Please refer to the following information for safety policies at Indiana Tech.
Access to campus buildings and grounds is a privilege extended to students, faculty, staff, and authorized guests. The university encourages an open environment with limited constraints to ensure reasonable protection of all members of the community. Except for residence halls, most campus facilities are open during weekday business hours. Individuals who wish to access university buildings or property during non-business hours or special events should contact the appropriate department administrator, conference or event services, or Indiana Tech security.
An automated card access control system is installed on several buildings. University members with questions about the system should contact the director of facilities management at 260.422.5561, ext. 2246 or 260.399.2829.
Seven of our eight residence halls are equipped with an automated card access control system. Kalbfleisch Hall is controlled with a high security key, which can only be duplicated by an employee of the university who has prior authorization. Unlimited access is available to students and authorized staff and faculty via the system. Guests and other visitors may visit the residence halls if they have been authorized by a member of the community. The exterior doors to residence halls remain locked 24 hours a day.
In addition to the automated card access control system, all exterior doors and first floor window screens in the residence halls are equipped and monitored with an electronic alarm system, excluding Kalbfleisch Hall which has a remote release burglar bar system.
All students are expected to know and comply with all state laws, university policies, and guidelines regarding the consumption of alcoholic beverages. The university policy prohibits the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages on campus by persons under the legal age of 21 and as outlined in the residence hall alcohol policy. Empty containers (including boxes, bags, etc.) are prohibited to be in the possession of persons under the age of 21. Alcohol is prohibited from being served on campus except during university sponsored events where alcohol is served by an individual licensed to sell or serve alcohol in the State of Indiana.
Indiana Tech does not condone the possession, use, manufacture, or distribution of illegal substances (including synthetic versions) or drug paraphernalia of any kind in any amount. Students in violation of this policy may be suspended or expelled from the university.
Indiana Tech security officers have the authority to ask people for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at Indiana Tech. Indiana Tech security officers have the authority to issue parking tickets, which are issued using a third party vendor. Unpaid tickets after 30 days will be billed to financial accounts of students, faculty and staff. Security officers do not possess arrest powers. Criminal incidents are referred to the Fort Wayne Police Department. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to Indiana Tech security and the Fort Wayne Police Department. Prompt reporting will ensure timely warning notices on campus and timely disclosure of crime statistics.
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where information concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. In Indiana, this information is accessible at www.insor.org. You may also visit your local police or sheriff’s office for information regarding registered sex offenders in your area.
The institution supports the right for members of the community to gather and express their viewpoints, provided such demonstrations are peaceful, non-violent, and non-disruptive. Students wishing to participate in a demonstration must adhere to the following guidelines:
- Do not interfere with the normal operations of the University.
- Do not infringe on other student’s ability to use University premises.
- Do not threaten or inflict physical harm to persons and/or damage University facilities.
Non-students or external organizations participating must remain off University premises.
The university does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crimes. All reports will be investigated. Violations of the law will be referred to law enforcement agencies and when appropriate, to the University Disciplinary Committee for review. When a potentially dangerous threat to the university community arises, timely reports or warnings will be issued.
Once the university determines that an alert will be issued:
- an announcement is e-mailed to students, staff, and faculty
- a text message is sent to students, staff, and faculty
- security posts alerts on bulletin boards throughout campus
Based on recent fire safety and fall injury concerns raised by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and the National Fire Protection Association, all hoverboards (also known as self-balancing scooters, battery-operated scooters, or hands-free segways) are not permitted to be operated, charged, stored, or brought into university facilities, including residence halls, at any time. Devises identified by these names designed to assist individuals with disabilities are exempted.
It is not permissible for individual students, staff, or outside entities to operate unmanned aircraft/drones on or over any Indiana Tech property, either interiorly or exteriorly. This is based on both Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) requirements and risk management/liability issues.
Exceptions may be made of official institutional use, which may include student organizations or academic/teaching use in conjunction with an advisor or faculty member. Requests for exceptions should be directed to the Indiana Tech Risk Management Committee at RiskManagement@IndianaTech.edu.
Reports of missing students should be submitted to the Indiana Tech security office. The security officer on duty will collect the information and submit a report which will be provided to the associate vice president-student services and the director of facilities management. Any data collected by university staff during the investigation process will be provided to security to amend the submitted report.
When a student moves into the residence hall, the student will be asked to identify contact(s) whom the associate vice president- student services or designated university staff member shall notify if the student is determined missing by the university. This designated person’s contact information will be kept confidential, accessible only to authorized campus officials and law enforcement, and may not be disclosed outside of a missing person investigation. Students are advised on the document that if they are under 18 years of age and not emancipated, the institution must notify a custodial parent or guardian when the student is missing, in addition to any additional contact person designated by the student. Investigations concerning reports of a missing student will be handled in accordance with the university crisis management policy.
In an effort to increase the safety and well-being of people on the Indiana Tech campus, everyone is encouraged to contact security or the police in any matter where the health or safety of someone is in question. If a student implicates themself in a university violation as a result of making such a report, the student shall be exempt from disciplinary sanctions provided the following stipulations are met:
- The full name and contact information of the person reporting must be provided.
- The person reporting must provide the full name of the victim and perpetrators if known.
- The person reporting must remain with the victim until security or emergency personnel respond unless it jeopardizes their own safety.
- The person reporting must cooperate with the instructions of security, staff, or emergency personnel both on the scene and during any forthcoming investigation.
- The person reporting is not directly responsible for causing physical harm to the victim except in cases of self-defense.
In addition, the victim will be exempt from punitive sanctions under university conduct policy such as monetary fines, probationary status, dismissal, or similar. However, the victim may be required to comply with an educational component or counseling if found to have violated university policy.
Children (minors) must be accompanied by an adult at all times but are not allowed to attend classes with their parent/guardian/caregiver. Indiana Tech does not provide supervision of children (minors) on our campus. Campus security will be alerted to unattended children on campus and will take appropriate action.
The university provides all students with a photo ID access card which grants students access to appropriate buildings, dining services, McMillen Library and labs on campus. Student ID access cards are encoded with permissions specific to each student’s needs as determined by the university. These access cards are not to be loaned out or permitted to be used by any other student to grant access to university facilities. If an ID card is used by a person other than the pictured student, the card will be deactivated and presumed lost. To reactivate the card, the student to which the card was issued must bring the card to the associate vice president-student services for reactivation, and a $20 charge will be levied to the student for a violation of the policy.
Students are encouraged to report lost or stolen ID cards to university security immediately. There is a $20 fee for replacement of lost university ID cards.
In addition, the photos used for university student ID cards are the property of the university and of the student depicted. Unauthorized use of university ID photographs without the expressed permission from the depicted student or the university is subject to disciplinary sanctions.