|Texas Lutheran University wishes to provide a safe, educational environment for the students, faculty, and staff. As a member of this community, you are encouraged to contact Texas Lutheran University Police to report any suspicious circumstances or criminal activity. Texas Lutheran University officers are fully certified Texas Peace Officers with arrest authority. Their jurisdiction is defined in the Texas Education Code and Code of Criminal Procedures and governed by directives of other state laws. However, Texas Lutheran University Police restrict most of their action to property owned by Texas Lutheran University. The Texas Lutheran University Police Department has procedures in place so that other law enforcement agencies may report to us any crimes related to Texas Lutheran University.|
Texas Lutheran University Police Officers pledge to provide police services that assist community members in maintaining a safe and well-ordered campus environment in which the educational mission of the university can be realized. We pledge at all times to show respect for all individuals and their rights, to uphold the law, to strive for excellence in every service we provide and always to act with the highest integrity. We actively seek ways to provide services and to strengthen our partnership with the community realizing at all times that protection of our students, staff and faculty is our primary duty. We work to maintain a progressive law enforcement organization that embraces the values of the university community.
The Texas Lutheran University campus residence halls are secured at all times. Access is gained by use of one’s student identification card. Other campus facilities, except for the Alumni Student Center, are locked to unauthorized persons by midnight. Residents in our apartments are encouraged to lock and secure their doors at all times. Residents are also encouraged to keep personal possessions (e.g. bicycles, barbecue pits) securely locked or indoors and to report any problems or suspicious behavior to Texas Lutheran University Police Department.
Texas Lutheran University attempts to make timely reports of possible safety hazards or known criminal activities that might endanger the campus community by posting notices campus-wide or by placing verbal notices on the campus telephone network. The community is urged to heed such warnings when they are issued. Texas Lutheran University officers routinely check for the proper functioning of all security lighting. To report a problem involving the residential life policies of Texas Lutheran University, (excessive noise, vandalism, alcohol use, interpersonal conflict or the like); contact the resident assistant or residence hall director. To report a problem involving criminal activity (theft, DWI, illegal drug use, assault, rape, etc.), contact the Texas Lutheran University Police Department, (dial “0” or extension 8199) or dean of student life office (extension 8060).
- For Texas Lutheran University Police, dial “0”
- For Seguin Police/Fire/EMS, dial “911”
- For Police Chief Gary Hopper, dial extension “8199”
The Texas Lutheran University Police Department exists to protect and serve our campus community. Certified peace officers provide 24-hour coverage, seven days a week; they staff the office, patrol, investigate crimes and prepare criminal cases for prosecution with the County Attorney and District Attorney’s office. They stand ready to enforce the laws of our state and the policies of our institution. They have full arrest powers. Officers assist students whenever possible with special needs, disabled vehicles, or the investigation of stolen property. They maintain the security of our facilities and property. Students are asked to assist in this effort by locking residences and automobiles, safely storing all personal property, stay in lighted areas after dark, and reporting any suspicious activity. To reach the Texas Lutheran University Police Department on campus, dial “0” from a university phone. To reach the Texas Lutheran University Police from off campus, dial 830-372-8000. (This also applies if you are using a cell phone.) To reach off-campus emergency services, dial 911 from any campus phone or any pay telephone.
Texas Lutheran University employs certified Texas Peace Officers. Texas Lutheran University has NO security officers.
- Escort: Students wishing to be escorted across campus late at night may ask a Texas Lutheran University police officer to escort them. The requests are honored as the officers are available.
- Vehicle Assist: Texas Lutheran University police officers assist in securing keys locked in vehicles or assist with disabled vehicles.
- Property engraving and bike registration: Upon request.
- Communications: Texas Lutheran University Police are responsible for supervising and training communications personnel who operate from the hub of the Alumni Student Center.
- Special Operations: Texas Lutheran University Police work special events and present educational programs periodically.
To assist students with changing environments, changing situations, stressful relationships, as well as other concerns and problems, TLU offers counseling services through a licensed professional counselor. Conversations are confidential and referrals to community professionals are available.
for additional resources or contact Director of Counseling Services Terry Weers
at 830-372-8009 in Meadows Center 105.
|Policy for Timely Warning|
In compliance with “Timely Notice” provisions of the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act of 1998 the University Police are responsible for timely warnings to the campus community. All information will be given that will promote safety. All “Clery Act” crimes will be included as well as any crimes reported to the University Police and are considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. It is irrelevant to University Police whether the victims or the perpetrators are members of the campus community.
Issuing a timely warning will be made on a case by case basis and will involve the nature of the crime, continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. University Police Department Administrators (and at times input from Texas Lutheran University Administration), will determine when timely warnings are made.
