- Policy Statement
Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications will notify members of the College community of potential threats against which they can take preventive measures.
- Policy Purpose
In compliance with the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA) of 2008, and the Jeanne Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. 1092(f), the purpose of this policy is to set forth the procedures by which the College will provide emergency notification or timely warning to the College community in the event that a significant emergency or dangerous situation is reported that poses an immediate, imminent, or impending threat to members of the College community; or a crime or incident is reported that poses a threat to members of the College community.
- Scope of Policy
Timely warnings will be issued in response to reported crimes committed either on campus or, in some cases, off campus that, in the judgment of the College, constitute a serious or continuing threat to members of the College community.
Timely Warnings are disseminated for the following FBI Uniform Crime Report/National Incident Based Reporting System Classifications: arson, criminal homicide, sex offenses (forcible rape, forcible sodomy, sexual assault with an object, forcible fondling, incest, and statutory rape), and robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, and hate crimes. Cases of aggravated assault and sex offenses are considered on a case-by-case basis, depending on the facts of the case, and the information known to the College. For example, if an aggravated assault occurs between two students who have a disagreement, there may be no ongoing threat to other members of the College community; therefore, a Timely Warning would not be disseminated.
Emergency notifications will be issued in response to a significant emergency or a dangerous situation, either on campus or, in some cases, off campus that, in the judgment of the College, constitute an immediate, imminent, or impending threat to the health or safety of members of the College community.
- Timely Warning Protocol
The issuing of a timely warning notice must be decided on a case-by-case basis in light of all of the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.
In an effort to provide timely notice to the College community, and in the event of a serious incident which may pose a threat to members of the College community, an email Timely Warning is sent to all students, faculty and staff.
Updates to the College community about any particular case resulting in a Timely Warning may be distributed via email, may be posted on the College website, or may be shared with local News media.
The College may not provide Timely Warnings about those crimes reported to a pastoral or professional counselor.
- Emergency Notification Protocol
Emergency notification is issued immediately upon confirmation that a dangerous situation or emergency exists or threatens.
- Alert System- Email, text messages and voicemail messages (where appropriate) are automatically generated.
- Website Updates- information will be posted to the College's website
The Emergency Management Group, or select members of management are responsible for determining the deployment of the Alert system for use in disseminating emergency notification/information. The College President or designee will issue all Emergency Alerts.
- Timing, Content, and Decision Criteria for a Campus Timely Warning or Emergency Notification
- Timely Warning
- The warning should be issued as soon as the pertinent information is available because the intent of a campus timely warning is to alert the campus community of continuing threats, especially concerning safety, thereby enabling community members to protect themselves.
- The warning should include all information that would promote safety. Generally, the warning will specify the type of reported crime, the time and location at which the reported crime occurred, and specific advice to the campus community regarding steps to take to avoid becoming a victim and to protect.
- Emergency Notification:
- A statement as to what the emergency or dangerous situation is, in specific terms;
- A statement providing direction as to what actions the receiver of the message should take to ensure their own safety;
- A statement as to where or when additional information may be obtained.
- Timely Warning