Timely Warning

Safety Bulletin

In the event that a crime occurs on campus property, on non-campus property, 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 Safety Bulletin will be issued. The purpose of a Safety Bulletin is to enable persons to protect themselves and to heighten safety awareness as well as 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 Safety Bulletin soon after the incident is reported; however, the release of the Safety Bulletin is subject to the availability of facts concerning the incident.

Safety Bulletins 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 the Miami University Police Department (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 Safety Bulletin 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 Safety Bulletin is warranted. Safety Bulletins 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 Safety Bulletin via broadcast email. The University News and Communications Office may also send a bulletin working with the Miami University Police Department. Safety Bulletins are posted on the Miami University Police website and distributed to students, faculty, and staff via a broadcast email.

The Office of Business Services on the Hamilton and Middletown campuses and the Office of the Director at the Voice of America Learning Center are responsible for preparing and distributing the Safety Bulletins for their respective campuses via broadcast email to their faculty, staff, and students. The Dean of the Dolibois European Center or a designee is responsible for preparing and distributing the Safety Bulletins via broadcast email to their faculty, staff, and students on that campus.

For the Upper Arlington, Dublin Coffman, Wilmington, and Tipp City campuses, the EDL Site Coordinators or designees are responsible for preparing and distributing the Safety Bulletins via email blast to its faculty, staff, and students. For the Ross campus, the EDT Site Coordinator or designees are responsible for preparing and distributing the Safety Bulletins via email blast to its faculty, staff, and students. 

The institution is not required to issue a Safety Bulletin with respect to crimes reported to a pastoral or professional counselor.

The Emergency Notification or Safety Bulletin does not include names or other personally identifying information.

Emergency Notification v. Timely Warning

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. No Safety Bulletin based on the same circumstance will be issued. However, follow-up information will be disseminated to the community as needed.