In the event that a crime occurs, on campus or on the public property surrounding campus, that, in the judgment of the Miami University Police constitutes an on-going serious or continuing threat to the campus community, a Crime Alert will be issued. The purpose of a Campus Crime Alert are to enable persons to protect themselves, to heighten safety awareness and to seek information that will lead to an arrest and conviction of the perpetrator when violent crimes against persons or major crimes against property have occurred. Every attempt will be made to distribute a Crime Alert soon after the incident is reported; however, the release of the Crime Alert is subject to the availability of facts concerning the incident.
Crime Alerts are usually distributed for the following Uniformed Crime Reporting Program (UCR)/National Incident Based 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 known by MUPD. For example, if an assault occurs between two students who have a disagreement, there may be no on-going threat to other Miami community members and a Crime Alert would not be distributed. In cases involving sexual assault, they are often reported long after the incident occurred, thus there is no ability to distribute a “timely” warning notice to the community. Sex offenses and burglaries will be considered on a case-by-case basis depending on when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by the Miami University Police Department. The Miami University Police Chief or designee reviews all reports to determine if there is an on-going threat to the community and if the distribution of a Crime Alert is warranted. Crime Alerts may also be posted for other crime classifications, as deemed appropriate.
On the Oxford campus, the Chief of Police or a designee is responsible for preparing and distributing the Crime Alert via blast email. University communications may also send an alert working with the Miami Police Department. Crime alerts are posted on the Miami University Police website (http://www.miamioh.edu/police) and distributed to students, faculty, and staff via an email blast.
The Dean of the Regional campuses or a designee is responsible for preparing and distributing the Crime Alert via email blast to its faculty, staff and students on the Hamilton campus, Middletown campus, Voice of America Learning Center and Greentree Health Science Academy. The Dean of the Luxembourg campus or a designee is responsible for preparing and distributing the Crime Alert via email blast to its faculty, staff and students on that campus.
The victim's name and other personally identifying information will NOT be included in any Emergency Notification or Crime Alert.
If there is an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus, Miami will follow its Emergency Notification Procedures (http://miamioh.edu/campus-safety/annual-report/emergency.html). No Crime Alert based on the same circumstance will be issued. However, follow-up information will be disseminated to the community as needed.