One important aspect of the Clery Act is to provide notice if there is a potential emergency that threatens campus or the health and safety of students or employees. There are two types of required notifications – Timely Warnings and Emergency Notifications.


Timely warning requirements:

  • Narrow focus on Clery Act crimes
  • Timely warnings are triggered by crimes that have already occurred on Clery geography but represent an ongoing threat. Issue a timely warning for any Clery Act Crime committed in Clery Geography that is considered to represent a serious OR continuing threat to students and employees. (NOTE: the linked map is not an exhaustive map of our entire geography.)
  • Issue a warning as soon as the pertinent information is available

Examples of criminal incidents requiring Timely Warning consideration

  • Murder/non-negligent manslaughter
  • Negligent manslaughter
  • Robbery
  • Aggravated assault
  • Rape/Fondling
  • Arson
  • Burglary
  • Weapon Law violations
  • Drug or Alcohol Law violations
  • Sexual Assault
  • Stalking
  • Dating and Domestic Violence

Emergency notification requirements:

  • Wide focus on any significant emergency or dangerous situation
  • Emergency notification is triggered by an event that is currently ongoing on or imminently threatening the campus. Initiate emergency notification procedures for any significant emergency or dangerous situation occurring on the campus involving an immediate threat to the health or safety of students or employees.
  • Initiate procedures immediately upon confirmation that a dangerous situation or emergency exists or threatens.

Examples of situations requiring Emergency Notification consideration

  • Outbreak of serious illness
  • Approaching tornado
  • Gas leak
  • Terrorist incident
  • Armed intruder
  • Bomb threat
  • Civil unrest or rioting
  • Explosion
  • Nearby chemical or hazardous waste spill

Learn more about Colorado State University’s Campus Safety Policy