Notifications and Warnings

Types of Campus Notices

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Emergency Notifications

Emergency notifications are alerts issued by the UNCG Police Department through text, email, public address, and/or other methods to inform the campus community about a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus. These alerts are intended to allow campus members to take appropriate precautions to remain safe. An emergency notification expands the definition of a timely warning notice as it includes both Clery Act crimes and other types of emergencies (i.e., a fire, robbery or infectious disease outbreak).

Timely Warnings

Timely warnings are a specific type of notice 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. The Clery Act defines specific crimes that require a timely warning notice when those crimes are reported to officials with significant responsibility for students and the reported crime(s) are believed to have occurred on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property rented by the University, or on public property contiguous to the campus.

In accordance with the published guidelines used to interpret 34 CFR 668(e), the decision to issue a timely warning is made on a case-by-case basis in light of all facts surrounding the crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Neither the Clery Act nor the Department of Education define “timely”. The warning should be issued as soon as the pertinent information is available. Timely warnings may be issued for other offenses not covered by this regulation if a determination is made that the warning will aid in preventing similar offenses from occurring.

Public Safety Announcements

Public Safety Announcements are messages issued by the UNCG Police Department through text, email, public address, and/or other methods to inform the campus community about a significant event or potentially dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on the campus. Such announcements are not required by Clery. These alerts are intended to allow campus members to take appropriate precautions to remain safe. A Public Safety Announcement expands the definition of an emergency notification and a timely warning as it includes crimes and incidents outside of Clery (i.e., suspicious activity or concerning behaviors).