Policy: Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings Baraboo Sauk County Campus
University Policy: Health & Public Safety
March 18, 2020
Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings Baraboo Sauk County Campus
Responsible University Officer: Provost Wilson and Vice-Chancellor Smith
Policy Owner: Dean Janairo
The University of Wisconsin-Platteville at Baraboo Sauk County maintains guidelines for keeping the community informed about safety and security matters on campus and maintains compliance with applicable features of the Clery Act (20 USC 1092(f)).
The purpose of this policy is to ensure UW-Platteville’s compliance with the requirements of the Clery Act. Any changes in the Clery Act requirements will supersede the relevant provisions of this policy.
Under the Clery Act, UW-Platteville is required to immediately notify the campus community upon confirmation of a significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on-campus and in on-campus student housing that involves an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees. An “immediate” threat includes an imminent or impending threat, such as an approaching forest fire, or a fire currently in a campus building. In the event of an emergency, please contact the City of Richland Center Police Department and Richland County Sheriff’s Office by dialing 911. These situations are referred to as Emergency Notifications. Some other examples of significant emergencies or dangerous situations may be:
- Outbreak of meningitis, norovirus or other serious illness;
- Approaching tornado, or other extreme weather conditions;
- Gas leak;
- Bomb Threat;
- Civil unrest or rioting;
- Nearby chemical or hazardous waste spill.
1. For fires in any of the campus buildings, the automated Fire Alarm system will create a visual and audible alarm in the specific building where smoke and/or fire was detected. If it appears the fire from one building might spread to another, the Dean, Assistant Dean, or Director of Student Services will activate the Rave Alert (Email/Text Alert) to those that may be affected and/or will activate the Fire Alarm System in those buildings to begin evacuation.2. For all other emergencies the Dean, Assistant Dean, and Director of Student Services will be the primary first responders and will evaluate and analyze the incident to determine the scope of the emergency situation and resources needed, with the assistance of other key departments at the University (Facilities, ITS, Residence Life) and emergency response resources in the community (police, fire, ems, weather service, etc.). The Dean or designee will receive real-time updates from personnel responding or at the scene of any emergency related event when possible. Once the Dean or designee or designee receives that information, UW-Platteville will utilize a current list of authorized employees that can send emergency communications (see below), to determine who will send that information out to the campus community.
3. A campus-wide email text message and email blast to the campus community; UW-Platteville has partnered with Rave Wireless, Inc. to provide emergency text and email messaging to the campus community. Rave’s Text and Email alert system is an “opt out” service for all students, meaning that at registration, students are automatically enrolled into the notification system and if a student chooses not to participate, that student would have to deactivate his/her account. For University employees, these text and email alerts are also an “opt out” service, but the University does not require that employees provide a cell phone number. Therefore, the Rave Text and Email alert system is discussed at all new employee orientations.4. Message posted on the home page of the UW-Platteville and/or Baraboo Sauk webpage depending on the type of emergency and locations affected by the emergency.5. Message posted through UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County’s Facebook and Twitter social media accounts;
(It should be noted that while the Dean, Assistant Dean, Director of Student Services, and Communications Manager will be main group responsible for initiating the alert systems, UW-Platteville realizes that there may be instances when all three are busy dealing with the emergency at hand. In those cases, UW-Platteville has created Appendix A to provide a more in depth chart of who is authorized to send alerts on behalf of the Dean.)
- Murder/Non-Negligent Manslaughter
- Aggravated Assault (cases involving assaults, among known parties, such as two roommates fighting which results in an aggravated injury, will be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if the individual is believed to be an on-going threat to the larger UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County Campus community)
- Robbery involving force or violence (cases including pick pocketing and purse snatching will typically not result in the issuance of a Timely Warning, but will be assessed on a case by case basis)
- Sexual Assault (considered on a case by case basis depending on the facts of the case, when and where the incident occurred, when it was reported, and the amount of information known by Campus officials.)
- Major incidents of arson
- Other Clery reportable crimes as determined necessary by the Dean, or his or her designee in his or her absence, based on the factors listed in Section A.
B.When issuing a Timely Warning notice, some information may be withheld if there is a possible risk of compromising law enforcement efforts to investigate and/or solve the crime.
- The location of the crime
- The nature of the crime (serious/non-serious, violent/non-violent)
- The nature of the threat (general threat versus limited threat to a specific person)
- Whether or not there is a continuing danger to the community or a continuing crime pattern
D. If the victim of the crime is a person, that person will not be identified by name in a Timely Warnings. Timely Warnings are issued as soon as the pertinent information is available to the Dean or his/her designee.
- Date and time or timeframe of the incident
- A brief description of the incident
- Information that will promote safety and potentially aid in the prevention of similar crimes
- Suspect description(s) when deemed appropriate and if there is sufficient detail. The description of subject will only be included in the alert if there is a sufficient amount of detail to describe the individual.
- Police agency contact information
- Other information as deemed appropriate by the Dean or designee.
G. The Campus does not issue Timely Warnings for the above listed crimes if:
- A campus-wide text message and email blast to the UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County Community;
- Message posted on the home page of the UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County website;
- Message posted through UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County's Facebook and Twitter Social Media accounts;
H. Issued Timely Warning are filed in the Clery folder on the network drive. Specifically, each Timely Warning is filed in the year in which it was issued, in a folder titled, “Timely Warnings & Emergency Notifications”.a. The Dean or his/her designee determines there is no serious or continuing threat to the safety of the UW-Platteville campus community.b. The subject(s) is apprehended and the threat of imminent danger to members of the UW-Platteville Baraboo Sauk's community have been mitigated by the apprehension.c. If a report was not filed with the Campus or if the Campus was not notified of the crime in a matter that would allow the Campus to post a "timely" Timely Warning to the community. A general guideline will include a report that is filed more than 7-10 days after the date of the alleged incident may not allow the department to post a "timely" Timely Warning to the community. This type of situation will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis and may fall under the Emergency Notification section of this policy.
STUDENT AND EMPLOYEE REGISTRATION FOR TIMELY WARNINGS, EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS, AND PIONEER ALERTS
Students and employees are automatically enrolled to receive Pioneer Alerts emergency text messages, unless they opt-out of the Rave Alert program. Student cell phone numbers are retrieved from the UW-Platteville PASS system. If an employee provides a cell phone number to Human Resources, he/she is automatically enrolled in the system as well. For employees that did not provide a cell phone number, or if a student chooses to add a parent, relative, or friend into the Rave Alert system, please register here: https://www.getrave.com/login/uwplatt
Everyone with a UW-Platteville, including branch campuses, affiliated email address receives Timely Warnings, Emergency Notifications, and Pioneer Alerts and cannot opt-out or unsubscribe. The email database is updated daily with the most current list of email addresses. Additional emergency contact and local contact information for students and employees can be registered at https://go.uwplatt.edu/pass-login
PIONEER ALERT, EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION, AND TIMELY WARNING SYSTEM TESTING
The Communications office, in conjunction with the Baraboo Sauk County Campus Administrators, test the Pioneer Alert text messaging and email system on a monthly basis. This test is completed on the first Wednesday of each month and it sent out campus wide.
No forms or instructions are associated with this policy.
No terms and definitions are associated with this policy.
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