Timely Warnings (Tech Alerts)

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the Cornell Tech Safety & Security Department provides notification to the campus community in the form of Timely Warnings and Emergency Mass Notifications (voice, text, and email) when a significant emergency or dangerous situation involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees, including significant criminal incidents, occurs on campus or in an area surrounding campus that represents a continuing public safety threat.

Decisions to disseminate a communication will be decided on a case-by-case basis, after careful consideration of all the facts surrounding the crime and the continuing danger to the campus community. The purpose of the notification is to aid in the prevention of similar crimes by alerting the community about the incident and to provide information on actions individuals can take to diminish their chances of being victimized.

What is it?

In the event that a situation arises, either on or off campus, which, in the judgment of the Assistant Director of Safety & Security or his/her designee, constitutes a serious or continuing threat to students and employees or the greater community of the institution, a campus-wide “timely warning” will be issued. The warning will be sent as a Tech Alert.

These Tech Alerts contain a brief description of the incident; the date, time, location of the incident; and precautions to take; however, they will not provide details as found in a press release or news article. The amount and type of information presented in the warning will vary depending on the circumstances of the crime. Warnings will be issued unless issuing a notification will, in the professional judgment of responsible authorities, compromise efforts to assist a victim or to contain, respond to, or otherwise mitigate the emergency.

Significant criminal incidents that might elicit a timely warning include, but are not limited to crimes of violence, Clery reportable crimes, or patterns of property crimes. Anyone with information warranting a timely warning should report the circumstances to Safety & Security, by phone (646) 971-3611 or in person at the Bloomberg Center Security Desk.