University Safety & Security Information, Drug Free Compliance & Statistics

American International University is both small and seeks to remain safe. Although no institution can guarantee the safety of all present at all times, we are fortunate to be located in a low crime area and so small we have not had the occasion to seek police to ward off threats to students, faculty or staff. At our functions we have enjoyed an atmosphere in which members of the community may go safely about their various activities. American International University, however, like other colleges and universities, is not immune to the negative forces, including crime, present in the larger American society. Therefore, the best defense against crime for the University community and its individual members is planned prevention.

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the Sheriff, constitutes an ongoing or continued threat, a Security Bulletin will be issued. At this time, warnings may be posted on facility entrance doors. Once resources are budgeted, such warnings may be issued via e-mail.

The following information is intended, in accordance with the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, to inform members of the University community about the available resources, policies, and procedures related to safety and security.

American International University Policy

Due to its size American International University will until budget allows dial 911 in the case of emergencies and 311 in the case of low priority investigative remedies  requiring law enforcement powers and responsibilities and the power to arrest as per the laws of the State of Texas.

Officers are responsible for a full range of public safety services, including all crime reports, investigations, traffic accidents, enforcement of laws regulating underage drinking, the use of controlled substances, weapons, and all other incidents requiring police assistance. When called Travis County officers may be ask to assist arrest and/or investigations as may be necessary. The university operates no off campus housing or organizational facilities.

Fire & Emergency Medical Service
In the case of fire or an EMS need, a 911 call will be made to County personnel for appropriate fire operations, rescue, or vehicle extrication. For Emergency Medical Service (EMS) we will initiate care and call for an ambulance.

The police, fire and EMS departments are located on Alabama Avenue behind the Physical Plant Services administrative building.

Students and employees are urged to contribute to their individual and collective safety not only by using preventive measures, but also by immediately reporting violations of the rights of others to the University security official, or take advantage of the security services provided.

Staff, guests and students should attempt to keep their room doors locked when they leave their rooms, or when they are asleep. Exterior doors should not be propped open as this causes a breach in security which endangers all present. Owners of automobiles are urged to keep their car doors locked. Every effort should be taken to maintain our facilities, including research equipment, landscaping, grounds keeping and outdoor lighting.Windows- all are strongly urged to lock all lockable windows.

Room doors are to be locked to prevent theft. The university assumes no financial responsibility for lost or stolen property. The University does not provide insurance for anyones’ belongings, nor does it accept responsibility for items that are stolen or accidentally destroyed. Those whose insurance policies do not cover their belongings while at the University often can have a rider added at a minimal cost.

The University permits crime victims or witnesses to make confidential, but not anonymous, reports of crimes for inclusion in the University's annual report. Such confidential reports should be made in person to the Sheriff or the Dean.

Sexual Assault Program

We urge that education and counseling be used to prevent sexual offenses; and, as we grow we wish to offer such courses. During orientations, the issue of sexual assault and acquaintance rape is discussed with all. All must exercise due diligence in reporting sexual assault and making others aware of the issue of sexual offenses.

If an individual reports a sexual offense, institutional authorities will stand by them so proper law enforcement authorities are notified. A victim of sexual assault should contact our Dean. We ask that victims of sexual assault all attempt to gain counseling.

Anyone who believes himself or herself to be the victim of a sexual offense or harassment can bring a complaint through direct contact with law enforcement and the judiciary. No one will be reprimanded or discriminated against in any way for initiating an inquiry or complaint in good faith. When resolved the accuser and the accused will be informed of the outcome of any institutional disciplinary proceeding brought internally and alleging a sex offense, or harassment.


Firearms or any other weapons are not permitted on campus. Handguns and B.B. guns are not permitted. The University accepts no responsibility for injuries to persons or property resulting from the use of firearms. Violation of the rules governing weapons will result in a minimum $200 fine and 10 hours of community service. Social probation, suspension or expulsion may also be imposed for violation of these rules. Possession of firearms on campus is a felony under Texas law.

