Please see the Safety Services page for information about GU Safe Ride and GU Alert.

Personal Safety Recommendations:

  • Do not walk alone during the hours of darkness.
  • If you must walk along, inform someone at your destination when to expect you.  
  • If you are attacked, do anything to bring public attention to your situation:  scream, bite, kick and stomp the attacker's foot with your heel.  Keep items of value out of sight.
  • Safeguard documents containing personal information others could use to commit identity theft.
  • Lock your residence hall door when you are asleep or when the room is not occupied.
  • Report suspicious activity promptly.
  • Never prop open residence hall exterior doors.
  • Never loan your access/ID card to others. 
  • Mark items of value with an identifying number or symbol.  Record serial numbers.  Photograph items of value.  Never use your social security number as an identifying number.
  • Register your bicycle and lock it to a campus bike rack or keep it in your room when not in use.

Colleges and universities that participate in federal student financial assistance programs must publish an Annual Security Report each year by October 1st.

The Annual Security Report includes statistics for the most recent three-year period concerning reported crimes that occurred on campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Graceland University, and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus.  The Annual Security Report also includes institutional policies concerning alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other safety and security matters.

Please click HERE to view the 2020 Annual Safety and Security Report.

This policy, with accompanying procedures, is designed to guide a collaborative response if a student living in University-owned, on-campus housing, who based on the facts and circumstances known to the University is determined to be missing.

Anyone who believes a residential student is missing needs to report their concern to the Dean of Students’ Office which will investigate each report and make a determination whether the student is missing.

A student will be deemed missing when he or she is absent from the University for more than 24 hours without any known reason. This policy is in compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act of 2008.

Each residential student will have the opportunity to identify an individual to be contacted by the University in case the student is determined to be missing. This confidential, emergency information will be available to the Dean of Students and may be updated at any time by the student in My Graceland.

If a missing student is under the age of 18 the University is required to notify the parent or guardian of the missing student no later than 24 hours after the determination by the Dean of Student’s Office that the student is missing. The Dean of Students’ Office will also notify the Lamoni Police Department no later than 24 hours after it is determined a student is missing.

Please click here to view the complete Missing Student Policy.

Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act

The Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act (section 1601 of Public Law 106-386) is a federal law enacted on October 28, 2000, that provides for the tracking of convicted, registered sex offenders enrolled as students at institutions of higher education, or working or volunteering on campus.

The Act amends the Jacob Wetterling Crimes Against Children and Sexually Violent Offender Registration Act to require sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. It also mandates that state procedures ensure that this registration information is promptly made available to law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction where the institutions of higher education are located and that it is entered into appropriate state records or data systems.

A listing of all registered sex offenders in Iowa is maintained by the Iowa Department of Public Safety. This information is available online at www.iowasexoffender.com.

In addition, Graceland has a policy states that any student listed on the Iowa Sex Offender Registry will be denied permission to live in the university’s residence halls. Student listed on the registry will have the right of appeal to the Dean of Students’ Office.

 

Violence Against Women Act (VAWA)

The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act (VAWA) amended the Clery Act to require institutions to compile statistics for incidents of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking and to include certain policies, procedures, and programs pertaining to these incidents in their annual security reports.

For additional information on VAWA finalized regulations, visit the VAWA Federal Register.