Texas Lutheran University Residence Halls are secured 24 hours and day. Residents gain entry by using a magnetic access card. Outside entry points are monitored by security cameras. All other Texas Lutheran University facilities are open during regular business hours, and accessed by key after hours. Faculty, staff and students are required to have a Texas Lutheran University ID CARD in their possession at all times and to present their ID CARD upon request. Texas Lutheran University ID CARDS may be obtained at the Texas Lutheran University Center – Student Life Office.
|Crime Awareness and Campus Security Report|
The Texas Lutheran University Police Department prepares this report to comply with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act. This report is prepared in cooperation with our main campus, distance learning and satellite campuses, and the Office of Student Life. Each entity provides update information on their educational efforts and programs to comply with the Act.
|Crime Reporting Policies and Procedures|
University community members (students, faculty, and staff) are encouraged to report all crimes and public safety related incidents to the University Police Department in a timely manner. Crimes should be reported to the University Police Department to ensure inclusion in the annual crime statistics and to aid in providing timely warning notices to the Texas Lutheran University community, when appropriate.
To report a crime or emergency on the Texas Lutheran University campus, call the Texas Lutheran University Police Department at 830-372-8000. University Police are available at this telephone number 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to answer your call. To report a non-emergency or public safety related matter, call the Texas Lutheran University Police Department at 830-372-8199.
The Texas Lutheran University Police Department encourages anyone who is the victim of a crime, or witnesses to a crime, to report it to the University Police Department. Texas Lutheran University Police Department reports are public record under state law and cannot be held in confidence. Dial “0” from an on campus phone, or call the Texas Lutheran University Police Department at 830-372-8199, or call the Texas Lutheran University Dispatch at 830-372-8000.
|Confidential Information Reporting|
Confidential information or reports may be made by direct line accessed by the Chief of Police only. The number is 830-372-6899. However, this information may be subject to disclosure under Texas Open Records Act.
|Criminal Activity – Off Campus|
The Texas Lutheran University Police Department works closely with off-campus law enforcement agencies, such as local, state and federal. Many commuter students reside in Seguin or Guadalupe County. Texas Lutheran University operates two off-campus housing facilities in the city of Seguin. The Seguin Police Department would have primary jurisdiction on crimes occurring there. The Texas Lutheran University Police Department would be the secondary agency to assist. Texas Lutheran University Police Department also works closely with Seguin Fire/EMS services and Air Life ambulance service.
- Texas Lutheran University is located .8 miles from the new Seguin Police Department at 350 N. Guadalupe St.
- Texas Lutheran University is located .5 mile from the new Seguin Fire Station on Hwy 46 South.
- Texas Lutheran University is a designated alternative landing zone (“LZ”) for Air Life (helicopter) Ambulance Service.
- Crime Statistics for the State of Texas and other matters may be accessed at: www.txdps.state.tx.us/crimereports/citindex.htm.
- Crime Statistics for the City of Seguin may be accessed at: http://www.ci.seguin.tx.us.
|Security Awareness Programs|
The Texas Lutheran University presents crime prevention programs in an “on going” basis mode. A speaker, usually an officer, presents tips on personal safety and date/rape and sexual assault topics. GHB/Rohypnol and other date rape drugs are discussed. Alcohol is present a large percentage of the time in sexual assault cases. This is thoroughly presented. The Texas Lutheran University Police Department and the Texas Lutheran University Health Center provide pamphlets and brochures addressing many crime prevention topics including date rape/acquaintance rape and personal safety tips. The Texas Lutheran University Residence Life personnel, such as a residence assistant, provide written information and programs in housing areas. This is usually done each semester.
|Sexual Assault|Texas Lutheran University Police Department is a member of Guadalupe County sexual assault response team, comprised of all surrounding agencies.
Texas Lutheran University offers informational programs on the issue of sexual assault (including rape or acquaintance rape) through its Residence Life, Police, Student Life and Learning, and Center for Women’s Studies programs. All students should alert themselves to the dangers, preventative measures, and responses needed to sexual assault.Definitions
Broadly defined, sexual offenses include any sexual act directed against another person, forcibly and/or without that person’s consent; or where the victim is incapable of giving consent.Consent
The burden of obtaining consent is on the party seeking to initiate a sexual encounter. Affirmative consent is required, either verbally, or by voluntary acts unmistakable in their meaning. This definition also covers incidents in which a victim was incapable of giving legal consent, which is not the same as factual consent as people may be able to give factual consent as a result of the use of alcohol, drugs or rape drugs, but not be legally capable of so doing.Procedures to Follow if a Sexual Assault Occurs
The Director of the Counseling Center is the initial contact person for the TLU Campus.Self Care and Safety:
After an assault, the survivor may be in a state of shock. Although the first reaction will be to bathe or shower, DO NOT. Instead, the survivor is advised to wrap in something warm, such as a blanket or coat. Staying warm, instead of cleaning up right away, will accomplish two important things:
- It will help in recovering from the shock.
