if necessary. If you must walk alone, let someone know when to expect you.

• Keep yourself in the dark. Always pull your curtains or shades after dark. Never dress or undress in front of windows.

• Keep good company. Think you’re being followed? Head immediately for a heavily used area. If you’re close to a building with people inside, go in and stay awhile. Call Security.


• Locks don’t work unless you use them. Most thefts on campus occur in unlocked rooms. If you have a problem with your lock, report it immediately to residence services.

• Keep your eyes peeled. If you see someone suspicious in your residence hall or office building, ask what he or she is doing or call Security. Salespeople are not allowed in the residence halls, and a hall resident must accompany all non-Drake visitors.

• Keep an eye on your laundry. Clothing can be removed during laundry cycles. If you use off-campus laundry facilities, don’t go alone or late at night.

• Caution is key. Don’t leave your keys lying around. Don’t lend them to anyone. Don’t leave copies under a mat, behind a desk or in your mailbox. If your keys are taken, report the loss to your residence hall director at once. You can get new keys and have your locks changed for a fee.

• Make your mark. Operation Identification at Drake helps you identify your belongings. Just call the Des Moines Police Department for an identification number and then engrave it on your property. Police can use the number to identify stolen property as yours and return it to you. Drake will supply an engraver. Ask your resident assistant for more information.


If you are robbed or attacked, report it. When you call Drake Campus Security, describe what you’ve seen or heard. Give the address and location of the incident, the number of people involved, descriptions of the people, details and circumstances, and the license numbers and descriptions of any vehicles involved.

It’s important to report a crime, no matter how insignificant it seems. Sometimes police can fit your problem into a pattern developing in the city. Reporting a crime is one way to help to keep the same person from hurting or stealing from someone else.

If you intend to report a theft to your insurance company, you must file a police report.



Drake University believes that it cannot deny persons of legal age the right to use alcoholic beverages, but attempts to discourage the abuse of drinking privileges by expecting students to behave in a legal and responsible manner where the use of alcoholic beverages is concerned.

All federal, state and local laws regarding the unauthorized use, possession, distribution or sale of any alcoholic beverages and controlled substances are in effect on the Drake University campus. Drake University provides education and counseling regarding drug abuse.

A complete description of the University’s policies regarding alcohol and substance abuse may be found in the Student Handbook. Faculty and staff members should contact the Director of Human Resources for a complete description of the appropriate policies pertaining to them.


Effective July 1, 2008, Iowa law prohibits smoking anywhere on the Drake campus. This includes all University buildings and outdoor areas, as well as parking lots and University-owned vehicles. Smoking is also prohibited within personal vehicles parked on Drake property. The regulations can be viewed at In addition, a map outlining the Drake University campus is available at .


A complete description of the University’s policies regarding sexual abuse, including procedures for reporting sexual abuse and preserving evidence, can be found in the Student Handbook.

Drake University strongly encourages victims of sexual abuse (including date rape) to report the incident to the authorities and to file a campus disciplinary complaint. Upon the request of a victim of sexual abuse, Campus Security will help the student notify the Des Moines Police Department. Faculty and staff members should contact the Director of Human Resources for a complete description of the appropriate policies and procedures pertaining to them.

Counseling for sexual abuse victims is available through the University’s counseling center as well as through services such as First Call for Help and Victim Services, both of which are listed on this website. Upon the request of a victim of sexual abuse, changes can be made to the victim’s academic, living and work situations to the extent such changes are reasonably available. In addition to possible civil and criminal procedures, Drake may initiate disciplinary procedures and possible sanctions. See the Code of Student Conduct section within the Student Handbook.


The Federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires that colleges and universities advise their campus communities where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. The Act 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, volunteers services or is a student.

A registry of sex offenders who have been determined to be of high or moderate likelihood to re-offend is maintained by the State of Iowa at: For more specific information or to find out which offenders have indicated they attend or are employed by Drake, please contact Detective Erin Lovejoy of the Des Moines Police Department at 515-237-1447 during regular business hours.

WARNING: The information on the Iowa Sex Offender website and the information available to the Des Moines Police Department may be inaccurate, out-of-date and/or incomplete. Reporting to the registry is voluntary on the part of sex offenders. In addition, budget constraints have prevented the sex offender registry from being kept up to date.


The use or possession of firearms, ammunition, explosives, fireworks, incendiary devices, BB guns, imitation guns or any dangerous weapons, substance or material on campus is prohibited except as expressly authorized by the University.


