Policy: Emergency Notifications and Timely Warnings Richland Campus

University Policy: Health & Public Safety

UNIVERSITY POLICY

Date Revised

August 7, 2020

Date Effective

September 2018



Responsible University Officer: Provost Evetovich and Vice-Chancellor Smith

Policy Owner: Dean Brandon Fetterly

Policy Contact: Clery Coordinator: Jason Williams

POLICY STATEMENT

The University of Wisconsin-Platteville Richland 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)).


REASON FOR POLICY 

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.


PROCEDURES

EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS

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;
  • Earthquake;
  • Gas Leak;
  • Bomb Threat;
  • Civil unrest or rioting;
  • Explosion;
  • Nearby chemical or hazardous waste spill.
A.The Dean, Assistant Dean, and Director of Student Services typically confirm significant emergencies or dangerous situations involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees with key administrative units, such as Facilities, Information Technology Services, and/or the local first-responder agencies, and public health agencies, and the National Weather Service. This team will also make decisions surrounding notification receipt based on an assessment of: incident location, impacted population, those at risk, and circumstances that may arise. The entire campus will be notified in instances impacting a large segment of the campus community, or threatening the operation of the University. 

B. In the event an emergency notification can be issued to a segment of the campus community, The Dean, Assistant Dean, and Director of Student Services, in consultation with key administrative units, such as Facilities, Information Technology Services, and/or the local first-responder agencies, and public health agencies, and the National Weather Service, will make that determination based on the type of emergency, location, impact to community, and the overall safety and security of the campus.  For example, a chemical spill in the Chemistry lab.  In this scenario, it may be necessary to send out a notification to the occupants of that bulding to evacuate and stay away from the building, but there may not be a need to send out a campus wide message. 

C. Even if there is a decision to segment, there will be a continuous assessment of the situation and if needed additional segments of the campus may be notified.

D. When the Richland Campus receives and confirms information that there is an emergency or dangerous situation that poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of some or all of the members of the Richland Campus community, the university will and without delay, notify the University community, or the appropriate segment of the community if the threat is limited to a particular building or segment of the population. Complete notification of 100-percent of the campus population is not possible; however, attempts will be made to notify the largest percentage feasible in the fastest way available. The primary notification system at UW-Platteville is the Rave Alert System, which is a text alert and email based notification.

E. Those involved in the notification process will take into account the safety of the community, determine the content of the notification message, (by utilizing one of the Rave Alert Emergency Notification templates and adding information as to the type of emergency, safety information, and if applicable what specific segment of the campus community is targeted and should be avoided), determine the audience for the message (campus community or a specific segment), and initiate the notification system.

F. The notification system will be initiated by the following:


  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.
G. A notification will not be issued if issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities (Dean, Assistant Dean, Director of Student Services, and local emergency services), compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

H. An Emergency Notification will normally be distributed by text/email alert and any or all the methods listed below, depending on the segment of campus affected or size of the target audience required to receive the message. The Dean, Assistant Dean, Director of Student Services, and the Communications Manager are designated to initiate one or more of the following methods:
  1. The University’s primary notification system is 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 their 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.
  2. Message posted on the home page of the UW-Platteville and/or Richland Campus webpage depending on the type of emergency and locations affected by the emergency.
  3. Message posted through UW-Platteville Richland’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 the document below to provide a more in depth chart of who is authorized to send alerts on behalf of the Dean).

I. Parents and the larger community can receive information pertaining to an emergency situation at the university through some or all the following systems: the UW-Platteville Richland Home Page, UW- Platteville Richland Facebook Page, and UW-Platteville Richland Twitter Feed, and in some cases, local news media and radio stations.The University and External Relations Division is tasked with providing the most up to date information on the University Website, Facebook, and Twitter pages.They will receive constant updates and information from the University Emergency Operations Center.The University and External Relations Division also has an excellent working relationship with the local area newspaper and media outlets.These entities are encouraged to follow the University Facebook and Twitter feeds and in the event of an emergency notification, University and External Relations will be in direct contact with those organizations.  Parents and students are advised of all these emergency notification systems during New Student Registration and for students and staff, throughout the school year in the form of presentations and emails.    

J. In addition, UW- Platteville’s Rave Alert System allows students to add parents and/or any other emergency contact to the student’s account, providing those on the account access to text alerts.

