Timely Warning Notices
USU provides “timely warning notices” to students, staff, and faculty through the Code Blue Alert System when there is a potentially dangerous criminal situation on campus so people can take steps to protect themselves.
Conditions for a Timely Warning
Timely warnings are sent in compliance with the federal Clery Act, a consumer protection law that aims to provide transparency around campus crime policy and statistics. Notices are sent out as soon as possible for specific crimes listed in the Clery Act that:
- are reported to the campus police (or a campus security authority),
- occur on campus and
- might pose a serious or continuing threat to students and employees.
USU will send a timely warning as soon as possible, and sometimes this may be before all the facts surrounding a criminal incident have been collected or verified.
Clery Act Crimes
Crimes covered by the Clery Act and may require a timely warning notice include, but are not limited to:
- murder or non-negligent manslaughter
- negligent manslaughter
- sex offenses
- aggravated assault
- motor vehicle theft
Timely Warnings Sent on Case by Case Basis
USU Police decides if or when a timely warning should be sent on a case-by-case basis using USU's campus alert decision matrix. In determining whether or not there is a serious or continuing threat to the campus community, USU considers a number of factors:
- Did the incident occur recently? Delayed reporting may make a warning no longer necessary.
- Is the suspect in custody?
- Does the suspect have prior arrests or a history of violent behavior?
- Did the incident involve violence or a weapon?
- Does the incident appear to be an isolated incident?
- Did the suspect use a date rape drug or other intoxicants?
- Was the victim under the age of 18?
Content of a Timely Warning
Timely warnings are intended to enable members of the campus community to protect themselves and contain information that helps promote safety and the prevention of similar crimes. This could include bystander intervention tips and risk reduction measures people can take to help lower their risk of being targetted for a crime.
Timely warning notices provide information about the crime that triggered the warning, but do not contain identifying information about a victim. Warnings typically also will not include information that could compromise law enforcements efforts, such as the steps police are taking to solve the crime or locate a suspect.
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