Transportation Services and University Safety

Campus Safety

The University Safety department fosters a safe and secure environment for the university community through professional services in law enforcement, security, crime prevention/education, and traffic/parking with an emphasis on community policing concepts.

Emergency Action Plans

The Campus Crisis Management and Emergency Operations Plan is put into effect whenever a crisis, man-made or natural, disrupts operations, threatens life, creates major damage, or occurs within the university community and its surroundings. While it is likely that outside assistance would be available in most large-scale crisis/emergency situations affecting the university, the university must be prepared for crisis situations and to carry out crisis response and short-term recovery operations on an independent basis.

Clery Act

Missouri State University’s annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus; in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by the university; and on public property that is within the campus, or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. The report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as those concerning alcohol and other drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters. You can obtain a copy of this report by contacting the Office of the Dean of Students, Plaster Student Union 405, 417-836-5527; Human Resources, Carrington Hall 315, 417-836-6616; or University Safety, 636 E. Elm, 417-836-8870 or by accessing the annual security and fire safety reports.

Safety Training and Videos

University Safety has information and training videos for faculty, staff and employees that provide guidance on surviving an active shooter situation and information on personal protection.

Missouri State Alert

Missouri State Alert is the university's mass notification system, which uses a variety of methods to contact students, faculty and staff in the event of an emergency or school closing.

How Missouri State Alert Works: During an urgent situation, the Missouri State Alert system will cycle through contact methods listed for your account to deliver the alert, starting with the first available. When you receive the message, it is very important that you confirm receipt when prompted. If no confirmation is received, Missouri State Alert will continue cycling through your points of contact. Registration for Missouri State Alert is completely voluntary; however, because of their unique responsibilities, the following relatively small number of individuals will be required to register for the Missouri State Alert system: all members of Administrative Council, Associate Provosts, Academic Deans, Academic Department Heads, all Building Coordinators, selected Residential Life Staff members, and Campus Safety Specialists.

Severe Weather Alert

Missouri State University Severe Weather Storm Warning System utilizes exterior sirens and interior sirens located in some of the Residence Halls. These sirens are not to be confused with the fire alarm in a building. The sirens are controlled from a master control unit located in the Radio Communications Center of University Safety at 636 E. Elm. Once notified of a dangerous severe weather storm warning the sirens will be activated.


Parking Permits

Newly hired faculty will be issued Commuter Parking Permits for the fall and spring semesters. Your name will then be placed on a waiting list and you will be notified when you can upgrade to Reserve parking. You can pick up your permit at the Parking Administration Office (also called the Transit Operations Center), 700 East Elm Street.

Helpful things to remember:

  • You must visit the Parking Administration Office at 700 E. Elm during hours of operation to apply in person for your permit.
  • Office Hours 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday
  • You will need a valid M-Number or your Missouri State University photo identification BearPass card to obtain a commuter-parking permit.
  • Your permit fees will be an automatic deduction through university Payroll.
  • Without a valid M-Number or BearPass card, you will receive a temporary two-week permit. If this occurs, please consult with your hiring department to complete necessary paper work.

Parking information resources


Bear Line offers a convenient and safe way to travel—no matter where your destination on campus. Just jump on from any of the well-lit, covered shuttle stops conveniently located across campus. Shuttles are climate controlled and offer a comfortable ride. No individual fares will be charged to any passenger. Buses are specially equipped for persons with disabilities.

For complete information about the Bear Line Shuttle, visit the shuttle website.

Download the Missouri State Mobile application for your iPhone or Android phone to access information about the location of shuttles and many other campus services.