Timely Warnings

MCW – Milwaukee

When Public Safety is notified that a serious campus crime has occurred that presents a serious or continuing threat to the campus community, a Timely Warning will be issued. Notices and instructions will be communicated to students and employees in an attempt to prevent similar crimes. Timely Warnings are usually distributed for the following Uniformed Crime Reporting Program (UCR)/National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) classifications: major incidents of arson, murder/non-negligent manslaughter and robbery. 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 by Public Safety. For example, if an assault occurs between two students who have a disagreement, there may be no on-going threat to other MCW community members and a Timely Warning would not be distributed.

In cases involving sexual assault, they are often reported to MCW long after the incident occurred, thus there is no ability to distribute a "timely" warning notice to the community. Sex offenses will be considered on a case by case basis depending on when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by Public Safety. Cases involving property crimes will be assessed on a case by case basis and alerts will typically be sent if there is a discernible pattern of crime. The Director of Public Safety, or designee, reviews all reports to determine if there is an on-going threat to the community and if the distribution of a Timely Warning is warranted. Timely Warnings may also be posted for other crime classifications and locations, as deemed necessary.

The Director of Public Safety, or designee, reviews all reports to determine if there is an on-going threat to the community and if the distribution of a Timely Warning Notice is warranted. Timely Warning Notices are typically written by the Director of Public Safety, or designee, and distributed by Public Safety. Timely Warning Notices may also be posted for other crime classifications, as deemed necessary. Timely Warning Notices will be provided to students and employees in a manner that is timely, that withholds the names of victims as confidential, and that will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.

Warnings may be distributed through several different mechanisms including:

  • Mass notification system messaging
  • Postings on MCW Intranet ("InfoScope") and Public Safety website
  • Via MCW's email system
  • Dedicated emergency voicemail box
  • Strategic placement of public notices and/or warnings
  • Social media such as Facebook or Twitter

In addition to timely warnings, the Daily Crime Log is updated each business day and provides information on all criminal and suspicious activity reported to Public Safety. It can also be viewed upon request in Public Safety.

Timely Warning Distribution Systems

Primary Message Creator

Backup Message Creator

Authority for approving & sending messages

Primary Message Sender

Backup Message Sender

Mass Notification Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety Director, Public Safety Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety
InfoScope Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety Director, Public Safety

Associate Director, Web Services

Web Production Editor
Email Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety Director, Public Safety Chief Information Officer Director, Application Development
Social Media Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety

Director, Public Safety

Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety


MCW – Green Bay

All timely warning information distributed on the MCW –Milwaukee campus would also be available for review by those on the MCW –Green Bay campus via postings on the MCW Intranet ("InfoScope") and Public Safety website. Social media postings would also be available to the MCW –Green Bay campus. Depending on the specific circumstances of an incident, the MCW –Green Bay campus may or may not be notified directly as the situation may not be relevant to the campus.

If an incident originates on the MCW –Milwaukee campus but impacts or has the potential to impact the MCW –Green Bay campus, Public Safety will utilize the same communication strategies as it does for the MCW –Milwaukee campus. These strategies and their responsible parties are outlined in the table below.

Timely Warning Distribution Systems Primary Message Creator Backup Message Creator Authority for approving & sending messages Primary Message Sender Backup Message Sender
Mass Notification Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety Director, Public Safety Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety
InfoScope Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety Director, Public Safety

Associate Director, Web Services

Web Production Editor
Email Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety Director, Public Safety Chief Information Officer Director, Application Development
Social Media Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety

Director, Public Safety

Director, Public Safety Assistant Director, Public Safety

 

If an incident occurs on St. Norbert College’s campus, the Senior Director of Campus Safety works with the offices of student affairs and communications to alert the St. Norbert College community of certain crimes that are deemed an existing threat to the welfare of the campus community. Warnings will be sent in a manner that is timely and will aid in the prevention of similar crimes. Information is distributed to all members of the campus community primarily via email, but also by other means including posters placed in academic and other college facilities.

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