Additional Policies and Procedures
Injury or Accident
The state of Kansas and Wichita State University do not insure against, and are not responsible for, accidents or injury to students which may occur during university-sponsored activities on or off campus. The university will make every reasonable attempt to advise students concerning potential danger of accident or injury. Students are expected to act responsibly by taking necessary precautions to prevent accidents. Students also are advised to protect themselves from the financial burden of accident or injury through a personal insurance policy.
Law enforcement agency information concerning registered sex offenders who are employed by or who are currently enrolled at Wichita State University may be obtained from the university police department. This information is made available to the campus community pursuant to the requirements of the Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act. Further information on any registered offender can be obtained from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation or the sheriff’s office in the registrant’s county of registration.
Campus safety is a priority at Wichita State. The university campus is well lit and parking lots are regularly patrolled by WSU police officers. WSU police and parking services personnel are available to provide safety escorts for students at all hours. In case of emergencies, emergency call boxes (designated by a blue light at the top of the pole) with direct contact to the university police station are strategically placed around the campus.
More information about campus safety including links to emergency news, the RAVE Guardian Safety App, and the option to opt in to ShockerAlert System emergency notifications can be found at the campus safety website1.
The annual security and fire report1 is available online. Review safety and crime prevention information in addition to daily crime logs and crime statistics at the police website1.
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Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972 prohibits discrimination based on sex in any educational institution that receives federal funding. Wichita State University does not tolerate sex discrimination of any kind including: sexual harassment, sexual assault, domestic violence, dating violence or stalking. These incidents may interfere with or limit an individual’s ability to benefit from or participate in the university’s educational programs or activities. Wichita State University (“the University”) is committed to providing a workplace and educational environment, as well as other benefits, programs and activities, that are free from discrimination, harassment and retaliation. To ensure compliance with federal and state civil rights laws and regulations, and to affirm its commitment to promoting the goals of fairness and equity in all aspects of the educational program or activity, the University has developed internal policies and procedures that provide a prompt, fair and impartial process for those involved in an allegation of discrimination or harassment on the basis of sex. The University upholds the equal dignity of all members of its community and strives to balance the rights of the parties in the grievance process during what is often a difficult time for all those involved.
Students are asked to immediately report incidents to the University Police Department, 316-978-3450, or directly to the Title IX coordinator, 316-978-5177 or OIEC@wichita.edu. Students may also report incidents to an instructor, faculty or staff member, who are required by policy to notify the Title IX coordinator. If a student wishes to keep the information confidential, the student may speak with staff members of the Counseling and Prevention Center, 316-978-4792, or Student Health Services, 316-978-4792. For more information, visit the Institutional Equity and Compliance website.1
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Wichita State University is committed to provide a tobacco-free environment for the health, well-being and safety of university students, employees and visitors; accordingly, Wichita State University is a tobacco-free campus.
This policy includes buildings and parking lots and covers traditional as well as other types of tobacco use such as vaping and electronic cigarettes or devices.
University Weapons Policy
For the full text of the policy, please refer to Wichita State University Policy 11.191.
It is the policy of the Kansas Board of Regents, to the extent permitted by law, to allow concealed carry of handguns and prohibit possession of other weapons and open carry of firearms on the university campus.
Beginning July 1, 2017, any individual who is 21 years of age or older and who is lawfully eligible to carry a concealed handgun in Kansas can do so on the Wichita State University campus except in buildings and public areas of buildings for which adequate security measures are provided, as restricted by policy, or as otherwise prohibited by law.
There are no university buildings that have been designated as gun-free with permanent adequate security measures. The university may designate a specific location as temporarily gun-free. Appropriate notice will be given whenever this temporary designation is made.
Each individual who lawfully possesses a handgun on campus shall be wholly and solely responsible for carrying, storing and using that handgun in a safe manner and in accordance with law and policy. Nothing in this policy shall be interpreted to require individuals who lawfully possess a handgun to use it in defense of others.
Possession of weapons, other than concealed handguns, anywhere on any campus location shall be prohibited. This includes the open carry of any weapon, including a handgun or handguns. Every entrance to each building and facility at any campus location shall be conspicuously posted with appropriate signs indicating that openly carrying a weapon into that building or facility is prohibited. Additional signs may be posted as appropriate.
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