In accordance with the published guidelines used to interpret 34 CFR 668(e), the decision to issue a timely warning is made on a case-by-case basis in light of all facts surrounding the crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the community, and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts. Neither the Clery Act nor the Department of Education defines "timely". The warning should be issued as soon as the pertinent information is available.
An attempt will be made to issue the warning within 24 hours. Furthermore, timely warnings may be issued for other offenses not covered by this regulation if a determination is made that the warning will aid in preventing similar offenses from occurring.
On the UAH campus, a timely warning comes in the form of a Crime Alert. In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that, in the judgment of the UAH Chief of Police or his/her designee, constitutes a serious or continuing threat to students and employees or the greater community, a Crime Alert” will be issued. Significant criminal incidents that might elicit a Crime Alert include, but are not limited to, crimes of violence or patterns of property crimes.
Note: UAHuntsville will not necessarily issue timely warnings for every Clery Act crime that is reported when that specific incident may not pose a continuing threat to the community. Certain Clery Act crimes like burglary or motor vehicle theft, for example, often times never have suspect information provided or determined. Individuals should exercise due care and caution to avoid being victimized. Check out the crime prevention tips posted by the UAHuntsville Police to deter these crimes or attend a crime prevention briefing.
How are Crime Alerts Issued?
The Alert may be disseminated using paper fliers that will be posted at building entrances and bulletin boards around campus, via the Police Department web page, via the Police Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/UAHPD, the UAH email system, and when necessary, the institution’s UAlert system.
What is Included in a Crime Alert?
A Crime Alert typically contains a brief description of the incident; the date, time, and location of the incident; and precautions to take. It will not provide you details of an incident as you might find in a press release or news article. The amount and type of information presented in the Alert will vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. An Alert may be delayed or not be issued if it would jeopardize a criminal investigation.
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