Friends University wants to work with you to ensure our campuses will remain safe places for students, faculty, staff and guests. Your awareness of relevant policies and procedures is considered essential to campus security.
The Friends Security department consists of a full-time security director, law enforcement officers with police powers and student security personnel. The department is licensed with the City of Wichita and is authorized to enforce laws and policies on University property. The Friends Security department complies with the reporting requirements of the Kansas Bureau of Investigation, has close working relations with the Wichita Police Department and cooperates with all law enforcement agencies.
People and Emergencies
It is the policy of the University that all incidents will be reported to campus security and to the Wichita Police Department. In an emergency, contact security at 316-295-5911.
All crimes occurring on campus or at University-owned property or controlled areas will be reported to the Wichita Police Department and to Friends University Security. The victim of crime on campus should first call 5911 for campus security, who will make a serial-numbered report with the police and, in certain situations, obtain police and/or other emergency services.
Friends Security will respond to emergency situations and calls for aid on campus and will offer assistance until other agencies arrive. Campus crime victims are strongly encouraged to file a formal incident report with the University. These reports serve to document the incident, thus enabling the Security department to become better apprised of the situation and more proactive in follow-up and prevention efforts.
When completing the report, all pertinent information relating to the incident should be recorded, including a brief summary of the facts. A Friends University security officer or staff member will be available to take the report. Police case numbers need to be on the reports when they are available.
A person reporting any injury sustained on campus needs to give the location and circumstances of the injury. If emergency medical attention is needed, 911 should be called immediately. When notified, security will respond to assist.
Suspicious Persons or Objects
If a person is seen acting suspiciously on or around the campus, call 5911 for campus security response. If possible, observe the activities of the suspect and make notes about clothing, vehicles and activities for security and the police. Campus security should also be contacted if a strange or suspicious object is observed. Do not handle any object that is suspicious in nature. Security will investigate and advise the appropriate agencies if necessary. Any object suspected of being dangerous will be isolated by evacuation of the building or area until the item has been identified as harmless or has been removed.
Traffic and Parking on Campus
Parking lots are restricted to those vehicles with valid parking decals or parking tags and official visitors. Problems experienced on campus due to improper driving or parking by others should be reported to security.
Campus security officers patrol the parking lots and issue tickets for violation of University parking regulations. Fines can be paid at the cashiers counter in the Sumpter Hall Building. Grades may be held until payment is made. Continued violation could result in a vehicle being towed.
Parking violations in handicap areas, fire lanes and on public streets around the campus may be enforced by the Wichita Police Traffic Section. Tickets issued by these officers must be paid or contested at City Hall.
The Wichita campus of Friends University includes approximately 50 acres and 13 major buildings that are subject to applicable fire and safety laws and other relevant ordinances. Access to campus property and facilities is restricted to employees, students and persons with legitimate purpose. Trespassing and solicitation are prohibited. Listed below are some access restrictions that are particularly noteworthy.
Friends University has various residence facilities: Green Residence Hall, Friends Village, Falcon Flats and Falcon Glenn. Access to buildings is limited to authorized employees, residents and invited guests. Specific guidelines for visitors are established and outlined in the residence handbooks. For specific information, please contact the Residence Life Office at 316-295-5500.
Such facilities are restricted to paying customers, staff, faculty and students with valid identification cards.
Access is generally available to most campus buildings from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, with some buildings open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Friends Security patrols all buildings on a regular basis.
Each building on campus contains an audible and sometimes visual alarm system. When an alarm is triggered, all building occupants are expected to vacate the premises immediately. Security officers on duty will respond to any fire alarm on campus and assist with evacuation and traffic control.
Severe Weather and Tornado Warnings
Warnings will be forwarded to all people on campus by security officers or other University personnel. Everyone on campus is to go to the designated shelter location and to remain there until an all-clear signal has been issued by the University representative in charge.
Substance Abuse and Prevention
The possession, sale, distribution, manufacture or transportation of illicit drugs is strictly prohibited at Friends University by both Kansas law and Friends University regulations.
Possession and/or consumption of alcohol, liquor or cereal malt beverages on the University campus or at University-sponsored events is strictly prohibited.
The University is committed to a program designed to prevent the abuse of alcohol and dangerous drugs by employees and students. Employees and students of the University found to be abusing alcohol or using, possessing, manufacturing or distributing controlled substances or alcohol in violation of the law on University property or at University-sponsored events shall be subject to disciplinary action in accordance with applicable policies of Friends University.
Discipline may include, but is not necessarily limited to, expulsion; termination of employment; referral for prosecution; and/or the completion, at the individual's expense, of an appropriate substance abuse assistance or rehabilitation program.
For a complete copy of Friends University's Substance Abuse Prevention program, including a quick reference guide for helpful resources, please see the following offices: Human Resources, Campus Life, Academic Affairs, Edmund Stanley Library, Campus Security, Student Government and Campus Health.
The Use of Tobacco
Friends University prohibits the use of tobacco products in buildings, including the residence facilities.
Possession of Weapons
Lethal weapons of any kind, most notably firearms, are prohibited on the Friends University campus. Any weapons found will be confiscated, and the violator will be subject to penalty of the law and sanctions by the University of up to, and including, expulsion or termination.
Strict penalties are mandated by the state of Kansas for conviction of forcible rape. Penalties for other sex offenses may result in incarceration. Sanctions by the University for those responsible for sex offenses (forcible or non-forcible) will be designed to suit each individual case and range up to permanent expulsion from the University.
If a sexual offense occurs on campus, the victim is strongly encouraged to immediately report the information to the Wichita Police Department and Friends Security and to seek medical attention. The Wichita Area Sexual Assault Center and the Women's Resource Center are two agencies that can be contacted for counseling support.
Crime Prevention Tips
If a crime problem has been identified, campus security will publish relevant information in the incident log section of this site. A listing of any reported criminal activity during the previous 60 days will be available. The incident log will also be maintained in the security office, which is located in the physical plant office in the stadium. This log can be inspected upon request between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, except holidays. Problems will be identified and suggestions on preventative measures will be given that can lessen risk.
Other prevention programs will be provided on campus and will be announced in regular campus communications. Listed below are some tips for avoiding and/or dealing with criminal confrontations.
Walking at Night on Campus
- If you feel unsafe and desire an escort to your car or other campus building, call security at 5911 for assistance.
- Do not walk alone at night.
- Stay away from dark, poorly lighted areas.
- Always walk away from bushes and hedges.
- Avoid shortcuts; use designated sidewalks.
- Walk confidently and be alert, not with your head down.
Safety in Parking Lots
- Always remove your keys and lock your car.
- Park in well-lighted areas.
- Check the area before leaving your car at night.
- Look around and under your car when approaching.
- Check the back seat of your vehicle before entering.
- Remove valuables from unattended vehicles or lock them in the trunk.
In Case of Robbery or Attack
Every situation is different. Only you can be the judge of what action is appropriate. Be realistic about your ability to defend yourself. Resistance or yelling may help, but it may also lead to further harm. If your life is in danger, passive resistance may be your best defense.
Should you be victimized, notify 911 and campus security immediately. Try to give a description that includes approximate age, height, weight, details of hair, clothing, direction of travel and weapons.