Campus Safety

Graceland prides itself on offering a safe and nurturing academic and social environment for its students, staff and guests.

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Your safety is extremely important

The safety of our students is a top priority for our university, but campus crime is, unfortunately, inevitable. This page includes Graceland’s reports provided to the federal government in accordance with the Clery Act, as well as some helpful information for students seeking other information on campus safety and security.

Personal Safety Recommendations:
Do not walk alone during the hours of darkness.

  • If you must walk alone, inform someone at your destination when to expect you.  Utilize an escort offered by After-Hours Assistance during the hours of darkness.
  • If you are attacked, do anything to bring public attention to your situation:  scream, bite, kick and stomp the attacker’s foot with your heel.  Keep items of value out of sight.
  • Safeguard documents containing personal information others could use to commit identity theft.
  • Lock your residence hall door when you are asleep or when the room is not occupied.
  • Report suspicious activity promptly.
  • Never prop open residence hall exterior doors.
  • Never loan your access/ID card to others.
  • Mark items of value with an identifying number or symbol.  Record serial numbers.  Photograph items of value.  Never use your social security number as an identifying number.
  • Register your bicycle and lock it to a campus bike rack or keep it in your room when not in use.
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Get Emergency Notifications

In operation on both our Lamoni, IA and Independence, MO campuses, GU Alert is an emergency notification system that will send a text message and/or an email when there is an emergency that needs to be quickly announced to a campus.  Messages are sent only in the event of a crisis. Graceland encourages all employees, students and faculty to enter their mobile number or email address to receive these notices.

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Night and Weekend Security

A Per Mar security officer patrols the Lamoni campus seven nights per week, including all weekend long, ensuring that the campus is adequately monitored by trained security professionals. Should students or staff need to contact the Campus Safety office, they can be reached at 641.784.5199 or from any Graceland room or office by dialing 5199.

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GU SafeRide/SafeWalk

SafeRide and SafeWalk are student operated programs sponsored by Campus Ministries during the academic semester.

SafeRide offers students a safe ride to their home or place of safety, operating Friday and Saturday nights, 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.

SafeWalk offers a student companion to walk across campus, operating Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday each week, 8 p.m. to midnight.

To request either service, please call 641.784.5438 (LIFT).