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Timely Warning Policy

The University of Tulsa is responsible for issuing timely warnings in compliance with the Clery Act (formerly known as the Federal Student Right-to-Know and Campus Security Act of 1990).

The decision to issue a timely warning shall be decided on a case-by-case basis, in compliance with the act, and by considering all available facts. The timing of the notification shall, in the first instance, be based upon whether the crime is considered a serious or continuing threat to students or employees and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.

In the event that a situation arises that requires issuance of a warning, these warnings are provided to keep the campus community informed about safety and security matters on an ongoing basis and/or in an effort to prevent similar crimes from occurring.

Timely Warnings

Timely warnings usually are addressed for the following classifications: arson, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal homicide, motor vehicle theft, robbery and sex offenses. Timely warnings also may be issued for other crimes as deemed necessary. Upon receipt of all relevant information, such warnings will, as circumstances warrant, be issued in a manner to best protect the campus community.

Emergency Notification

TU will notify the campus community upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or staff on campus. Warnings will only be withheld if they would compromise efforts to contain the emergency. The Department of Campus Security and other university officials will gather and analyze reported facts, when appropriate, to verify that a legitimate emergency or dangerous situation exists.

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When a determination has been made that a timely warning of emergency notification is appropriate, Campus Security will take action to ensure timely notification of the campus community including immediately contacting the Office Media Relations to arrange for media distribution. Options for notifying students, faculty and staff include TU’s emergency notification system.

Such warning(s) may include, but are not limited to, the following: type of crime, date, time and location of the crime as well as available suspect information.