Sac State University Policy Manual

Threats to the Campus Community

Policy Administrator: Vice President for Administration
Authority: PM-04-05
Effective Date: June 7, 2004
Updated:
Index Cross-References:
Policy File Number: UMT17110.htm

THREATS TO THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY

GUIDLINES FOR PROVIDING TIMELY WARNINGS

A threat is defined as any act or potential act that places the campus community, at large, in continuing risk or peril, as a result of a crime(s) against persons or serious felony.  (Example:  Weapons of mass destruction, threats with a firearm or a bomb threat with specific information, sexual assault by stranger, or other egregious acts) 

Timely warnings will be distributed to the campus community using various mediums of communication.  The type of event or situation will be reviewed by the Departments of Public Safety and Public Affairs to determine the most effective method to distribute the timely warning information. 

When there is a possible public safety related "threat" to faculty, staff, and students on campus, the Department of Public Safety and Public Affairs will make reasonable efforts to notify the faculty, staff and students. 

  • Faculty and staff can be notified by voicemail and e-mail notifications.  Alert Bulletins (timely warnings) may be posted on the University main website http://www.csus.edu/   and/or the Department of Public Safety website http://www.csus.edu/police.
  • Public Affairs will notify the media, as appropriate, in order to inform the campus community.
  • To notify students, faculty will be asked to make an announcement in their classes.  Notices could be put at the entrances to major student-gathering places or in plain view on buildings that are directly impacted by the event (Library, University Union, Riverfront Center, electronic notices at UTAPs kiosks at front and back of campus and parking structure).
  • To assist debriefing, following incidents, a sub-group of the University Crisis Consultation Team, may be called together to work with designated officials in the Department of Public Safety.  Recommendations will be made, when applicable, to the President or his designee.
  • The Department of Public Safety, with input from the above sources, will determine whether the notice of threat is to be made on campus only or disseminated to off campus sources.
  • Situations will be assessed on a case-by-case basis, with great weight given to Public Safety's assessment of the total situation, including best use of resources.
  • Notices will be posted/distributed within 48 hours of the event, or as soon as practical, depending on the severity of the event, resources, and factual information gathered.
  • Notices will be removed in a timely fashion after the event has subsided or the potential for danger is gone.
  • Information on actions the University will take in the event of a disaster, natural or otherwise, is located at the Department of Public Safety.

ALL SUSPICIOUS OR CRIMINAL ACTIVITY SHOULD BE REPORTED AS SOON AS POSSIBLE TO THE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT AT 9-1-1 OR BY CELL PHONE AT 278-6851.