Chapter 4: Criterion Two
The institution has effectively organized the human,
physical resources necessary to accomplish its purposes.
Safety and Security of UNK
The University of Nebraska at Kearney Public Safety provides security, law enforcement, and other services to the campus community. Currently, Public Safety has six full-time officers, including a director. Five of the officers have completed training at the State of Nebraska's Law Enforcement Training Center, and one will attend the Center in January of 2004. Officers that have completed law enforcement training are recognized by the State of Nebraska as sworn law enforcement officers and have legal authorization to make arrests. UNK's officers, however, do not carry firearms. In addition, the staff includes one part-time officer and two Community Service Officers. The Public Safety Office also includes 1.0 FTE Radiation Safety/Hazardous Materials Coordinator to monitor the use and disposal of any chemical or biohazard material. This person provides resources to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and staff when dealing with chemicals and biohazard materials.
As Figure 4.21 in Appendix D shows, UNK maintains a safe campus. The total number of on-campus reported crimes in the past ten years range from eight in 1995 to 42 in 2002. Although the total number of reported incidents has increased over the last two years, assaults have declined. Burglaries, however, jumped in 2002, leading to the overall increase.