The department of safety and security is located in Vanderslice Hall. Staff members, including a director, supervisor and 10 officers, are uniformed and available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
These men and women are trained in basic first aid and CPR and are required to participate in continual in-house training to upgrade their skills. Safety and security staff are unarmed and carry private police officers commissions issued through the Kansas City Missouri Police Department.
The Student Living Center at the Kansas City Art Institute is equipped with an electronic code key access, which is operational seven days a week. All students living in the building are issued the code. In addition, security officers patrol in the lobby and building Monday through Sunday.
Contacting KCAI security officers is convenient and easy for students, faculty. staff and visitors. The security officers on patrol answer calls and respond immediately to emergency situations. KCAI security can be reached by dialing 931-6666. Kansas City Missouri Police can be reached by dialing 911 for emergency situations. Communication is enhanced with four exterior red phones located in gray call boxes found around the campus at key locations. Locations include:
These call-boxed phones provide a 24-hour direct link to on-duty security officers through two-way radio/phone communications between officers and the caller. This is another reflection of the commitment of the school and the department of safety and security to achieve a greater level of personal security for all students, staff and visitors.
Exterior lighting is an important part of the college's commitment to campus safety and security. The campus is well lighted, but in an ongoing effort to maintain a safe environment, further lighting improvements periodically are made to parking areas, pedestrian walkways and building exteriors. On a regular basis, security officers conduct surveys of exterior lighting on campus, and the plant services department gives high priority to the repair and replacement of exterior lighting as needed. Members of the campus community are encouraged to report any exterior lighting deficiencies to the department of safety and security. Security officers secure the exterior doors on campus buildings following the last class each evening. These officers upon discovery report door and locking hardware deficiencies. Shrubbery and trees on campus are trimmed on a regular basis to enhance visibility. Our new campus landscape master plan has taken safety and security issues into consideration.
The cooperation and involvement of students, faculty, and staff in a campus safety program is absolutely necessary. All individuals must assume responsibility for their personal safety and the security of their personal belongings by taking simple, common-sense precautions. For example, although the campus is well-lighted, anyone, male or female, may feel more comfortable requesting escort service when returning to residence halls or when leaving campus and going to a vehicle in the parking lot or on a nearby street. This service is provided by the department of safety and security 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, by calling 931-6666. Doors to rooms in the Student Living Center should be kept locked, and office doors should be secured when not occupied. Valuable items, such as stereos, cameras, and televisions, should be marked with engraving instruments, which are provided by the department of safety and security at no charge. Bicycles should be properly engraved and secured with a sturdy lock. Students, faculty and staff should have their vehicles registered with the department of safety and security. Vehicles should be kept locked at all times and valuables stored in the trunk. Everyone should be alert to unusual or suspicious persons or activities and immediately report these incidents to the department of safety and security at 931-6666.
Illegal drugs and alcohol not only pose serious health risks to those who use them, but also there are severe state and federal criminal penalties for possession, sale, trafficking and illegal interstate transportation. Disciplinary sanctions at KCAI for possession and sale of illegal drugs and alcohol can result in disruption or termination of education or employment. KCAI is in compliance and in support of the Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988. KCAI recognizes that responsible and moderate serving and consumption of alcoholic beverages in our society is a common custom and may authorize the use of alcoholic beverages at authorized campus activities in accordance with the law (legal drinking age is 21). The unauthorized use of or possession of alcohol on the campus is prohibited, and the president of the college may impose appropriate corrective action for violations, up to and including discharge.
Alcohol, illegal drugs and weapons are not permitted on the campus. KCAI officers enforce laws regulating under-age drinking, the use of controlled substances and weapons possession. Policies on alcohol and drug abuse, student disciplinary procedures and employee disciplinary procedures may be found in both the Kansas City Art Institute student handbook and the Kansas City Art Institute staff handbook. These are located respectively in the office of student life and in the human resources office.