Campus Safety & Security
Grand View is one of the nation’s safest colleges, with campus safety that ranks well into the upper quartile of colleges its size.
The university takes advantage of the very best aspects of a metropolitan setting – the urban vitality students crave combined with a safe residential neighborhood with a rich history. The well-established Union Park neighborhood is composed primarily of single-family homes, many that have been occupied by several generations of the same family. An active neighborhood association hosts events, welcomes newcomers and helps create a cohesive neighborhood identity. Several Grand View faculty and staff – and their extended families – call the Union Park area home.
We know that safety and security are important to students and to parents sending a student off to college, so we want you to know that we take the safety of our students very seriously.
To contact campus security please call 515-263-6000.
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Security in Campus Spaces
Although Grand View experiences no problems stemming from the neighborhood, like all colleges we strive to guard students against the infrequent intrusion of outsiders. Toward that end, Grand View has in place the following:
- Electronic keycard security in all campus residences.
- Security lighting and emergency phones across campus.
- Security staff to patrol campus and serve as student escorts at all hours of the day and night, every day of the year.
- Shuttle service to and from all campus locations.
- Security cameras in residential parking lots.
- Regular building security checks.
Grand View has very few instances of intruder acts. We provide education to students at orientation and at other intervals about how to ensure their own personal safety, helping them understand the measures they can take to keep themselves safe. In addition, the university will take any proactive legal measures that might be necessary to protect a student.
Security in a Social Setting
Many security problems on college campuses happen within the campus community itself, sometimes related to student substance abuse or emotional issues. While we have few significant problems in these areas, the university views them as serious issues when they do arise. We approach them from two perspectives: prevention and intervention.
All of the measures that help protect students from outside intrusions also help prevent problems within the campus community. In addition, professional staff in all residence halls monitor student behavior and assist when the occasional problem arises.
The university offers a variety of educational programs to help students create a community free of pressures and problems, whether they stem from substance abuse, date rape or other inappropriate behaviors. Strict, detailed policies and sanctions for violation are outlined in the Student Handbook. Students are made aware of those policies and are expected to abide by them.
|Residence hall and other Student Life staff take proactive measures to intervene quickly when a problem surfaces. Decisive disciplinary action can head off most problems within the campus community. If necessary, the school brings in community law enforcement, takes legal action or avails itself of other community resources.
The GV Alert System is a multi-modal, mass communication system used to rapidly notify the Grand View campus community of emergencies, campus closures, and administrative information. GV Alert is capable of notifying message recipients of important information by phone, email, and text message.
Current Grand View students, faculty members, and staff are automatically opted-in to receive GV Alerts via your Grand View phone numbers and email addresses. You will also be automatically opted-in to receive GV Alerts relating to emergency situations via a personal phone number, email address, and/or mobile device you have provided Grand View in the past.
You may manage the types of GV Alerts and the communication methods used if you are logged on to the campus network. In myGVU, under the About Me tool section, select View/Update GV Alert System Settings. Be sure to select “No” for the GV Alert types and communication methods for which you desire to opt-out.
You may also opt-out of GV Alert text messages directly from your cellular phone or mobile device by texting “STOPGVALERT” to 23177. To opt-in to the text message service after you have previously opted out, you must text “SUBSCRIBE GVALERT” to 23177.
How to Opt Out of GV Alerts
Current Grand View students, faculty members, and staff are not allowed to opt-out of receiving GV Alerts via their Grand View phone numbers and email address.