In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Director of the Bio-Chi Institute, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through written or verbal notification to students, faculty, and staff. Depending on the particular circumstances of the crime, especially, in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals. A copy of the notice will be posted at the front door of the school. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the Director, staff and/or faculty, by phone at 712-252-1157 or in person at the school at 1925 Geneva Street, Sioux City, Iowa.
To Report a Crime
Contact the Bio-Chi Institute’s Director, Lonnie Jensen at 712-255-1157 (non-emergencies) or dial 911 (emergencies only). Any suspicious activity or person seen in the parking lots, walking trails, or loitering around vehicles, inside the school or around the building should be reported to the police department. For any off-campus options please contact the Sioux City Police Department.
BCI and the Sioux City Police Department assist the one another within their jurisdictions during mutual investigations, arrests, and prosecutions. Emergencies may necessitate changes or alternations to any posted schedules.
Areas that are revealed as problematic will have security surveys conducted. The Director of the Institute will observe these areas of concern. These surveys will examine security issues such as locks, lighting, and communications. Additionally, during the academic year, the Director, faculty, staff and support staff will meet to discuss issues of pressing concern when necessary.
Campus Law Enforcement
There is no official law enforcement employed by BCI and, therefore, there is no one on-site who has complete police authority to apprehend and arrest anyone involved in illegal acts on-campus and areas immediately adjacent to the campus. If a student commits minor offenses involving BCI’s policies and procedures, then the Director will enforce the appropriate disciplinary actions necessary to address the violation committed by a student.
Major offenses are reported to the Sioux City Police Department. The prosecution of all criminal offenses, both felony and misdemeanor, are conducted at either Municipal, General Sessions, or Federal Court of Woodbury County. Through coordination with local law enforcement agencies, any criminal activity engaged in by a student at off- campus locations of any BCI organizational activities, is monitored and recorded. This information will be provided to the Director of the school for any action or follow-up that may be required.
Confidential Reporting Procedures
If you are a victim of a crime and do not want to pursue action within the Bio-Chi Institute’s system or the criminal justice system, you may still want to consider making a confidential report. With your permission, the Director of BCI or a designee of BCI can file a report on the details of the incident without revealing
your identity. The purpose of a confidential report is to comply with your wishes to keep the matter confidential while taking steps to ensure the future safety of yourself and others.
All reports will be investigated. The Bio-Chi Institute does not have procedures for voluntary, confidential reporting of crime statistics. Violations of the law will be referred to law enforcement agencies and when appropriate, to the Director and staff for review. When a potentially dangerous threat to the school’s community arises, timely reports or warnings will be issued through written and verbal announcements, and in-class announcements.
The Sioux City Police Department encourages anyone who is the victim or witness to any crime to promptly report the incident to the public. Because police reports are public record under Iowa state law, the Sioux City Police Department cannot hold reports of crime in confidence. Confidential reports of crime may also be made to Crime Stoppers at 712-258-8477.
During business hours, the Bio-Chi Institute will be open to students, parents, employees, contractors, guests, clients, and invitees. There is no student access during non-business hours. BCI has the authority to ask persons for identification and to determine whether individuals have lawful business at the school. The
Director, faculty, or staff at the Bio-Chi Institute do not possess arrest power. Criminal incidents are referred to the Sioux City Police Department who have jurisdiction on the campus. All crime victims and witnesses are strongly encouraged to immediately report the crime to the Director, faculty or staff of the Bio-Chi Institute and the appropriate police agency.
General Procedures for Reporting a Crime or Emergency
Community members, students, faculty, staff, and guests are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the Director of the Bio-Chi Institute and the local police authorities in a timely manner. To report a crime or an emergency on campus, call 911. To report a non-emergency security or public safety related matter on-campus, call the Bio-Chi Institute’s Director, Lonnie Jensen at 712-252-1157.
All Bio-Chi Institute incident reports will be forwarded to the Director’s office for review and potential action. The office of the Director and staff will investigate a report when it is deemed appropriate. If assistance is required from the Sioux City Police Department or the Sioux City Fire Department, the Bio-Chi Institute will contact the appropriate unit.
If a sexual assault should occur, staff on the scene, including the Sioux City Police Department, will offer the victim a wide variety of services. The Sioux City Police Department has a Sexual Assault Crisis Consultation Team that has trained members who are available to assist a victim 24-hours a day.
This publication contains information about on and off campus resources. That information is made available to provide the Bio-Chi Institute’s students and community members with specific information about the resources that are available in the event that they become a victim of a crime. The information about “resources” is not provided to infer that those resources are “reporting entities” for the BCI.
Security Awareness Programs
During orientation, students are informed of services offered by the local law enforcement agency. Students will be informed about crime on the property of the school or in very close proximity of the school. Similar information is presented to new employees. A common theme of all awareness and crime prevention programs is to encourage students, staff and employees to be aware of their responsibility for their own safety and the safety of others. To secure personal safety, Be Aware, lock your cars, and walk with friends or someone from class that you know well to your destination.
Sexual Assault Prevention Programs
BCI periodically holds sexual assault prevention awareness sessions, when available, presented by The Counsel on Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence (CSADV) advocates. BCI also posts the CSADV hotline information and pull off number in the bathrooms. BCI holds educational sessions on personal safety. When time is of the essence, information is released to the students, faculty and staff through security alerts either posted at the school or verbally to all those affected.
Crime Prevention Programs
Crime Prevention Programs on personal safety and theft prevention will be addressed to all students and employees. The BCI provides a variety of educational strategies and tips on how to protect yourself from sexual assault, theft, and other crimes.
Criminal Activity Off Campus
If a BCI student is involved in an off-campus offense, local, state, or federal law enforcement will conduct the investigation.