Timely Warnings

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 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 distributedby MCW 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 the 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 and 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.  The report is posted online or can be viewed upon request in Public Safety.

Timley 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 of      Public Safety  Assistant  Director,      Public Safety
 Infoscope  Director,  Public Safety  Assistant Director,  Public Safety  Director,            Public Safety

 Associate  Director of  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


 

 

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