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
- 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) to inform them of the call to 911, or call the College Front Desk ((402) 354-7000) and alert them to notify security.
*If calling 911 from a campus phone, dial 9-911
- (402) 354-6911 - Direct, top priority line to the Methodist Hospital operator for immediate access to security
- (402) 354-4111 - Customer Service Center (to report power failure, etc)
- (402) 354-7000 - College Front Desk
Questions/concerns regarding emergency preparedness topics can be forwarded to the NMC Safety Compliance Officer (Kris Hess) 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", which includes personally identifiable information maintained by NMC or a party acting on its behalf directly related to the student, in connection with a health or safety emergency. In making a determination of whether to disclose a student's information, an NMC will take into account the totality of the circumstances pertaining to the threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals. 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 to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.
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
- Director, Education Compliance (402) 354-7848
- 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
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 Policy & Procedure
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.
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.
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 Director of Student Housing, 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 Director of Student Housing 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.
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.Learn more >
Annual Fire Safety Report
Published October 2012
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:
|Apartment||Number of Fires Reported||Deaths related to fire||Injuries related to fire||Property Damage related to fire|
Description of on-campus student housing fire safety systems:
- Fire extinguishers are located in each hallway in all of the buildings at Josie's Village
- A smoke alarm is located in each apartment. The batteries are checked by maintenance on a monthly basis.
- 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.