2019 TMCC Annual Security Report

7 Emergency Notifications An Emergency Notification is an alert that may be issued whenever any significant emergency or dangerous situation poses an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees on the campus. This could overlap and include a Clery crime such as a shooting, but it also covers crimes not reportable under Clery as well as non-criminal incidents, such as an outbreak of a communicable illness, an impending weather emergency or a gas leak. Notifications are to be issued without delay upon confirmation of the emergency and may be tailored exclusively to the segment of the campus at risk. PROCEDURE Any crime or situation which may present a potential threat to the campus community is reported to the campus community as soon as possible. Examples may include, but are not limited to: shootings, armed suspects possibly on campus or near campus, hostage situations, shots fired calls, hazardous chemical spills, etc. Reporting is to include campus buildings and facilities, non-campus buildings, property, and public property within or immediately adjacent to, and accessible from, the main campus. Properties may include buildings and/or property owned or controlled by student organizations that are officially recognized by the institutions or any building or property owned or controlled by the institution and used in direct support of, or in relation to, the institution's educational purposes. Reporting requirements include properties which are frequently used by students which may or may not be within contiguous geographic proximity to the main campus. The Assistant Vice President & Director of University Police Services or his/her designee may make the final determination of when a Timely Warning or an emergency notification will be issued and disseminated, on a case by case basis. When an Emergency Notification is issued, it is the responsibility of the Assistant Vice President & Director of University Police Services or in his absence by the on scene Commander, to cause immediate notification to the representatives of the TMCC President's Office, Vice President of Finance and Administration, and Dispatch. Determining whether to issue an Emergency Notification for non-Clery Act crimes will be evaluated on a case-by-case, taking into account both the frequency of the offense and the likelihood of additional occurrence. Emergency notifications may contain the phrase "Crime Alert" or "Emergency Notification", in the subject line. The body of the alert may include a short description of the crime or incident giving the time and date, location, reported offense, suspect description, weapon used (if any), and suspect vehicle (if any) and method of operation (MO) used to facilitate the crime. The alert may also include personal safety information to aid members of the university community in protecting themselves from becoming victims of a similar crime and promote overall safety. Methods of dissemination may include, but are not limited to, electronic distribution through mass email, text messaging, posting of hard copies in public areas, posting on college and public safety web sites, voice mail recordings, campus monitors, reverse 911 and dissemination via local media outlets If appropriate, status updates as to the resolution and/ or unfounded status of the crime or emergency situation will be similarly disseminated and updated as soon as possible.