The administrative office responsible for safety and security is Campus Security. Campus Security includes a director, five full-time employees, and one part-time employee. The director reports to the Dean of Students. Campus Security staff are not sworn or commissioned law enforcement officers. They do not carry weapons. With the exception of the director, all on-duty personnel wear a distinctive security uniform. They provide basic security services to the campus community and are on duty 24 hours a day. Members of the Campus Security staff attend training programs specifically designed for security personnel.
Campus Security works closely with the Storm Lake Police and encourages victims to report crimes to the police.
The Buena Vista University Campus Security Department is located in the Student Services suite in the Harold Walter Siebens Forum. The administrative phone number is (712) 749-2500. Any criminal incidents, emergencies, or other suspicious behavior may be reported by calling Campus Security. Calls may be made directly to the Storm Lake Police Department by dialing 911 or non-emergency number 749.2525. All security matters should be reported to the Campus Security Office, including any updates or actions taken.
Campus Security provides walking and vehicle patrols, responds to criminal and non-criminal incidents, and provides administrative transportation to hospital and clinics. Campus Security offers a 24-hour escort service to anyone who requests it, to anywhere on campus. Security officers make routine patrols of the campus, including lounge areas, and outside perimeter checks of the residence halls. They also monitor the boiler/mechanical room of each building and check for any potential problems. Each residential building is equipped with a building alarm system for fire/smoke. If a fire is discovered or suspected, contact Campus Security immediately by dialing 2500 or call the Storm Lake Fire Department by dialing 911 and evacuate the building.
Campus Security makes, keeps, and maintains a daily log written in a form that is easily understood and records all crimes reported to the office. The log is available to the public for inspection in the Campus Security Office. The daily log provides the nature, date, time, and general location of each crime. Additionally, the disposition of the complaint is given, if known. Information and updates are added within two business days after the information becomes available. If there is clear and convincing evidence the release of such information would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual, which would cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence, such information may be withdrawn until damage is no longer likely to occur from the release of such information. As a matter of policy, names are not included in the log.