Consumer Info

Federal regulations require that John Brown University provides you with the following links to important consumer information regarding JBU. 

Missing Student Notification

Each student living on campus has the option, during registration, to list a confidential contact person to be notified if the student is determined to be missing. Only authorized Student Development staff officials and law enforcement officers may have access to this information in furtherance of a missing person investigation.

If a member of JBU’s community has a reason to believe that a student is missing, they should immediately notify the Campus Safety Department at (479) 215-5000, who will notify the Resident Director,  Dean of Students, or Vice President of Student Development to determine whether or not the student resides on campus.  

All possible efforts will be made to locate the student to determine his or her state of health and well-being through the collaboration of the campus safety department and the student development staff. If the student is an on-campus resident, the campus safety department will work with the student life staff to make a welfare entry into the student’s room.  

If the student is an off-campus resident, the campus safety department will coordinate with the Siloam Springs Police Department and enlist their help in investigating the circumstances involved with the missing student, through contact with friends, associates and/or employers of the student when the student has been considered to be missing for more than 24 hours.

Whether or not the student has been attending classes, labs, recitals, scheduled organizational or academic meetings, or appearing for scheduled work-study or other work shifts, will be established. If located, verification of the student’s state of health and intention of returning to the campus is made. When appropriate, a referral will be made to the campus health officials.

If the student is not located, notification of the family and the local law enforcement will take place within 24 hours of receiving the initial report to determine if they know the whereabouts of the student. If the student is an off-campus resident, appropriate family members or associates are encouraged to make official missing persons report with the Siloam Springs Police Department or outside the city with the Benton County Sheriff’s Department, or other law enforcement agencies with jurisdiction.

If the missing student is under the age of 18 and is not an emancipated individual, the Vice President of Student Development or his replacement, who is responsible for the student, will notify the student’s parents or legal guardian immediately after the law enforcement agency with jurisdiction has determined that the student has been missing for more then 24 hours.

The campus safety department and student development staff will cooperate, aid and assist the primary investigative agency in all ways prescribed by law. Upon closure of the missing person investigation, all parties previously contacted will be advised of the status of the case.

Security of Facilities

The JBU ID card is used for a variety of services, including the dining hall, health complex, library, chapel attendance as well as gain entrance to the external doors of many of the residence halls.

Your room key is used to open your internal room but is not used to open the external door to the residence hall. The external entrances will be locked at all times when the system is activated. It will be necessary to keep your ID with you whenever you leave the residence hall to be able to gain entrance.

Residents of each building will have 24-hour access with their ID card. Other undergraduate students (who are not residents of that building), faculty and staff may use their ID cards to enter the building during visitation and lobby hours (see below). 

Interior and exterior doors of campus buildings are locked each evening by security officers. Faulty locks or other security deficiencies are reported daily by Campus Safety officers to the Facilities Services staff for repair or replacement.

Residence Life Assistants are on duty in residence halls to monitor access to buildings and to provide assistance to the students during evening hours (7 p.m. to midnight, and until 1 a.m. on weekends). Residence Night Watch persons, who work in conjunction with Campus Safety staff, are on duty from midnight until 6 a.m., 7 days a week. The Night Watch persons are responsible to ensure that only residents and their authorized guests are allowed in the residence halls after hours.

Exterior doors to the residence halls are locked at midnight Sunday through Thursday and at 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Only the main entrance to each hall can be used at these times. Campus Safety officers regularly patrol the campus and check exterior and interior doors and grounds several times each evening to ensure the security of the residence halls and other campus facilities.

Exterior lighting is an important part of the University’s commitment to safety and security. Parking lots, walkways and building exteriors are well lighted. Formal surveys of exterior lighting on campus are conducted by Campus Safety officers on a routine basis and reported to the Facilities Services director for repair or replacement. Members of the campus community are encouraged to report any exterior lighting problems, safety, security or maintenance concerns to the Facilities Services Department, extension 7261 (or 479-524-7261).

