When a crime occurs that poses a threat to the campus community, a timely warning will be issued. There are two types of threats; those that pose an imminent danger to our college and require immediate action, and those that allow for community members to make informed choices in their day-to-day activities.
1. Imminent Threats
When the college experiences an immediate threat to life or a significant safety hazard, the Director of Campus Safety or his/her designee will alert faculty, staff and students as soon as possible, by the most appropriate meansavailable. This notice will most likely contain a short mandate depending upon the situation and information available, and should include a reason for the mandate.
The Director or his/her designee should continue to communicate updates in this fashion until such time that the imminent threat no longer exists, has been minimized or communications responsibilities have been transferred to law enforcement or another authority.
2. Informative Safety Alerts
When information becomes available that does not rise to the level of an imminent threat, but it is an on-going crime problem or may pose a threat to Rhodes College or our community, the following steps should be taken:
The Director of Campus Safety consults with the Associate Dean or Dean of Students to determine if a report represents such a threat. If it is determined that an alert should be sent the Director of Campus Safety will draft the message, if needed utilizing the assistance of the Director of Communications and/or the Title IX Coordinator.
The alert typically contains the following information about the event: date, time, location, and criminal activity. This information will generally be distributed by email. It should be verifiable information that has value in regards to content and timing.
The Clery Act, enacted by Congress and signed into law by the President in 1990 as the Crime Awareness and Campus Security Act of 1990, requires all institutions of higher education to make timely warning reports to the campus community on certain crimes that represent a continuing threat to students and employees and that were reported to officials with significant responsibility for student and campus activities, campus police or local police. These reports, according to the legislation, will be disseminated in a manner that will aid in the prevention of similar occurrences.
Rhodes College is equipped with several tools to communicate emergency situations. These include, but are not limited to email, RhodesAlert (mass texting & calling) and an addressable outdoor warning system.