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Campus Security and Safety Report
Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin Center
This information is being provided to all students and employees as part of Upper Iowa
University’s commitment to safety and security at the Prairie du Chien Center and in
compliance with the Federal Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act (1990),
Public Law 101-542, as amended by the Higher Education Technical Amendments of
1991, Public Law 120-26, and the Sexual Abuse Bill, House File 2026, which was passed
into law by the Iowa General Assembly effective July 1, 1992.
Upper Iowa University is located in Fayette, Iowa a small rural community of 1,317
people. The community is situated in the Volga River Basin of Northeast Iowa. In
addition to the main campus, the University has centers in Ankeny, Cedar Rapids, Des
Moines, and Waterloo, Iowa; Rockford, Illinois; Fort Riley and Fort Leavenworth,
Kansas; Alexandria and Jackson Barracks, Louisiana; and Elkhorn, Janesville, Madison,
Wausau, Milwaukee and Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.
Upper Iowa University-Prairie du Chien Center is located in Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin,
a small rural community of 6,000 people. The community is located in Crawford County
on the Mississippi River in Southwestern Wisconsin. A total of 140 students were
enrolled during the 2007 academic year. Prairie du Chien Center “Campus”
Upper Iowa University does not own property in Prairie du Chien. Classes at the Prairie
du Chien Center are held at the Bluffview Intermediate School located at 1901 E. Wells
Street. Classrooms, library access, and computer lab access are all rented from the
Prairie du Chien School District on a term-by-term basis as needed. Classes are held at
the high school from late August until the end of June. Summer classes during July and
August are held at the Prairie du Chien Opportunity Center located at 730 N. State Street.
Administrative office space is also rented and located at 133 S. Michigan Street. The
office is located in a remodeled church building shared with Tricor Insurance, Inc. and
owned by Fritz Investments. General Philosophy
Upper Iowa University is committed to creating an environment that promotes the
intellectual, social, emotional, spiritual or ethical, and physical well-being of its
community members. The commitment includes encouraging and reinforcing healthy,
responsible living and respect for center standards and regulations, and community laws.
The administrative staff at the Prairie du Chien Center will inform the Prairie du Chien
Center University community when mandatory reporting officials become aware of
criminal activity that is considered to be a threat to the safety of the University
community. This will be done through various means such as memos, postings, student
newsletters, emails or voice mail messages. Reporting of Criminal Actions or Emergencies
The Bluffview Intermediate School principal and physical plant manager are responsible
for the security of buildings and grounds at the high school where classrooms are rented
for the Prairie du Chien Center classes and activities. The janitorial staff of the Prairie du
Chien School District locks and checks buildings and reports to the head custodian. The
Upper Iowa Prairie du Chien Center administrative staff is responsible for locking the
high school only on rare occasions when the high school janitors are not on duty. The
Administrative Assistant of the Prairie du Chien Center is responsible for locking doors
at these times and reports to the Prairie du Chien Center Coordinator.
The Prairie du Chien Center administrative staff maintain a cooperative relationship with
the Prairie du Chien Police Department and the Prairie du Chien School District
administrative staff. Since the middle school is located in a low-crime area, the Prairie
du Chien Center relies on the Prairie du Chien Police Department to handle criminal
Also, the University has policies and procedures followed by the Prairie du Chien Center
administrative staff to handle violations of conduct standards and the law by students or
employees. This information is contained in the Upper Iowa University Center Catalog,
which is distributed to all students and staff members.
To report a crime, a student should call the Center Coordinator and the Prairie du Chien
Police Department. The Center Coordinator will then report the incident to the principal
at the Bluffview Intermediate School and to the Dean of the Extended University.
The person making the call shall complete the Incident Report Form available at the
Prairie du Chien Center Office located at 133 S. Michigan Street. In the event of a fire,
the student or employee should call the Prairie du Chien Fire Department. The Prairie du
Chien Fire Department is a well-equipped and well-trained volunteer fire department
with a full time fire chief and staff. The department is also backed-up by other local
volunteer fire departments in the area.
The Prairie du Chien School District buildings have a fire alarm system and accessible
fire extinguishers. The Prairie Center administrative office has accessible fire
extinguishers. In addition, all faculty members and administrative staff members have
directions to evacuate the high school building based on the fire evacuation plan in place
at the Prairie du Chien schools. The Prairie Center Office has two fire exits and sliding
windows that can be opened to step out of the building in case of emergency.
