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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 effort to prevent similar crimes. Timely Warnings are usually distributed for the following Uniformed Crime Reporting Program (UCR)/National Incident Based Reporting System (NIBRS) classifications: arson, criminal homicide, 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 information known by Public Safety.

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 may also be posted for other crime classifications, as deemed necessary.  

Warnings may be distributed through several different mechanisms including:

·  Mass notification system messaging

·  Postings on the MCW Intranet (“Infoscope”) and Public Safety website

·  Via the College’s e-mail system

·  Dedicated emergency voicemail box

·  Via campus mail or USPS

·  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
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