Campus Safety

The safety and wellbeing of the NMC community is the overarching goal of the NMC Emergency and Safety Procedure Manual. However, the existence of policies and procedures is of limited value without the active support of the students, faculty, and staff. Everyone at NMC should be prepared to take appropriate and deliberate action when an emergency arises. Safety is everyone's responsibility!

In addition to emergency procedures, prevention is a critical factor in any emergency plan. Faculty, staff, counselors, and students are in the best position to identify and react to any warning signals or potential dangers and must take personal responsibility for reporting concerns. These could range from safety concerns in a laboratory to unusual or suspicious behavior. It is through a trust-based partnership among administration, faculty and staff, and students that our campus can remain safe and focused on education. Refer to the documents below to identify who to call and what to report should you have any safety concerns.

Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and healthy campus!

NMC Safety and Health Committee

Reporting an Incident/Emergency

When reporting an incident or emergency, provide the following:

  • Your name;
  • Location of the emergency;
  • Telephone number from which you are calling; and
  • Type of emergency you are reporting (e.g., injury, fire, or hazardous material spill) to Campus Security.
  • Do not attempt to move or transport an injured person. Wait for appropriate medical assistance.
  • Depending on the nature of the emergency, you will call one of the following numbers
  1. *911 - This is the City of Omaha's emergency line; If 911 is called, place a second call to Security ((402) 354-6911 or 6911 using an on campus phone) to inform them of the call to 911. *If calling 911 from a campus phone, dial 9-911
  2. (402) 354-6911 - Direct, top priority line to the Methodist Health System Security Dispatch.  They have direct access to our security officer on campus and will assess if additional officers are needed.
  3. (402) 354-4111 - Customer Service Center (to report power failure, etc)
  4. (402) 354-7000 - College Front Desk
  5. (402) 740-6368 - Campus security cell phone

Questions/concerns regarding emergency preparedness topics can be forwarded to the NMC Safety Compliance Officer at (402) 354-7260, the Methodist Health System Safety Department at (402) 354-4048 (Safety Officer) or (402) 354-4068 (Methodist Health System Safety Compliance Officer) 


Release of Student Information in Connection with a Health or Safety Emergency

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA"), NMC may disclose a student's education record, or information contained therein, in connection with a health or safety emergency.  In making a determination of whether to disclose a student's information, NMC will take into account the totality of the circumstances of the health or safety of the student or other individuals involved. If NMC determines that there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals, it may disclose information from the student's education records, or parts contained therein, to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

Reviewed April 28, 2011

Campus Directory for Safety and Security

All safety and security incidents should be reported directly to the NMHS Security Department at (402) 354-4055. After business hours and/or in the case of an emergency, dial 0. Potential criminal actions and/or other emergencies can also be reported to any of the following designated Campus Security Authorities during business hours, unless otherwise stated:

  • College President (402) 354-7257
  • Vice President of Academic Affairs (402) 354-7258
  • Vice President of Student Affairs (402) 354-7260
  • Dean of Students/Housing (402) 354-7212
  • Coordinator of Leadership Development (402) 354-7218
  • Academic Advisor/Outreach Coordinator (402) 354-7223
  • Advising and Retention Specialist (402) 354-7216
  • Academic Skills Specialist (402) 354-7214
  • Developmental Services Office Manager (402) 354-7211
  • Nurse Practitioner (402) 354-7210
  • Director of Spiritual Development (402) 354-7280

Information Desk Receptionist, Clark (402) 354-7000

7:00 am to 10:00 pm, Monday-Thursday
7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Friday
7:00 am to 6:00 pm, Saturday
11:00 am to 11:00 pm, Sunday

Security Officer on-duty on-campus (402) 354-4055
24 hours/day, 7 days/week

Missing Persons

Purpose:
Any institution participating in a Title IV federal student financial aid program that maintains on campus housing facilities must establish a missing student notification policy and related procedures for those students who live in on campus housing and who have been missing for 24 hours.


The health and safety of Nebraska Methodist College students is of utmost concern to the institution. It is this concern that underlies NMC's commitment to and compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act's requirement for colleges and universities to establish a missing persons policy for its residents and to inform students of the policy.

Policy:
For purposes of this policy, a student resident may be considered a "missing person" if the person's absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and it is suspected that unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances could include, but are not limited to, a report or suspicion that the missing person may be the victim of foul play, has expressed suicidal thoughts, is drug dependent, is in a life-threatening situation, or has been with persons who may endanger the student's welfare.