Pursuant to the Safe Explosives Act, 18 U.S.C. 844(f), persons who maliciously damage or destroy, or attempt to damage or destroy, by means of fire or explosive, any building, vehicle or other property owned by a college or university receiving Federal financial assistance (such as Drake University) may be imprisoned for not less than five years and not more than 20 years, plus receive a fine, or both. If personal injury occurs, then the sentence rises to seven to 40 years, plus a fine, or both. If the conduct causes the death of another, then the perpetrator can be subject to the death penalty, or imprisoned for not less than 20 years to life, fined or both.


Drake University maintains a policy and procedure pertaining to missing students. All students who reside on campus are given the opportunity to designate a Confidential Contact to be notified in the event it is determined the student is missing.  The completed Confidential Contact designation forms are maintained by Dean of Students Office.

Any person who becomes concerned that a student who resides on campus is missing may file a Missing Person Report with Campus Security. A preliminary investigation will be completed and, unless the student is located within 24 hours of receipt of the Report, the Dean of Students will notify the student’s Confidential Contact if one has been designated and, if the student is under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the Dean of Students will also notify the student’s parents. In addition, Campus Security will notify law enforcement. Drake University’s Policy and Procedures Concerning Missing Students can be located at the Drake Security website at /security/policy.php.


Drake offers programs designed to inform students, faculty and staff about sexual abuse prevention, crime prevention/campus security procedures, and drug and alcohol abuse education.

• Wallet cards with information on what to do if you or someone you know is raped (September)

• Rape Awareness Week (October)

• Sexual assault poster (describes reporting and disciplinary procedures)

• Residence halls’ and Greek houses’ video programs (throughout the year)

• Crime prevention/campus security programs (Go to for more information.)

• Weekly security reports in The Times Delphic

• Monthly meetings of the all-campus Safety and Security Committee

• Self-defense instruction at the Bell Center (throughout the year)

• Operation ID through Campus Security

• Drug and alcohol abuse education programs

• BACCHUS, student organization encouraging responsible alcohol use

• GAMMA, Greek alcohol education organization

• Alcohol Awareness Week (October)

• Safe Spring Break Days (March)

• Drug and alcohol counseling without charge (call the Drake Counseling Center, x3864)

• Drugs in Society academic credit course


The information in this report does not constitute a contract. Drake University reserves the right to make changes in policies, procedures and guidelines without giving prior notice.


Drake Campus Security cooperates with the Des Moines Police Department in monitoring and recording any criminal activities at off-campus student organizations, such as fraternities and sororities, or by members of such organizations.


These contacts relate to Campus Security (dialed on campus).

Dean of Students Office ....................................................... 2835

Drake Counseling Center ..................................................... 3864

Drake Security, Emergency .................................................... 811

Drake Security, Non-Emergency .......................................... 2222

Des Moines Police, Fire, Ambulance, Emergency ............... 9-911

Des Moines Police, Non-Emergency ............................9-283-4811

American Republic Student Health Center ........................ 3731

Employee Assistance Program ..................................9-244-6090


UNITED WAY 211: 9-211 OR 9-246-6555

United Way 211 is a 24-hour resource and referral service. If you need help or guidance dealing with anything from problems obtaining a passport to sexual assault or emotional troubles, United Way 211 will recommend the appropriate agency.

VICTIM SERVICES: 9-286-3600/9-286-3535


Victim Services is a Polk County service operating 24 hours a day and offers counseling and help to victims of sexual assault and other crimes. Counselors can advise victims on who to call and where to turn in a time of crisis.


For more information on student policies, the Student Handbook and related issues, consult the Dean of Students website at To obtain further information on security issues, parking, transportation and escorting services, or to provide feedback to the Security Department, visit the department website at Or call the security desk, which is staffed 24 hours a day, at 271-2222.



The Drake community extends beyond the borders of our campus into our neighborhood. We work closely with the Drake Neighborhood Association and city officials in a variety of ways, ranging from zoning to nuisance ordinances to appearance.

The Neighborhood Improvement Task Force — consisting of Drake administrators, City of Des Moines department directors, area business owners, church and volunteer organizations, and neighborhood leaders — meets monthly on the Drake campus and continually works to improve and develop the Drake neighborhood. It’s part of being a good community citizen, but it’s also important for crime prevention — and your safety.

Policy Statement


Drake Public Safety,
     emergency 811

Drake Public Safety,
    non-emergency - 515-271-2222

- Des Moines police, fire, ambulance,
     emergency - 911

-  Des Moines police,
     non-emergency 9-283-4811

- American Republic Student
  Health Center  

- Employee Assistance Program

Title IX

Sexual and Interpersonal Misconduct


(These contacts are all relative to being dialed on campus)