The Gundersen Clinic and Franciscan Skemp Healthcare Clinic provide professional medical emergency care to the Prairie du Chien Center. Emergency care is available 24 hours a day at the Prairie du Chien Memorial Hospital. Prairie du Chien students and employees are responsible for their own medical care, but can be referred to these facilities in case of emergency.
EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Franciscan Skemp Clinic - Prairie du Chien 608-326-0808
Gundersen Mental Health - Prairie du Chien 608-326-3380
PRAIRIE CENTER TELEPHONE NUMBERS
Regional Director – North Central Region 262-949-9667
Prairie du Chien Center Facilities
Students at the Prairie du Chien Center have access to classrooms at the Bluffview
Intermediate School and district buildings through a room rental contract with the Prairie
du Chien School District. In addition to classroom space, Prairie du Chien students also
have access to the high school library, computer lab, cafeteria, and rest room facilities.
Parking is available near the classrooms on the south side of the high school building.
Prairie Center students enter the high school through the south entry. Students are in
class on Monday and Thursday evenings. The Prairie du Chien High School Library is
open to the public on Wednesday evenings and Prairie Center students may use the
library at this time as well. Residence Halls
The Prairie du Chien Center is for commuters. Therefore, residence halls, or other
university sponsored living facilities are not available.
The Law and University Policies - Alcohol, Drug, and Sex Offenses
To provide for the safety of members of the University community at the Prairie du
Chien Center, Upper Iowa University has set standards of conduct for members of the
community (see page 96-100 of the 2009-10 Catalog) and for those seeking admission to
the University at the Prairie du Chien Center. These University standards are included in
the Academic Extension Faculty Handbook, Handbook for Administration and Staff, and
the Center Bulletin (student handbook) given to all faculty, employees, and students.
The standards of conduct do not replace or relieve persons from complying with the
requirements of civil or criminal laws. Unlawful behavior may result in criminal
prosecution as well as disciplinary action.
Policies relating to alcoholic beverages, drugs, and sexual assaults are found in the
Center Bulletin, Handbook for Administration and Staff, and the Extended University
Faculty Handbook. As part of the education process, members of the University
community are informed about University expectations and consequences when an
individual violates alcohol, drug, and sexual assault policies and related laws. Alcohol & Drugs
In consideration of federal, state and local laws, the possession, use or sale of illicit drugs
or alcohol is prohibited by Prairie du Chien Center students or employees on the grounds
of the Bluffview Intermediate School where Prairie du Chien Center classes are held.
The possession, use or sale of alcoholic beverages is prohibited on the grounds of the
Prairie du Chien School District buildings. The University neither condones nor
sanctions the use of alcohol. All individuals are expected to observe the alcoholic
beverage and illicit drug related laws of the State of Wisconsin. Members of the Prairie
du Chien Center University Community who are of legal age (21) are expected to make
responsible decisions about the use of alcohol or drugs and to assume full responsibility
for their personal conduct and actions. This includes respecting the right of those
individuals who choose not to use alcohol or drugs. Sexual Abuse
Sexual harassment or assault is not tolerated at the Prairie du Chien Center. Specific
procedures and policies are in place to handle reports of sexual harassment or assault. Sexual abuse is prohibited and is defined as:
-Unwanted or unwilling sexual contact-any sexual touching or attempting to
disrobe a person without his/her willing consent.
-Unwanted or unwilling sexual intercourse-any unlawful sexual intercourse
however slight that occurs without the consent of either party. Consent is defined
as a positive verbal acknowledgment such as “yes”. Any person under the
influence of alcohol or other drugs is considered incapacitated and unable to give
-Sexual exploitation-the observation or reproduction of any sexual act without the
written consent of all parties involved.
Examples: (not an exclusive list) Force or threats of force, including stranger and/or gang rape. Preventing a person from resisting by administering any intoxicant. Sexual
intercourse with a person who is known to be unconscious of the nature of the act (e.g.
sexual intercourse with a person who is sleeping, passed out or blacked out from alcohol
or drugs.) Sexual intercourse with a person who is incapable of giving legal consent or
under the legal age. Sexual intercourse with a student who is unable to give consent
because of a language barrier.
