Policies and Procedures
The Kuyper College Campus Safety Department operates under two important philosophies. The first is ministry of presence. We seek to be a present and vital part of the community through our visibility around campus and our commitment to building relationships within the community. The second philosophy is one of restorative justice. When responding to incidents or a break of the student conduct code, our goal as a department is to seek restoration of those involved to God, to the Kuyper community and to themselves. If you would like more information regarding our restorative justice policy or the student conduct code, read through our Student Handbook.
Additionally, listed below are a number of policies and procedures that pertain to students, faculty, staff and visitors. If you would like further information on these policies or procedures, please email the Campus Safety Department or stop by our office. Additionally, printed copies of all policies and procedures are available at our office.
The Emergency Procedures Manual outlines appropriate responses to different emergency and safety issues. It is recommended that all staff and students read the manual to be familiar with procedures in the event of an emergency.
Remember, in the event of any on-campus emergency, dial 911, then ext. 711 or 745-0560.
The Building Access Policy outlines how Kuyper College provides a secure, yet accessible environment for all members of its community. Please read and review this policy for any information regarding building access or access requests.
Kuyper College takes student safety seriously. The following policy has been developed to assist students residing in campus housing as well as students who live in off-campus apartments leased by the college for students. This policy is in compliance with the Higher Education Act of 2008.
At the beginning of each academic year, residential students are asked to provide emergency contact information in the event they are reported missing while enrolled at Kuyper College. This information is kept in Student Services and is updated annually.
Staff members, faculty members or students suspecting a student is a missing person should report their concerns to Campus Safety. Every report made to Campus Safety will be followed up and immediately investigated. For the purpose of this policy, a student may be considered a “missing person” if the student’s absence is contrary to his/her usual pattern of behavior and/or unusual circumstances may have caused the absence. Such circumstances include, but are not limited to, suspicion of foul play, expressed suicidal thoughts, drug involvement, or threat to life.
Procedure for designation of emergency contact information
- Students age 18 and older and emancipated minors: Students will be given the opportunity at orientation to designate individual(s) to be contacted by the college no more than 24 hours after the time that student is determined to be missing in accordance with the policy set forth. The missing student’s designation will remain in effect until revoked by the student or law enforcement personnel.
- Students under the age of 18: In the event that a non-emancipated student is determined to be missing in accordance with the policy set forth, Kuyper College Campus Safety is required to notify a custodial parent or guardian within 24 hours of the student being declared missing in accordance with the policy.
Notification procedure for missing person
- Any individual enrolled in classes or employed by the college having information that a residential student may be a missing person must notify Campus Safety immediately. Note: In order to avoid confusion, if an off-campus student is believed to be missing, the reporting person should immediately notify local law enforcement. Campus Safety will assist local law enforcement with these investigations as requested.
- Campus Safety will gather all essential information about the missing student from the reporting person and from the student’s closest friends and acquaintances. Information gathered will include but not be limited to the following:
- Physical description
- Description of clothes student was last seen wearing
- Where the student might be
- Who the student might be with
- Description of student vehicle
- Information about the mental state of the student
- Up-to-date photo
- Work contact information
- Appropriate campus staff and faculty will be notified to aid in the search for the student.
- If Campus Safety is unsuccessful in locating the student, the Campus Safety Office will file a missing persons report with local law enforcement. Local law enforcement will take charge of the investigation.
- No later than 24 hours after determining that a student is missing, the director of th physical plant will notify the emergency contact (for students 18 and over) and the parent/guardian (for students under the age of 18).
Campus communication about missing student(s)
- All communication involving a missing student should be communicated by law enforcement.
- All inquiries to the college regarding a missing student will be referred to law enforcement officials.
All information provided to the general public will be done in consultation with local law enforcement to ensure that communication does not hinder ongoing law enforcement investigation.
Kuyper College utilizes network video monitoring in order to provide a secure environment for members of its community. Video monitoring for security purposes will be conducted in a professional, ethical and legal manner, consistent with all existing college policies and limited to locations that do not violate the reasonable expectation of privacy as defined by Michigan Criminal Code section 750.539.