Crime Statistics

The University Dean may prepare an annual report to comply with the Crime statistics Act. University crime, arrest, and referral statistics include those reported to the University Dean. The statistics may also include crimes that have occurred in private businesses and residences. Each year an e-mail notification is made to all enrolled students, faculty and staff that provides the web site to access this report.

Drug-Free  Institution

This statement is posted in compliance with the provisions of The Drug-Free Workplace Act of 1988 (41 U.S.C. Sec. 701, et. seq.) and The Drug-Free Schools and Communities Act Amendments of 1989 (20 U.S.C. Sec. 3171, et. seq.). It applies to all University employees, students and guests. The University is committed to being a drug free institution and commends all who voluntarily take steps to rid themselves of illicit drug use and alcohol abuse, and rigorously enforces applicable laws and policies. To rid one self of "illicit drug use or alcohol abuse does not mean, to cook a concoction which masks the presence of traces in the blood," as this is a) illegal and b) a continued use thereof may cause Type II diabetes or worse side affects.


The unlawful possession, use, distribution, sale or manufacture of illicit drugs and alcohol at the University, on property owned or controlled by the University, or as part of any activity of the University strictly prohibited. All employees and students are subject to applicable federal, state and local laws related to this matter. Additionally, any violation of this policy will result in disciplinary action as set forth in the Student, Faculty and Staff Handbook and as defined by any other existing University policies, ordinances, rules, and regulations.


Various federal, state and local statutes make it unlawful to possess, use, distribute, sell or manufacture controlled substances. The penalty imposed depends upon various factors, including the type and amount of controlled substance involved, the number of prior offenses, if any, whether death or serious bodily injury resulted from the use of such substance and whether any other crimes were committed in connection with the use of the controlled substance.

Possible maximum penalties for a first time violation of federal criminal drug laws include imprisonment for any period of time up to a term of life imprisonment, substantial fines, supervised release, or any combination of the above. These sanctions are doubled when the offense involves either: 1) distribution or possession at or near a school or college campus or 2) distribution to persons under 21 years of age. Repeat offenders may be punished to a greater extent as provided by statute. Further, a civil penalty of up to $10,000 may be assessed for simple possession of "personal use amounts" of certain specified substances under federal law (21 U.S.C. Sec. 801, et. seq.).

Under state law, the offenses of distribution, possession or casual exchange of controlled substances are punishable as a Class A misdemeanor for a first offense (unless the possession is authorized by a valid prescription). If there is an exchange between a minor and an adult at least two years the minor’s senior and the adult knew that the person was a minor, the offense is classified as a felony. See Texas Penal Code. It is also a Class A misdemeanor to possess with intent to use drug paraphernalia. T.C.A. § . Class A misdemeanors are punishable by imprisonment of up to 1 year and fines up to $2500.00. The foregoing is to be updated with Texas statutes.

It is unlawful for any person under the age of 21 to buy, possess, transport (unless in the course of his or her employment) or consume alcoholic beverages, wine or beer. T.C.A. § . Further, it is an offense (1) to provide alcoholic beverages to any person under the age of 21, including purchasing alcoholic beverages for or at the request of a person under 21 years of age, (2) for a person under 21 to attempt to purchase alcohol, and (3) to use false identification to purchase alcohol. T.C.A. §  and . Such offenses are generally classified as misdemeanors punishable by prison sentences of less than a year and fines ranging from $50 to $2,500. (The foregoing T.C.A. §s are to be updated with Texas statutes.) Repeat offenders may be subject to harsher penalties.


The University will impose appropriate sanction(s), consistent with local, state and federal law, on any employee or student who fails to comply with the terms of this policy.


As a condition of employment, each employee, including student employees, must abide by the terms of this policy, and must notify his or her department head or supervisor of any criminal drug statute conviction for a violation involving the workplace no later than five days after such conviction. A conviction includes a finding of guilt, a plea of nolo contendere, or imposition of a sentence by any federal or state judicial body. In the event any such conviction involves an employee working on a federal contract or grant, the University will contact the granting or contracting federal agency within ten days of receiving notice of a conviction. Possible disciplinary sanctions for failure to comply with this policy, including failure to notify of conviction, may include one or more of the following:



3)mandatory participation in and satisfactory completion of a drug/alcohol abuse program or rehabilitation program;

4)recommendation for professional counseling;

5)referral for prosecution;

6)letter of warning;



Possible disciplinary sanctions for failure to comply with the terms of this policy, including failure to notify of conviction, may include one or more of the following:



3)mandatory participation in and satisfactory completion of a drug/alcohol abuse program or rehabilitation program;

4)referral for prosecution;



7)community service;


For those cases warranting consideration of readmission for students or reinstatement for employees, any such consideration will only be given following appropriate counseling and rehabilitation.