The standards of conduct do not replace or relieve persons from complying with the
requirements of civil or criminal laws. Unlawful behavior may result in criminal
prosecution as well as disciplinary action by the appropriate disciplinary board or
administrator. Guide to Sexual Assault Referral Services for University Students and Employees
It is an unfortunate fact that many individuals in our society are victims of personal
violence. There is assistance available for a victim of such personal violence. A person
who has been sexually abused will need support and information that will help clarify the
issues and facilitate recovery. Gundersen Lutheran Clinic provides sexual assault
counseling by calling 1-800-362-9567. Franciscan Skemp Clinic provides sexual assault
counseling by calling 1-800-362-5454. Local counselors are available at both clinics,
through Crawford County Human Services, and other helping agencies. Victims of sexual abuse may wish to consider the following actions:
If you are raped or sexually assaulted:
1. Get to a safe place as soon as you can.
2. Try to preserve all of the physical evidence. Do not wash, use the toilet, or change
clothing if you can avoid it. If you do change clothes, put all clothing you were wearing at the time of the attack in a paper, not plastic, bag.
3. Get medical attention as soon as possible to assess and treat any injuries you may
have sustained and to collect important evidence to assist police in legal action.
4. Contact the Prairie du Chien Police Department (326-2421) or the Crawford County
5. Contact the director or associate director of the Prairie du Chien center who will
maintain confidentiality, help explain your options, give you information and provide emotional support.
6. Contact someone you trust, a close friend or relative to be with you and support you. Male Victims
While most victims of sexual assault are women, men can also be victims. Male victims
at the Prairie du Chien Center should take the same steps as outlined in this document. Medical Treatment
It is important to seek immediate and follow-up medical attention for several reasons: (1)
to assess and treat any physical injuries you may have sustained; (2) to determine the risk
of sexually transmitted diseases or pregnancy and take preventative measures; and (3) to
gather evidence that could aid in criminal prosecution. Physical evidence should be
collected immediately, ideally within the first 24 hours. It may be collected later than
this, but the quality and quantity of the evidence may be diminished. A Prairie Center
student can receive the examination at the emergency room of the Prairie du Chien
Memorial Hospital or any other area hospital emergency room.
The administrative staff at the Prairie du Chien Center will help arrange transportation to
the clinic or hospital during normal working hours. The Prairie du Chien Police
Department will transport anyone assaulted to the hospital at any time of day. Counseling and Emotional Support
There are several local counseling services available to provide counseling and emotional
support. The staff at these agencies is able to intervene in a crisis situation and to
provide you with information about your options. Local agencies include: Gundersen
Lutheran Sexual Assault Services at 1-800-362-9567 x5950; Gundersen Lutheran
Behavioral Health Counseling at 326-3380; Franciscan Skemp Behavioral Health
1-800-362-5454 x9555; Crawford County Human Services at 326-0248; and Psychiatric
Associates at 326-2384.
Reporting to the Prairie Center Staff
The Prairie du Chien Center staff members are also available to help provide you with
information about your options, including medical assistance, counseling, University
disciplinary action, and legal prosecution information. Talking about your concerns with
the Center Coordinator may help you sort through your feelings and decide what to do.
You can also report a recently occurring incident at a later date, if you do not choose to
report it immediately. However, the sooner you report the incident, the sooner action
steps can be outlined for your welfare.
The reasons for reporting to the Prairie Center staff are: (1) to protect yourself and others
from future victimization; (2) to apprehend the assailant; and (3) to, in some way, seek
justice for the wrong that has been done to you. If you choose to report the incident to
the Prairie du Chien Police Department, an officer will take a statement from you
regarding what happened. He/she will ask you to describe the assailant(s) (if you do not
know them), or identify them if you do. He/she may ask questions about the scene of the
crime, any witnesses and what happened before and after the incident. You may have a
support person with you during the interview. University Disciplinary Action
If you have been sexually assaulted by another student or group of students and are
considering University action, you are encouraged to discuss the matter with the Center
Coordinator or the Dean of the Extended University. Please note that the University is
required by the Cleary Act (formerly the Campus Security Act) to report sexual assault
statistics to the University community.
If you do not wish to have the assault reported statistically, you will need to discuss your
options with the Center Coordinator or Dean of the Extended University. This will allow
you a chance to review the procedures should you decide to file a formal complaint to be
handled by the University. This discussion does not obligate you to pursue official action. Charges may either be filed directly by you or by the University on the basis of your written statement. Such a charge would be handled in accordance with the procedures relating to violations of the Code of Student Conduct in the Center Bulletin. Those students who are involved in sexual abuse cases are entitled to certain rights under Upper Iowa University’s Disciplinary Hearing Procedures as well as the following: 1. Both the accuser and the accused have the right to present relative information and
2. Both the accuser and the accused have the right to be notified of the sanctions
3. The accuser may request reasonable accommodations as to academic arrangements
4. The accuser has the right to file a complaint at any time during their enrollment at the
5. Students who violate University policies while involved in a sexual assault will be
adjudicated for the policy violation. Sanctions will be of an educational nature instead of punitive.
