Policies and Procedures

Reporting Criminal Actions and Emergencies
Any emergency situation or knowledge of a crime should be immediately reported to Campus Security by calling 9999 or by going to the Security Office. You may also dial 9-911 to reach Waverly Police or ambulance if there is a medical emergency or request for police response. When calling either number, the caller should stay on the line until the police dispatcher or Campus Security person terminates the call. Be able to provide your exact location and the status of the situation you are reporting.

Emergency Blue Light phones are located in B Lot, C Lot, D Lot, E Lot, and N Lot. Residence hall exterior emergency phones are also located at the main entrances to Grossmann Hall, Centennial Hall, Founders Hall, Clinton Hall and Saginaw House.

Sexual Harassment and Assault
The Wartburg College policy on sexual harassment is detailed in the Student Handbook,the Faculty Handbook, and the Personnel Policy Handbook. As defined in these policies, sexual harassment is prohibited. Sexual harassment is classified in three categories:

  • Quid Pro Quo Harassment: Situations where submission to or rejection of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature results in actual or threatened adverse educational or employment action.
  • Hostile Environment Harassment: Situations in which gender-based conduct has the intent or effect of being sufficiently severe or pervasive/persistent or objectively offensive that it could alter the conditions of employment or education. The harasser’s conduct must be unwelcome by the object of the conduct or a third party affected by it.
  • Retaliatory Harassment: Situations where any person retaliates by using intimidation, threats, actual violence, ridicule, taunting, bullying, ostracism, or any other method against a person or that person’s property as a result of a person’s decision to report sexual harassment or seek assistance to remedy gender-based discrimination.

All members of the college community not bound by ethical or statutory confidentiality obligations must report sexual harassment about which they have knowledge to their work or program supervisor or other college official. Wartburg College is obligated to ensure a thorough and prompt investigation of allegations of sexual harassment, to find a timely resolution, to apply disciplinary sanctions or educational solutions where appropriate, and to provide an institutional appeal process to assure fairness to all parties.

Wartburg College enforces a zero tolerance policy for sexual violence. Sexual misconduct offenses include, but are not limited to:

  • Non-consensual sexual intercourse (or attempts to commit same)
  • Non-consensual sexual contact (or attempts to commit same)
  • Nondisclosure of sexually transmitted disease (STD) information
  • Sexual exploitation

There are three options for reporting sexual misconduct. Campus pastors, Counseling Center staff, campus nurse, and trained members of the Sexual Misconduct and Assault Resource Team (SMART) will maintain complete confidentiality about all details of any sexual misconduct incident reported to them. Faculty members, RAs, advisers to student organizations, career services staff, admissions officers, student activities personnel, and many other members of the campus community may be consulted on a semi-confidential basis. Victims of sexual misconduct are encouraged to make formal reports of incidents to college officials. Those to whom victims may make formal reports include deans, vice presidents, campus security officers, human resources personnel, and other administrators with supervisory responsibilities, such as head coaches and hall directors. Refer to the appropriate handbook for specific reporting requirements and procedures. Finally, as with any crime, students, faculty, and staff have the option of filing a complaint with the Waverly Police. 

Programs during orientation, in residence halls, and in other campus settings help individuals learn about prevention and their rights related to matters of sexual misconduct.

Sex Offender Information
The federal Campus Sex Crimes Prevention Act requires institutions of higher education to issue a statement advising the campus community where law enforcement agency information provided by a state concerning registered sex offenders may be obtained. It also requires sex offenders already required to register in a state to provide notice, as required under state law, of each institution of higher education in that state at which the person is employed, carries on a vocation, or is a student. For the state of Iowa, you may obtain this information by contacting the Waverly Police Department (352-5400) or inquire through the Iowa Sex Offender Registry at http://www.iowasexoffender.com/.

Policy Regarding Alcohol and Drugs
The sale of alcoholic beverages on the Wartburg campus by any organization, person, or group is not permitted. Students who have attained the legal drinking age of 21 may possess or consume alcoholic beverages only in their private living quarters.

Wartburg College complies with the Drug-Free Schools and Communities Acts Amendments of 1989, Public Law 101-226. Illegal drugs and paraphernalia are not permitted on the Wartburg campus. The college will cooperate with all law enforcement agencies to enforce laws pertaining to the use and possession of illegal drugs. Possession, use, or distribution of illegal drugs contradicts Wartburg’s commitment to community, is prohibited by college policy, and will result in immediate suspension from campus.

The Student Handbook contains a detailed list of all other campus disciplinary policies and procedures, including alcohol and drug policies. Provisions for counseling and treatment opportunities are also addressed. Wartburg College will make a reasonable effort to enforce all state and local government policies concerning the consumption of alcoholic beverages.

Policy for Weapons/Firearms
As a safety precaution, shotguns, rifles, handguns, air guns, bows and arrows, ammunition and other types of potentially dangerous weapons or equipment are not permitted on campus. A storage repository for firearms and other weapons is provided in the Campus Security Office. All types of explosives, including firecrackers, are prohibited on campus. Refer to the Student Handbook for additional prohibitions regarding residence halls.

Child Abuse Policy (PDF)
All complaints will be processed in accordance with state and federal law, including but not limited to a prompt, impartial, and discreet investigation. Upon completion of the investigation, the appropriate parties will be notified of the findings. If any employee is found to have abused a child, appropriate corrective action will be taken. This could range from a disciplinary warning up to and including termination.