University Police Department Chief or a designee will develop timely warning notices for the University Community to notify members of the community about serious crimes against people that occur on campus, where it is determined that the incident may pose an ongoing threat to members of the University community. Timely Warning Notices are usually distributed for the following Uniformed Crime Reporting Program (UCR/National Incident 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 know by the University Police. For example, if an assault occurs between two students who have a disagreement, there may be no on-going threat to other University community members, therefore; a Timely Warning Notice would not be distributed. Sexual Assaults are considered on a case by case basis depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by University Police Department. Timely Warning Notices may be distributed for other crimes as determined necessary by the Chief of Police or his or her designee in his or her absence.
In an effort to provide timely notice to the University community, and in the event of a serious incident which may pose an on-going threat to members of the University community, IU Notify will be used to send a blast email, text and phone call to members of the University community. The alerts are generally written by the Chief of Police or a designee and sent by the University Police Department. Updates to the University community about any particular case resulting in a Timely Warning Notice may be distributed via IU Notify, may be posted on the University web site or may be shared with The Horizon for a follow up story. Timely Warning Notice posters may also be posted by University PD in campus buildings when deemed necessary. When Timely Warning Notice are posted in campus buildings, they are printed on orange paper and posted in the lobby/entrance area of the affected building(s) for seven days.