OUPD TIMELY WARNING POLICY
Timely Warning Policy:
The University of Oklahoma Police Department (“OUPD”) on the Norman and Health Sciences Center campuses in consultation with their campus Vice President of Administrative Affairs or his/her designee and OU security on the Schusterman Center campus in consultation with the OU-Tulsa President or his/her designee are the departments within the University responsible for issuing timely warnings in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Act, 20 U.S.C. § 1092(f) et seq. OUPD will continuously work and coordinate with local law police agencies. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to OUPD. In the event that a situation arises that requires issuance of a warning, these warnings are provided in order to keep the campus community informed about safety and security matters on an ongoing basis and in an effort to prevent similar crimes from occurring. The decision to issue a timely warning shall be decided on a case by case basis in compliance with the Act and 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. Timely warnings are usually addressed for the following classifications: arson, burglary, aggravated assault, criminal homicide, motor vehicle theft, robbery and sex offenses. Timely warnings may also be issued for other crimes as deemed necessary. Upon receipt of all relevant information, such warnings will, as circumstances warrant, will be issued in a manner to best protect the campus community.
When a determination has been made that a timely warning should issue, the University of Oklahoma Police Department will inform the campus community by taking all appropriate steps to ensure timely notification of the campus community including, immediately contacting the Vice President for Public Affairs or his/her designee to allow for appropriate media distribution of the warning. Options for notification of students, faculty and staff include the University’s Emergency Communication System. Media notification may include, as appropriate: (1) contacting the local media for immediate distribution; (2) issuing a campus wide email of the timely notice; and (3) printing the warning in the University’s student newspaper. Such warning(s) may include, but are not limited to, the following information: type of crime, date, time and location of crime, as well as available suspect information.