Many health risks are associated with the use of illicit drugs and the abuse of alcohol, including organic damage; impairment of brain activity, digestion, and blood circulation; impairment of physiological processes and mental functioning; and physical and psychological dependence. Such use during pregnancy may cause spontaneous abortion, various birth defects or fetal alcohol syndrome. In addition, the illicit use of drugs can increase the risks of contracting hepatitis, AIDS, and other infections. If used excessively, alcohol or drugs taken singly or in certain combinations may cause death. Additional information on the risks associated with illicit drug use and abuse of alcohol is available by on a limited basis by appointment with Psychotherapist Kenneth Koym.


The University urges students and employees engaged in the illicit use of drugs and/or the abuse of alcohol to seek professional advice and treatment. The University’s health plan for employees and their dependents and many other health plans provide some coverage for substance abuse treatment. Preliminary evaluations, case assessment, and referral for University students and employees are provided by the staff of the University Counseling Service. Information about various drug and alcohol counseling, treatment and/or rehabilitation programs in Office of Kenneth Koym and/or the Office of Personnel Services. All inquiries will be treated confidentially to the extent possible.

The University Environmental Health and Safety information can be located here -

Automobile Accident

If you are involved in an automobile accident on campus, you should do the following:

1. Assess the accident. Is medical assistance needed

2. Call 911 and ask them to dispatch an ambulance if the victim needs it and assumes all charges.

Bomb Threat

If you have knowledge of a bomb threat on campus, you should do the following:

1. Report the information immediately. Call the Sheriff at 911.

2. Warn everyone and evacuate the building immediately. Follow the fire evacuation plans.

3. Count heads. Verify that everyone is out of the building. Do not return into the building.

4. Stay clear. Remain at least 500 feet away.

5. Stay in a safe area. Until the building is declared safe by the proper authorities, remain out of the building.

Serious Injury or Illness

1. Report the injury / illness immediately. Call the EMS via 911.

2. The police officer will call for emergency medical services and/or transportation to local health care facilities.

3. In case of injury or illness, the Dean will notify the involved person’s family.

4. Faculty and staff should follow the Universal Precautions in Handling Body Fluids as recommended by the Environmental Health and Safety Office, i.e. wearing rubber gloves and disposing supplies properly.


Periodic fire drills will be conducted. If you have discovered a fire on campus, you should do the following:

1. Report the information immediately. Call the area Fire department via 911 and/or pull the Fire Alarm.

2. Warn everyone and evacuate the building immediately. Follow the fire evacuation plans.

3. Count heads. Verify that everyone is out of the building. Do not return into the building.

4. Stay clear. Remain at least 500 feet away.

5. Stay in a safe area. Until the building is declared safe by the proper authorities, remain out of the building.

6. Keep access roads open for emergency vehicles.

Civil Disturbance

A civil disturbance is any set of circumstances that in the judgment of the administration would cause a disruption of normal college activities and would potentially jeopardize the safety of students, faculty or staff. Call 911 for dire emergencies or 311 for alternative solutions.

Hazardous Weather

When the weather conditions are enough to warrant limited activities at the University will be advised by local television and radio stations and e-mail messages issued by the appropriate college personnel; instructions will be given as to the status of University operations. Only under emergency or threatening conditions will the University be closed during normal operating hours.

Immediately go to an interior room or hallway. Stay away from glassed areas. If the building has more than one floor, go to the bottom floor.

Frequently Called Numbers

For dire emergencies dial 911
For less urgent dial 311

American International University,    Posted  5-20-07   Return to the homepage