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Timely Warnings

The purpose of a timely warning is to notify the campus community of the incident and to provide information that may enable the community to take steps to protect themselves from similar incidents. The MUW Police Department will issue timely warnings whenever there is a substantial risk to the safety of other members of the campus community. For incidents involving off-campus crimes, the MUW Police Department may issue a timely warning if the crime occurred adjacent to the campus or in a location frequented by the University population.

Timely warnings are considered for the following classifications of reported crimes: criminal homicide, sex offenses, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft and arson. Timely warnings may also be issued for other reported crimes as deemed appropriate on the circumstances. The decision will be made in compliance with the Clery Act and in an effort to prevent similar crimes from occurring.

Decisions to disseminate a timely warning will be decided on a case-by-case basis in light of all the facts surrounding the crime and the continuing danger to the campus community. The purpose of the warning is to aid in the prevention of similar crimes by alerting the community about the incident and providing information on the actions people can take to diminish their chances of being victimized.

The amount and type of information presented in the timely warning will vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. If there is certain information that could compromise law enforcement efforts, it may be withheld from the timely warning notice. An effort will always be made to distribute a warning as soon as pertinent information is available so that the warning is a preventive tool, not solely a description of the incident.

Timely warning will include some or all of the following information:

  • Date, time and location of the reported crime
  • Summary of the incident
  • Description of the suspect and/or vehicle, if available
  • Special instructions or incident specific safety tips

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, that constitutes  an ongoing or continuing threat, a campus wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be issued through the University’s text messaging system called W-Alert to students, faculty and staff.

In the event of inclement weather, the MUW Police Department will be in constant contact with Emergency Management and will keep the University updated regarding inclement weather. Depending on the particular circumstances, especially in all situations that could pose an immediate threat to the community and individuals, a notice may be posted on the main page of the University Website providing the community with immediate notification.

Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to the MUW Police Department (662-241-7777) or in person to the dispatcher at the front gate.

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Fax: (662) 241-6882
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1100 College Street
Columbus, MS 39701