Missouri State University is committed to providing faculty, staff, and students with an environment that is safe, secure, and free from threats, intimidation, and violence. The University recognizes that violence can manifest itself on a University campus in many ways. To promote an environment that supports the mission of the University and encourages learning and productive employment, the Department of Safety and Transportation has developed policies and response procedures to address threats, stalking and harassment. The scope of these policies and procedures is for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the University and applies to any and all threats and acts of stalking, harassment, or inappropriate aggression.
The University will not tolerate any acts of intimidation, threatening behavior, stalking, or harassment. The Department of Safety and Transportation and the Springfield Police Department will respond immediately to any such activity and conduct an investigation, the results of which include, but are not limited to:
- Removal of the danger or dangerous person(s) from campus;
- Banning them from University property;
- Termination of a business relationship;
- Suspension or termination of employment;
- University judicial action;
- Criminal prosecution.
All Missouri State University faculty, staff, and students share the responsibility to report threat, stalking, or act of violence on campus to their supervisor, department head, or the Department of Safety and Transportation. They should report any threats which they have witnessed, received, or have been told that another person has witnessed or received. Even without an actual threat, staff should report any behavior they have witnessed which they regard as threatening or violent when that behavior is work-related or is connected to the University. Students are also encouraged to report any such activity to the Dean of Students. Individuals who apply for or obtain a protective or restraining order which lists University locations as being protected areas, are encouraged to provide to their supervisor or Public Safety a copy of any temporary protective or restraining order which is granted and a copy of any protective or restraining order which is made permanent.
Safety and Transportation understands the personal nature associated with some problems that may occur on campus. All complaints will be investigated in a sensitive and confidential manner to protect the rights of the victim and the accused. All investigations and sensitive information will be treated confidentially. All supervisors on campus are informed as to the correct procedure for reporting threats, stalking or harassment problems or activities.
Resources for confidentially reporting such activities include, but are not limited to:
- Safety and Transportation (417-836-5509)
- Dean of Students (417-836-5527)
- Human Resources (417-836-6616)
- Safety and Transportation -- Silent Witness (Silentwitness@missouristate.edu)