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Timely Warnings

UPDATED OCTOBER 27, 2020 AT 8:25 A.M.


The Clery Act requires That Eastern CT State University notify the campus community to certain crimes in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes. The intent of a Timely Warning regarding a criminal incident(s) is to enable people to protect themselves. This means that a warning shall be issued as soon as pertinent information is available. Timely Warnings are issued for any crimes that are reported to campus security authorities or local police agencies, and considered by the institution to represent a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. The issuance of a Timely Warning is decided on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding the nature of the crime, continued danger to the campus community and ongoing law enforcement investigative efforts. For purposes of this policy, timely generally means within 24 hours after an incident has been brought to the attention of a campus safety authority, as defined in the Jeanne Clery Act.

The Chief of Police of the University Police Department is responsible for issuing Timely Warnings. Prior to issuing a Timely Warning, the Chief of Police will consult with the President, or a designee of the President's Senior Staff. If an emergency situation requires an immediate response, a Timely Warning will be issued immediately without consultation. If an incident occurs, on or off-campus, the university community will be alerted about any emergencies or crimes that pose an immediate, serious or continuing threat to safety. The University Police Department will notify the community within 24 hours through the use of one or more of the following: an electronic bulletin board feature of the campus computer network; campus emergency notification system called "Eastern Alert;" electronic mail; the student newspaper, The Campus Lantern; handbills; personal notification; local radio and TV stations; use of TV message monitors, other methods deemed necessary that may be used in the information dissemination process. The name of any victim is confidential and will be withheld in timely warning notifications.

What Constitutes the Issuance of a Campus Timely Warning Notice:

A "Campus Timely Warning Notice" is specifically related to compliance with the federal Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to notify students and employees whenever there is a threat that a serious crime is ongoing or may be repeated so that campus community members can protect themselves from harm. The Clery Act defines certain specific crimes that require a timely warning notice to be issued when crimes are reported to officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, campus safety, or the local police AND the reported crime(s) are believed to have occurred on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property, or on public property contiguous to the campus.
Eastern's timely warning policy is not limited to certain types of Clery Act crimes and does include certain non-Clery Act crimes that may pose a serious or continuing threat to the campus community. Timely Warnings will be issued as soon as the pertinent information is available.
The decision to issue a Timely Warning is determined on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime and the continuing danger to the campus community. Every effort will be made to ensure timely warning content will include all information that would promote safety and that would aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

Please use caution especially when out at night. Always practice safe traveling measures both on and off campus. Walk with a partner whenever you can and let someone know where you are going. As always, be vigilant and watchful of suspicious behavior or individuals on campus and notify Campus Police if you see something occurring that seems to be out of the ordinary.