If, when based on facts and circumstances, it is determined that a student resident is missing, the following individuals will be notified: 1) the appropriate College officials, 2) law enforcement, and 3) the student's parents/guardians and/or other persons designated as emergency contacts by the student.

The Higher Education Act requires institutions of higher education to provide students the option of designating a confidential contact person who is not necessarily a parent or legal guardian. The institution may contact this person if the student is deemed missing. If no contact person is designated, the institution will contact parents or a legal guardian. In addition, whether or not a student identifies a contact person, the Higher Education Act requires Nebraska Methodist College to notify local law enforcement no later than 24 hours after the time the student is deemed missing.

Further, the Higher Education Act requires that NMC, for each such student who is under 18 years of age, and not an emancipated individual, notify a custodial parent or guardian not later 24 hours after the time that the student is determined to be missing in accordance with such procedures.

Procedure:
When a student moves into NMC campus housing, he/she will provide emergency contact information on a form provided by the College. The contact person(s) designated by the student will become the primary contact(s) during a missing person's investigation.

If a member of the NMC community believes a student resident is missing, he/she should notify Security, the Executive Director of Operations or the Dean of Students Office immediately and provide as much information as possible. These offices will undertake an immediate investigation and make efforts to contact the student, his/her friends, acquaintances, and professors in an attempt to locate the student.

If it is determined that a student is indeed missing, the Executive Director of Operations and/or the Dean of Students will begin calling the person designated as the emergency contact by the student and/or the student's custodial parent or guardian of a non-emancipated minor. If these calls do not resolve the situation or locate the missing student, local law enforcement/911 will be notified immediately. These notifications (to the student's emergency contact or custodial parent/guardian and local law enforcement) will be made no later than 24 hours after the time the student is deemed missing.

Section 488 of the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008; 34 C.F.R. 668.46(h)

Updated: August 2014

Campus Security Report

The Crime Awareness Act of 1990 requires institutions of higher education participating in Title IV programs to annually disclose information related to security policies and specific crime statistics to all current students, employees, and the Secretary of Education. This information must also be provided to prospective students and employees upon request.

Download the 2013 Annual Security and Fire Safety Report (PDF File) >

Annual Fire Safety Report

Published September 2013

Introduction: Any institution that offers on campus housing must report annually the Fire Statistics for any Residential Facility as required by the Higher Education Opportunity Act (Public Law 110-315). The following public disclosure report details all information required by this law as it relates to Nebraska Methodist College.

Fire statistics for on-campus student housing:

ApartmentNumber of Fires Reported  Deaths related to fire  Injuries related to fire  Property Damage related to fire  
  2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012 2010 2011 2012
Building 563 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Building 567 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Building 559 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Building 571 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Building 564 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Building 628 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

 

Description of on-campus student housing fire safety systems:

  1. Fire extinguishers are located in each hallway in all of the buildings at Josie's Village
  2. A smoke alarm is located in each apartment. The batteries are checked by maintenance on a monthly basis.
  3. Periodic safety inspections in each apartment are conducted by the Methodist Health System Safety Department.

Number of regular mandatory supervised fire drills:
Mandatory, supervised, announced and unannounced fire drills are conducted in the fall and spring semesters by the Safety Department. The Resident Assistants and Security assist in these drills.

Private Investigators

Purpose:
To create a safe and secure environment though the establishment of an effective private investigator identification process.

Policy:
All individuals presenting to campus claiming to be a personal or private investigator seeking information on an NMC employee or student must have his or her identification verified.  No NMC employee or student is required to provide a personal or private investigator information or grant them an interview.

Procedure:
If someone claims to be a private investigator, immediately call campus security and ask for identification.  The individual is not permitted past first floor reception and must wait for campus security to arrive. 

Proper identification must be produced on demand.  A badge is not considered proper identification. Investigators and detectives are issued hard plastic identification cards by the Secretary of State licensing division and identification cards show a photograph of the investigator, their legal name, license number, identification card issuance and expiration dates and Private Detective Agency affiliation (if applicable).  If identification is not produced or you have doubts that the identification is real, immediately call 911.

If the private investigator is posing as a law enforcement officer and demanding access or information, immediately call 911.

If private investigator provides valid investigator's identification, campus security is to communicate to the investigator that it is NMC policy not to give out employee or student information to private investigators and any questions or concerns should be directed NMC Director of Compliance, at (402-354-7259) during regular business hours.  Then, escort the individual out of the building and ask them to leave campus immediately. If the individual refuses to leave and remains or returns to campus without permission, immediately call 911.

Updated: July 2014