Campus Safety

Campus Safety

In a life-threatening emergency, call 9-911 from any campus phone or 911 from any phone, then call the Hastings College public safety line at 402.984.8064.

Other security or maintenance emergencies can also be called into the public safety line at 402.984.8064.

For other situations, including to report disturbances or threatening situations, call the Hastings College Student Affairs office at 402.461.7305. In evenings and weekends, contact public safety at 402.984.8064.

Additional campus safety and related information is published in the student handbook.

Crime Awareness, Campus Security Policies, Annual Security Report

Crime Statistics
Hastings College is concerned about the safety and welfare of all campus members and guests and is committed to providing a safe and secure environment. In furtherance of these objectives, and in accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990 (Title II of Public Law 101-542) as amended in 1992 and 1998 and renamed the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, which requires Hastings College to collect, publish and distribute certain criminal data, the following information is provided.

The office designated to compile and release these campus statistics is the Office of Student Life.

You can find our crime statistics and fire log as part of our security report here.

Procedure for Reporting Crimes and Other Emergencies
The Hastings College Public Safety department is responsible for ensuring the safety of members of the Hastings College community and for securing the buildings and property of the College. The department does not have law enforcement authority on campus or in the surrounding community. For matters related to alleged or potential violations of criminal statutes – local, state, or federal – the appropriate law enforcement authorities are consulted and engaged.

Students and employees are encouraged to report criminal actions directly to the police by dialing 9-911 from any campus phone or 911 from any other phone. In addition, they are encouraged to report crimes to college administrative personnel, who will maintain a record of such reports, as follows:

Criminal actions in the residence halls should be reported directly to the Resident Assistant, Resident Director or the Student Affairs Office. Incidents reported to the Resident Assistant must be reported to the Resident Director, who will communicate with Student Life and file a follow-up written report with that office.

Criminal actions in other campus facilities should be reported to the Director of Public Safety or the Vice President for Student Life.

Nightly activity reports are collected by the Public Safety staff and disseminated to the Student Affairs office.

Crimes reported to the Office of Student Affairs will be reported to the Hastings Police within 48 hours. They also will be handled internally in accordance with college policies. The Student Affairs Office will prepare a summary of reportable crimes as defined herein each year and publish this summary as directed by federal law.

Security and Access to Campus Facilities

Students, employees and the public have access to Campus facilities during normal working hours as follows:

Administrative Office: Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Residence Halls: All residential areas of the college are locked 24 hours per day.

Every visitor must be a guest of a hall resident and must sign in and out after 6 p.m. upon arriving and departing the hall. Visitation is contingent upon the rights of all residents to privacy, reasonable quiet, and prior agreement between roommates. All students must register their off-campus guests with the Resident Director of their building. Guests who violate college policy as stated in the Student Handbook/Planner will be required to leave the campus.

Students are encouraged to be vigilant in protecting their own safety and should report all suspicious persons to the Resident Assistant or Resident Director and the police if they believe the situation warrants.

Wilson Computer Center (academic year):
Mon. - Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday 4 p.m. to 11 p.m.

Art (academic year):
Sat./Sun. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Mon. - Friday  8 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Gray Center (academic year):
Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m. to 12 a.m.
Friday  8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday CLOSED
Sunday  4 p.m. to 12 a.m.

Perkins Library (academic year):
Mon.-Thur. 7:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.
Friday 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Sunday 12 p.m. to 11:30 p.m.

Certain facilities may have extended hours of use during special events, etc.

Programs Designed to Inform Campus Community About Crime Procedures & Policies

  • Fall student orientation
  • Residence life staff training and meetings with residents
  • Faculty and staff meetings
  • Catalog and Student Handbook/Planner distributed to students
  • Printed posters and publications
  • Property tagging of College property

Dissemination of Reports on Crimes Considered a Threat to the Campus Community
The College, through the Office of Student Affairs, will distribute timely warnings to the Campus community after the occurrence of the following crimes.

Murder - The willful (non-negligent) killing of one human being by another person. In addition, timely warnings will be distributed for other crimes as deemed appropriate.
Sex Offense - A forcible sex offense is "any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or against that person's will; or not forcibly or against the person?s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent," and includes forcible rape, forcible sodomy, forcible fondling, or sexual assault using an object, or with an intoxicated individual.

Nonforcible sex offenses are acts of "unlawful, nonforcible sexual intercourse," and include incest, (sexual penetration by a family member), and statutory rape (sexual penetration of a minor, i.e. someone over 19 years old assaults someone under 16).
Aggravated Assault - An unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein the offender uses a weapon or displays it in a threatening manner, or the victim suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration, or loss of consciousness.
Burglary (Breaking and Entering) - The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to commit a felony or a theft. Note that forced entry is not a required element of the offense, so long as the entry is unlawful (constituting a trespass) . It may be accomplished via an unlocked door or window. Included are unsuccessful attempts where force is employed, or where a perpetrator is frightened off while entering an unlocked door or climbing through an open window.
Motor Vehicle Theft - The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.

The method of notification will depend upon the particular circumstances of the crime. If possible, local police will be contacted about the likelihood of the incident posing a threat to others when choosing an immediate and/or personal notification, or a more general warning using e-mail, bulletin boards, campus news media, flyers or other announcements/forums. The purpose of these reports is to aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

The Nebraska Sex Offender Registry and Community Notification System
The Nebraska Sex Offender Registry and Community Notification System are maintained by the Nebraska State Patrol as mandated by state law. Information about Level III sex offenders and where they reside may be found at the website. Level III sex offenders have been determined to be at high risk of re-offending, according to the State Patrol.