If you have been sexually assaulted or harassed by a nonstudent employee of the
University, this is a violation of the law and University policy. Complaints should be
filed with the Center Coordinator or the Dean of the Extended University.
An employee (nonstudent) who has been sexually assaulted by another employee or
student should report the matter to the Center Coordinator or Dean of the Extended
University. If you want to press criminal charges, call the Prairie du Chien Police
Department. Anonymous Reporting
If you are assaulted, and at this time do not want to pursue action within the University
system or the local police department, you may still want to consider making an
anonymous report. With your permission, the Center Coordinator or Dean of the
Extended University can file a report of the incident without revealing your identity. The
purpose of an anonymous report is to comply with your wish to keep the matter
confidential, while taking steps to ensure future safety for yourself and others. With such
information, the University can keep accurate records about the number of incidents
involving students or employees, determine whether there is a pattern of assaults with
regard to a particular location, method or assailant, and alert the Prairie du Chien student
community to potential danger. Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990
In November of 1990, President George Bush signed into law the Student Right-To-
Know and Campus Security Act.
This piece of legislation will affect, to some extent,
the campus security programs of every postsecondary institution in the nation.
The “campus” includes any building or property owned or controlled by the institution of
higher education within the same reasonable contiguous area and used by the institution
in direct support of, or related to, its educational purposes; or any building or property
owned or controlled by student organizations recognized by the institution.
The Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act establishes a minimum standard for the
disclosure of campus crime statistics in each institution’s annual report. Numbers of the
following offenses which are reported
(to center administration or local police agencies)
to have occurred “on campus” must be included in the report:
Criminal Homicide - Murder and Non-negligent Manslaughter
: The willful
(non-negligent) killing of one human being by another.
Criminal Homicide-Manslaughter by Negligence
: The killing of one human
being through gross negligence. Sex Offenses:
A forcible sex offense is “any sexual act directed against another
person, forcibly and/or against another person’s will; or not forcibly or against the
person’s will where the victim is incapable of giving consent” which include
forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, and forcible
fondling. Non-forcible sex offenses are acts of “unlawful, non-forcible sexual
intercourse” and include incest and statutory rape.
The taking, or attempting to take, of anything of value under
confrontational circumstances from the control, custody, or care of another person
or persons by force or threat of force or violence and/or putting the victim in fear
of immediate harm. Aggravated Assault:
An unlawful attack by one person upon another wherein
the offender uses a weapon or displays it in a threatening manner, or the victim
suffers obvious severe or aggravated bodily injury involving apparent broken
bones, loss of teeth, possible internal injury, severe laceration or loss of
consciousness - not that an (unsuccessful) attempt to commit murder would be
classified as an aggravated assault.
The unlawful entry into a building or other structure with the intent to
commit a felony or theft - note that forced entry is not a required element of the
offense, so long as the entry is unlawful (constituting a trespass) it may be
accomplished via an unlocked door or window. Included are (unsuccessful)
attempts to commit a burglary where force is employed, or where a perpetrator is
frightened off while entering an unlocked door or climbing through an open
Motor Vehicle Theft:
The theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle.
Any willful or malicious burning or attempt to burn, with or without
intent to defraud, a dwelling house, building, motor vehicle or aircraft, personal
property or another, etc.
Also required to be reported are the numbers of arrests for the following crimes which have occurred “on campus”:
Liquor Law Violations:
Violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the
manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation, possession or use of alcoholic
beverages (with the exception of “driving under the influence” or “drunkenness”).
Drug Abuse Violations:
Violations of laws prohibiting the production,
distribution, and/or use of certain controlled substances and the equipment or
devices utilized in their preparation and/or use.
Violations of laws or ordinances prohibiting the
manufacture, sale, purchase, transportation possession, concealment, or use of
firearms, cutting instruments, explosives, incendiary devices, or other deadly
Crime Information and Statistics
Upper Iowa University-Prairie du Chien Center annually distributes a security report
containing center security policies and procedures as well as crime statistics. The
statistics are compiled in cooperation with the Prairie du Chien Police Department.
Statistics concerning the occurrences at the Prairie du Chien School District buildings
(campus) and the Prairie Center Office reported to center administrators or local police are as follows:
O R N P O R N P O R N P
O = On campus – includes incidents in/on residential facilities, buildings, and property. R = Residential Facilities – includes incidents in residential facilities only. N = In or on non-campus building or property P = On public property
Crime statistics will be maintained on a calendar year basis in compliance with the Campus Security Act. The statistics for the 2008 calendar year are reported in September of 2009.
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