Campus Security is the administrative office at Morningside College that is responsible for safety and security. It includes a director, assistant director, and 20 part-time student secretaries and officers. The Director reports to the Associate Vice-President of Business/Controller and the Vice-President for Business and Finance. Campus Security employees are not sworn or commissioned officers. They do not carry weapons. They do not have arresting authority. The Sioux City Police Department, Woodbury County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol handle all arrests. All on-duty personnel wear a distinctive security uniform. They provide basic security services to the campus community and are on duty 24 hours a day 365 days a year. Members of the Campus Security staff attend training programs specifically designed for security personnel.
Campus Security has a close working relationship with the Sioux City Police Department. All major crimes (felonies) are reported to the Sioux City Police Department, which assumes responsibility for any investigation that may be necessary as soon as possible. In the case of emergencies, the Sioux City Police Department or Sioux City Fire Rescue are notified immediately. Campus Security encourages victims to report crimes immediately and to call in the event of emergencies.
Students and employees may also report criminal offenses to the Dean of the College, Vice-President for Student Life and Enrollment, Vice-President for Business and Finance, hall directors, RAs, coaches and faculty. All names are kept confidential and not included in daily logs in an effort to protect those who are reporting the crime from retaliation. Only certain personnel will have access to the names of the informants to provide them with protection.
General services provided by Campus Security are walking and vehicle patrols, response to criminal and non-criminal activity, escorts, jump-starts and unlocking vehicles. Security officers make routine patrols of campus buildings and check exteriors of buildings. They also monitor the mechanical rooms of each building and report any potential problems to the Director of Physical Plant. If a fire is discovered or suspected, evacuate the building and then contact Campus Security immediately by dialing 712-274-5234 and/or the Sioux City Fire Rescue by dialing 911.
Campus Security makes, keeps and maintains a monthly log of reported crimes written in a form that is easily understood. The log is available to the public for inspection in the Campus Security Office. The monthly log provides the nature, date, time and general location of each crime. Additionally, the disposition of the complaint is given, if known. Information, including updates, is added as the information becomes available. If there is clear and convincing evidence that the release of such information would jeopardize an ongoing criminal investigation or the safety of an individual, cause a suspect to flee or evade detection, or result in the destruction of evidence, such information may be withdrawn until the damage is no longer likely to occur from the release of such information. As a matter of policy, names are not included in the monthly log.
The Campus Security office is located in the Olsen Student Center, just inside the main front doors. The Director’s Office is located in lower level of the Olsen Student Center. The phone number for Campus Security is 712-274-5234. Security staff members are available either in the office or by calling the Security number, which will reach them through the radio. Any criminal incidents, emergencies or other suspicious activity should be reported immediately to Campus Security. Individuals may also call the Sioux City Police Department directly for emergencies by dialing 911 or 712-279-6960 for non-emergencies. All security matters should be reported to Campus Security, including updates on any action taken.
In addition to regular foot and vehicle patrols and 24-hour availability, Campus Security offers these services to
assist students, faculty and staff:
- 24-Hour Escort Service: We provide this service to anyone who wishes to be escorted anywhere on campus
24 hours a day.
- Vehicle Assistance Program: We provide assistance in starting vehicles and opening locked doors.
- Transportation for Visitors With Limited Mobility: We provide shuttle transportation to visitors and attendees of Morningside College campus events who require special assistance.
Campus Security officers do walking and vehicle patrols; respond to criminal and non-criminal incidents; provide jumpstarts and unlocking of vehicles. Campus Security does offer 24-hour escort service to anyone who requests it, to anywhere on campus. Security officers make routine patrols of campus to all the buildings. They also monitor boiler/mechanical rooms of each building and check for any potential problems. Each residential building is equipped with a building alarm system for fire/smoke. If a fire is discovered or suspected, contact Campus Security immediately by dialing 712-274-5234 or Sioux City Fire Rescue by dialing 911 and evacuate the building immediately.
On a regular basis, Morningside College provides programs designed to educate the community on issues such as:
- Crime Prevention
- Sexual Assault Awareness
- Personal Safety
- Fire Prevention
- Alcohol & Drug Abuse Prevention
For participation in one of these programs or to schedule a program, please contact Campus Security at 712-274-5234.
Director of Security
Jim Cornelia became Director of Security at Morningside College in May of 2000. Prior to that, he served with the Sioux City Police Department for 31 years retiring at the rank of Sergeant. Cornelia worked in several areas of the Police Department and was the Training Coordinator and Head of the Field Training Officer Program the last 4 years on the Department.
Cornelia is a member of several college security organizations dealing with college safety and security. During his career at Morningside College, he has added 14 emergency phones across the campus. He also implemented a policy of locking the resident Halls 24-7 and has been converting the resident halls to an electric access system. He maintains a good working relationship with the Sioux City Police Department , Residence Life, Student Government, Student Services, Student Health and others to help make Morningside a very safe college community.
Brett Lyon, Assistant Director of Security at Morningside College, has been overseeing the student security officers on the night shift since July 2007. He joined the Campus Security Department after 3 years working in politics for Senator Grassley and gubernatorial candidates Bob Vander Plaats and Jim Nussle. As a student at Morningside College, he worked as the head student security officer for the Security Department for two years before graduating in 2004 with a degree in education and minors in business and psychology.
Lyon has training in Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessments, Business Continuity, Emergency Shelter Training, Emergency Planning for Special Needs Communities, and Homeland Security Planning for Campuses, NIMS through the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, as well as being certified in first-aid and CPR. Besides being the chair of the Campus Shelter Committee and Campus Safety Committees, Lyon currently sits on the Tri-State Disaster Committee, Community Organizations Assisting in Disasters (COAD) Committee, Siouxland Higher Education Safety and Security Committee (chair), Safeguard Iowa-Northwest Iowa Chapter Committee (Co-Chair), and Siouxland Volunteer Center Advisory Board.