Campus Safety

Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications

Timely Warnings

The Clery Act requires an institution to alert the campus community to certain crimes in a manner that is timely, will aid in the prevention of similar crimes, and will enable those in the Union College campus community to protect themselves.

The Clery Act specifically requires that if a Clery Crime occurs on Clery Geography (on-campus, in certain non-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by Union College or on public property immediately adjacent to Union College), the College will issue a timely warning related to the crime.

Timely Warning: A timely warning is a notification to Union College faculty, staff, students, and known visitors that will be issued when both elements are present:

  • A Clery crime has been reported to the Campus Safety which occurred on Union College Clery geography on campus, on public property within or immediately adjacent to campus, and/or in or on non-campus buildings or property that Union College owns or controls.
  • The Director of Campus Safety or designee has determined that the crime poses a serious or continuing threat to the campus community.

Emergency Notifications

The Clery Act also requires an institution to notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on campus by issuing an emergency notification, regardless of whether it is a Clery crime or occurred on Clery geography.

Emergency Notification: An emergency notification is a notification to the campus, or a segment of the campus, that will be issued without delay when both of the following elements exist:

  • There is a significant emergency or dangerous situation, i.e., tornado warning, hazardous chemical spill, fire threatening campus buildings, active violence incident, natural gas leak or terrorist incident.
  • The Director of Campus Safety (Director), Associate Campus Safety Director (AD) or designee has determined that the incident is currently occurring or imminent; and an immediate threat to the health or safety of faculty, staff, students or known visitors on the campus.

All Campus Safety supervisors are trained to make timely warning and emergency notification decisions, and are directed to monitor events that could require a warning or notification.

For a detailed explanation consult the full policy.