Frequently Asked Safety Questions

Safety Checklist

Topic Areas


General Safety Questions 

Is the campus open or is access to campus restricted, requiring you to stop and check in or show ID? If so, during what hours is the entrance or other locations staffed?
JBU is an open campus.

Do you observe emergency call boxes (quite frequently these are identified with ‘blue lights’)?
JBU does not have emergency call boxes.

Is the campus adequately lit after dark?
There are over 225 exterior campus lights to provide safety to our residents. Campus Safety also provides escort service for those students who do not wish to traverse the campus after hours.

Does campus safety patrol campus or are they in an office?
Campus Safety officers have office tasks and do routine patrol throughout the day.



Safety Staff

Does the university employ their own staff, or do they hire contract safety officers?

JBU employs our own Campus Safety (CS) staff of nine officers with a combined 92 years of law enforcement experience.

Does the university employ safety officers (no law enforcement authority) or campus police officers, with the authority to make arrests?
Our CS officers have the authority to allow or restrain access to all university buildings and enforce parking and traffic violations. JBU CS assists the Siloam Springs Police Department (SSPD) who has full authority to make arrests, conduct criminal investigations and make traffic stops. All crimes of violence, or alcohol and/or drug related are referred to the SSPD.

What type of uniforms do they wear; jacket and tie, police style, other?
JBU CS officers wear red polo shirts and tan pants to have maximum visibility.

What is their level of training?
JBU Campus Safety officers have met the requirements to be certified as Commissioned Security Officers by the State of Arkansas. They have AED, CPR and first aid training as well as additional firearms and active shooter situation trainings.

Are the safety officers armed?
Each of our Campus Safety Officers (CSO) is armed and is certified as a state Commissioned Security Officer. We have two armed CSOs during the day and one armed at night. Four nights a week there is a second armed officer on duty for four hours. JBU CSOs have AED, CPR and first aid training as well as additional firearms and active shooter situation trainings.



Access to Residence Halls and Dormitories

Are the buildings locked? If so, around-the clock? If not, during what hours?

Residence halls are locked 24 hours a day and are accessed by residents using their ID card on the magnetic lock. Each residence hall entrance is also monitored by cameras. Academic buildings are unlocked during the day. At night some academic buildings are accessible via magnetic lock to applicable students. (For example, both art buildings are accessible by all visual art majors 24/7.)

What types of locks are used on the exterior door(s)? Do they utilize a push button pad, a hard key, or a card?
Residence halls use magnetic locks. Academic and administrative buildings have a combination of hard key and magnetic locks.

Are the exterior doors locked and alarmed? If so, is this around-the-clock? If not, during what hours?

Doors are locked 24/7 via mag lock, only JBU persons with programmed access can enter the resident halls. Doors are not alarmed.

Is there a building monitor or proctor at the front door to check IDs and sign in visitors? If so, during what hours?

Simmons Great Hall has a receptionist but visitors are not required to sign in.

How do students gain entry into their rooms: is a push button pad on the door used, card access, a hard key?

Resident rooms have a hard key.

How do visitors gain access into the building and into students’ rooms? If there is no one at the front door, is there an intercom that guests can use to call residents of the building to allow them access?

JBU students, faculty and staff can enter residence halls via the main lobby entrance (via ID card) between 10:00 a.m. and midnight. During designated “open dorm” hours, non-lobby doors are also accessible with ID cards. Non-JBU visitors must contact the student and be escorted into the building.



Residence Hall Fire/Tornado Safety

Do residence halls have a fire sprinkler system? Are their sprinklers in students’ rooms?

University fire alarm systems in residence halls is as follows:

Residence Hall

Fire Detection System (Smoke, Heat, Ion)

Fire suppression System

Fire Extinguishers Present

Redundant Monitoring System

J. Alvin Hall


Full System



Mayfield Hall


By Fall 2018



Hutcheson Hall


Full System



Walker Hall


Full System








Northslope Apts.


Full System




Does the building fire alarm signal automatically sound at the campus security/police department?

The JBU fire alarm system automatically, electronically calls our Monitoring Service who then calls the fire department and Campus Safety.

Is the responding fire department volunteer or professional/full time?

The City of Siloam Springs employs 48 full time personnel and 21 part time personnel include firefighters, paramedics and administrative personnel.

Does the building have fire extinguishers?


Does the college conduct fire drills in the residence halls? If so, how often?
Fire drills are conducted once each semester.

Are the exits (emergency and non) marked and clearly visible?
Yes. Illuminated exit signs are above all doors.

Are there fire alarm pull stations?

Fire alarm pulls are located at entrances/exits as dictated by building safety codes. All of our fire protection systems are installed to code.

Does the college conduct tornado drills? If so, how often?
Tornado drills are held once per year, prior to tornado season. Students are notified of designated tornado watch or warnings through the Crisis Alert System (CAS). On the back of each campus door is an emergency procedures sheet which specifies the closest tornado shelter area.




Does the college allow freshmen/first-year students to have vehicles on campus?

All students are permitted to have a vehicle on campus.

