Timely Warnings and Public Safety Alerts

Below are lists for both campuses of the Timely Warnings and Public Safety Alerts that the Department of Public Safety of Owens Community College have issued.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act is the landmark federal law that requires colleges and universities across the United States to disclose information about crime on and around their campuses.

Because the law is tied to participation in federal student financial aid programs it applies to most institutions of higher education both public and private. It is enforced by the US Department of Education.

The "Clery Act" is named in memory of 19 year old Lehigh University freshman Jeanne Ann Clery who was assaulted and murdered while asleep in her residence hall room on April 5, 1986. Jeanne's parents, Connie and Howard, discovered that students hadn't been told about 38 violent crimes on the Lehigh campus in the three years before her murder. They joined with other campus crime victims and persuaded Congress to enact this law, which was originally known as the "Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990."

The law was amended in 1992 to add a requirement that schools afford the victims of campus sexual assault certain basic rights, and was amended again in 1998 to add more reporting requirements. The 1998 amendments also formally named the law in memory of Jeanne Clery.

The above information was provided by Security on Campus, Inc.

Timely Warnings Policy

The Timely Warning is designed to give students, faculty and staff timely notification of a crime that constitutes a danger to the College community. Such information is a valuable tool in heightening safety awareness and obtaining information which may lead to an arrest and conviction of a perpetrator. The College issues a Timely Warning when a crime is reported to the Department of Public Safety or adjoining law enforcement agency and it is determined that such offense represents a threat to the safety of the College community. Every attempt is made to distribute the alert within 48 hours of the time the incident is reported; however, the release of the crime alert is subject to the availability of facts concerning the incident. An alert is distributed by email and can also be found at the Owens Community College Department of Public Safety website.