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Security Alerts

Christian Brothers University encourages all students, faculty and staff to update their emergency contact number(s) in the mass notification system, the University’s primary emergency notification system. Although college campuses are usually safe places, emergencies and disasters do occur. CBU is committed to keeping the campus community as safe as possible through effective communication prior to, during and following emergencies.

The mass notification system allows students, faculty and staff to receive emergency messages on multiple devices. Individuals may identify as many as three telephone numbers and one CBU email address (automatically) for receiving emergency notifications. Both voice and text messages can be sent to cell phones. To register or update your information, a valid CBU email account is required. Registration or updating your information, is simple and straightforward. Simply go to the Registration Page and follow the instructions.  If you do not wish to receive emergency notifications, simply do not fill out this form.

Other than periodic tests, this system will only be used for emergencies requiring immediate action on the part of the CBU community. For other questions, please contact the Department of Campus Safety & Police at safety@cbu.edu or (901) 321-3550.


Clery Timely Warning Notice: An Overview  

In the event of a substantiated serious security or safety concern, either on University property or in the near vicinity of the campus, numerous and diligent efforts are made to advise members of the campus community. The University takes its duty seriously to inform students and campus community members of threatening situations and how they can best protect themselves from harm. Information related to crime-related and other potentially threatening situations is provided in an accurate and timely fashion for use by students and other University community members to reduce their chances of becoming victims. These notices will be issued as a means of a "Clery Timely Warning Notice"(CTWN) or a "Security Alert" (SA).  To download these policies and procedures as a .pdf, click here.

What Constitutes Issuance of a Clery Timely Warning Notice?

Clery Timely Warning Notices are specifically related to compliance with the federal Clery Act, which requires colleges and universities to notify students and employees whenever there is a threat that a serious crime is ongoing or may be repeated--so that campus community members can protect themselves from harm. The Clery Act identifies specific crimes that require a timely warning notice to be issued, when crimes are reported to officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, campus safety, or the local police and the reported crime(s) are believed to have occurred on campus, in or on non-campus buildings or property, or on public property contiguous to the campus.   

All Clery Act Crimes which represent a serious or continuing threat to the person and well-being of students and employees. Examples include but are not limited to: criminal homicide; sex offenses; robbery; aggravated assault; burglaries - occupied rooms, offices, structures; hate crimes; persons with weapons with intent to use; threat of violent crime; situations where suspect is not known; or assault- physical or sexual. 

In addition to these events the CBU Mass Notification System can be activated for the following situations: weather-related threats to the campus and surrounding area; emergency school closing; a fire emergency on campus.

Timing, Content, and Decision Criteria for a Clery Timely Warning Notice:

  • The Clery Act does not define what is timely. However, the warning should be issued as soon as pertinent information is available, because the intent of a Clery timely warning is to alert the campus community of continuing threats, especially concerning safety, thereby enabling community members to protect themselves.   
  • Clery Act regulations do not specify what information should be included in a timely warning. However, the warning should include all information that would promote safety, because the intent of the warning is to enable members of the campus community to protect themselves,    
  • The issuing of a timely warning notice should be decided on a case-by-case basis in light of all of the facts surrounding a crime, including factors such as the nature of the crime, the continuing danger to the campus community and the possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts.     
  • Generally, the warning will specify the type of reported crime, the time and location at which the reported crime occurred, and specific advice to the campus community regarding steps to take to avoid becoming a victim. 

How Clery Timely Warning Notices are issued:

Clery Timely Warning notices will be issued to students and employees upon confirmation of a significant emergency, dangerous situation, incident or crime, impacting the campus community and/or the surrounding area.   

This information may be disseminated to campus community members via a variety of mechanisms or mediums. Christian Brothers University will use one or more of the following means: electronic mail messages; text messaging to cell phones via the CBU mass notification system; automated voicemail via the CBU mass notification system; the CBU website (www.cbu.edu); other methods deemed necessary that may be used in the information dissemination process.

Decision to Issue Clery Timely Warning Notice - Responsibility:

The decision to issue a Clery Timely Warning Notice or a Security Alert is made by the Director of Campus Police & Safety or his/ her designee.


CONTACT CAMPUS SAFETY 

(901) 321-3550

Campus safety is available 7 days/week, 24 hours/day