If so, what does it cost for a decal?

Annual automobile registration is $25 and will be posted to the student’s account. A parking decal will be issued that designates authorized parking areas. (Registration Details)

Where is/are the designed parking lot(s) for freshmen/first year students, and how do students get to them?
Designated parking areas are close to each residence hall. Day students have designated lots as well. (Parking Details)

Are the parking lots well-lit and regularly patrolled by Security?




Escorts and Campus Shuttles

Does JBU provide personal safety escorts?
Yes. Students can call the on-duty campus safety officer 24/7 at 479-215-5000 for a safety escort.

If so, what are the hours this service is provided? Is it from dusk to dawn, or more restricted?

Escort is provided 24/7.

What are the physical restrictions placed on this escort service? Does it only provide service on campus? Does it provide service off campus?
Students can ask for a safety escort within campus as well as between campus and off-campus locations.

Does the college provide van shuttle service around campus? If so, during what hours? Is there a cost for this?
Due to JBU’s relatively small campus size, this is not provided.

Does the college provide a van shuttle service off campus?

No. Because of our small town and close campus community it is fairly easy for students to find rides to stores, etc. If there are non-emergency medical needs that require transportation, the student can contact the university nurse and/or Campus Safety for medical rides.



Weapons/Alcohol/Tobacco Use

What is the university’s policy on guns and other weapons?

Dangerous and offensive weapons are prohibited on any university property. This includes firearms, BB guns, pellet guns, paintball guns, Airsoft guns, and all other devices that expel a projectile by any means. Specifically, students are not to store any firearm or gun in their residence hall, apartment, or vehicle, they must be stored off-campus. In addition, ammunition, martial arts gear, machetes, swords, spears, hunting knives, offensive knives, bows and arrows, slingshots, and similar items must be stored off campus. Fireworks are also prohibited on any university property and it is unlawful to possess fireworks within the city limits. Specifically, fire crackers, black cats, bottle rockets, smoke bombs, rocket engines, cannons, or similar explosives (e.g. homemade pyrotechnic or non-pyrotechnic explosive devices) are prohibited on person, in vehicles, apartments, or in residence halls.

What is the college’s alcohol/tobacco policy?

Tobacco and/or other smoking products (i.e. e-cigarettes and Hookah) and alcoholic beverages of any kind (including non-alcoholic beer and alcohol powder) are not to be used or possessed either on—or off—campus, or at any time while enrolled at JBU. If there are fraternity and/or sorority houses on or near campus, what is the alcohol policy there?

Are random room searches conducted?

No, Campus Safety does not do random room searches. We search when there is reasonable suspicion or cause to search a room.

What are sanctions for violating the policies?

The Dean of Students or the All-Campus Judicial Appeal Board will adjudicate “significant” violations, such as use of alcohol, drugs. In addition, repeated violations in one semester will likely lead to the violation being handled by the Dean of Students.



Incident Reporting

How does a student report an incident?

Students can report a safety incident by a variety of methods. They can call the on-duty Campus Safety officer at 479-215-5000. They may also report the incident online via the incident report form or the silent witness report. In the event of an emergency students can also call 9-1-1. Students may also email Campus Safety at CampusSafety@JBU.edu.

Can you provide crime & safety statistics for the campus?

JBU publishes an Annual Security Report and Annual Fire Safety Report each year in accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990. Those reports are available online.



Crisis Communication

In the event of a crisis on campus, how are students notified?

JBU uses a Crisis Alert System (CAS) to send out emergency notifications. Messages are automatically delivered to every JBU email address. Those students who have registered a mobile phone number with CAS will also receive a text. (Students review their CAS registration each semester at class registration time and it can also be accessed via Eaglenet.)

How do parents sign up for the CAS system?

If parents would like to receive JBU CAS notifications they will need to have their student add their email and phone number to the student's CAS registration. (Up to five emails and five phone numbers can be registered per student.)

If there is a large-scale crisis on campus what other channels might updates come through?

In the event of a large-scale crisis JBU's first priority will be keeping students informed via CAS. We will then also put out updates on our website (look for a headline on the home page), Facebook and Twitter. Please check those media channels for information rather than calling our main switchboard as it will overload quickly. We will make every effort to update these avenues regularly. If our main website receives too much traffic we will redirect our URL to our emergency site. Also, be aware that extreme amounts of cell phone traffic could overload nearby towers making it hard for you to reach your student. 



Trained Health Staff

Is there a Health Center on campus?

Yes. The Health Services office is staffed by a registered nurse (?) and is available to see students and help them evaluate their health needs. They can provide non-prescription medication and referral to a physician when necessary. Health Services also has humidifiers, crutches, heating pads and other equipment available for loan. (Health Services Details)

Does the school provide counseling for students?

Yes. An on campus Student Counseling Center employs two full-time and one part-time licensed professional counselors. They provide individual therapy, therapeutic groups, psycho-educational programming, consultation and premarital counseling. Undergraduate students are not charged for the first 8 individual sessions and any sessions after that are a nominal $10. Group sessions are free. (Student Counseling Details)