- It is less likely that the evidence will be disturbed or destroyed if the survivor decides to prosecute.
It is extremely important that survivors:
- get to a safe place
- call the police for help
- lock doors and windows
- keep warm
- get medical attention
- write down all they can remember
- take a change of clothing with them to the hospital or sexual assault center. If they must change their clothes, put them in a paper bag to give to the Police (plastic destroys evidence)
- shower or bathe
- brush or comb hair
- urinate (if possible)
- change clothes
- eat or drink anything
- brush or rinse teeth or smoke
- touch things at the crime scene
- Call Someone: Survivors are advised to call someone for support immediately. Survivors react to sexual assault in different ways: some are upset, some are angry and some are very calm and controlled. Whatever the reaction, one may make better decisions by talking to a trusted friend or relative, or someone who is professionally trained to deal with sexual assault. In addition, this person can serve as a vital source of emotional support.
- Seek Medical Attention: It is very important that the survivor seek medical attention as soon as possible after a sexual assault. A medical exam is important for two reasons: (1) it ensures that the survivor receives the appropriate medical treatment, and (2) it is essential in the collection of physical evidence if the survivor decides to prosecute.
- Call Seguin Police, 911, or Texas Lutheran University Police: The Texas Lutheran University Police Department (TLUPD) is a full service legislated police agency that serves students, faculty, staff, and visitors within its jurisdiction. Students are encouraged to report any sexual assault, including acquaintance rape, to the University Police and/or Seguin Police, taking care to preserve all relevant evidence. The safety and well-being of sexual offense survivors is the primary concern of the Police. Normally, the Police will conduct a criminal investigation, and report the findings of that investigation to the State’s Attorney. University Police officials can also assist sexual assault survivors in notifying other law enforcement authorities, as appropriate.
- Under Texas Law the victim of a sexual assault may choose to use a pseudonym (a fictitious name).
- Under Texas Law the victim of a sexual assault is entitled to the Crime Victims Compensation Act.
The State of Texas registers convicted sex offenders. Information may be accessed at the following link: https://records.txdps.state.tx.us/DPS_WEB/SorNew/index.aspx
Information pertaining to any convicted sex offender attending Texas Lutheran University or employed at Texas Lutheran University may be accessed at the Texas Lutheran University Police Department.
Accessing Support Services
If you are seeking health, spiritual, psychological support services or want to ask questions without filing a complaint at this time, contact Counseling Services, Campus Nurse, or Campus Pastor.
If you consult a medical or mental health provider in a patient context, your name and information that you share will remain confidential and will not be disclosed to any other University office or the police without your permission, unless there is a risk of danger to yourself or another, child and elder abuse or neglect, or if there is a court-ordered subpoena.
In addition, Counseling and Disability Services may provide referral information for:
- medical attention and off-campus support services
- filing a report to the police and/or to the Dean of Students Office
- housing or academic concerns
Counseling and Disability Services, Terry Weers 830-372-7999
Campus Ministry, Pastor Ronning 830-372-8160
University Nurse, Cathy Anderson 830-372-8068
Filing a Complaint
To file a complaint or report an alleged act of sexual misconduct, report the incident to the Dean of Students office.
We will invite you to participate in a preliminary conference and provide a written statement describing the incident and the names of any witnesses who can support your statement. The information you provide will help us determine if further action should be pursued.
It is the legal duty of TLU to determine what occurred and take appropriate steps to resolve the situation. We will respect your wishes regarding further involvement in our investigation. Please be aware, if you decline to participate, our ability to respond will be limited.
If you discuss an alleged sexual misconduct incident with any university employee other than the counselors at Counseling Services of health providers at Health & Wellness Services, the employee is required to report the incident to the TLU Title IX Coordinator, which will lead to an investigation as described above.
Dr. Bernadette K. Buchanan, Assoc. Dean of Student Life and Learning 830-372-8060
Mr. Andy Vasquez 830-372-6811, Director, Human Resource Services
E2Campus Emergency Notifications
TLU has a state-of-the-art emergency notification system that is capable of sending notifications instantly and simultaneously to all registered mobile phones, wireless PDAs, pagers and e-mail addresses. E2Campus is a service that is being provided by the University for the TLU community. As such it will be used for emergency notifications only. There will be no advertising. Sign up for E2Campus
Texas Lutheran University Police
Police Chief Gary Hopper
Dial ext. “8199”
Parking & Traffic Regulations
Operating any type of vehicle (car, truck, motorcycle) on the campus is regulated by the university police and requires your cooperation with all traffic regulations and safe-driving practices.