Penalties for Drug & Alcohol Use

Illicit Alcohol

Under the Arkansas criminal code, it is illegal for a person under the age of 21 years to use or possess alcohol. Possession of alcohol in Arkansas by anyone under 21 years of age is a class C misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. A person can serve up to 30 days in jail and pay a $100 fine for the crime of public intoxication. For furnishing an alcoholic beverage to a minor, the penalty can be as high as $500 and a one-year jail term (which can be increased to five years in the state penitentiary upon a second conviction). Various other offenses, such as minor-in-possession, furnishing alcohol to alcoholics or intoxicated persons, and possession or sale of untaxed liquor can carry fines up to $500 or six months in jail, or both.

Under the federal law of the United States, whoever transports alcohol into any district in which the sale of alcohol is prohibited “shall be fined not more than $1,000 or imprisoned not more than one year, or both.”

Illicit Drugs

Under Arkansas law, the fine for manufacturing or delivering (or possession with the intent to manufacture or deliver) a controlled substance ranges from $10,000 to $250,000, depending on the classification of the substance. Prison terms for this crime range from 15 to 40 years, or life. Furthermore, these penalties may be doubled if the crime involves the distribution of a narcotic drug to a minor.

Simple possession of a controlled substance — in a relatively small quantity — carries penalties ranging from a $1,000 fine/one year in prison for a first offense, to $10,000/ 10 years in prison for a third offense or possession of a Schedule I or Schedule II substance (such as cocaine).

The criminal sanctions under federal law for manufacturing or distributing (or possessing with the intent to manufacture or distribute) a controlled substance are similar to those under state law: three to 30-year prison sentences and fines from $10,000 to $250,000. Likewise, simple possession of a controlled substance carries a $5,000 fine, a one-year term of imprisonment, or both, for a first offense. The penalties are doubled for subsequent offenses.

Review of Drug and Alcohol Abuse Statement

This statement is subject to biennial review by JBU in order to implement necessary changes and to ensure consistent application.

Requirement to Report Violations

It is a requirement of the Drug-Free Work Place Act of 1988 that workplace drug convictions of employees be reported by the employee to his/her employer within five days of conviction. A condition of employment at JBU is that employees adhere to this requirement.

Requirement to Support Drug-Free Policy

It is also a condition of employment that employees understand and support the Statement for the Prevention of Drug and Alcohol Abuse at JBU.

Emergency Response & Evacuation

The crisis communication system, Crisis Alert System (CAS), provides policies and procedures for the coordination of communications with the university, and between the university, the media and the public with time-sensitive information in the event of an emergency.

John Brown University will immediately, without delay, and taking into account the safety of the JBU community, determine the content of the notification and initiate the notification system, unless the notification will, in the professional judgment of the responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist victims or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

JBU authorities will first determine if there is an emergency and confirm that there is a significant emergency, and whom to notify, determine the content of the notification, then immediately initiate the notification process.  

All emergencies should be reported immediately to the Campus Safety Department (479) 215-5000, or by calling the Siloam Springs Central Dispatch (911) or 9-911 from campus phones.

The CAS plan includes procedures for identification and response to an emergency situation. Once an emergency situation occurs on campus, the Campus Emergency Response can assess the nature and scope of the emergency; relay vital information to the campus community that could be affected by the emergency, and communicate with other emergency responders to assist them in their response to the emergency situation.

The CAS is activated by a Campus Safety Officer (CSO) under the direction of the Coordinator of Campus Safety (CCS), and other members of the Campus Emergency Response Team, and by the authority of the President of the University or his or her representative.

The CSO activates the CAS system by contacting the CAS system operator on duty and communicating with them when he or she sees an immediate threat to the campus community as a whole, who will issue a warning to the community to take immediate and appropriate action to prevent a potentially life-threatening event from occurring.

Upon activating the CAS system, the CSO or the CCS will immediately notify the Campus Emergency Response Team Director or his or her representative, and brief them on the situation at hand. The CSO will continue to monitor the situation, working with local authorities as they respond to the situation, and providing timely updates to the CAS System operators as needed.

The CAS system also allows for the communication of information to text messages to either a mobile phone or off-campus landline or a second email address to provide emergency or important campus information to the campus community.

JBU participates in emergency tests of the CAS, and evacuation drills at least once a year to assess and evaluate emergency procedures. The evacuation drills, tabletop exercises and emergency preparedness training are done in partnership with the Campus Safety Department, the Office of Emergency Management and the local fire department. These drills and exercises are conducted as either announced or unannounced exercises, to further develop our response to any emergency situation.