95.24 – Timely Warnings

October 1, 2013

Preamble: This procedure was created in 2010 to provide a process for alerting the campus community to a crime that poses a threat and is updated annually. Also see Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 668.46 – Institutional Security Policies and Crime Statistics.

A.  Definitions.

A-1. Timely Warning:  an alert issued to the campus community to the occurrence of a crime that poses an ongoing threat to the campus community and to heighten safety awareness of students, faculty, and staff in a manner that will aid in the prevention of similar crimes.

A-2. Clery Crime Definitions:  http://www.uidaho.edu/public-safety-and-security/security-services/clery/clery-crime-definitions

B.  Policy.

 B-1.  The Clery Act requires institutions to make a “timely warning” to the campus community when a report of murder, sex offense, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft, manslaughter, or arson is received by campus security authorities and, in the judgment of the institution, the crime at issue poses a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. The Act and its implementing regulations leave it to each institution to determine the suitability, timing and substance for these reports.

B-2.  At the University, the Office of Public Safety and Security (OPSS) is responsible for making these determinations and for issuing “timely warnings” when appropriate.

 C.  Procedure:

C-1.  When the OPSS becomes aware of criminal incidents that in the judgment of OPSS and the University’s senior leadership constitute an ongoing or continuing threat to the campus community, the OPSS issues a timely warning to notify the community.

 C-2.  Depending on the particular circumstances, a timely warning may be disseminated by using one or a combination of the following: Vandal Alert, which may include e-mail, telephone message, and/or text message; various campus publications; the Public Safety and Security and University websites; and/or press releases. These methods of communication will provide pertinent information regarding the incident and a may include other safety awareness tips.

 C-3.  A crime advisory will be distributed as soon as possible after the incident is reported; however, the release is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident.

 C-4. To report a crime during daytime business hours call the Office of Public Safety and Security at 208-885-7074 or Campus Security 24/7 at 208-874-7550.

D.  Contact Information:

The Office of Public Safety and Security
875 Perimeter Drive, MS 2281
Moscow, ID  83844-2281
208-885-2254
Fax:  208-885-7001
campus-security@uidaho.edu