K. Notification may also result in the mobilization of the Campus Emergency Plan and/or the activation of the Executive Group and/or Emergency Operations Center.

TIMELY WARNINGS

The Clery Act requires institutions to distribute Timely Warnings regarding Clery reportable crimes that represent a serious or continuing threat to the safety of students or employees. Institutions are required to publish their policies regarding Timely Warnings in their Annual Campus Security Report. 

Therefore, it is the policy of UW-Platteville that a Timely Warning will be issued for all Clery reportable crimes (below), reported to a CSA, that occur within its Clery geography to include (on-campus, on-campus student housing, non-campus properties, and public property) as defined by the Clery Act, that pose a serious or ongoing threat to the campus community. 
  • Criminal homicide: murder and non-negligent manslaughter, manslaughter by negligence
  • Sexual assault: rape, fondling, incest, statutory rape
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Burglary
  • Motor vehicle theft
  • Arson
  • Domestic violence
  • Dating violence
  • Stalking
  • Weapons law violations
  • Drug abuse violations
  • Liquor law violations
  • Hate Crimes (All the above) and;
    1. Larceny-theft
    2. Simple assault
    3. Intimidation
    4. Destruction/damage/vandalism of property

 A. The following factors should be considered when determining whether to issue a Timely  Warning:

  1. The location of the crime
  2. The nature of the crime (serious/non-serious, violent/non-violent)
  3. The nature of the threat (general threat versus limited threat to a specific  person)
  4. Whether or not there is a continuing danger to the community or a continuing crime  pattern.
    1. 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 Richland campus community)
    2. 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)
    3. 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 local law enforcement and the UW-Platteville Richland Dean, Assistant Dean, and Director of Student Services.



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.

C. When the Campus becomes aware of a situation that meets the criteria for a Timely Warning, the Dean or their designee will work with UW-Platteville’s Public Information Officer to disseminate the following information
1. Date and time or timeframe of the incident
2. A Brief description of the incident
3. Information that will promote safety and potentially aid in the prevention of similar crimes
4. Suspect description(s) when deemed appropriate and if there is sufficient detail. The description of subject in a case will only be included in the alert if there is a sufficient amount of detail to describe the individual
5. Police agency contact information
6. Other information as deemed appropriate by the Dean or designee.

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 their designee.

E. When other entities on campus learn of an incident in which a Timely Warning may be needed, they should share that information with the local law enforcement by calling 911 or contact the Campus Dean at 608.800.6863 to determine if it meets the criteria for a Timely Warning.

F. In the event that a Timely Warning is needed, the Dean and/or University Public Information Officer or designee develops the content of the Timely Warning and has the authority to authorize the distribution of Timely Warning to the community. Consideration must be given to the most appropriate means to be used to disseminate the information to the affected community. The following methods or combination of communication may be used:
1. A campus-wide text message and email blast to the UW-Platteville Richland community;
2. Message posted on the home page of the UW-Platteville Richland website;
3. Message posted through UW-Platteville Richland's Facebook and Twitter social media accounts;

G. The University does not issue Timely Warnings for the above listed crimes if:
a. The Dean or their designee determines there is no serious or continuing threat to the safety of UW-Platteville campus community.
b. The subject(s) is apprehended and the threat of imminent danger to members of the UW–Platteville Richland’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.

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”.

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, they are 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 Richland 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.


FORMS/INSTRUCTIONS

No forms or instructions are associated with this policy.


DEFINITIONS

No terms and definitions are associated with this policy.


RESPONSIBILITIES


ADDITIONAL CONTACTS

 SubjectContact Phone Fax/Email 
 Primary ContactName Phone Fax/Email 
 DeanBrandon Fetterly 608.800.6863 fetterlyb@uwplatt.edu
 Clery CoordinatorJason Williams 608.342.1584 williaja@uwplatt.edu


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APPENDICES



REVISION HISTORY

August 7, 2020
June 8, 2020
August 19, 2019


SCHEDULED REVIEW
2023




Keywords:university policy, policy, emergency, notifications, timely warnings, warnings, richland, branch, health & public safety   Doc ID:93407
Owner:Denise L.Group:UW Platt Admin Services
Created:2019-07-26 15:09 CDTUpdated:2020-08-19 12:48 CDT
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