Neighborhood Safety Notices

About Neighborhood Safety Notices

In addition to Public Safety Notices and Buckeye Alerts, the university also may issue Neighborhood Safety Notice emails for serious or violent crimes or crime patterns that occur on non-Clery reportable property when they present a serious or continuing threat to students and employees. Determinations about issuance of these "off-campus" Neighborhood Safety Notices will be made on a case-by-case basis, and issuance is within the discretion of the Chief of Police or designee. Factors that may be considered in determining whether to issue an off-campus Neighborhood Safety Notice may include but are not limited to information known about the crime and the continuing threat and the timeliness in receiving that information; the seriousness of the crime and the continuing threat; the proximity to campus; whether the victim of a particular crime was a university affiliate, campus visitor or other; the risk of interfering with the criminal investigation of an outside law enforcement agency; whether the perpetrator has been arrested or charged with a criminal offense; and whether information about the crime is already known to the public through the media or other sources. Off-campus Neighborhood Safety Notices also may be issued for the purpose of seeking information that may lead to the arrest and conviction of the offender.

Although the University Police Division works to remain aware of crimes that occur in the areas close to campus, the Police Division may not always be aware of a particular crime that occurs in an off-campus area or may not have sufficient information to issue a Neighborhood Safety Notice about a particular crime. While it is possible that off-campus Neighborhood Safety Notices could be issued for other areas, they typically will be limited to crimes occurring in the immediate vicinity of the central campus area where students or employees are likely to frequent. The University Police Division may, within its discretion, choose to issue information about these types of off-campus crimes through other means, including but not limited to social media, the Department of Public Safety website, or joint media releases or warnings issued in cooperation with an outside law enforcement agency, instead of issuing a Neighborhood Safety Notice.