Timely Warnings

Timely Warnings In the event a situation arises, either on or off campus that, in the judgment of the Director of Public Safety/Chief of Chief, University Police Department, constitutes an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued using the university email system. The university will issue an alert to provide students, faculty and staff as reasonably and timely as possible, notification of an alleged crime that may represent a serious or on-going threat to the campus community, that will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences and to heighten safety awareness. The timely warning message will withhold the names of the victims, because victim’s names are confidential. The Director of Public Safety/Chief of Police will notify the chair of the Emergency Management Team (EMT) of a situation that needs reporting. They make the decision whether to issue a timely warning on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding the incident. Timely warnings are issued as soon as possible after UPD is notified; however, the release of the warning is subject to the availability of accurate facts concerning the incident. Criteria to be evaluated may include:

  • The nature of the crime
  • The continuing danger to the campus community
  • The possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts

Timely warnings include information that promote safety and would aid in the prevention of similar crimes, including, but not limited to:

  • Brief description of the crime(s) that occurred
  • Date and time when the crime(s) occurred
  • Location of the crime(s)
  • Possible connections between incidents(if applicable)
  • Description of suspect(s) and/orany available information to aid in the apprehension of the offender(s) (if applicable)
  • Recommended actions
  • Precautions for the campus community to protect itself
  • Description of crime reporting options at the university.

Timely warnings are issued to the campus community in a manner that is timely and that withholds as confidential the names and other identifying information of victims through university email. When the imminent threat no longer exists the university will send out a follow up notification or an all clear message. Every effort is made to prevent identifying victims of crime.

Crimes possibly subject to Timely Warning notifications:

  • Criminal homicide (murder and non-negligent manslaughter; and negligent manslaughter)
  • Sex offenses (rape, fondling, incest, and statutory rape)
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • Hate crime motivated by race, religion, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity, national origin, and/or disability involving any of the offenses listed above or any of the following offenses: larceny-theft, simple assault, intimidation, or destruction/damage/vandalism of property
  • Dating violence
  • Domestic violence
  • Stalking
  • Arrests or referrals for liquor law violations, drug law violations, and illegal weapons possession

On the Kingsville campus, anyone with information warranting a timely warning should immediately report the circumstances to the University Police, by phone (361-593-2611) or in person at their office at Seale Hall, Room 110, 825 W. Santa Gertrudis Avenue. In the event of a significant emergency

(See also:  Daily Clery Crime Log for reports on daily crimes reported or investigated which may appear on the Clery Crime Report)

This page was last updated on: November 9, 2015