Timely Warnings & Emergency Notifications

In order to keep the campus community informed of safety and security related issues, Chico State will issue alerts to the campus community when necessary. Under the Clery Act, there are two forms of alerts that must be specifically addressed: Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications. The circumstances in which these alerts will be issued are described below.

Timely Warning

Timely Warnings are issued when it is determined that a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community exists, following a report of a Clery Act crime that occurred on Clery Act geography. When University Police is notified of such a crime, the Chief of Police will confer with the Clery Director to confirm that each of the following three elements exist:

  1. It is a Clery reportable crime;
  2. It occurred on Clery geography;
  3. The situation poses a serious or ongoing threat to the community.

Each reported incident is analyzed on a case-by-case basis. If a Timely Warning Crime Bulletin is necessary, it will be issued in a manner likely to reach the campus community, such as mass e-mail distribution and/or posting on the campus website(s).

Emergency Notification

Emergency Notifications are issued upon the confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees occurring on campus. Some examples of situations that would be considered for Emergency Notifications include, but are not limited to the following:

  1. Severe weather event;
  2. Environmental emergency (e.g. chemical spill, fire, earthquake);
  3. Health pandemic (e.g. measles outbreak, swine flu outbreak).

Once University Police has received such a report, the Chief of Police will confer with the appropriate public official (e.g. fire chief, health department) and any campus officials responsible for managing the on-campus emergency to confirm the following:

1) A legitimate emergency or dangerous situation exists in on-campus geography


2)The emergency or dangerous situation poses an immediate or imminent threat to members of the campus community

If both factors are met, the Chief of Police will confer with the Clery Director to prepare the content of the notification. Once the notification is prepared, the Chief of Police and/or the Clery Director (or in their absence, the management designee(s)) will, without delay and taking into account the safety of the community, transmit the emergency notification unless doing so would delay the ability to mitigate and/or contain the emergency, including the ability to provide immediate, life saving measures. If an emergency notification is issued, a timely warning shall not be issued for the same incident.

You may obtain more details about CSU Timely Warning and Emergency Notification policy by reviewing EO 1107(opens in new window).